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April 20, 2016


Optimising Health Environments – why neuroscientists, clinicians, designers and architects need to work together
Professor Julie Bernhardt will speak to the work of The Florey Institute and its relevance to health facility design, specifically picking up the link between research and good practice.

Julie Bernhardt, Professor at The Florey in Melbourne, is a clinician scientist and clinical trialist, who has spent over 25 years helping patients with brain injury recover. Over that time, she acquired a deep interest in environment/brain interactions. A Churchill Fellowship in 2013 saw her travel the world to study healthcare architecture and ‘environmental enrichment’. She has established transdisciplinary research projects and interactive forums that bring together health architects, designers, basic and clinical researchers, consumers and clinicians. By working together, Julie feels that we can create new opportunities to design healthcare spaces and treatment programs that focus on wellness and recovery.

“Digital Health and Change Management – a symbiotic relationship”
Complementing our first speaker, Richard Royle will look at the number of disastrous attempts at digital health implementations over the years in Australia – both at a national and a local level. In many instances those failures can be attributed to a lack of focus on the method of implementation, rather than on the technology itself. The health industry is, by its nature, conservative, with many practices steeped in tradition. The success of digital health requires working closely with health professionals to ensure an ownership of the necessary change – that means challenging the way health is delivered at the bedside and ensuring that digital implementation produces effective and efficient outcomes that not only improve patient outcomes but also increases the efficiency of the health professionals.

Richard has 35 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Until late last year Richard was the Executive Director of UnitingCare Health in Queensland having held that role since 2006. Richard played a key role in setting UnitingCare Health’s growth strategy which included major expansions at Wesley and St Andrews Hospitals totalling $200million. He also led the new-build of a 100-bed private hospital in Hervey Bay which is Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital. In 2016, Richard has expanded his role in assisting the Federal Government to transition their governance arrangements for digital health for Australia, in line with the recommendations arising from the review that he chaired into the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record project in 2013. Richard will join PriceWaterhouse Coopers as a partner in late 2016, in the area of health consulting for Australia, New Zealand and south east Asia. Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology in Health Management and he has only just relinquished his role at the President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association.


April 20, 2016


Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands
Melbourne, Australia
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