The city of Orange in the Central West is a centre of regional medical excellence.
Renowned for its broad range of specialist services and provision of medical care, Orange is becoming the largest hub of medical, health, and education and research expertise outside of Sydney.
The A$100 million Life Sciences Precinct in Orange will build upon the existing infrastructure and university presence to incorporate biomedical and pharmaceutical manufacturing and compounding, medical technology, an expanded range of health and medical science programs, and regional health and medical research institute.
The city currently has two hospitals, one public and one private, with a second private hospital opening in the Life Science precinct in 2020. The public hospital is the largest regional health facility in Australia providing care to a catchment of over 250,000 people from the broader Western NSW region.
Orange has very strong medical research and knowledge networks. Charles Sturt University and Western Sydney University are partnering to deliver a Joint Program in Medicine to serve regional communities commencing in 2021. The Joint Program in Medicine five-year undergraduate degree will be taught at a $22 million purpose-built Academic and Research Hub at the Charles Sturt University campus in Orange. Students can also study dentistry, pharmacy, biomedical sciences and physiotherapy at Charles Sturt in Orange.
The University of Sydney’s Clinical Research School, and the University of Newcastle’s Research Centre on Mental Health are also located in Orange.
Charles Sturt and Western Sydney universities will also establish the Institute for Regional, Rural and Remote Health and Medical Research to be located in the new Life Science precinct.
A number of private and not-for-profit providers deliver aged care and disability services and training across the region.