From January-March 2020 the COVID19 curve was escalating dramatically and worse case data modelling predicted that Australia’s healthcare system could be overwhelmed.
In a proactive approach to meet the immediate need for a surge facility and increased emergency department capacity, Major Projects Canberra in collaboration with Canberra Health Services and industry partner Aspen Medical converted a suburban oval into an emergency care treatment centre for confirmed and suspected COVID19 patients. The first of its kind in Australia. Attend this session to learn about:
As societies and technologies advance, so too do sophisticated infection control responses to pandemics. Evolving alongside the healthcare landscape, these innovations uncover new complexities and challenges.
LCI Consultants’ Principal Simon Witts, is the co-author of the Engineering Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities, published in June 2020 by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority (VHHSBA).
Simon will present on the design of building services for Healthcare facilities, and his recent research on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies of aerosol particles through HVAC systems. Drawing on his experience as building practitioner during COVID-19 pandemic, he will illustrate issues faced by building services systems in recent months, the need for flexibility, and the possibilities of a holistic approach to services planning.
The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is the state’s flagship hospital providing a comprehensive range of clinical care to an estimated 85 000 inpatients and 400 000 outpatients a year.
Structurally, the hospital has the capacity to play a lead role in South Australia’s disaster management strategies for both natural disasters and pandemics. Despite having these measures in place, when the pandemic hit it was still a huge change management process to ensure the hospital could cope with a surge of cases. However, due to effective leadership and the valuable infrastructure already in place, the RAH rose to the challenge. Join this session to learn gain an insight into this journey focusing on:
Designing fit for purpose infrastructure for current and future communities has never been more important. During COVID-19, there have been multiple innovative examples of adapting to immediate capacity challenges through additional minor works and surge facilities. However, moving forward how will these lessons adapt the delivery and development of hospital infrastructure? Join this panel discussion to learn more about: