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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

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This interactive timeline brings the New WCH Project to life, charting the inception of the New WCH Taskforce to the present day. Scroll down to view the entries in chronological order.

  • Apr 2024

    Updated Block and Stack plans released for consultation

    The latest concept designs for the updated 'block and stack' plans were released for consultation from 30 April - 21 May 2024. These plans outline potential locations for clinical services and departments in the new hospital.
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  • Apr 2024

    Smoking Ceremony cleanses New WCH site

    In anticipation for the formal start of construction at the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital site, an Aboriginal smoking ceremony was performed to cleanse and heal the ground.
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  • Apr 2024

    First sod turned at the New WCH site

    Construction has begun for the $3.2 billion new Women’s and Children’s Hospital Project. A ceremonial turning of the sod was held this afternoon, as work gets underway on the 1,300 space multi-level car park and central energy facility.
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  • Dec 2023

    Early Works to Commence on New WCH

    Work is set to begin on our new hospital, marking a significant milestone in this important project, with a $306 million package of early works now finalised.
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  • May 2023

    New WCH Master Plan Revealed

    The New WCH has reached another major milestone with the release of the Master Plan for the Barracks site. The Master Plan reveals key details about the benefits our new hospital will deliver for South Australian women, children and their families.
  • Nov 2022

    New WCH Legislation Passed

    Legislation to fast-track the development of the New Women’s and Children’s Hospital has passed through both houses of parliament, allowing the next stage of planning works to begin on our new, world-class hospital.
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  • Sept 2022

    New Site Identified

    The State government have announced that the New WCH will now be built at the SAPOL Barracks site, near the Royal Adelaide Hospital, providing space for both hospitals to expand in the future.
  • May 2021

    New WCH Project reaches an Australia-first milestone

    The New Women's and Children's Hospital will be Australia’s first all-electric hospital.
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  • July 2020

    Consultation begins on New WCH

    The New WCH Engagement Strategy has been released
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  • Jan 2020

    New WCH Leadership Forum

    More than 200 leaders from across the Women’s and Children’s Health Network took part in a planning workshop
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  • June 2019

    Government go-ahead

    The State Government announced a $550 million funding commitment to begin planning for a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • May 2018

    New WCH Taskforce Announced

    The New WCH Taskforce membership was announced.