Barwon Women’s and Children’s

Location Bellerine Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220, Australia

The Victorian Government has committed more than $500 million to deliver new and expanded women’s and children’s facilities in Geelong.

The new Barwon Women’s and Children’s will provide world-class women’s health (including maternity) and paediatric facilities and deliver additional capacity to ensure families in Geelong and surrounding communities can continue to access the very best care, close to home.

Operated by Barwon Health, the Barwon Women's and Children's will be built within the University Hospital Geelong precinct and will provide a new children’s inpatient unit, new neonatal and parent care unit, specialist (outpatient) clinics and more operating theatres.

Enabling works are underway to relocate the Endoscopy and Day Procedure Unit from the Gretta Volum Centre to the Youang Surgery Centre, clearing the way for the Barwon Women's and Children's.

Main works construction is set to commence in late 2024.









The new Barwon Women’s and Children’s will integrate with existing University Hospital Geelong services and will deliver more capacity to meet increasing demand in the Barwon South West region.

The new facilities will provide more:

  • maternity inpatient beds
  • paediatric multi-day/same day inpatient beds
  • special care nursery cots
  • birthing suites
  • operating theatres
  • expanded paediatric and maternity specialist (outpatient) facilities.

The new Barwon Women’s and Children’s aims to achieve the following benefits:

Safe and welcoming spaces

The new facilities will deliver integrated healthcare that is family friendly, culturally safe, high quality and accessible.

Purpose-built spaces for children and young people, including overnight and same-day beds, outpatient clinic rooms and dedicated theatres, will help make medical care less scary and intimidating.

Local access

Increased service capacity will provide more access for people living locally, meaning more families can access the care they need, close to home.

Construction of the new facilities will support the modernisation of University Hospital Geelong. This will help meet the needs of the local community now and into the future.

Improved patient experience and staff safety

A modern design and layout, including the colocation of services, will improve patient flow to deliver a safer and more efficient workplace for staff and seamless care for patients.

A community consultative committee has been established to ensure local views can help shape key areas of the planning and design of the Barwon Women’s and Children’s.

The role and purpose of the community consultative committee is to:

  • provide advice on local community health and social needs
  • represent the community’s diverse views
  • provide advice on emerging issues, opportunities and priorities of the local community.

Find out more about the Barwon Women’s and Children’s Community Consultative Committee.

We will work closely with contractors and Barwon Health to minimise disruptions to neighbouring residents and businesses.

Works notices will be issued to nearby residents and businesses in advance of any expected disruptions such as changes to traffic or works expected to generate noise or dust.

This project is being delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority in partnership with Barwon Health.

The Australian Government has provided $50 million in funding for the Barwon Women’s and Children’s as part of the Community Health and Hospitals Program agreement.


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07 February 2024

Barwon Women's and Children's: Survey report

In November 2023 we ran a community survey to help inform key areas of the new and expanded women's and children's facilities in Geelong. Read the summary report here.
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20 October 2023

Barwon Women’s and Children’s survey closed

Our survey on the new Barwon Women’s and Children’s is now closed.
  • 23 October 2023 - 24 November 2023
  • Survey closed
Child getting heart rate check by doctor while sitting beside mother

04 September 2023

Barwon Women’s and Children’s builders shortlisted

Four leading construction companies have been shortlisted to build the new Barwon Women’s and Children’s in Geelong.
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19 May 2023

Help shape the Barwon Women’s and Children’s

We called on locals from Geelong and surrounding communities to join the Barwon Women’s and Children’s Community Consultative Committee.
The outside of the Kids ED at University Hospital Geelong. It is a multi-storey building

04 May 2023

Construction starts on kids’ ED in Geelong

Work is underway on a new $20 million emergency department for children at University Hospital Geelong.


Barwon Women’s and Children’s
  • Location
  • Bellerine Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220, Australia
Last updated: 06 May 2024