Upcoming Events

    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 17:30 - 19:30
    • Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth
    • 948

    Multiple challenges are facing the health industry in Australia and globally, including workforce shortages, the rapid pace of technological changes, lack of integration and coordination of care, health disparities, pandemics and natural disasters; there is an unquestionable need to reimagine and transform constrained public health systems into ones that are human-centred, inclusive, and resilient to future shocks.

    To do so, there is an urgency to strengthen existing and establish new models of collaboration across professional, institutional, and organisational boundaries, which helps improve healthcare infrastructures. The challenge is enormous, but so is the opportunity.

    What are some of the key enablers that forge strong partnerships for the development of Health Precincts? Is Australia’s ecosystem structured to support a thriving health precinct environment?


    • Dr Stephen Palmer, Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct (RHIP) Industry & Innovation Lead, Sydney.
    • Helen Day, Masterplanning, Strategic Urban Design, VHBA, Melbourne.
    • Keola Westcott, Executive Director, Operations. Health Capital Division – Queensland Health, Brisbane.

    Melbourne attendees; please note that the due to renovations at Aurecon's offices, we will be hosting the event at the Novotel on Collins. 

    Event Partner

    Continuing Professional Development

    This event provides opportunities for CPD points for Architects, Project Managers and Engineers. For more information go to Relevant NSCA Units for this event (Architects Only):

    • PC3 Apply principles of project planning, considering implications for Country, environmental sustainability, communities, stakeholders and project costs.

    • PC18 Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, research, emergent knowledge and critical evaluation in formulating and refining concept design options, including the exploration of three dimensional form and spatial quality.

    • PC32 Be able to apply planning principles and statutory planning requirements to the site and conceptual design of the project.

    • PC45 Be able to nominate and integrate quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings, components and systems, considering the impact on Country and the environment, and the whole life carbon impact of the project. This includes integrating life cycle assessments and other expertise and advice from consultants.

    • Thursday, May 18, 2023
    • 18:00

    Details to be announced soon

    • Monday, June 12, 2023
    • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
    • London, UK

    The 9th European Healthcare Design 2023 (EHD2023) Congress & Exhibition will be held on 12–14 June, 2023 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK and broadcast ‘live’ on SALUS TV to a worldwide audience.

    Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange and Architects for Health, the congress promotes a whole-systems approach to understanding how to plan and operationalise international health systems and infrastructure through the exchange of knowledge, research and global best practice on the relationship between service and system design, technology and the built environment. 

    The congress is organised in partnership with the UK and Europe’s expert professional bodies from the healthcare planning and design fields, international academic institutions, leading public and private health providers, and the healthcare industries.

    Australian Health Design Council Members are eligible for discounted Event Partner rates to EHDC2023.

    Go to EHDC Website

    Members travelling to London for the Congress are also encouraged to join the AHDC Study Tour which will visit France and Switzerland immediately after EHDC2023.

    Sign up for the Study Tour

    • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
    • Friday, June 23, 2023
    • France and Switzerland

    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 20 current AHDC members and will feature a perfect balance between learning, networking with peers and local hosts, and enough time for rest & recreation. Full details available in the Brochure.

    To register your interest to participate, please fill in the form below. We will make a GO / NO GO decision on 15 March 2023, based on the number of interested parties.

    Tour dates have been set to follow on from the European Healthcare Design Congress and Exhibition (EHDC2023) which will be held on 12 - 14 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.

    230219 AHDC 2023 Tour Brochure.pdf | Registration Form

    • Thursday, June 22, 2023
    • 18:00

    Details to be announced soon

    • Thursday, July 20, 2023
    • 18:00

    Details to be announced soon

    • Friday, August 18, 2023

    Details to be announced soon

    • Wednesday, November 01, 2023
    • Friday, November 03, 2023
    • Collins Square, Melbourne

    The Australian Health Design Council is delighted to announce our 2023 national conference. We are a group of design and health planning professionals, putting on an interactive educational and social event for our peers to share knowledge, promote research and work collaboratively towards better health care design.

    If you want to participate in a professionally-guided event with a genuine commitment to challenge the status quo and engage in lively and passionate debates, this is the conference for you!

    Our events are attended by a wide range of professionals interested in Health Design including Architects, Clinical Planners, Engineers, Project Managers, Academics, Professional Researchers, Health Service Providers and Health Service Managers. Come along: learn, connect and be inspired.

    Designing for Health; There is no magic bullet

    Soon after its discovery, Penicillin became a magic bullet which transformed our ability to fight infection. Today, we continue to search for new and transformative approaches to healthcare. As design specialists, we understand the importance of innovation and research in creating buildings that are healthy, efficient, adaptable, and resilient. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to healthcare design. It takes continuous effort and a willingness to challenge tradition to achieve optimal outcomes.

    Our upcoming conference aims to bring together designers, clinical planners, and healthcare specialists to discuss the many small steps required to build better health buildings. We believe that by fostering human-centred, inclusive, and future-focused design, we can create spaces that support the delivery of better healthcare. Join us as we explore the latest trends and technologies in healthcare design and examine the role of design in shaping the future of healthcare. Together, let's create a healthier future.

    Event Details

    Save the dates for this in-person event which will include two full days of presentations, activities and workshops. Single Day and Full conference tickets will be available. A local project site visit will also be arranged, with limited tickets sold separately. 

    • Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 November 2023
    • Friday 3 November 2023 (Site Visit)

    The proposed venue is located in the heart of bustling Melbourne, a modern, inspiring and well-equipped location for a design-focused event. The event space and program will facilitate social and network opportunities including two full days of speakers with morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea served on-site.

    • Collins Square Events Centre
    • Level 5, Tower 2/727 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008
    • Link to Google Maps

    Proposal Submissions

    If you have a project, pitch or paper, we welcome you to submit a conference presentation proposal that addresses the theme. Presenting at an AHDC conference is an opportunity to communicate your work or research to a wide and interested audience, get feedback, learn from other presenters and broaden your professional network. Our members value engaging and knowledgeable presentations grounded in research and practice. Proposals will be accepted until 21 April 2023 to ensure time to develop our conference program.

    Disclaimer: All submissions will be reviewed by the AHDC Conference Sub-Committee. Submission does not guarantee you a presentation opportunity. We have limited spaces and will be in touch if a suitable session is available.

    Go to Presentation Proposal Submission Form

    Partnership Opportunities

    Conference Partnership is open to industry and product manufacturers, suppliers, health educators, advisers, design practices, government agencies, health service representatives. A range of opportunities are available, from session sponsorship, trade booths and displays, and cross-promotion opportunities. For more information, please email

Past Events

Monday, March 06, 2023 Sydney Build Expo - Partner Event
Thursday, February 16, 2023 AHDC February Webinar: AusHFG Update
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Australasian Health Design Conference - Victorian Heart Hospital Site Tour
Monday, November 28, 2022 AHDC Conference 2022 - Breaking Down the Silos
Thursday, October 27, 2022 AHDC 2022 AGM
Thursday, August 25, 2022 In Person Symposium August 2022: Designing for the Virtual Care Environment
Friday, July 29, 2022 Site Visit to the New Acute Services Building – Randwick Campus Redevelopment
Thursday, July 21, 2022 AHDC Webinar July 2022: The Hospital of The Future
Thursday, June 23, 2022 AHDC Webinar June 2022: Roadmap To Net Zero Healthcare
Thursday, April 28, 2022 In Person Symposium Right Sizing the Hospital: Are Hospitals Getting Larger or Smaller?
Thursday, March 24, 2022 AHDC March 2022: Event How Would You Redesign the Brief?
Thursday, February 24, 2022 AHDC February 2022 Event: A Well-Placed Hospital, Wolfson Economics Prize Finalist 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021 AHDC November 2021 Webinar : Update on the Australian Health Facility Guidelines
Thursday, October 21, 2021 AHDC 2021 Annual General Meeting  & 2021 European Design Conference Design Awards – Extracts and Discussion
Thursday, September 23, 2021 AHDC September 2021 Webinar: Connecting with Country: A draft framework for understanding the value of Aboriginal knowledge in the design and planning of places
Thursday, August 26, 2021 AHDC August 2021 Webinar: Clean and Green Hospitals. Healthcare Sustainability
Thursday, July 22, 2021 AHDC July 2021 Webinar : Waipapa, Christchurch Hospital with Darryl Carey
Sunday, July 18, 2021 International Union of Architects Public Health Group (UIA PHG), integrated with 27th World Congress
Thursday, June 24, 2021 Integrating 'Design Thinking and Doing’ Into Healthcare - Learning from Queensland’s Healthcare Excellence Accelerator Lab (HEAL) Initiative
Monday, June 14, 2021 PARTNER EVENT: European Healthcare Design 14th -18th June 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021 AHDC May 2021 Webinar: Queensland’s newest Specialist Public Health Facility – The Surgical Treatment And Rehabilitation Service (STARS), A Virtual Tour
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Disaster Resilience In Australian Hospitals: AHDC Web Event April 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 PARTNER EVENT: 7th Optimising Health Environments (OHE) Forum
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 13th World Congress for Design & Health
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Australian Healthcare Week 2021 at Home
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Imagining Better Healthcare Ecosystems: AHDC March 2021 Online Educational Event
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Australian Healthcare Week - New Date
Thursday, February 25, 2021 How is Human Experience Shaping Design? AHDC February 2021 Education Webinar
Thursday, December 03, 2020 The Impacts of COVID-19 On Hospital Planning: ACHSM PARTNER EVENT
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Emergency Department Design and Covid Future Planning: LIVE ONLY EVENT
Thursday, October 22, 2020 AHDC 2020 AGM and Education Oct Event 8
Thursday, September 24, 2020 AHDC Education Sept Event (7) - 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020 EUROPEAN HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020 Critical Care Medicine - AHDC Education August Event (6) - 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020 "Consumer Engagement in the Design of Hospitals" AHDC Education Event (5) - July 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020 AHDC June 2020 Event - An update of the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (AusHFG) - Education Event
Thursday, May 14, 2020 AHDC Education Event 3 - 2020 Infection Control driving the design of the Engine Room of the Hospital - CSSD
Friday, February 21, 2020 Sorry Planned Hospital Tour has been cancelled - AHDC Education Event 2 - 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020 AHDC Education Event 1 - 2020 “Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of Healthcare Facilities– A New Approach.”
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Queensland Healthcare Week
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Improving Capital Works Funding for Health Facilities - Event 7
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 ACHSM 2019 Asia-Pacific health leadership congress
Thursday, September 26, 2019 AHDC AGM 2019 and Presentation On Car Parking In Hospital Projects
Thursday, September 05, 2019 Welcome to the new AHDC Website & Membership Pages
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 Healthcare Leaders Forum, ICC in Sydney
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 NZHDC + UIAPHG 30-31 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019 The AHDC Northern Europe Hospital Study Tour

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