Lesley Alway is a clinical health planner working in Australia and Asia. With more than 30 years of clinical experience in the healthcare industry, she has been involved in the design and development of a large number state of the art hospitals and healthcare facilities. Her specialty is in highly critical areas such as Operation Suites and CSSD, ICU and Emergency department design, with emphasis in productivity as well as resources management, always in compliance with the newest and most strict national and international standards.

With an emphatic and pragmatic approach, Lesley communicates well how to improve national standards in order to achieve the best practice in clinical practice including goals of infection control and prevention and patient safety and staff efficiency, accompanying users and opinion leaders towards a successful implementation. She is a committee member of the Australian Health Design Council and a member of the Australian Infection Control Society, as well as a member of the SRACA (Sterilization Research Council of Australia), Life member of Australian Day Surgery Nurses  Association.

Lesley Alway RN. CNOR. Cert IFC and Sterilisation (Mayfield)
Director Strategic Health Resources




Jane Carthey is an Architect who has specialised in the design of hospitals and other healthcare facilities for over 30 years. Between 2002 and 2005, she managed the development of the NSW Health Facility Guidelines (NSWHFG) and from 2005-2010, the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (AusHFG) project. She was the Director of the Centre for Health Assets Australasia (CHAA) and until mid-2011, was an Associate Professor in Construction Management at UNSW. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate program at QUT and her interests include evidence-based collaborative design processes, which is the topic of her Doctorate in Creative Industries.

After returning to practice in 2011, she worked with HI (Rice Daubney) on the bid and design phases for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and then following her return to the practice after two years in Christchurch, New Zealand, on the Westmead Hospital Acute Services Building project. From mid 2013-2014, she lived in Christchurch, New Zealand and worked with the Katoa architectural collective on the design of the new Christchurch Hospital Acute Services Building. More recently, she worked with the operational commissioning team at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sydney and left at the end of February 2018 to concentrate more effectively on her doctoral studies.

In 2011 she established the Australian Health Design Council – an organisation dedicated to improving the design of Australian healthcare facilities and stepped down as its founding chair at the end of 2016.

Ms Jane Carthey, BArch, MPM, EDAC, FRAIA
Founding Chair of the Australian Health Design Council Inc
Current Vice-Chair Sydney-based




Kate is Executive Director, Corporate Systems and Infrastructure at Metro North Hospital and Health Service, a role she had held since August 2016.  Her role includes oversight for approximately $3B capital assets and $1B capital projects. Her portfolio includes Building Engineering and Maintenance Services, Property Services, Asset Management, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Projects, including five hospital and community facilities with 200 buildings on 55 sites.

In addition, Metro North Hospital and Health Service is working with Australian Unity for the delivery of the Herston Quarter Redevelopment Project.  This masterplanned mixed use redevelopment is being progressed as a public private partnership, and will include the delivery of a new public health facility for Metro North – providing specialist rehabilitation, surgery and ambulatory care.  

Kate is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor with Griffith University, and has previously been an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with University of Queensland and a visiting lecturer with Queensland University of Technology.

Kate has been active in the planning, procurement and delivery of capital projects since 1996, with specific responsibility for healthcare projects undertaken in Brisbane (1996-2002) and for the major hospital developments undertaken in Queensland (2007 – 2012). These included initiation, resourcing and planning for the Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland Children’s Hospital (now Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital) and Sunshine Coast University Hospital, together with Cairns Base Hospital, and Mackay Base Hospital. This later expanded to include all health projects across northern Queensland including Townsville Hospital, Rockhampton Hospital and Mt Isa Hospital, as well as multiple health facility projects across the large geographical area of North and Far North Queensland.

Kate is currently Chair for the Australian Health Design Council (AHDC), a Past President of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), and an associate of European Health Design Council and the International Academy for Design and Health.

Kate Copeland
Adjunct Associate Professor




Peter is currently the Director, Capital Program for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. The new WCH is currently in the early stages of planning and will be built next to the recently completed new Royal Adelaide Hospital.  The new WCH comprises of: obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatric and neonatal services. The new WCH is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.


Peter has a nursing background, with nearly 20 years of clinical experience in acute care, specialising mental health care, which included managing adult acute mental health unit for 8 years. Post graduate education has included a Master of Science (Public Health) by research thesis titled: “The Experience Of People With Mental Illness When Dealing With The Police’, which was significant issue in the 1990s. More recently he completed a Masters of Business Administration (University of Adelaide) in 2017.


He has over 15 years managing capital projects and being part of project management teams. This experience includes being involved in a number of projects from end to end: from service planning through submissions for funding and approval, through the construction phase and the completion and commissioning phase.  Projects undertaken and completed include: acute inpatient mental health units, community based mental health facilities; acute intensive care unit; the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He also had 5 years’ experience on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project, with a specific focus on large and complex medical equipment.

Vision Statement

Peter views the development of health capital facilities as a key enabler of health care. As such he has a strong interest in health service planning and the development of patient-centred models of care, which present both a challenge and opportunity to the design and delivery of new health facilities.

Peter Fitzsimmons RN, MSc, MBA, MAIPM
Director Capital Program, new Women’s and Children’s Hospital



Harm Hollander is a Principal with Conrad Gargett and has a desire to advance improvements in the health care environment. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Harm has also mentored in Construction, Professional Studies and Design at various universities.  He enjoys leading large projects from commencement to completion, working through over-arching aspects such as briefing, design and the delivery challenges. He seeks to continually be informed by best practice in both strategic and practical health requirements, and this has seen him lead the health planning on major projects such as the Princess Alexandra Hospital Redevelopment (opened 2001), Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital- Entrance Building (competition top three, 2017),  Zhejiang University Hospital (competition top five, 2013) and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (opened 2014).  As a Doctor of Creative Industries candidate, Harm remains the student in seeking further improvement in collaborations towards better design outcomes

Harm Hollander BArch CDec FRAIA BOAQ Investigator
Principal  Registered Architect 1972




Warren is the National Director of the HAMES SHARLEY Health Portfolio based in Perth Western Australia, with specific responsibilities for all the healthcare projects undertaken by HAMES SHARLEY throughout Australia and New Zealand.  In addition to his formal qualifications in architecture, Warren has a Masters Degree in health administration and a post-graduate diploma in project facilitation.

During his career, he has undertaken health projects in all States of Australia and New Zealand, ranging from individual hospital departments through to leading the collaboration of architectural practices responsible for the masterplanning and design of the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth.

In addition to his project workload, Warren maintains an active interest in teaching and research through his role as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia in the School of Design and is an active member of the Counil of Convocaiton for UWA, following his role as the Warden of Convocation for four years from 2013-2017.

During the period 2005-12 he was a Visiting Professor in health facility planning and design in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, and an independent Board member of the UNSW Research Centre for Health Assets Australasia.

Warren also represents Australia and is the immediate past chair of the International Union of Architects Public Health Group (a work group comprising 62 countries), is a member of the Advisory Board for the USA journal Health Environments Research & Design, is on the awards jury of the American Society for Critical Care Medicine, heads the Australian Institute of Architects WA Health Architecture Committee and chairs the Special Interest Group for health facility planning and design of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

For the past four years, he has also been a Professional Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University in the USA with whom he is working to establish Australia’s first postgraduate course in health facility planning & design.

Warren is a former State and National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a former State and National Chair of the Australian Council of Built Environment Design Professions (representing all architects, engineers, quantity surveyors & project managers).  

In January 2009 Warren was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his services to architecture and his contribution to the planning and design of major health facilities.

Warren Kerr AM  Adjunct Professor Arch MHP LFRAIA FACHSM FAIM Hon AIA Hon FNZIA Hon MRAIC




Christine has approximately twenty years strategic health planning experience including:
• operational and service planning
• clinical demand forecasting and capacity assessment
• clinical redesign and model of care development
• stakeholder engagement
• infrastructure planning
• change management

This work includes consideration / development of emerging Models of Care and hospital diversion strategies which help to shape the design of health infrastructure into the future.
As a key member of masterplanning and design teams, Christine helps to ascertain:
• the architectural and operational condition of existing assets
• their potential for re-purposing to support clinical care delivery
• the requirement for and role of future focussed infrastructure
Christine’s work in this field has directly contributed to improving the consistency and effectiveness of health facility design. Christine’s focus is on the long-term sustainability of health services and clinical care delivery.



Director, Stitchell Architect Pty Ltd
QLD Registered Architect #2281

2019  –          Stitchell Architect Pty Ltd
2008 –  2018 Gray Puksand
1997 – 2008  MBS Architects
1987 – 1997  Perry Bland and Partners
1982 – 1987  Perry Bland Kennerson
1978 – 1982  John Kershaw Architects

Ian’s early career was spent with John Kershaw Architects, a father & son practice that included a broad project range of government, laboratory, commercial, residential and community buildings. Ian was with Gray Puksand from 1982, and was a Partner from 1993 until 2017, where he stepped back from business development to concentrate on project delivery. In 2018 he formed a new company as a sole trader and Consulting Architect.

He has actively sought an all-embracing design experience in a range of project types including government, multi-story commercial, banking and industrial, with a current emphasis on community, lifestyle, retirement living and aged care projects. He has a strong interest in sustainable design and seeks to remain up to date with current design practices and techniques.

Through his devotion to add design, joy and value to all client projects, with Gray Puksand he had gained a loyal client group who relied on his ability as an experienced architect to deliver projects that surpassed client objectives.

He is actively involved in research in the retirement and aged care sectors, with the intent of becoming a thought leader in this field.

Ian considers himself a “coalface” architect, the point of contact for clients, the one who formulates the brief, is involved in the design, and managing the project from inception through documentation, construction and beyond.

Ian Sitchell Bachelor of Architecture AIA



John is a UK registered architect with over 25 years of international experience in the industry with a focus on Healthcare Briefing, Design and Delivery.

John’s passion has always been the development of clear and informative brief information and a concept that helps ensure the strategic design is developed into high quality detail product that meets, if not preferably exceeds, the requirements.   His experience includes the development of Research, Briefing and Strategy along with the design and construction of healthcare buildings varying from small community and primary care facilities (<1 million AUD) to major acute and university/teaching hospitals and research facilities (>2 billion AUD).

Johns’ involvement in healthcare briefing and design started at the Medical Architecture Research Unit in London (MARU) with primary and community care facilities and continued with mental health facilities as a founding director of maap architects (now medical architecture UK and maap architects Australia).   This was followed by work on acute hospital design with, among others, the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust PFI (Nightingale Associates, now IBI Group), the Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi (HDR/Aedas) and the CHUM Montreal (Cannon Design + NEUF). John has been an advisor to tier 1 contractors for the design and delivery of major projects around the world and was also an architectural advisor to the Department of Health (DoH) in the UK for over 15 years and has been involved in producing design guidance for DoH England, Scotland, Health Estates Northern Ireland and The Basque Regional Government in Spain.

John is currently Secretary of The Australian Health Design Council and a Member of the Leadership Committee for the South Pacific Chapter of the International Academy of Design and Health.

John Temple  Architect (UK)




Michèl is the founder of IDLab: a world-wide leader in hospital wayfinding.  ID/Lab optimise how people navigate through a space, how they behave in, and experience it, by orchestrating and designing processes, objects, information, communication, technology and people.

He has over twenty five years experience working on large, complex, projects, and since IDLab’s international expansion in 2010, has been involved with many large projects in Australasia, North America, Middle East and Europe.

Wayfinding in essence is a coherent approach to providing all information required for navigation, at the right time, at the right location, to the right user.

Michèl has developed a methodology that borrows from Process Analysis, Process Design and Service Design in order to analyse what is required to match a user’s expectations and requirements around information with what gets provided to them.

The Process Analysis and Process Design stages of his wayfinding projects often lead to Hospitals getting more or different insights about what user do/should experience, and how this impacts the organisation and it’s clients.

Michèl’s understanding of human behaviour,  process discovery, design, stakeholder engagement, change management, and architecture, combined with a drive for quality, customer & user satisfaction, allow him to create functional wayfinding systems that, enhance the user experience, and are fully integrated in the fabric of the architecture.


Michèl has worked on projects such as:

AZ Groeninge Hospital, Belgium 1,150 beds

AZ Zeno, Belgium – 380 beds

Auckland Hospital, New Zealand 710 beds

Amphia Hospital, The Netherlands 575 beds

Bendigo Hospital – 375 beds

Royal Adelaide Hospital – 800 beds

Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne 335 beds

Alfred Hospital, Melbourne 640 beds

Royal Hobart Hospital – 500 beds

Liverpool Hospital – 855 beds

St Vincent’s Public Hospital,  Melbourne – 500 beds

Geelong University Hospital 410 beds

Box Hill Hospital – 620 beds

Westmead Hospital, CASB 975 beds

VCCC – Peter MacCallum, Melbourne 315 beds

Hollywood Private, Perth – 740 beds

St John of God Murdoch Perth 510 beds

St John of God Midland Perth 365 beds

Cabrini Hospital – 640 beds  

Blacktown Hospital – 400 beds





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