Expansion of Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

Work continues on the expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC) with some components, such as the custodial birthing suite, already complete.  Further expansion design work is underway in tandem with planning for services within the SPIRE Centre. 


Since opening in 2012, thousands of babies have been born at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC).  The planned expansion will increase existing services, such as maternity and neonatology, and create space for new services designed to meet the needs of young people.

Features of CHWC

  • more post-natal services
  • new adolescent gynaecology area
  • more neonatology services
  • new inpatient adolescent mental health services, supported by a new day service

CHWC Expansion Fact Sheet

Community Presentation August 2019

Canberra Health Services is pleased to be able to share early information about the expansion of the CHWC site, which has now been presented to health and community stakeholders.

The next stage is to finalise the details of the care that will be delivered in the newly expanded hospital and the engagement of a Principal Consultant.

It is expected that the Preliminary Sketch Plan Design work will begin in the coming weeks.

Centenary expansion info graphics to describe more services


Map of the location of the centenary expansion

Next steps

With the custodial birthing suite already completed, planning for staged expansion works continues.  The ACT Health Directorate has commenced engagement with the clinical workforce of CHWC which will continue throughout 2019 as early design work progresses.  Staff and community engagement will be maintained throughout the life of the project.

The expansion to CHWC is anticipated to be completed in 2021-22.   

Page last updated on: 26 Aug 2019