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August 18th

August 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DESIGN MATTERS FOR NURSES: The role of hospital design in nurse attraction and retention


August 18

Time: 5:00 for 5:30pm – Aurecon Melbourne – Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands (with video conferencing to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth)

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Nursing staff attraction and retention are currently significant issues in healthcare worldwide and are likely to be exacerbated by the growth in health services needed to meet the demands of the ageing global population, and as the burden of healthcare shifts to lifestyle related diseases. Prevailing hospital design is contributing to the difficulty of attracting and retaining nurses.

Previous research has identified a number of individual and organisational factors that affect the job satisfaction and productivity of nurses. While the role of the physical environment is less well understood, studies have uncovered links between hospital workplace design and efficiency, patient and staff health and safety, and staff morale.

In 2015 a research collaboration between HASSELL and the University of Melbourne Health Systems and Workforce Unit explored how workplace design can make a meaningful contribution to a hospital’s staff attraction and retention strategy in an increasingly competitive sector.

Sheree Proposch, Principal at HASSELL, will provide an introduction to the research that explores nurse experiences about how hospital design influences nursing staff attraction and retention in order to better inform future hospital design.

Michaela Sheahan, Researcher at HASSELL, will present the research that analysed existing and new data from nurses currently working in hospitals, that explored elements of the physical environment that most affect nurses in their daily tasks, and how better design may be able to assist in the development of a happy and sustainable nursing workforce.

Leanne Guy, Associate Director at DesignInc. will provide insights into hospital design from a Clinical and Architectural perspective.

Following our speakers there will be an opportunity to network with AHDC members, the speaker and colleagues.

For AHDC Members – the event is free
for Non – Members – the fee is $100 (one year membership special when you register for this event)

In 2016 AHDC has introduced a financial year membership. All members, except those who have renewed in the last six months, are now due for renewal. Please pay your membership renewal of $100 when you register for this event.

For new members, we are offering a one year membership special:  

We will waive the $75 joining fee so you only pay $100 for membership if you join by registering for this event.

For members who have recently updated their membership please contact info@aushdc.org.au for more information on how we can update your membership to the end of the current financial year.



Sheree Proposch, Principal at HASSELL. Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)


Sheree is a leading specialist in healthcare design and strategy, and has worked in Australia and the UK. She holds qualifications in architecture and business and focuses on social infrastructure projects. She has a particular interest in functionally complex facilities and believes it is essential to fully understand a client’s business in order to design buildings and spaces that are high performing, and to create an elegant design solution that transcends the brief and improves community amenity.

Sheree has extensive experience in leading and developing strategic briefs, masterplans, precinct plans, feasibility studies, business cases, health planning, design and delivery. She contributes to a number of health and education projects across the Hassell studios, in Australia and UK.


Michaela Sheahan, Researcher, HASSELL.  Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Master’s degree in Design and Planning.


Michaela is a researcher with the HASSELL Knowledge and Sustainability team. She works with the practice leaders to develop ideas and research that contribute to design projects in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. With a background in commercial interior design and a Masters in Planning and Environment, Michaela promotes the use of research in the design process, with a particular focus on tertiary education and health.

Michaela has undertaken research in design for mental health facilities, hospital knowledge precincts, and the attraction and retention of nurses. She is currently working with the University of Melbourne Health Systems and Workforce Unit to explore designing emergency departments to maximise interdisciplinary team communication.


Leanne Guy, Associate Director: New Business & Health, DesignInc. Post Graduate Diploma in Interior Design; Bachelor Built Environment, Interior Designer, Bachelor Business, Health Administration; Registered Nurse


Leanne has over 10 years’ experience in interior design and health planning and 10 years in the healthcare industry as a registered nurse. Leanne’s expertise lies in managing the briefing, planning, design and client liaison aspects of major healthcare projects. Her communication and facilitation skills are finely tuned to effectively engage and manage large, complex stakeholder requirements throughout the briefing and design phases.

Her background as an interior designer and clinician, combined with an extensive knowledge of regulatory health and technical guidelines together with an awareness of the importance of creating healthy environments for people, has produced functional, yet innovative and high quality solutions for tertiary and quaternary hospitals and private healthcare clients in Australia and the United Kingdom.

A big thank you to our partners and supporters for this event:

Foundation Partners: In Vitro Technologies, Herman Miller, Tarkett and Marquet

Event Partner:  Aurecon

Design Matters for Nurses: The role of hospital design in nurse attraction and retention

A joint HASSELL and University of Melbourne collaboration.

The authors of the research paper:

Michaela Sheahan, Researcher, HASSELL

Dr Lucio Naccarella, Researcher, University of Melbourne

Prof Jim Buchan

Megan Reading

Dr Augustin Chevez

Brett Pollard




August 18, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Aurecon Melbourne
Level 8, 850 Collins St
Docklands (Video streaming to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide), Victoria Australia
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