A fundamental pillar of the UOW Health & Wellbeing Strategy.


The Health and Wellbeing Precinct is the next exciting phase of development proposed for our Innovation Campus, and is central in achieving the University’s bold vision for the future of health in the region and beyond outlined in the UOW Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The Precinct will be one of Australia’s first intergenerational university communities – a place for living, learning, working and growing in an environment that supports complete physical, social, and mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to revolutionise the integration of research, clinical practice and patient-led care, dramatically improving the level of community-designed and preventative healthcare in our region.

Human health presents complex and pressing challenges for our society – and it goes far beyond simply the absence of disease. The University of Wollongong and Keyton (Precinct development partner) is committed to driving innovation in healthcare research, education and delivery for a better, healthier future for all.


Wollongong City Council and the Southern Regional Planning Panel approved the Concept DA for the Health and Wellbeing Precinct on 6 May 2024.

UOW and Keyton are now focused on preparing detailed Development Applications for the individual buildings and the Green Heart.

Precinct Facilities

Phase one of the Precinct will offer the following main services to the community:

Community Health Building

The Community Health building will combine community health services provided directly to the public, with a significant focus on teaching and research activities.

Seniors Residential Living Facilities

Offering both independent and continuous care living options, residents will be able to access onsite healthcare services and facilities, and participate in community and UOW activities. Operators: Keyton (ILA) & TBC (RACF)

Early Childhood Education

Forming an important component of the intergenerational Precinct, the early childhood education centre will be co-located with the aged care living facilities and will focus on social cohesion within the broader community. Operator: TBC

Greenheart Park & Public Facilities

Alongside parking, retail facilities and shared gardens, ‘Greenheart Park’ will provide a central green space for the community and residents to connect and interact. A variety of programs will be on offer for both the younger and senior members of the community.

Economic Impact

  1. Over $250m in capital construction
  2. Creation of hundreds of jobs direct and indirect through construction and operations 
  3. Total regional economic output of $600m during construction
  4. Annual benefits to the community of $7 million from additional supply of aged care, health cost savings and avoided hospital costs

Precinct Benefits

Community Benefits

  • Improve physical and mental wellbeing of our regional and state communities
  • Attracts and retains local skilled workforce
  • Increases opportunities for education and life-long learning
  • Attracts additional domestic and international students to Wollongong
  • ‘Green heart’ park and garden facilities open to community
  • Advance the national and international reputation of Wollongong and UOW from innovation in service delivery and research

Senior Living Benefits

  • Creates a more vibrant, inclusive and cohesive community through intergenerational living
  • Increases collaboration between local organisations and seniors
  • Provides enhanced choices for the local ageing population
  • Allows a continuum of care model through on-site services and facilities for residents 
  • Preserves knowledge and access to teaching for future generations
  • Provides year-round opportunities and activation on the Campus

Research, Teaching & Learning Benefits

  • Provides the greater Illawarra with increased opportunities for clinical and translational research into innovative techniques with the aim of addressing regional, national and global health challenges
  • Enabling University students and graduates to be career-ready through increased deep immersion clinical placements, learning new methods of reflective practice, and working in cross disciplinary teams
  • Supporting the growth of existing and new courses
  • Providing UOW teaching staff with direct access to latest practices 
  • Working with healthcare professionals, academics, businesses and start-ups to generate greater levels of innovation and impact nationally and internationally

Project Timeline

Pending planning approval, the first facilities are expected to be fully operational by approximately 2028.

The Development Application will be a concept proposal which will establish a ‘Master Plan’ for Phase 1 of the H&WP, setting a clear planning and development framework used to guide the delivery of buildings and public domain areas, through separate and future applications following this Master Plan vision.

An important component across all the project phases is community and stakeholder engagement, with feedback and information sessions taking place regularly throughout the proposed project. If you would like to be involved, please get in contact via the ‘Let us know your thoughts’ section below.


Keyton, creating communities and connections for over 30 years

Keyton is a leading owner, operator and developer of retirement communities in Australia.​

Today, over 17,000 residents in more than 75 villages around the country, from vibrant inner-city residences to charming coastal communities call Keyton home.​

With over 30 years of experience in the retirement sector, they are an independent brand, proudly owned and backed by Aware Super, APG and Lendlease​.

As a premier developer of purpose-built independent seniors’ living communities in Australia, Keyton is empowered for growth now and into the future.


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To contact the Health and Wellbeing Precinct project team, either call us on 1800 550 550, email us via the button below or register your interest here.