Monash Children's Hospital

The world-class Monash Children's Hospital had it's official opening on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. 

The hospital will open to the public after patients are moved there on Wednesday, 19 April 2017.

The hospital will treat an additional 7,000 children from Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland every year.

The hospital features 230 beds, made up of 96 paediatric beds, 12 dedicated children’s cancer day beds, 20 same day beds, 10 paediatric intensive care beds, 30 neonatal intensive care cots and 28 beds providing special mental health services for children and adolescents.

With 27 consulting rooms, the new hospital will provide an additional 60,000 outpatient treatments for children each year, and there will be three dedicated children’s operating theatres and a children’s procedure room.

The hospital will meet future demand for specialist children’s services in the southern catchment and across the state (tertiary) through increased capacity and improved access to care, with the amenity, comfort and security needed for paediatric and neonatal patients and their families.

It integrates tertiary, secondary and primary care for children in a fully integrated, continuous model of care.

It also features an engaging and modern rehabilitation space that will provide therapy for thousands of children each year, including specialist services for children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and neurological conditions. 

The new facilities will allow Monash Health to achieve excellence in teaching, training and research that builds on links with academic partners and supports healthcare excellence.

Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre

In March 2017 construction began on the $10 million Maroondah Breast Cancer Centre at Eastern Health’s Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood, to provide better access to breast screening, assessment and diagnostic services and care, closer to home, for women in Melbourne’s east.

The centre will be a convenient ‘one-stop-shop’ for screening, assessment and diagnostic services and support. It will bring together and expand a range of services previously provided from different locations and will feature modern rooms for mammography, ultrasound, radiographers, medical image reading, allied health and clinical consulting services. It will also include a group treatment room and women’s wellness lounge. The two ultrasound rooms will be able to conduct guided biopsies, while the four medical imaging reading rooms will ensure women can receive quicker test results and quicker treatment access.

With services co-located and better integrated, staff will be able to work effectively and efficiently together to share best practices and improve patient care.

When complete in early 2018, the centre is expected to see an additional 25,000 women every year. 

The Victorian cancer plan 2016-20 sets an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10 years.   

Bendigo Hospital Project

The state-of-the-art Bendigo Hospital provides the Loddon-Mallee community with 372 inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, 11 operating theatres, an integrated cancer centre, a new 25-bed maternity unit, and an 80-bed mental health unit.

Regional Victoria’s largest ever hospital project includes natural lighting and more than 40 courtyards to create a tranquil healing environment, complete with district views. Other features include an emergency department with a dedicated children’s waiting room and a separate entrance for psychiatric patients providing increased privacy.

As the most digitally enabled hospital in regional Australia, new technology provides real-time location of equipment for staff, patient check-in kiosks, a nurse call system that allows nursing staff to speak to patients from wherever they are.

Stage Two of the project, which includes a new multi-deck carpark, helipad, short-stay accommodation units, conference facility and further retail outlets, will commence in early 2017 and is due for completion in June 2018. Around 200 patients and 3,000 Bendigo Health staff transitioned to the new hospital, which was opened to the public on 25 January 2017. More information is available at the Bendigo Hospital Project website.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre 

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer CentreThe Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), a $1 billion facility purpose-built for cancer research, treatment, care and education, was officially opened in July 2016 in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, Victoria.

The VCCC is Australia’s first Comprehensive Cancer Centre with the vision to save lives by connecting the world’s best in cancer research, education, treatment and care.

Located in Parkville’s biomedical precinct, the 13-storey VCCC is the new home of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac). It has 160 inpatient beds, 110 same-day beds, eight operating theatres, two procedure rooms, eight radiation therapy bunkers, a clinical trials unit and overnight accommodation for people from rural and regional areas.

The VCCC building will host up to 1,200 cancer researchers, with over 25,000 square metres of dedicated research space for Peter Mac, Melbourne Health, and the University of Melbourne. It features 47 seminar and meeting spaces and a large lecture theatre.

Bridges connect the VCCC building to four new floors on top of The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), including the new world class 42-bed intensive care unit caring for critically ill patients from the RMH, the Royal Women’s Hospital and Peter Mac.

The VCCC was delivered as a public-private partnership (PPP) under the Victorian Government's Partnerships Victoria policy. Plenary Health Consortium is the private sector partner.

The VCCC was funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, contributing a total of $854.6 million, with the remaining funds from member contributions, sale of surplus land and philanthropic donations.

Construction of the VCCC building began in 2011, and was completed on time and on budget. Patients and staff began moving into the new building from June 2016.

The VCCC project was named the 2017 winner of the Government Partnership Excellence Award at the National Infrastructure Awards.

In addition to the new building, ten world-leading cancer organisations have come together to form the VCCC Alliance to share knowledge and resources and drive new cancer research, education, treatment and care.