Pete Hodgson

Chairman – New Dunedin Hospital Southern Partnership Group (NZ)

Health Facilities Design and Development Plenary Day One: Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

9:00 AM NZ$1.4B New Dunedin Hospital – a place changing project

The New Dunedin Hospital is the largest in New Zealand’s History, even though it serves a small population. This hospital is almost a complete rebuild which will inevitably change not just health care provision but the city itself. But change for the better? Dunedin has a history of low or zero growth, but recently has become a mig-growth centre.  Learn about how this hospital contribute to this growth though:

  • Decarbonising the CBD: The new Dunedin hospital will be partly heated by a wood chip fired district energy scheme, a rarity in Australasia, which will also heat most of the University of Otago and many of the buildings in the city centre as well
  • Reshaping transport in Dunedin: since the hospital will be sited between the north and south bound lanes of the city’s one-way state highway system, change may be afoot, as will changes to public transport
  • Changing how health is delivered: The University hosts the larger of New Zealand’s two new medical schools, a pharmacy school, physiotherapy school and only dental school. Otago Polytechnic [TAFE] hosts nursing, midwifery and occupational therapy schools. The advent of the new Dunedin hospital will bring all those schools together, promoting  extensive interaction between practising health professionals and health science undergrads
  • Growing and retaining a large workforce: Dunedin will need to train and retain a construction workforce. We will also need to import a workforce, and house it. The job has been sized, training has begun, and housing is on the way. It is dependent on local goodwill, early contractor engagement, borrowing ideas from Barangaroo or Christchurch, and some new tricks besides, especially in the area of pastoral care

10:00 AM THE GREAT DEBATE: State and Federal Government Should Not Fund the Development Car Parking Infrastructure in Healthcare

Government funding for car parking infrastructure is becoming an increasingly prominent issue in healthcare as both staff and patients struggle with car parking fees and shortages at hospitals and community health centres.

Should employees and patients be burdened with paying for parking? Could the funds used for car parking infrastructure instead be used to enhance patient care? Is the private sector the only winner in the current model?

Watch two teams battle it out as they debate whether State and Federal Government should fund or contribute to funding the development of hospital and community health centre car parks. 

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Pete.

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