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  • Monday, January 23, 2023 12:28 | Alison Huynh (Administrator)

    Welcome to our January 2023 Newsletter. AHDC Committee has been working hard over the summer break to prepare for a year packed full of exciting events and opportunities. Inspired by the great discussions hosted at our inaugural conference, we look forward to bringing you the best in health design. Read on to hear about what’s in store for 2023.

    And for those who missed out on last year’s Inaugural Australasian Health Design Conference, we have compiled a highlight reel featuring some of our wonderful delegates.

    Watch the Highlights Reel

    February Webinar - AusHFG Update 2023

    Save the date for our first webinar, which will be held on Thursday 16th February at 6pm AEDT. Our first session of the year will feature an update from the Australian Health Facilities Guidelines development team on their work throughout 2022 and into 2023. 

    We will welcome back Marnie Blackburn and Shalyce Corney for their insights into facilitating the AusHFG review processes to ensure alignment with current best practice models of care, efficient operational models, sustainable and affordable design solutions.

    The event will be hosted online via Zoom, with registration available from 2nd February. As always, our webinars are free to attend for members. If you are not a member, you can sign-up now or pay for your annual membership when you register for the event. 

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    Sydney Build Expo - Healthcare Panel Discussion

    Australian Health Design Council is partnering with Sydney Build Expo to deliver a Healthcare Panel Discussion at their upcoming event which will be held on 6-7 March at ICC Sydney. General attendance is free and our panel discussion will be located on the Infrastructure Stage on Monday 6th March at 11am AEDT. This event is in-person only the event is free for all to attend.

    Our panel discussion will explore how major redevelopment projects can create once-in-a-generation opportunities to change how healthcare buildings are designed and delivered. Future-focused design can build in efficiency, resilience, adaptability and value for money. The conversation will be chaired by AHDC Committee member Alison Huynh, with special guests to be announced.

    Sydney Build is Australia’s leading construction, architecture & infrastructure show that features 500+ exhibitors, hundreds of panel discussions, and incredible networking opportunities. The event connects all key players in the industry and attracts attendees from: contractors, architects, engineers, housebuilders, developers, government, and construction professionals.

    Register for your Free Expo Ticket

    2023 European Study Tour Announced

    In 2019, we traveled to Northern Europe to visit health facilities in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden. This year, we will travel to France and Switzerland and we are looking forward to repeating our previous success. The study tour will be open to current AHDC members and will feature a perfect balance between learning, networking with peers and local hosts, and enough time for rest & recreation. Mark your calendars for the tour dates 14-23 June 2023 and stay tuned to find out more.

    Tour dates have been set to follow on from the European Healthcare Design Congress and Exhibition (EHDC2023) which will be held on 1214 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”. For those who are unable to attend the European Congress, online only tickets are available to follow the presentations live. 

    Find out More About EHDC2023

    Call for Entries to European Healthcare Design Awards 

    We are proud to support the European Healthcare Design Awards which is open to international projects and teams across the health sector. Comprising ten categories across primary, community, secondary and tertiary levels of international healthcare provision and infrastructure, there is a category to suit every project. Australian projects previously often featured as award winners. Submissions will be accepted until 1 March 2023, with the shortlist due to be announced in April.

    View the Call for Entries

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022 09:00 | Alison Huynh (Administrator)

    Australian Health Design Council is delighted to announce the award of our Inaugural Design for Health Scholarship to Katharina Nieberler-Walker for her PhD studies on the topic of Therapeutic Hospital Gardens. Katharina is a PhD Scholar at Griffith University, a registered landscape architect and director of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). Her research explores the central question, ‘How can therapeutic hospital gardens be purposefully designed, evidence-based and well-integrated into health policy and hospital programs to optimise their health promoting qualities?’

    The quality of applications received was excellent and we would like to encourage all current and potential students to look forward to the next scholarship opportunity in 2023.

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:15 | Anonymous

    Call for Entries: European Healthcare Design 2021 

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


  • Sunday, October 25, 2020 14:41 | John Temple

    A video of the AGM and Event 8 presentation are now available online in the member only section of the website along with a pdf copy of the presentation.

  • Friday, September 25, 2020 07:28 | John Temple

    At the Tipping Point:
    Designing for Population and Planetary Health

    14-18 September, Virtual

    Register to view the recordings

    23 September 2020

    EHD2020 (virtual): First virtual congress attracts 1000+ delegates; watch sessions on demand

    We've had a few days to gather our breath back after the conclusion of the 6th European Healthcare Design Congress, which took place last week across multiple time zones. And we've been overwhelmed by the response and loyalty of the healthcare design community in our efforts to transition the physical event into a virtual one. 

    Last week's virtual congress featured more than 200 talks and nine keynotes across 60 sessions, including a 'conference within a conference' in the form of the COVID-19 Global Summit on Healthcare Design. There was also an expo area with more than 25 virtual exhibition booths – and the ability for attendees to network via live chat, messaging, and video meetings. And the congress culminated with a virtual ceremony to celebrate the winners of the European Healthcare Design Awards 2020.

    We are grateful for the patience of speakers and delegates when at times the digital technology failed to meet expectations, but excited by the opportunity created for the congress to extend its reach, attracting more than 1000 delegates from all corners of the globe. Not only that but the recordings of the majority of the talks are now available to watch on demand for 30 days via the virtual events site.

    So if you didn't register in time for the live event, there is still the opportunity to register now to watch the recordings over the next few weeks.

    The organisers would like to extend our sincere thanks to all delegates, exhibitors, speakers, chairs, event partners, awards judges, and, of course, to all our sponsors for their support and loyalty in these challenging times. The congress would not have been possible without them. Congratulations as well to all the awards winners – see below for the full list of winners and highly commended projects.

    EHD Awards 2020: Winners revealed

    As has become tradition, the European Healthcare Design Congress 2020 was brought to a close with a ceremony to celebrate the winners of the European Healthcare Design Awards 2020, supported by Integrated Health Projects (IHP) and category sponsors WSP, Hoare Lea and Medical Architecture.

    This year, however, the ceremony was delivered exclusively online – marking a fitting conclusion to celebrate the incredible innovation, collaboration and adaptation in healthcare design projects witnessed over the past 18 months. 

    The Awards shortlist was announced in July, following a hotly contested competition and intensive judging process. It comprised organisations and multidisciplinary project teams, considered by the judges to have achieved shining examples of design projects and innovations in healthcare, and which will help raise the bar in healthcare design and service delivery in Europe and across the globe. 

    Prizes were given in a number of categories across primary, community, secondary and tertiary levels of international healthcare provision and delivery.

    Read more to view the winners and the full shortlist

    Hospice triumphs in competition to win calming clinical lighting solutions

    Wakefield Hospice has won a prize of clinical lighting solutions, worth £10,000, donated by Visualite. 

    The hospice was announced as the winner during the European Healthcare Design Awards 2020 closing ceremony, which was hosted this year virtually. It will now benefit from installation of the solutions, which aim to create a relaxing ambience, help calm anxiety, reduce claustrophobia, enhance wellbeing, and offer a source of distraction for patients. 

    The competition saw Visualite, in collaboration with Luxna Lighting and YESSS Electrical, team up with Salus Global Knowledge Exchange. It was open to any department treating and caring directly for patients, in any healthcare facility operating within the primary, community, secondary or tertiary care sectors in the UK. 

    The competition attracted a fantastic response and three entries were shortlisted: Solent NHS Trust, partnered with Sonnemann Toon Architects; Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Wakefield Hospice.

    Read more

    EHD2020 round-up: Inspiring keynote talks

    EHD2020: Designing for population and planetary health

    The 6th European Healthcare Design Congress – the first-ever delivered virtually, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary restrictions on social gatherings – kicked off last week with a hard-hitting opening plenary looking at designing for population and planetary health within the context of climate change and COVID-19.

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    EHD2020: The health gap – building a healthy and health-creating society

    The 6th European Healthcare Design Congress continued on day two with another plenary of keynote talks, exploring wider issues around health, wellness, life expectancy, health inequalities, and how technology may be deployed to address these problems.

    Read more

    EHD2020: COVID-19: a new paradigm – systems, science and society

    This year’s 6th European Healthcare Design Congress featured a special COVID-19 Global Summit – a ‘conference within a conference’ comprising two days of talks from researchers, policy makers and practitioners from all over the world, exploring the healthcare design community’s response to the ongoing pandemic and sharing the lessons learned.

    Read more

  • Monday, August 31, 2020 19:58 | John Temple

    Members of the Australian Health Design Council  are entitled to 20% off their ticket price by applying for a discount code. All members have been sent information on how to apply for a code.

    If you did not receive this please contact us!

    Preliminary Programme Click Here

    Register Click Here - If you are a non AHDC member to pay full price!

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 23:00 | John Temple

    Critical Care Design: Lessons From More Than 27 Years of ICU Design Award Winners

    Presentation by Charles Cadenhead, FAIA, FACHA, FCCM - Houston USA.

    A video of the presentation and discussion is now available to view on our member only pages.

    Click Here for Past Presentations

  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 23:35 | John Temple

    Login to our member only section to view a video of the webinar, get access to a pdf of the presentation and see a copy of the feedback.

  • Friday, May 15, 2020 10:21 | John Temple

    A video, and PDF of the presentations, from the 14th May Event/Webinar is now available on the member only pages.  Please login to view and download.

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 22:41 | John Temple

    Login into our member only pages to view our first ever video of an AHDC Event including Q&A session.

    “Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of Healthcare Facilities – A New Approach.”

    We are looking forward to developing our video records of future events!