Upcoming Events

    • Monday, June 12, 2023
    • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
    • London, UK

    The 9th European Healthcare Design 2023 (EHD2023) Congress & Exhibition will be held on 12–14 June, 2023 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK and broadcast ‘live’ on SALUS TV to a worldwide audience.

    Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange and Architects for Health, the congress promotes a whole-systems approach to understanding how to plan and operationalise international health systems and infrastructure through the exchange of knowledge, research and global best practice on the relationship between service and system design, technology and the built environment. 

    The congress is organised in partnership with the UK and Europe’s expert professional bodies from the healthcare planning and design fields, international academic institutions, leading public and private health providers, and the healthcare industries.

    Australian Health Design Council Member Rate

    AHDC members are entitled to the Event Partner rate, which is £575 + VAT instead of £625 + VAT, so a £50 + Vat discount off the fee.

    The Event partner rate is accessible on the online registration form

    Go to EHDC Website

    Members travelling to London for the Congress are also encouraged to join the AHDC Study Tour which will visit France and Switzerland immediately after EHDC2023.

    Sign up for the Study Tour
    • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
    • Friday, June 23, 2023
    • France and Switzerland
    • 13

    For the first time since 2019, we are offering an curated international study tour to visit health facilities in France and Switzerland. The study tour is open to 20 people and will feature a perfect balance between learning, networking with peers and local hosts, and enough time for rest & recreation. 

    Tour dates have been set to follow on from the European Healthcare Design Congress and Exhibition (EHDC2023) which will be held on 12 - 14 June, 2023 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK. The theme of the conference is “Fault lines and front lines: Strengthening health system resilience”. 

    Program Highlights

    • Institute Imagine by Jean Nouvel in Paris
    • Necker Children's Hospital
    • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Reims
    • Hospices Civils de Lyon
    • International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon
    • Lyon-Villeurbanne Medipole
    • Geneva University Hospital
    • Geneva Sustainability Centre
    • Médecins Sans Frontières

    As of 16 April 2023, we have had most visits formally confirmed, but a few only verbally. This means that there is a small chance that a planned visit may not go ahead as planned or that the order may change.

    230415 AHDC 2023 Tour Brochure.pdf

    Important Information

    You make your own way to Paris, and book your own hotels - giving you the choice to 'star-it-up or down' according to your wishes and expectations. To assist with you booking your own hotels, we will advice you of the best area to stay once you have registered.

    The tour fees will cover:

    • Hospital visits
    • Transport during the tour to the planned facilities and activities
    • Non-health-design-related planned activities (such as champagne tasting tour, food tour, museum)

    The Tour fees will not cover:

    • Food & drinks
    • Any activity not described in the brochure
    • Accommodation (budget estimate for 10 nights: AU $3,000)

    If you opt out of any of the activities, we will deduct those costs from your tour fee.

    Registration and Cancellation

    There are maximum 20 places available.

    Tour bookings will commence in May. If you cancel before May, you will receive a full refund. If tour bookings have commenced, your refund will be deducted at pro-rata for any non-refundable costs incurred. 

    Please inform us promptly if you can no longer attend so your spot can be transferred.

    Contact Details

    Michel Verheem / ID-LAB

    • Thursday, June 22, 2023
    • 18:00 - 19:30
    • Online - Webinar
    • 451

    Inclusive design is not aspirational, it is fundamental. This webinar will explore the question: How can universal design support inclusion and improve wellbeing in healthcare settings?

    We need to engage meaningfully with the community and develop design responses that will create access and safe spaces for everyone. The places we create should reflect and include the voices of many different people and this is particularly true for essential services such as healthcare. Extensive research confirms the benefits of well-designed places, and the positive impact of design on our lives. The connection between design and neuroscience, health, wellbeing, and human behaviour is evident, and it is important that this evidence-base informs decision making about the shape, nature and function of our cities, buildings, and landscapes. Hassell’s research, ‘Equal access is not an optional extra’, reports that to create a truly inclusive environment, designers should stretch beyond regulatory compliance and consider comfort and wellness, all abilities and gender, and understand local context, traditions and heritage and develop genuine relationships with stakeholders to ultimately create Places People Love.


    Leanne Guy, Hassell, Principal and Health Sector Lead

    Leanne is Hassell’s global health sector leader. With a background in both nursing and design and more than 20 years working on healthcare projects in Australia and the UK, her experience has enabled her to develop an in-depth understanding of human behaviour and the need for a holistic design response and creating environments for health and wellbeing.

    Continuing Professional Development

    This event provides opportunities for CPD points for Architects, Project Managers and Engineers. For more information go to Relevant NSCA Units for this event (Architects Only):

    • PC 18 Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, research, emergent knowledge and critical evaluation in formulating and refining concept design options, including the exploration of three dimensional form and spatial quality.
    • PC 29 Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural and community values embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements.
    • PC 30 Be able to explore options for siting a project, including integrating information and analysis of relevant cultural, social and economic factors.
    • PC 36 Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, emergent knowledge, critical evaluation and continued engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to produce a coherent project design. This should be resolved in terms of supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for Country, site planning, formal composition, spatial planning and circulation as appropriate to the project brief and all other factors affecting the project.
      • Thursday, July 20, 2023
      • 18:00

      Details to be announced soon

      • Friday, August 18, 2023

      Details to be announced soon

      • Wednesday, November 01, 2023
      • Friday, November 03, 2023
      • Collins Square, Melbourne

      The Australian Health Design Council would like to invite you to attend our 2023 national conference. We are a group of design and health planning professionals, putting on an interactive educational and social event for our peers to share knowledge, promote research and work collaboratively towards better health care design.

      If you want to participate in a professionally-guided event with a genuine commitment to challenge the status quo and engage in lively and passionate debates, this is the conference for you!

      Our events are attended by a wide range of professionals interested in Health Design including Architects, Clinical Planners, Engineers, Project Managers, Academics, Professional Researchers, Health Service Providers and Health Service Managers. 

      Come along: learn, connect and be inspired.

      Conference Theme: No Magic Bullet

      Designing for health is not a “one-size-fits all” exercise and there is no magic bullet that can provide optimal outcomes without compromise. This conference aims to bring together the diverse knowledge and experience of designers, clinical planners and healthcare specialists to discuss the many small steps it takes to deliver better health buildings to support a more human-centred, inclusive, and future-focused healthcare delivery.

      Under the theme of “there is no magic bullet”, we will be focusing on designing for Recovery, Scale and Country which you can read about here:

      AHDC 2023 Conference Themes - Issue 2.pdf

      Partnership Opportunities

      Conference Partnership is open to industry and product manufacturers, suppliers, health educators, advisers, design practices, government agencies, health service representatives. A range of opportunities are available, from session sponsorship, trade booths and displays, and cross-promotion opportunities. For more information, please email

      Event Details


      • Collins Square Events Centre
      • Level 5, Tower 2/727 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008


      • Conference Day 1: Wednesday 1st November
      • Conference Day 2: Thursday 2nd November
      • Conference Day 3 (Site Visits and Supporting Events): Friday 3rd November

    Past Events

    Thursday, May 18, 2023 Transforming Health Infrastructure Delivery: A Queensland Perspective
    Thursday, April 20, 2023 Building Healthcare Beyond Tradition - Health and Innovation Precincts
    Monday, March 06, 2023 Sydney Build Expo - Partner Event
    Thursday, February 16, 2023 AHDC February Webinar: AusHFG Update
    Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Australasian Health Design Conference - Victorian Heart Hospital Site Tour
    Monday, November 28, 2022 AHDC Conference 2022 - Breaking Down the Silos
    Thursday, October 27, 2022 AHDC 2022 AGM
    Thursday, August 25, 2022 In Person Symposium August 2022: Designing for the Virtual Care Environment
    Friday, July 29, 2022 Site Visit to the New Acute Services Building – Randwick Campus Redevelopment
    Thursday, July 21, 2022 AHDC Webinar July 2022: The Hospital of The Future
    Thursday, June 23, 2022 AHDC Webinar June 2022: Roadmap To Net Zero Healthcare
    Thursday, April 28, 2022 In Person Symposium Right Sizing the Hospital: Are Hospitals Getting Larger or Smaller?
    Thursday, March 24, 2022 AHDC March 2022: Event How Would You Redesign the Brief?
    Thursday, February 24, 2022 AHDC February 2022 Event: A Well-Placed Hospital, Wolfson Economics Prize Finalist 2021
    Thursday, November 25, 2021 AHDC November 2021 Webinar : Update on the Australian Health Facility Guidelines
    Thursday, October 21, 2021 AHDC 2021 Annual General Meeting  & 2021 European Design Conference Design Awards – Extracts and Discussion
    Thursday, September 23, 2021 AHDC September 2021 Webinar: Connecting with Country: A draft framework for understanding the value of Aboriginal knowledge in the design and planning of places
    Thursday, August 26, 2021 AHDC August 2021 Webinar: Clean and Green Hospitals. Healthcare Sustainability
    Thursday, July 22, 2021 AHDC July 2021 Webinar : Waipapa, Christchurch Hospital with Darryl Carey
    Sunday, July 18, 2021 International Union of Architects Public Health Group (UIA PHG), integrated with 27th World Congress
    Thursday, June 24, 2021 Integrating 'Design Thinking and Doing’ Into Healthcare - Learning from Queensland’s Healthcare Excellence Accelerator Lab (HEAL) Initiative
    Monday, June 14, 2021 PARTNER EVENT: European Healthcare Design 14th -18th June 2021
    Thursday, May 27, 2021 AHDC May 2021 Webinar: Queensland’s newest Specialist Public Health Facility – The Surgical Treatment And Rehabilitation Service (STARS), A Virtual Tour
    Thursday, April 22, 2021 Disaster Resilience In Australian Hospitals: AHDC Web Event April 2021
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 PARTNER EVENT: 7th Optimising Health Environments (OHE) Forum
    Wednesday, April 07, 2021 13th World Congress for Design & Health
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Australian Healthcare Week 2021 at Home
    Thursday, March 25, 2021 Imagining Better Healthcare Ecosystems: AHDC March 2021 Online Educational Event
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Australian Healthcare Week - New Date
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 How is Human Experience Shaping Design? AHDC February 2021 Education Webinar
    Thursday, December 03, 2020 The Impacts of COVID-19 On Hospital Planning: ACHSM PARTNER EVENT
    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Emergency Department Design and Covid Future Planning: LIVE ONLY EVENT
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 AHDC 2020 AGM and Education Oct Event 8
    Thursday, September 24, 2020 AHDC Education Sept Event (7) - 2020
    Monday, September 14, 2020 EUROPEAN HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2020
    Thursday, August 20, 2020 Critical Care Medicine - AHDC Education August Event (6) - 2020
    Thursday, July 23, 2020 "Consumer Engagement in the Design of Hospitals" AHDC Education Event (5) - July 2020
    Thursday, June 25, 2020 AHDC June 2020 Event - An update of the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (AusHFG) - Education Event
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 AHDC Education Event 3 - 2020 Infection Control driving the design of the Engine Room of the Hospital - CSSD
    Friday, February 21, 2020 Sorry Planned Hospital Tour has been cancelled - AHDC Education Event 2 - 2020
    Thursday, February 20, 2020 AHDC Education Event 1 - 2020 “Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of Healthcare Facilities– A New Approach.”
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Queensland Healthcare Week
    Thursday, November 21, 2019 Improving Capital Works Funding for Health Facilities - Event 7
    Wednesday, October 09, 2019 ACHSM 2019 Asia-Pacific health leadership congress
    Thursday, September 26, 2019 AHDC AGM 2019 and Presentation On Car Parking In Hospital Projects
    Thursday, September 05, 2019 Welcome to the new AHDC Website & Membership Pages
    Tuesday, August 06, 2019 Healthcare Leaders Forum, ICC in Sydney
    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 NZHDC + UIAPHG 30-31 2019
    Monday, June 17, 2019 The AHDC Northern Europe Hospital Study Tour

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