Melinda Sukhla

Director of Strategy & Planning
St Vincent’s Health Network

10:00 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Future Prospects for Healthcare Provision

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


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

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