Leading a Change of Heart, Australia’s First Heart Hospital
MonashHeart, Monash Health in partnership with Monash University and the Victorian Government will build Australia’s first heart hospital – the Victorian Heart Hospital, a landmark facility and the first of its kind in Australia, to be built at Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne by 2022.
Like dedicated cancer hospitals Australia-wide, the heart hospital will be dedicated to the care of one highly specialised area – cardiac care. Worldwide there are many specialised heart hospitals in major cities, but none in Australia. The case for a dedicated heart hospital as a basis for providing cardiac care is strong and will significantly enhance Victoria’s position in cardiac care, research and education.
$470 million has been committed by the Labor Government, with Monash Health and Monash University contributing the balance of the $543 million total project cost.
The Victorian Heart Hospital will comprise strategically located and purpose-built facilities to significantly expand both the existing capacity and models of care and to enable a flexible and proactive approach to new treatment paradigms and rapidly evolving technology. The design will be both patient centered and service orientated to enhance both patient experience and seamless patient flow.
The Victorian Heart Hospital will include a full range of ambulatory and inpatient cardiac care, including cardiac theatres, cardiac catheterisation laboratories and ambulatory services such as cardiac CT, echocardiography and specialist consultation. A strong focus on prevention, recovery and rehabilitation will also be at the heart of the Victorian Heart Hospital.
It will be a centre for education, a Monash Health and Monash University partnership to provide training options for undergraduate and postgraduate medical, nursing and science students, subspecialty training fellowships for cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, and provision of PhD and Masters placement for health professionals.
Research will be a key component of the Victorian Heart Hospital, housing Monash Health’s Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, a centre of Monash University, with ability to expand current activities. Embedded Monash University spaces will create new and expanded opportunities for medical research, accelerating the transition of discoveries into timely and meaningful outcomes.
To learn more, see also the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority website.