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In Person Symposium Right Sizing the Hospital: Are Hospitals Getting Larger or Smaller?

  • Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney

Registration

  • Level 10, 55 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
  • Level 10, 55 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
  • Level 1, 25 King St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Level 1, 25 King St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands, Melbourne
  • Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands, Melbourne
  • Level 5, 863 Hay Street, Perth
  • Level 5, 863 Hay Street, Perth
  • Level 5, 116 Military Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney
  • Level 5, 116 Military Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney

Live only: for in-person session participants

After two years of exclusive webinars, it is finally time to meet in an in-person.  The session recording will be available after the event, but live attendance is exclusive for in-person participants. No broadcast/zoom link will be available.

Right sizing the hospital


One of the biggest challenges the healthcare infrastructure industry currently faces is rightsizing the hospital. Healthcare organisations must achieve efficiency and effectiveness; they must reduce costs and offer quality health services. It can be tempting to think that larger hospitals are more cost-effective because of the operation of economies of scale. However, at some point, a hospital departs from its optimal efficiency level and begins to exhibit diseconomies of scale.

The introduction of and increased reliance on virtual care and telehealth is pressuring health managers and policymakers to rethink the models of care and how health is delivered to patients to optimise human-centred care. 

Would care be best delivered in a large health campus with segregated services and departments, or would it be more efficient to provide care following a decentralised model where the hospital is integrated within the town and population it serves, tele-assisted by a higher acuity facility? 

How can we rightsize the hospital considering the ageing population and co-morbidities requiring integrated and more complex care delivery? 

How can we plan a hospital of “the right size” that reflects its clinical and operation aspects while responding to the needs of its local catchment, achieving safety, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and ensuring an elevated human experience? 


Join us and hear from our expert panel in the field of health design and operation who will be providing their professional views on what is actually considered “the right size” of a hospital and whether a hospital of “a right size” actually exists. The AHDC is honoured to host 


Robert Fiske, CEO of Victoria Health Building Authority joining us from Melbourne, Victoria.


Wade Sutton, NSW State Government Design Champion, NSW Health Infrastructure Design and Analysis Portfolio, joining us from Sydney, NSW.



Rhonda Kerr, Health Economist and Health Facility Planner, joining us from Perth, Western Australia.


 

Kate Copeland, Executive Director, Strategy Planning Assets and Infrastructure at Metro-North, will chair the debate and provide her views on the topic from a Queensland Health perspective.

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    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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