existing health assets managed
In this edition, we are celebrating the end of 2021 and the more than 120 projects we are delivering to support the health and wellbeing of Victorians. We also explore universal design, designing for dementia and designing facilities that support Victorians who are experiencing mental ill health.
It’s been a challenging year, but now it’s time to enjoy the festive season with loved ones. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
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Over the past 12 months we’ve made great progress on a broad range of health infrastructure projects, including completion of some of our biggest redevelopments.
We take a look at some of the highlights from our health, mental health and aged care portfolios in 2021.
existing health assets managed
major projects completed to date
major capital projects in delivery
maintenance plans managed
asset management plans delivered
master plans delivered
entity plans completed
community consultation committees delivered
health service site reviews managed
NABERS hospital ratings completed at public hospitals
reduction in carbon emissions
Universal design means designing something so that it’s accessible to as many people as possible – regardless of age, disability, gender or cultural background. In health infrastructure, universal design means building hospitals, mental health facilities and aged care homes that everyone can use.
In recognition of Human Rights Day, we spoke to Michael Walker, Principal Advisor on Universal Design at VHBA, about designing buildings that put people first.
Learn more about the health infrastructure projects we are delivering.
We’re excited to launch a virtual engagement room for the new Footscray Hospital! Community members are invited to ‘meet the builder’ and learn more about the design and construction of the $1.5 billion new hospital – the largest ever health infrastructure investment in the state.
Visitors to the virtual room can explore interviews with the builders and experience a 3D tour of the final designs, from their comfort of their home.
New Footscray Hospital virtual engagement room
Located on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads, the new Footscray Hospital will support the increasing demand from Melbourne’s booming western suburbs, ensuring families can get the care they need close to home.
Building a bigger and better Footscray Hospital will cut wait times and reduce pressure on nearby hospitals. With an increase of nearly 200 beds, the new hospital will treat approximately 15,000 additional patients and enable around 20,000 additional people to be seen by the emergency department each year.
It’s been a busy year on the Bass Coast, with structural works now complete on the $115 million expansion of Wonthaggi Hospital. The project is on track to be completed in the first half of 2023.
We’ve released designs and completed early works on the Bendigo Hospital Day Rehabilitation Centre project, bringing the $59.5 million project one step closer. On track to be completed in mid-2023, the project will construct a new hydrotherapy pool and consolidate rehabilitation services into one convenient location.
Artist's impression of Bendigo Hospital Day Rehabilitation Centre
Learn more about how we are responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.
Each year, one in five Victorians will experience mental ill health or psychological distress. Sometimes these challenges to mental health are eased with time and some level of support. At other times, people need more specialised treatment and support.
We took a look at some of the different mental health facilities we’re delivering, and how they’ll support Victorians experiencing mental ill health or psychological distress on their recovery journey.
Artist's impression of park at Royal Melbourne Hospital mental health facility
Locations for five new Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) centres across Victoria have been announced. The $141 million project will build five new 10-bed facilities located in Greater Geelong, Greater Ballarat, Greater Shepparton, Heidelberg and Traralgon.
YPARC centres provide residential short and medium-term treatment and support for young people aged between 16-25, who are living with, or diagnosed with, mental ill health.
Example of a Youth Prevention and Recovery Care centre
Learn about how we are supporting Victorians aged in place and with dignity and respect.
How can we design for people with dementia? Dementia-friendly design involves creating environments that are welcoming and meaningful. It uses a flexible approach that maximises people’s freedom and involvement through supportive, familiar and safe surroundings.
Dementia-friendly design at Creswick Nursing Home
We reached a significant construction milestone on the $81.58 million Wantirna residential aged care facility, with the main structural works now complete. The four-storey residential aged care facility will be home to 120 residents, each enjoying the dignity and independence of their own private bedroom, complete with ensuites.
Last updated: 20 December 2021
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