Hospitals 23 May 2023

Welcome to VHBA In Brief

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

In this issue:

  • more help for Victorian families
  • good design in health infrastructure
  • living well in aged care
  • budget boost to Victorian health services
  • latest project updates
  • work at VHBA: Meet some of our executive leadership team
  • sustainable healthcare
  • procurement opportunities.

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More help for Victorian families

We’re expanding Victoria’s early parenting centre (EPC) network to support new parents and carers.

Having a baby or child under four years of age is a special time for families. But it can also be a stressful time. For some, support from loved ones, their local doctor, and a maternal and child health service will be enough. Others will experience more persistent challenges. That’s where EPCs can help.

See how more early parenting centres will help families with children up to four years old.

Calm spaces for kids in emergency departments

We are also designing and building new specialist emergency departments for children at five of Victoria’s busiest hospitals.

Emergency staff explain how calmer spaces for kids are helping.

See how EPCs help new mums, dads and carers with children up to four years old

Budget announced

The Victorian Budget 2023/24 is investing $659 million for health, mental health and aged care infrastructure projects across the state.

See what the Budget will deliver.

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In the spotlight

What is good design in health infrastructure?

Good design provides a platform to transcend aesthetics to deliver benefits well beyond the built form. These benefits include improved models of care and safety, enhanced treatment outcomes and more dignified experiences for patients, aged care residents, staff and families.

Watch Stefano Scalzo, Executive General Manager of Infrastructure Planning at the Victorian Department of Health, and Professor Julie Bernhardt, Co-head of Stroke at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health discuss the benefits of good design in health infrastructure.

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Living well in aged care

By focusing on the needs of residents in public aged care, we can create a supportive environment that enhances wellness and promotes independence.

See how we’re improving residential aged care services across Victoria, using supportive design and resident insights. 

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