28 - 29 November, 2018 | Hilton, Brisbane

Health Facility Design and Development: Plenary Day Two - 29 November 2018

8:30 am - 9:30 am Registration and Networking

9:30 am - 9:40 am Opening Remarks from the Chair

9:40 am - 10:10 am Keynote Presentation: Insight into one of Australia’s Largest Regional Hospital Developments – The Benefits and Challenges of Greenfield Sites

Wayne Jones - Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District
The Tweed Shire is the latest area to benefit from the NSW Government’s pledge to enhance regional health services as part of a record hospital-building boom. With $534 Million dedicated to this Greenfield site redevelopment, the new Tweed Valley Hospital will be the largest infrastructure development on the Far North Coast of NSW and will greatly enhance health services for the region, which will experience major population growth and ageing into the future. Wayne will provide insight on:
  • The life cycle of facilities and benefits and challenges of greenfield sites, from providing maximum design flexibility to additional development costs due to poor access and connectivity
  • How they justified their business case for a capital build of this nature and successfully achieved an award of half a Billion dollars in budget allocation
  • Their vision to continually improve the quality of and access to a comprehensive range of integrated health services in partnership with key external partners 

Wayne Jones

Chief Executive
Northern NSW Local Health District

10:10 am - 10:30 am Solution Provider Session

This panel will discuss how to establish a future-ready clinical workforce in this digital era and maintain and develop skill sets and talent to provide high-quality, accessible, cost-effective care:
  • Developing a Skills Framework for the entire healthcare sector to support healthcare professionals in their career and clinical development
  • Building future skills at all levels of the clinical workforce is critical to addressing the changing needs of an ageing population
  • Talent acquisition – having the right people at the right place at the right time to enhance patient care and augment clinician morale


Dave Waters

Executive Director - Workforce Services
Metro South Health


Alanna Geary

Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services
Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and Metro North Hospital & Health Services

Dr Elizabeth Whiting

Executive Director Clinical Services
Metro North Hospital and Health Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am Networking Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Case Study: Being Patient-First – Benchmarking Against World Best Practice in Safety and Quality Improvement

Michael Daly - Executive Director Clinical Governance, Metro South Health
Hospitals worldwide experience high levels of patient harm, with generally 1 in 10 patients harmed and 1 in 200 patients seriously injured. With reference to high performing hospitals, particularly in Europe and North America, Michael will discuss:
  • The current status of safety and quality performance around the world
  • The key challenge is not what to do, but how to do it – Insight into best practice strategies, including professional accountability systems, workforce redesign, having clear and transparent goals, high staff engagement and building workforce capacity and capability to improve workflow
  • Emulating the best performers – Challenges around building a patient-centred culture, the role of leadership, workforce redesign and moving beyond Type 1 change (maintaining business as usual) to Type 2 change (quality improvement)

Michael Daly

Executive Director Clinical Governance
Metro South Health

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Designing Flexible Non-Clinical Spaces to Augment the Patient Experience and Enable Future Expansion Development Plans

Claire Gauci - Deputy General Manager – Gold Coast Private Hospital, Healthscope
Gold Coast Private Hospital (GCPH) is a $230 Million technology-enabled and sustainable facility, making it one of Australia’s largest private hospitals. Designed with flexibility for expansion to accommodate future demand, GCPH delivers superior patient experience by creating a welcome, non-clinical hotel-like setting.

  • Delivering exceptional patient care through their model of care – It goes beyond the physical infrastructure; it’s also about the people. For example, they provide hotel-like services to enhance customer experiences by providing high teas and celebratory dinners for new mums and dads
  • Being customer-focused – Soft skills training is inherent to generating a friendly ambiance and patient rounding  for human connectedness whereby every day the manager has to see a new patient and every second in charge has to see every patient in the ward
Clinicians are proactive, making informed decisions based on live data and feedback 

Claire Gauci

Deputy General Manager – Gold Coast Private Hospital

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Preparing your Organisation for the Passage of Change by Exercising Foresight and Being an Aspiring Leader

Adrian Pennington - Chief Executive, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
As with any major infrastructure and digital transformation project, the key to success lies in how well you prepare your organisation for the shifts on culture, workforce, workflow and environment. With reference to his experience across Canada, the UK and Australia, Adrian will underline the importance of:
  • Foresight around capacity, deliverance and expectations to develop a long term vision as your organisation transitions into a new and more complex landscape
  • Attracting and retaining talent with the requisite skill sets and who nurture a culture that challenges current norms to work more efficiently, productively and safely
  • Developing a future workforce plan and change management strategy to support this transition; in particular the role of leaders in driving the right culture to support the program

Adrian Pennington

Chief Executive
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Case Study: Streamlining Project Delivery and Procurement Processes to Improve Outcomes in Regional Infrastructure Developments

Timothy Turner - Principal Project Manager, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
Due for completion by 2021, the new $62 Million Kingaroy hospital will address growing demands for health services throughout the South Burnett region. In this session, Timothy will discuss how the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service have modified their project delivery and procurement processes to operate more efficiently in their environment:

  • Overcoming challenges inherent to undertaking projects in regional or rural environments.
  • Adapting statutory guidelines for project delivery and procurement processes by recognising their needs and redefining the policy and procedure so it is fit-for-purpose, thereby maximising operating capacity and efficiencies in the regional environment
  • Leveraging internal expertise in delivery to improve both project and organisational outcomes.

Timothy Turner

Principal Project Manager
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Case Study: Improving Clinical Engagement to Reinforce the Alignment between the Strategic Vision, Clinical Services and Infrastructure Planning

Wendy Hoey - Executive Director – Rockhampton Hospital, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Wendy will explore the inherent link between strategic, clinical services and infrastructure planning in relation to Rockhampton Hospital; the “hub” of Central Queensland.
  • Infrastructure planning and capacity is challenging progress in developing a streamlined clinical services plan
  • Understanding the consequences and chain of events caused by misalignment in strategy and planning
  • Overcoming challenges caused by misalignment by improving clinical engagement and having order to the planning to drive a single vision and the capacity for leadership to engage top down, establishing a strong governance framework and having access to the right expertise and knowledge 

Wendy Hoey

Executive Director – Rockhampton Hospital
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Conference Closed and Networking Afternoon Tea