We at MonashHeart, Monash Health in partnership with Monash University and the Victorian Government have set our sights on building 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.
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.
The Victorian Heart Hospital will build on MonashHeart, Monash Health and Monash University’s existing four strong platforms including:
$150 Million has been pledged by the Labor Government, with other supporting options including donations being explored.
A stand-alone Victorian Heart Hospital is undoubtedly the best option for the following reasons:
The Victorian Heart Hospital is planned to 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. It will aim to treat public patients with a private patient capacity and will provide care to individuals from overseas (medical tourism).
It will also 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, one to two year subspecialty training fellowships for cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, an export business for the education of international health professionals and provision of PhD and Masters placement for doctors, nurses, cardiac technologists and allied 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 involving publications, presentations, PhD projects and internationally competitive research activities such as including clinical trials, contract research, registries, research partnerships and translational research. Embedded Monash University spaces will create new and expanded opportunities for medical research, accelerating the transition of discoveries into timely and meaningful outcomes.
Furthermore, in an Australian first, a pre clinical catheterisation laboratory for medical device research and research and development in pharmaceuticals will be incorporated in the Victorian Heart Hospital.