Australia’s First Heart Hospital

The Victorian Heart Hospital Project

The Victorian Government in partnership with Monash Health and Monash University will build Australia’s first heart hospital – the Victorian Heart Hospital. The hospital will be a landmark facility and the first of its kind in Australia; it will be built at the Monash University Clayton campus and is due to be completed in 2022.

Following the model of 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 $564 million project is being funded by the Victorian Government with contributions, including the land for the site, being provided by project partner, Monash University.

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 patient experience and create a 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.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will be a centre for education; through a Monash Health and Monash University partnership, the hospital will 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 placements for health professionals.

Research will be a key component of the Victorian Heart Hospital, housing the Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, the research arm of MonashHeart and a research centre of Monash University. This 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.

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