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Reducing Variability in Healthcare: Key Lessions from the Australian Healthcare Sector

Reducing Variability in Healthcare: Key Lessions from the Australian Healthcare Sector

At Australian Healthcare Week, held earlier this year, Wolters Kluwer, providers of clinical effectiveness solutions, sat down with 12 Senior Executives from across the Australian healthcare sector, including Alfred Health, Healthscope, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland Health and Calvary in an exclusive roundtable discussion. 

Creating Patient-Centric Health Precincts of the Future

Creating Patient-Centric Health Precincts of the Future

Ahead of Victorian Healthcare Week 2019 we take a look at how two Australian hospital precinct are investing in patient centricity and working to deliver superior patient care.

Explore insights from:

  • Tobi Wilson, who discusses the masterplanned $740m redevelopment of Prince of Wales and Sydney Eye Hospitals.
  • Anne Mennen, who explores how a $470m investment will provide innovative and holistic patient centred care at the Victorian Heart Hospital.


Victorian Heart Hospital: Enhancing Patient Outcomes with a Patient-Centred and Service Orientated Design

Victorian Heart Hospital: Enhancing Patient Outcomes with a Patient-Centred and Service Orientated Design

Operated by Monash Health, and backed by the state government, the Victorian Heart Hospital will service the increasing needs of Melbourne’s booming south-east, and be available to all Victorians in need of critical, potentially life-saving cardiac treatment.

With early construction works already underway, and the project due for completion in 2022, Anne Mennen, Director of Development at the Victorian Heart Hospital explores how the project will deliver innovative and holistic patient-centred care. 

Prince of Wales Hospital: Driving Superior Patient Experiences Through Strategic Health Campus Partnerships

Prince of Wales Hospital: Driving Superior Patient Experiences Through Strategic Health Campus Partnerships

Ahead of Victorian Healthcare Week we chat to Tobi Wilson, General Manager at the Prince of Wales hospital, who explores how Prince of Wales is partnering with neighbouring UNSW to create a Health Campus that leverages technology, education and innovation to deliver superior care. Tobi also explores the challenges associated with the $720m development and delves into the stakeholder engagement initiatives helping to overcome these. 

Greenfield Vs. Brownfield: Prioritising Investment Areas & Overcoming Project Delivery Challenges

Greenfield Vs. Brownfield: Prioritising Investment Areas & Overcoming Project Delivery Challenges

Ahead of Health Facilities Design and Development 2019  (running as part of Victorian Healthcare Week 2019) we bring you The Great Debate - a new format for our Victorian audience – bringing together four healthcare leaders from across Australia to discuss, debate and decide on one of facility design and developments biggest questions; how do we prioritise investment funding, resources and timing to deliver superior patient experiences? 

The Future of Healthcare: When Bricks & Mortar isn’t Sustainable - How Digital Health Can Help Meet Growing Need

The Future of Healthcare: When Bricks & Mortar isn’t Sustainable - How Digital Health Can Help Meet Growing Need

To understand how digital healthcare can help meet growing need, and streamline care delivery, without adding beds, we take a look at three case study examples – from Metro South Health, eHealth NSW and St. John of God Health Care – who have already embarked on their transformation journey.

Spotlight Interview with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District’s Strategic Planning Team: How Strategic Planning Initiatives are Overcoming Emerging Challenges & Informing Healthcare Infrastructure Investments

Spotlight Interview with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District’s Strategic Planning Team: How Strategic Planning Initiatives are Overcoming Emerging Challenges & Informing Healthcare Infrastructure Investments

Ahead of the Health Facilities Design and Development Summit 2019 we chat to Julie Dixon, Director Planning, Population Health and Equity as well as Health Planners, Wendy Uptin and Alison Sneddon from the SESLHD’s Strategy and Planning Team. In this article Julie, Wendy and Alison discuss how the planning team is developing integrated health service plans to inform capital developments which focus on shifting care into the community and ensuring patients receive care in the right care setting. 

The Victorian Healthcare Landscape: How the 2019/2020 State Budget will Shape Investment Priority Areas in 2019 and Beyond

The Victorian Healthcare Landscape: How the 2019/2020 State Budget will Shape Investment Priority Areas in 2019 and Beyond

Earlier this year we profiled over 100 Australian healthcare leaders to uncover the biggest trends and priority areas in 2019 and beyond. Ahead of Victorian Healthcare Week 2019, and in light of the recent Victorian State budget, we did some analysis to better help you understand how  your business can connect with Victorian end-users by offering them the products, services and solutions they really need.

Streamlining the Go-Live Process with Strategic Stakeholder Engagement and Scenario Based Modelling at Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Streamlining the Go-Live Process with Strategic Stakeholder Engagement and Scenario Based Modelling at Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital

On May 15th (2019) Western Health moved 137 patients into the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne’s West.

Honouring the legacy of Victoria’s first female Premier, the $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s facility will offer local women and families in Melbourne’s west  a modern maternity and paediatric services environment and will feature the western suburbs’ first ever neonatal intensive care unit to care for critically ill babies.

With over 230 beds in new and refurbished areas, there will be an increase in maternity and paediatric beds – giving Western Health the room they need to grow and meet future demand, with the numbers of births at Sunshine Hospital expected to exceed 7,000 a year by 2026, and allowing more women in Melbourne’s west to give birth and access children’s services closer to home.

We recently caught up with Natasha Toohey, Executive Director of Operations at Western Health to chat about the project. Natasha led the commissioning and patient move for the new building.

Here Natasha shares the strategy that made moving 137 patients seamless and the vision allowing Western Health to deliver superior patient experiences in Melbourne’s west for decades to come. 

Victorian Update: Exploring the Priority Areas and Strategic Innovations Driving the Future of Hospital Delivery

Victorian Update: Exploring the Priority Areas and Strategic Innovations Driving the Future of Hospital Delivery

Looking specifically at Victoria, over the last four years there has been a record investment of $11.4 billion into Victoria’s healthcare and hospital services. This investment has brought about substantial transformation and a number of new facilities being green-lit. Most notable of these is Western Health’s $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital. 

What’s more, the recently announced Victorian Budget for 2019-2020 pledges a further $5.5 billion to Victoria’s healthcare scene over the next four years to ensure every Victorian can get the best care. Looking again to the ‘Top Trends’ report we explore the key drivers prompting this comprehensive investment. Challenges around aging infrastructure were cited as the key driver with 37.5% of Victorian healthcare providers burdened by out-dated infrastructure. This is followed respectively by a desire to deliver better customer experiences (25%) and to increase overall operational productivity (18.8%).

Ahead of the Health Facilities Design and Development Summit, running as part of the annual Victorian Healthcare Week event we take a look at the infrastructure investments being made by three Victorian healthcare providers and delve into the strategies they’re harnessing to meet future need, deliver better patient experiences and increase operational productivity.