Conference Day One: Monday, 28 August 2017

8:10 AM - 9:20 AM Registration and Networking

9:10 AM - 9:20 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair

9:20 AM - 9:30 AM VIDEO ADDRESS: Official Opening of Victorian Healthcare Week 2017

Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, Minister of Health, Government of Victoria


Hon. Jill Hennessy MP

Minister of Health
Government of Victoria

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Solution Provider Session

Changing patterns of disease and improvements in medical and communications technology are contributing to the momentum for a new approach in the design of hospitals and delivery of health.

To ensure that the Australian healthcare system is responsive to current and future demands, this panel will discuss:
  • What’s next for healthcare and where do we see ourselves in 15-20 years?
  • Population growth – Why is it important to assess the population coming in and out of your hospitals and what can it tell you about future care delivery system needs?
  • Investing in new models of integrated care and reviewing funding models
  • Delivering the benefits of digital healthcare and avoiding costly mistakes
  • Workforce reform and the concept of workforce flexibility – continuous reassessment of skill mixes and having more responsive education and training programs



Dr Simon Woods

Executive Director
Cabrini Malvern

Melinda Sukhla

Director of Strategy & Planning
St Vincent’s Health Network

Damian Armour

Chief Executive Officer
Epworth Geelong

Robin Mann

National Chief Of Innovation
Calvary Care

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Speed Networking

An effectively structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations.
Bring your business cards!


11:30 AM - 12:50 PM ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Interactive Discussion Groups

You will have the opportunity to participate in two discussions during this session

Roundtable A

11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Greater Collaboration and Engagement with Clinicians and Patients Throughout the Design Process

Stefano Scalzo, Manager, Design Services – Infrastructure Planning and Delivery, Department of Health & Human Services


Stefano Scalzo

Manager, Design Services – Infrastructure Planning and Delivery
Department of Health & Human Services

Roundtable B

11:30 AM - 12:50 PM The Benefits of Including ICT in the Early Phase of New Hospital Design and How to Avoid a Digital Hospital Disaster

Rod Sprenger, Technology Program Manager, Victorian Heart Hospital


Rod Sprenger

Technology Program Manager
Victorian Heart Hospital


Judith Hemsworth

Principal Advisor, Design Services - Infrastructure Planning and Deliver
Department of Health & Human Services

Sally Delany

Consultant Architect, Design Services - Infrastructure Planning and Delivery
Department of Health & Human Services

Roundtable D

11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Operations with a 3D View: Next Generation Operating Theatre Design

Troy Tregilles, Peri-Operative Manager, St John of God Ballarat Hospital

Troy Tregilles

Peri-Operative Manager
St John of God Ballarat Hospital


1:50 PM - 2:20 PM CASE STUDY: Commissioning Challenges in Delivering Safe and Innovative Models of Care in a Live Hospital Environment

Lisa Evans, Director of Nursing, St John of God Berwick Hospital
At a total projected cost of $150 million, St John of God Berwick Hospital (SJOG) and Generation Healthcare REIT expect to deliver their 190 bed Greenfield hospital on Kangan Drive Berwick by the end of 2017. From a commissioning perspective, SJOG has had to be particularly innovative in how they deliver care in a live hospital environment.
In this session, Lisa will discuss how she and her team are:
  • Planning and designing for the future by forecasting anticipated demand for services, performing data analysis and prototyping rooms to ensure practicality of design
  • Managing the commissioning process and stakeholder engagement as they transition from old to new in a live hospital environment
  • Continuing a great culture and maintaining positive patient experiences as they transition into a new environment where the workforce and patient flow has doubled
  • Re-assessing the workforce and skill mix to ensure a fit-for-the-future capability


Lisa Evans

Director of Nursing
St John of God Berwick Hospital

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM Overcoming Challenges in Healthcare Procurement

Bob Venables, Manager, Procurement Strategy and Policy, Department of Health and Human Services
Supply chains in hospitals can account for as much as 30 percent of total hospital costs. But how can hospitals deliver high-quality but affordable services in a continually changing market that faces sustainability pressures? This panel will explore key challenges, considerations and strategies to drive procurement effectiveness and better visibility to optimise clinical outcomes and cost savings.
  • Maintaining the dynamic balance between reducing costs and providing high quality care
  • Effective procurement models and implementation challenges
  • The role of innovation in procurement
  • Redesigning your supplier-contractor relations through more collaborative governance
  • Leveraging technology, market intelligence and data to support efficient procurement and supply chain management execution, greater transparency and a collaborative governance structure

Bob Venables

Manager, Procurement Strategy and Policy
Department of Health and Human Services

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM CASE STUDY: Designing a Healthcare Facility Around the Needs of the Complex Patient

Dr Simon Woods, Executive Director, Cabrini Malvern
The patient population in large private hospitals has changed substantially over the last few decades. In the past, private hospitals provided predominantly surgical services to lower complexity patients and the design of facilities reflected this.
The modern, large, private hospital, with an emergency department, has a very different clientele. They are older and have more comorbidities, particularly cognitive decline. The risk of hospitalisation in this group include falls, pressure injuries, delirium, infections and general deconditioning of the frail patient. Care is often multidisciplinary and team based.
The rise of multiresistant organisms and the resurgence of contagious diseases, with the threat of pandemics also informs modern hospital design. Patient and family expectations of healthcare and the desire to keep them involved and informed needs to be considered in designing a facility.
Finally, private hospitals need to compete against their counterparts and the well resourced public sector, by providing superior care and amenity.
This presentation describes how these factors influenced the innovative design of Cabrini Malvern’s new clinical building.


Dr Simon Woods

Executive Director
Cabrini Malvern


3:50 PM - 4:20 PM CASE STUDY: St Vincent’s Darlinghurst Campus – Planning for the Future

Melinda Sukhla, Director of Strategy & Planning, St Vincent’s Health Network
St Vincent’s Healthcare Campus in Darlinghurst comprises two public hospitals, a private hospital and numerous renown research institutes. As part of its enVision 2025 strategy, the campus has embarked upon a major planning initiative as an integrated healthcare campus, developing a strategy to respond to the clinical, pastoral and financial challenges facing healthcare. In this session, Melinda will discuss:
· The journey to develop a united vision for the campus
· Their clinical services strategy to respond to key healthcare trends
  • · Alternative delivery models, and aligning the master plan with the vision


Melinda Sukhla

Director of Strategy & Planning
St Vincent’s Health Network

4:20 PM - 4:50 PM INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Challenge Conventional Healthcare Models Through Innovation and Transformative Technology

Peter Söderman, Innovation Program Manager, Karolinska University Hospital (Sweden)
  • Innovative models of care that leverage technology to reach people where they want to be instead of bringing them into the hospital – how to treat more people in a non-hospital location
  • New AI projects like imaging recognition – with the help of machine learning, how to make it more accessible for radiologists to focus on the difficult radiology tasks
  • Exploring future prospects and testing future possibilities to increase efficiencies
  • How can we collate all the important information that we need for and during treatment?
  • How gamification plays a role in making services more effective
  • Other people are just integrating technique into design, but do they have an angle on innovation where they look to challenge the status quo and bring new future technique into the hospital?


Peter Söderman

Innovation Program Manager
Karolinska University Hospital (Sweden)