Birth of new maternity facility

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron and Women’s and Children’s Services Senior Manager, Fiona Faulks join Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP to tour the new maternity services facility.

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron and Women’s and Children’s Services senior manager, Fiona Faulks join Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP to tour the new maternity services facility in August this year.

August 9, 2016: Expectant mothers and newborn babies will be treated to state-of-the-art maternity services in the new Bendigo Hospital said Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, as she toured the Bendigo Hospital Project to inspect the new department today.

According to Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, more than 1300 babies are born at Bendigo Health annually and this figure continues to grow.
“Since 2010, Bendigo Health has seen an almost 15 per cent rise in births and the current facility has reached its capacity.The new maternity unit will have 25 single rooms, all complete with ensuites, compared to 16 in the current facility,” she said.

“Some rooms in the existing facility are shared, which presents challenges for women who are caring for newborn babies – this will not be an issue for families in the new facility,” Ms Edwards explained.

The new hospital will have seven birth suites, compared to the current four. Three birth suites are fitted with baths for use during labor, to assist with pain relief.

Bendigo Health’s Women’s and Children’s Services senior manager, Fiona Faulks said the new features in the maternity services area will be welcomed by staff, patients and families alike. “There is also an overnight stay room where parents who have experienced loss, and are grieving, can spend time with their baby,” she said..

Other advancements include an increase in capacity at the new hospital’s special care nursery, which is designed to care for up to 15 newborns (neonates), compared to a current facility’s capacity of eight.

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron said that within the special care nursery there are four rooms offering extra space for parents to stay with their baby or just take a moment to relax while their baby rests.

“Our children’s unit also offers indoor and outdoor play areas for children and adolescents who are being cared for in our hospital.”

The women’s health centre will provide outpatient care for women requiring obstetric or gynaecological care and the waiting area in this space boasts one of the best views across Bendigo.The facility is complete with easily accessible outdoor courtyard areas where mums, dads, friends and family can spend time together outside of the hospital room environment. The new hospital will be open at the end of January 2017.#ends#

Minister tours construction site

July 15, 2016: Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, toured the Bendigo Hospital Project today with Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan.

Minister tours JulyBendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron and Exemplar Health chief executive Michele Morrison were among the group as Lendlease project director David O’Shaughnessy conducted a construction site tour which took in views of the internal atrium ‘main street’ entrance, new emergency department, external courtyards and the new cancer centre.


Courtyard environments promote better health

Patients, visitors and staff at the new Bendigo Hospital will enjoy attractive gardens and also some spectacular views of Bendigo,
because there will be 46 courtyards and terraces incorporated into the new hospital’s forward-thinking design.

As the new hospital's courtyards develop, Fiona Faulks, Bob Cameron and Michele Morrison plant some new grasses.

As the new hospital’s courtyards develop, Bendigo Health’s Fiona Faulks, Bob Cameron and Exemplar Health CEO Michele Morrison plant new growth.

The courtyards are a vision designed to bring people together, while they enjoy natural light, fresh-air and all the advantages of green landscaping at the soon-to-be-completed healthcare facility. The design integrates unique al fresco furniture, communal benches and creative works to further enhance the experience of being outdoors.
“Gone are the days of white windowless hospital corridors and rooms with no access to outdoor areas,” said Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron.
“This state-of-the-art hospital has been designed to maximise natural light and views into patient rooms and staff work areas. By doing so, this has resulted in open spaces within the hospital boundaries that feature as either a courtyard or terrace.”
Extensive landscaping of all internal and external spaces will create a real sense of a hospital in a garden, providing areas of recuperation and relaxation for patients, their families and staff.
“This makes for a unique and tranquil healing and working environment for patients and staff respectively,” said Bendigo Health Women’s and Children’s Services, senior manager, Fiona Faulks.
“Hospital patrons will be able to reconnect with nature and it is well documented that environments such as these can improve wellness and reduce stress,” she said.
The courtyards include specific indigenous garden, which will be located in gardens adjacent to the Aboriginal Support Service within the new hospital.
“There is also a playfully designed courtyard on level three of the new hospital adjoining the Maternity Unit, which is specially designed for children, featuring garden furniture, a talking tube, spinning wheel and climbing tunnel,” Ms Faulks added.
The design elements also provide a sensory experience in the new hospital’s Psychiatric Services, where there will be 15 internal, light-filled courtyards available to patients – with all spaces incorporating specially designed furniture, sports equipment and communal eating areas.
“Planting in the garden areas will begin in spring this year and the plant selection has been specifically selected for the hospital environment and Bendigo’s climatic extremes,” Mr Cameron added.


Eco efficiency at new hospital

May 27, 2016: The new Bendigo Hospital will be among the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly hospitals in Australia, and its technology, design and green credentials are among the major contributing factors incorporated into the world-class facility.

Touring the new hospital’s rooftop, which features 770 solar panel was Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison who led Bendigo Health’s board chairman, Bob Cameron, chief executive John Mulder and energy engineer Karin Harding around the site.

The solar panels are among a host of environmental features encompassing the physical building, landscaping, water, waste and energy.

“The new hospital has been designed as a ‘hospital in a garden’, with extensive landscaping and gardens across the precinct to provide areas of recuperation and relaxation for patients, their families and our staff,” Mr Cameron said.

“It is designed to maximise natural light and views from patient rooms and staff working areas, promoting a healing and tranquil environment for all users,” he said.

Supporting Bendigo Health’s vision of healthy communities, stairs that link the hospital together have been developed as a feature, rather than a second thought.

“We want to encourage people to live an active and healthy lifestyle and simple exercise such as using the stairs instead of the lift is a perfect example,” Mr Mulder said.

“There will also be provision for storage for 95 bicycles and amenities available for those who do ride to work.

“Once complete, the beautiful open spaces and gardens for patients, visitors and our staff to walk around will help us continue our drive for a healthier and happier region,” he said.

From an energy perspective, the features are endless with extensive sub-metering of electricity, gas and water consumption so the efficiency of the building can be monitored, optimised and reported.

Visitors to the new facility will see an environmental display screen in the internal street that will be used to inform staff and the public how the building is performing in terms of energy and water efficiency, energy generation, waste segregation and provide environmental education and tips.

“Rainwater collected off the roof of the hospital will be collected in tanks and used for flushing of toilets, urinals, macerators, operation of cooling towers and irrigation of the grounds and gardens,” Ms Harding said.

“The solar panels, combined with the operation of the co-generation and tri-generation plants within the new hospital, will have a big reduction on our electricity demand and result in less carbon emissions.”

Other features include, high efficiency LED lighting that is set to timers and movement sensors, therefore reducing use where possible – patients will have full control of the lighting in their rooms.

An organic recycling unit has been installed in the new kitchen and this system will process food waste to produce a soil conditioning product. This product can then be used as fertiliser on the hospital’s gardens.

Building on Art and Community

SLO_0325 The Bendigo Hospital Project has been busy with extra works of a different kind this month. That’s because project consortium Exemplar Health has encouraged the children at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre to don their painting smocks and enjoy the process of art-making.

It’s all been part of an Exemplar Health art auction event this week, which involved exhibiting the children’s artwork and including each work in a silent auction, with prizes awarded. The event raised $2000 – will all proceeds going to the Bendigo Health Foundation.

In preparation for the event, last month, the young ones at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre, located on the Bendigo Hospital Lucan Street site, visited the Bendigo Art Gallery and Arts Hotel, The Schaller Studio, for a good helping of creative inspiration. Taking a sneak peek and selecting the most outstanding artworks was a judging panel made up of Bendigo Art Gallery senior curator, Tansy Curtin; Coliban Water chief financial officer and Bendigo Health Foundation board member Peter Leersen; Exemplar Health chairman, Stephen McDonough and Victorian Government architect Jill Garner. Works were selected on the basis of ‘use of colour’, ‘choice of subject’ and ‘popular judges’ choice’, and were viewed by the panel at the childcare centre. FullSizeRender

According to Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison, the event, in its second year, highlights the success of the Bendigo Hospital Project and its strong links to community.

“This colourful event has brought together two thriving local businesses, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre and The Schaller Studio, both which have been established here as part of stage one of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

“We have also appreciated the valued expertise of Tansy Curtin, curator at the Bendigo Art Gallery and the generous support of Bendigo Bank, all part of an array of community contribution which culminated in a fabulous event, highlighting the Bendigo Health Foundation and its many important causes,” she said.

“Children need an open-minded attitude to nurture the process of creativity, they need to feel comfortable to explore, discover, and learn new things – and the Bendigo Art Gallery, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre and The Schaller Studio have provided just the right amount instruction and inspiration need to stir their creativity,” she added.

Bendigo Bank provided a complimentary gift to all the children who participated in the art show, and the three finalists Winners on the night (JELC youngsters: Dhanya Jani, Chris Xu and Ben McAuliffe) each received a $25 Bendigo Bank ‘Piggy Saver’ account voucher.
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre managing director, Darren Reid explained that research shows children who grow up believing they are creative, have a better chance of finding constructive outlets for creative energy in later years. He said that early childhood development is based around fostering a child’s confidence and sense of identity.

“A child’s creativity will not be just a memory; it will be a valuable, personal resource to use every day. The ability to imagine, to create and express develops self-esteem and their appreciation of cultural diversity within their community,” he said.

Mr Reid said that art is an important part of his childcare centre’s educational program.

“Jenny’s program and daily routine is based on our ‘play, explore, learn’ philosophy, which ensures that each child is challenged and engaged,” he said, “And art is very much part of that ethos.”

Bendigo Hospital Project Autumn Newsletter

The Bendigo Hospital Project published a special four-page feature in the Bendigo Weekly newspaper on Friday April 18, 2016. Stories about the preservation of Bendigo’s historical architecture on the hospital campus and how the new emergency department is progressing are just some of the features included.

Bendigo Hospital Project Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Bendigo Hospital Project Autumn 2016 Newsletter









Construction update – March 2016

The Bendigo Hospital Project will provide residents with a world-class hospital from the ground up. Right now, in early 2016, it’s the largest regional hospital development in Victoria.

Currently the project has 650 workers on-site, including engineers and specialised consultants.

Internally, marked changes to the building are emerging, with the fixtures and fittings phase well underway. Vinyl floor coverings, joinery, partitions and ceilings are in various stages of completion as the project enters the last year of its ‘stage one’ building phase.

A focus for the project has been the application of durable finishes which have been carefully chosen to ensure the interior environment is of a high quality. Nearing the fit-out completion stage are areas such as the accident and emergency bays, the oncology area, recovery bays and intensive care rooms.

Workers have been testing and commissioning the four diesel standby power generators, and with cooled water now being produced by the new chillers in the hospital’s basement, the air-conditioning systems are also in a test and commissioning phase. Internal areas are being ‘energised’, so as electrical power becomes functional; the lights can be turned on, as the builders start stringent checks on the ‘finishing’ aspects of the construction.

Incorporated into the design, is what the project terms as the ‘street’, an impressive entrance designed as an internal atrium. Right now, there is scaffolding masking this area, as work is conducted on the feature ceiling and walls.

Externally, roadworks are a focus. Mercy Street is closed to traffic, as a significant level change is completed, while drainage and road resurfacing progresses. Mercy Street will serve as the entrance to the new hospital, and its thoroughfare to Monash School of Rural Health, the Good Loaf Café, La Trobe Rural Health School and Bendigo Health’s services will be back to normal in April.

Landscapers are also working on the 44 courtyards and balconies throughout the new hospital, a solid example of how the architectural design has been mindful of the therapeutic benefits of nature and natural light.

Beside the Anne Caudle building, the external and structural renovation of the ‘old lying-in’ hospital is near completion, ready for its fit-out, which will see this glorious heritage building integrate into the whole project. Bendigo Health has removed the paint, restored brickwork, removed pressed cement cladding, replaced the roof and reinstated the original double-storey verandah.



Look inside the new Bendigo Hospital

Internally each area of the new building will have a different colour palette reflective of each of the 10 Local Government Areas with the Loddon Mallee region, which Bendigo Health services. The designers used satellite pictures of each geographic area as inspiration for the colours.

View below the new Bendigo Hospital Regional Palette posters.

For any further enquires please contact the Bendigo Hospital Project office at

Construction update – November 2015

At the new Bendigo Hospital Project, structural works are now complete, making way for a phase, where the focus is on the ‘finishes’ of the building, including fixtures and fittings. And as we look forward to an exciting New Year of major progress, the project will be all about creating a hospital rather than just creating a building.

We’re currently seeing 780 workers on-site, including engineers and foremen. The task of installing flooring (vinyl and carpet), painting, electrical and tech fit-outs is currently underway. Onsite too, temporary power has made way for ‘energising’ the building, as the permanent electrical infrastructure is increasingly connected. For instance the hospital’s lighting is now active in the medical imaging areas, emergency departments, operating suites – as well as the cancer centre and hospital kitchen. The building’s permanent lifts are also operational, as the temporary hoists are gradually removed.

The plant rooms are also taking shape, housing equipment such as boilers, chillers, air-conditioning and water treatment units. Service tradespeople are in the early stages of commissioning this plant and equipment as electricity supply is connected.

This month the hospital’s main pedestrian entry and thoroughfare that links Drought Street and Mercy Street features a mass of scaffolding. This is to allow builders to fit-out services and conduct ceiling works, with the underside of its roof to be clad in timber and window panels.

The quality finishes inside the build are in various stages of completion. An example is on Level 4, bedheads are installed within the inpatient units – while fittings and fixtures such as flooring, power-points, medical gas and sanitising units are now installed in the new operating theatres.

The hospital’s kitchen has been substantially completed with all sinks, ovens, chillers, washing machines and other utility equipment fully fitted, in preparation for its estimated opening in July 2016, when the loading dock is also estimated to be operational.

The external work includes the preservation of historic buildings, so as to retain the authenticity of the site’s original constructions, period features and decorative motifs. An outstanding example is work underway on the old red brick ‘division of GPs’ building near Hope Street, earmarked as the new Wellness Centre.

During the coming months we’ll start to see some works around the top end of Mercy Street which will enable earthworks and landscaping, as the vision for the hospital’s forecourt slowly emerges.

Bendigo Cancer Centre Unveiled

Maree Edwards (West Bendigo MP), Robert Blum (Bendigo Health Medical Oncologist) and John Mulder (Bendigo Health CEO)Bendigo West MP, Maree Edwards, today unveiled the world-class cancer facilities currently under construction as part of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

The new cancer centre brings together radiotherapy, oncology and outpatient services within an integrated space, providing benefits for both patients and staff.

Joined by Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron and Director of Oncology, Dr Robert Blum, Ms Edwards said the centre would include 14 additional chemotherapy chairs, taking the total to 26, two additional radiotherapy bunkers and additional outpatient consulting rooms.

Ms Edwards said, “The entire building has been designed to service the community for decades to come and, with this in mind, has the capacity for future expansion as patient demand increases.”

Ms. Edwards said, “We are looking forward to the opening of this world-class facility in early 2017 and the improvements in patient care that it will bring to the entire Loddon Mallee” Bob Cameron (Bendigo Health Board Chair), Maree Edwards (West Bendigo MP) and John Mulder (Bendigo Health CEO)

Dr Blum said staff were looking forward to being co-located which would lead to increased multi-disciplinary collaboration.

“The co-location of services will enable clinicians to work closely together and to consult with one another about patient care when required which can be difficult at the moment due to our geographical distance,” Dr Blum said.

Bob Cameron said the facilities for patients and families were designed to reduce anxiety and create a welcoming environment.

“Patients often spend a lot of time at the hospital. So waiting spaces are designed with direct access to natural light and fresh air through the provision of two large accessible courtyards where patients and families can sit.

“The centre includes a lounge with kitchenette, and a patient education area with wireless access to the internet, for patients and their families and carers to access as they wish,” Mr Cameron said.