The key enabler for Mindgardens is major capital investment in electronic and physical infrastructure. The Mindgardens entity, currently scattered, has to be brought together.

The physical infrastructure is to be located within the Randwick Urban Activation Precinct, and with development and construction approval already in place, the Mindgardens development Stage 2 development is budgeted at $180M.
Our request to the NSW Government is to kick start the Mindgardens Project with a capital grant of $60M as previously discussed.

Mindgardens will add a further 250 high-tech research and research support jobs with completion of Stage 2B and a total of 550 high tech jobs with completion of Stages 2B & 2D.
Together with existing staff working in the Margaret Ainsworth Building (Stage 2A) at NeuRA, there are projected to be a total of 710 researchers and support staff employed when completed. These jobs are in leading edge disciplines that will promote innovation and translation.

The construction of the physical space will also add around 800 direct construction jobs during site works to complete the Stage 2 Development of our current site, with ~300 construction jobs for the Stage 2B development (~$60M) while the entire project (i.e. the remaining Stage 2A works and Stages 2B & 2D) would generate ~800 construction jobs as detailed in the Part 3A application.

Mindgardens activities will be delivered via a set of integrated facilities and infrastructure components, as follows:
  • clinical Space and facilities in a new building with custom built integrated “front-facing” facilities
  • 35 clinic consultation rooms
  • five Teleweb rooms
  • five assessment / brief procedure rooms
  • administration and finance offices
  • reception / waiting room
  • Management support / financing functions
  • latest imaging / diagnostic equipment: state of the art facilities in neuroimaging, neurophysiology, neurogenetics, neuroproteomics and other omics technologies, neurobioinformatics, big data management, stem cell biology and neuromodulation techniques
  • shared research facilities and collaboration spaces
  • industry leading integrated ICT for referral and information sharing, health records and to support the above
  • self-serve channels for patients to participate remotely or add data, and consent for research trials
  • in the first instance, 10 inter-disciplinary clinics set up in the same health space.
To drive the outreach and teaching objectives, Mindgardens will include:
  • new teaching facilities that use ICT to train workers all over the state
  • new facilities to develop webinars and other ICT improvements
  • adult education officers
  • web and smartphone applications to be used to connect with patients, health care providers and other stakeholders.