Upcoming events

    • Monday, June 14, 2021
    • 09:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • Thursday, June 17, 2021
    • 17:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    20% Discount Available to AHDC Individual Members 
    Early bird registration has been extended to the 2nd June!

    European Healthcare Design 14–17 June 2021 
    Creative destruction: Design innovation in the face of existential threats

    Once Again our Chair Kate Copeland is Lead Judge for “Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm)”.

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    • Thursday, June 24, 2021
    • 18:00 - 19:30 (UTC+10:00)
    • Online - Webinar
    • 472

    Integrating 'Design Thinking and Doing’ Into Healthcare - Learning from Queensland’s Healthcare Excellence Accelerator Lab (HEAL) Initiative

    Professor Evonne Miller
    Director, QUT Design Lab - qut.design   
    Queensland University of Technology

    Drawing on recent projects in aged care and healthcare, Evonne will discuss in this fifth AHDC educational event her experience and learnings from implementing HEAL – the Healthcare Excellence Accelerator, which has embedded designers into Queensland hospitals in. Evonne has been awarded ~$4 Million in competitive research grant funding, and over 100 scholarly publications - including two recent books: Creating Great Places: Evidence-based urban design for health and wellbeing (Routledge, 2020, with A/Prof Deb Cushing), and “Creative Arts-Based Research in Aged Care: Photovoice, Photography and Poetry in Action” (Routledge, 2021)

    After the conclusion of the presentation and the Q&A session, we will be providing a networking opportunity for members to share thoughts and meet other fellow Health Design professionals.


    We welcome all professionals interested in hearing more about the design and operation of health spaces. If you have a friend, colleague or client, who would like to attend the next event, you can access a free ticket for them on the registration page. Simply add their name and email address into the Guest box when you register, they will receive a Guest registration and an individual zoom link. Please note that your Guests details will be added to our database so please check with them before inviting them. They can obviously unsubscribe, however they may miss the event link if they unsubscribe before the event.  Obviously we hope that Guests will wish to join us as members in the future.

    The AHDC Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have renewed their membership for the new financial year. Please note that people joining as a new member, renewing an expired membership or paying to attend the June event will also benefit with up to a one month of free membership through to the end of June 2022. 

    • Sunday, July 18, 2021
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • Thursday, July 22, 2021
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • Rio


    One of the hot topics is related to analyzing and studying the relationship between health and the urban environment, through a variety of professionals, including architects and urban planners, landscapists, geographers, engineers, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, epidemiologists, sanitarians, public administrators, and others. Urban health has been of concern to the World Health Organization (WHO) since the mid-1980s. The WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, published in 1986, has been considered as a milestone for this discussion.

    City planning works with a complexity of infrastructure plans and systems, environmental issues, population growth, economic activities, and others, whose dynamics generate impacts on the health of its inhabitants, with risks connected that can be observed and worked in the perspective of solutions or problems determined by the built environment. At present, other phenomena such as migrations, the refugee crisis and the increase in precarious settlements have brought other important and necessary implications in the area of global health.

    Studies on the health situation in cities and towns comprise disciplines and diverse approaches that compose a set of complementary observations necessary for the debate of public policies, with a health approach in different scales and segments of the population, from urban to housing. In this sense, the theme of habitat and healthy housing, created by PAHO / WHO since 1985, articulates studies on the influence of external factors on built environments, and their consequences of risk and vulnerability on human and environmental health.

    The understanding and study of these cause-effect mediations, that is, how intervention occurs in the external and internal space, in the individual and the collective, can be a way of reducing the inequalities and social inequities of the health-disease process. This theme is expected to contribute to the broad understanding of health proposed by WHO, in line with the axes indicated by UIA 2020, but with the privileged view of architects and urban planners.


    This track is to discuss experiences regarding architects' training and professional practice, related to health issues. These experiences can be presented as theoretical studies the form or professional practice based -such as projects of health equipment innovation, adaptation, renovation, requalification, retrofit, as well as in the form of structural projects, new technologies, materials, among others, for different health environments, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, sanatoriums, health posts, biomedical research laboratories, teaching and development, pharmaceutical industry and other related spaces.

    Health buildings use to be a challenge to architectural professional activity, which contacts him/her with equipment, technological solutions, materials, flows, etc. Modern and contemporary architects consider the hospital project one of the most complexes in architecture, being the professional of this field of knowledge, the most capable of bringing together, under his direction, different professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and administrators. Such projects, which include laboratories, should be driven by guidelines for health, comfort, humanization, sustainability, maintenance facilities, without mention the aesthetic part, which supports the recovery and well-being of the patient, and the satisfaction of the multidisciplinary team that operates in the health spaces. It is also important to study healthy housing, focusing on the internal factors of risk and vulnerability in buildings and their effects considering human and environmental health, without neglecting the relationship between constructive and human pathologies.

    This theme analyzes from history and culture on the formation, performance and practice of health professionals in their various fields of knowledge, added to the concerns with the preservation of the environmental patrimony. The medicine advancement often imposes changes in health settings that change their traditional setting, placing them in opposite spaces. This seminar proposes itself to be a privileged discussing field between these two practices, seeking to unite intervention with preservation.

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Past events

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

About AHDC

The AHDC is a non-government organisation of professionals involved and/or interested in quality design of health facilities and is the conduit between knowledge providers and knowledge users in Australian health design.

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