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National Hospital Infrastructure Summit

Healthcare facilities of the future: Excellence in planning, design and construction

4-5 December 2019 | Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

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The National Hospital Infrastructure Summit brings together government, health leaders, industry analysts, economists, investors, engineers, architects and builders from across Australia for two-days of in-depth discussion and is a catalyst for strategic planning, policy positioning, and opportunity identification.

With a focus on ‘delivering innovative and world-class hospital planning, renewal and design’, this year’s summit will explore a host of key topics including the major projects pipeline, delivery modelling, financing hospital construction and innovation in hospital design.


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chairs

Brendan Sweeney, Regional Director, Multiplex

Jade Nicholson, Design Manager, Multiplex


9:10 am

KEYNOTE | Overview from Health Infrastructure

Gillian Geraghty, Executive Director, Rural and Regional, Health Infrastructure, NSW Health

9:45 am

Healthcare Infrastructure Delivery in the ACT

Duncan Edghill, Chief Projects Officer, Major Projects Canberra, ACT Government

Sophie Gray, Executive Branch Manager, Major Projects Canberra, ACT Government


10:20 am

Are we measuring the full economic benefits of health infrastructure to ensure the right choices for future care?
Budgetary pressure and increased public scrutiny of investment decisions is increasing the need for governments to have a robust evidence base they can fall back on to justify project selection decisions. This session will look at economic analysis in health infrastructure and will focus on:

  • Are we providing decision makers sufficient evidence to make the right decision between expanding the same or delivering something different?
  • How do we demonstrate the full benefits delivered to the community and Government from once-in-a-lifetime investments in Health?
  • How does health compare and compete on investment priority with other sectors? How can analysis support prioritising investment in health infrastructure over other projects that deliver less benefits?
  • How do we measure and capture the value of emerging health trends (precincts, community care, and the convergence of health, education and transport)

10:55 am

Morning tea and networking break


11:25 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE + CASE STUDY | Canterbury Health System – our journey to integrated care including how you design and build facilities in a whole of health system context

David Meates, Chief Executive, Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB, NZ


12:05 pm

  • Designing a hospital with caregiver safety focus
  • Consultation with user groups and how this influenced the brief
  • Workflow and scenario testing
  • Work Safe Award – OHS Achievement

12:40 pm

CASE STUDY | Enhancing the patient experience: An insight into the design approach of Bates Smart’s The Gandel Wing for Cabrini Health

Mark Healey, Studio Director, Bates Smart

Tim Leslie, Studio Director, Bates Smart

1:15 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:15 pm

  • Isolation units must be designed and carefully located to minimise infection transmission
  • Standard and transmission-based precautions and associated equipment/facilities are to be included in planning and design
  • Incorporate antibiotic stewardship principles into planning and design process
  • Consultation with infection prevention and control stakeholders during design and planning phase


2:55 pm

  • Target setting to drive sustainability outcomes
  • Designing for low emission operations
  • Cost effective energy efficiency upgrades for existing assets
  • Co-benefits of sustainable design

3:30 pm

Afternoon tea and networking break


4:00 pm

This session will communicate the importance of the much-needed shift in the perception of how “Light” is seen and used in healthcare infrastructure. Based on research and a practical and pragmatic attitude towards implementation now and in the near future; including smart systems, human-centric approaches this session will explain how mindfully designed lighting can make a difference.

Successfully Modernising Health Services and Hospitals

4:35 pm

  • Reflections on the first 12 months of Canberra Health Services following the formation of Canberra Health Services and ACT Health Directorate as separate organisations.
  • Building a platform for Canberra Health Services and the modernisation of Health Infrastructure in Canberra
  • Critical success factors to realise our vision for Canberra Health Services together

5:10 pm

Closing remarks

Brendan Sweeney, Regional Director, Multiplex

5:15 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Carlo Giannasca, Head of Urbanite / Partner, Frost*collective


9:10 am

A co-ordinated, statewide approach is required to respond to the challenges facing Queensland’s public health system and infrastructure. This session will cover the integration of planning initiatives for Queensland’s hospital and health infrastructure into the future.


9:45 am

  • Traditional approaches to Mental Health Care that include seclusion and separation from the general community are based on historical perspectives that perpetuate stigma and shame around mental illness
  • Integration to increase social and community interaction is international best-practice and recognises the complex and reciprocal relationship between mental and physical wellbeing
  • Full integration of mental health into the fabric of main clinical hospital facilities within the Australian context is the next generation approach to designing healthcare facilities

10:20 am

Morning tea and networking break


10:50 am

  • Ensuring an accurate services plan and exact functional briefs to inform the design
  • Inclusion of appropriate staff (both clinical and non-clinical) in the design decision making process and project governance
  • Making certain the building is fit for purpose in order to ensure success for the new models of care
  • Change management and operational procedures to support the new models of care and new ways of working


11:25 am

  • How has the industry evolved in healthcare in terms of risk transfer and contractual obligations?
  • The impact of the recent serious building defect issues related to the delivery of healthcare projects.
  • What value is there for clients to engage with industry in the early stages of health care projects?

12:00 pm

I am currently part of an international consortium to develop standardized prefabricated modular operating theatres for low and middle income countries – high tech, high quality, at low cost. It is a strategy to address the global surgical infrastructure crisis that leaves 5 billion people without access to safe surgery when they need it, but it also has potential to transform the way services are delivered and funded. This is a healthcare application of modern prefabricated volumetric construction approaches that are popular in Asia, of which Singapore’s HDB apartments and the Changi Crowne Plaza Hotel extension are examples.

12:35 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:35 pm

  • A healthy population as the ultimate goal of hospital infrastructure
  • Designing primary care environments to build patient/care team relationships
  • Case studies and strategies for preserving wayfinding in growing hospitals
  • Site design to improve holistic health


2:15 pm

  • The challenge of urban design in large, tertiary health precincts
  • Integrating tertiary education and research – The Westmead Innovation Precinct

2:50 pm

END OF CONFERENCE | Closing remarks from the Chair

Carlo Giannasca, Head of Urbanite / Partner, Frost*collective


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2695+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2095+GSTEarly Bird

Event Pricing

General Pricing

  • Standard rate: $2,695 + GST, from 01 October 2019

Hospital, Govt & Academia Rate

  • Standard rate: $2,095 + GST, from 01 October 2019


David Meates

Chief Executive, Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB, NZ

Dr. Julie Brand Zook

Assistant Professor, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, USA

Gillian Geraghty

Executive Director, Rural and Regional, Health Infrastructure, NSW Health

Duncan Edghill

Chief Projects Officer, Major Projects Canberra, ACT Government

Sophie Gray

Executive Branch Manager, Major Projects Canberra, ACT Government

Fiona Brewin-Brown

Senior Director - Capital Infrastructure Delivery, Capital and Asset Services Branch, Corporate Services Division, Queensland Health

Isaac Bromley

Director, Transaction Advisory Services, EY

Marianne Warren

Manager Infrastructure and Redevelopment, Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Jon Gowdy

Director Capital Assets, Property & Engineering Sydney Local Health District

Catherine Loker

Director, HDR

Alan Boswell

Director, HDR

Allison Merrigan

Acting Director of Nursing, Redevelopment Coordinator, St. John of God, Berwick

Professor Russell Gruen

Dean, College of Health and Medicine, The Australian National University

Jasmine Jensen

Associate - Sustainability, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Mark Healey

Studio Director, Bates Smart

Tim Leslie

Studio Director, Bates Smart

Carlo Giannasca

Head of Urbanite / Partner, Frost*collective

Brendan Sweeney

Regional Director, Multiplex

Jade Nicholson

Design Manager, Multiplex

Colm Mooney

Executive Group Manager - Infrastructure and Health Support Services, Canberra Health Services

Dr. Emrah Baki Ulas

Associate, Steensen Varming and Senior Academic, University of Technology Sydney

Dr. Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey

Public Health Epidemiologist, South Western Sydney Local Health District

when & where

04 - 05 Dec 2019

Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
27 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 8214 0000


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