Hospitals 11 April 2023

Welcome to the latest Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) newsletter, VHBA In Brief.

In this issue, find out more about our latest project milestones and explore:

  • on-site research will help patients at the new Victorian Heart Hospital
  • more mental health beds at Northern Hospital
  • upgraded Wonthaggi Hospital opens its doors
  • the role of a project director at VHBA
  • project milestones across Victoria
  • procurement opportunities.

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Australia’s first cardiac hospital has research at heart

The $577 million Victorian Heart Hospital is now officially open. Australia’s first standalone heart hospital is in the Monash University precinct at Clayton in Melbourne’s south-east.

Patients will have access to cutting-edge treatments thanks to the Monash Victorian Heart Institute hub for cardiac research, specialist training and patient clinical trials co-located within the hospital.

Professor Stephen Nicholls is Director of the Monash Victorian Heart Institute and Program Director at the new Victorian Heart Hospital.

He explains the benefits of embedding research at the heart of patient care.

Learn how innovation will help cardiac patients.

Australia’s first cardiac hospital has research at heart

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Meet Project Director Samantha Morgan

In the first of our Work at VHBA series, Samantha Morgan explains that it’s her work delivering mental health infrastructure that makes her role so rewarding.

Read more and watch the interview.

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In the spotlight

New state-of-the-art mental health facility at Northern Hospital now complete

Construction of the new mental health facility at the Northern Hospital in Epping is now complete.

Once open, residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs will be able to access specialist mental health treatment in a contemporary, safe setting.

The new facility responds to a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. It will allow an extra 655 Victorians to get the acute care they need each year.

New mental health facility at Northern Hospital complete

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Upgraded Wonthaggi Hospital opens its doors

The $115 million Wonthaggi Hospital expansion is complete, with the upgraded hospital now open and treating patients.

The new emergency department has an extra 18 treatment spaces, enabling the hospital to treat 26,000 more emergency patients each year.

The hospital’s surgery capacity will double, thanks to three new theatres and a procedure room. The expansion and upgrade also delivered:

  • 32 new inpatient beds
  • more car parking
  • a new central energy plant.

Wonthaggi Hospital expansion now complete

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Project pulse

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In case you missed it


At VHBA, we’re responsible for planning and delivering the Victorian Government’s multi-billion-dollar health infrastructure program.

Our project pipeline will help to ensure more Victorians, regardless of their location, have access to the healthcare they need.

See how we are delivering Victoria’s health infrastructure investment.

Buying for Victoria

We encourage suppliers to register on Buying for Victoria ( and the Industry Capability Network (ICN Gateway) to view VHBA offers to supply. Find out more about VHBA procurement.

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