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Health care and social assistance

Already serving more than 400,000 people living in northern Adelaide and beyond, the City of Playford’s health precinct is only set to grow. A fast-growing population, as well as strong demand for disability assistance, make the City of Playford an ideal location for health care and social assistance businesses.

Lyell McEwin Health Precinct

The Lyell McEwin Hospital is the premier tertiary hospital that provides medical, surgical, diagnostic, emergency and support services to people living primarily in Adelaide’s north and north eastern suburbs. It is the centrepiece of the Health Precinct development, which will cluster a range of public and private health services for the local community and the wider Northern region.

The Lyell McEwin Health Precinct Master Plan recognises a unique opportunity to develop the area surrounding the Lyell McEwin Hospital into an integrated world-class health precinct, featuring tertiary training, research capability, allied health facilities and residential accommodation. These opportunities build on the State’s internationally recognised research and medical capabilities and have the potential to generate further economic growth, creating new jobs and skilled employment opportunities for residents of Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Geographically, the Lyell McEwin Health Precinct is ideally situated to serve as a health gateway to the regional population well beyond Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The Lyell McEwin Hospital is the nearest full-service tertiary public hospital for an additional 160,000 people living across country South Australia.

These areas include:

  • Port Pirie in the north
  • Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula
  • Riverland towns of Berri, Loxton and Renmark
  • Barossa and Clare Valley wine and tourism regions.

Currently, these areas have limited public health and hospital services, as well as a complete absence of adequate private hospital services.

Recent investment in the Lyell McEwin Health Precinct

Lyell McEwin Hospital Expansion (State Government)
The expansion and refurbishment of the Emergency Department to increase capacity and improve patient flow, and a new eight-bed Mental Health Short Stay Unit and additional car parking capacity, expected completion December 2022.

Playford Health Hub (privately funded development)
Stage 1, featuring a retail precinct and multideck car park was completed in late 2021. Stage 2 is currently under construction (as of late 2022 includes a specialist medical consulting building. Master planning for the private hospital being the third and final stage of the development is underway.

Subsequent stages comprise a specialist medical consulting building across three levels followed by a private surgical and medical hospital over three levels.

For leasing enquiries, head to the Playford Health Hub website.

ACH Healthia (privately funded development)
ACH Healthia is a 96 bed aged care facility and a centre for restorative health and wellness. The complex will contain a mix of commercial, retail and health oriented services, such as fitness studio and allied health practitioners, tertiary teaching facilities, therapy services, community facilities, as well as mixed accommodation for students.

Fluid Solar House (privately funded development)
The world’s first off-grid, solar-thermal powered four storey office building. Specialising in sustainable solar thermal hybrid energy-powered modular designed buildings. One of five Gig City Precincts in the City.

Industry snapshot

Current health care
workforce size:
6,137 (NIEIR 2021).
Industry sector value:
$561 million
(NIEIR 2021).
Size of Lyell McEwin
Hospital must significantly expand
to meet population demand.

A no-barriers approach

The City of Playford:

  • is commercially focused – we have a track record of working in partnership with private and public developers to bring world-class facilities to our community and our state.
  • has dedicated advocacy economic development and planning teams – to assist with realising your vision.
  • takes a no-barriers approach – all major developments are assigned to a senior development officer.

Find out more about health industry opportunities


While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, the City of Playford accepts no liability with respect to the accuracy or currency of data or information contained on this page. The information is not investment advice and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation and particular needs. You should seek independent and qualified professional advice.