Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, April 07, 2021
    • 09:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
    • 22:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Online

    13th World Congress for Design & Health,

    Less is More

    The Virtual Congress will take place over the month of April 2021 with 2 daily sessions on the following dates:

    Wednesday the 7th of April

    Wednesday the 14th April

    Wednesday the 21st April

    Wednesday the 28th April

    The times of these sessions will be as follows:

    09:00 – 12:00 UTC time and 19:00 to 22:00 UTC

    See Programme.

    A new physical Congress will also take place in Ghent Belgium in April 2022 (Date TBC). We hope to be able to count on your ongoing enthusiasm and trust that we will still see you in both 2021 and 2022.

    • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    • 13:00 - 17:00 (UTC+10:00)

    7th Optimising Health Environments (OHE) Forum

    This is a FREE forum that will bring together individuals from a range of backgrounds with an interest in health environments to share knowledge and build collaborative links. These forums focus on new ideas, thinking to the future, and group discussions. 

    This year, the forum will be running as a hybrid in-person/virtual event. All are welcome however, registration is essential.


    Wednesday, 21 April 2021

    • Hobart/Melbourne/Canberra/Sydney/Brisbane.  1:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Adelaide/Darwin 12.30pm – 4.30pm
    • Perth 11.00am – 3.00pm

    NOTE: If you are attending one of the in-person hubs, you are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior for registration and sign-in.


    All speakers will be streamed live to all in-person and virtual hubs. Discussions will be hosted locally within the hubs or in an online forum, with our facilitators helping to share content between the in-person and virtual hubs. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, catering will not be provided at the event, but all attendees at the in-person hubs are invited to join us for a local dinner after the forum.


    Two in-person hubs are currently planned: one in Adelaide and one in Melbourne. If you’re interested in running an additional in-person hub in your city, all you'll need is a large screen, a computer with videoconferencing abilities, and a big enough room to observe local social distancing requirements. If you think this might be of interest, please email novellredesign@florey.edu.au and they will be in touch to set you up with everything you need.

    Adelaide in-person hub

    Melbourne in-person hub

    University of South Australia

    Level 10 Seminar Room

    Bradley Building,

    Corner of North Terrace and Morphett St

    Adelaide, 5000

    The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and

    Mental Health – Austin campus

    Level 2 Seminar Room

    245 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, 3084


    The number of attendees at the in-person hubs will be capped to ensure that social distancing is maintained. If you register to attend an in-person hub, please let advise ASAP if you can no longer attend or if you need to switch to virtual attendance so that your place at the in-person hub can be offered to another attendee.



    A zoom link will be forwarded closer to the date to all attendees who register to attend the virtual hub.


    A preliminary program is attached, and the full program and speaker details will be circulated closer to the date.  

    As in previous years, the forum will include a rapid-fire research session for PhD students, early career researchers, and anyone who wants to provide a quick update on their research project. If you would like to present in the rapid-fire session, please email a presentation title, and a 3-4 sentence summary of what you would like to present to novellredesign@florey.edu.au.  To fit as many presentations as possible all presentations in the rapid-fire session are to be pre-recorded, but the Q&A and discussion will take place live.

    Click through to the program OHE Forum preliminary Program 2021.pdf


    Please confirm your attendance by completing the Eventbrite registration form via this link .

    All attendees must register 
    by 5pm AEST on Friday, 17th April 2021. 


    • Thursday, April 22, 2021
    • 18:00 - 19:30 (UTC+10:00)
    • Online - Webinar
    • 459


    Disaster Resilience In Australian Hospitals

    There are significant consequences of applying importance levels to building projects. Statutory requirements require the rating to be provided as a basis of structural design.  A number of project journeys have been fraught with difficulty in applying an informed and early decision process.  

    This third AHDC educational event will include a series of smaller sessions to collectively overview and invite a greater rigour to the decision process.  The speakers will cover the purpose, statutory requirements, potential weaknesses, selected roll on consequences and provide examples of approaches.

      Harm Hollander  Principal  Conrad Gargett

      Simon Kochanek  Associate Director Structures  

                          Bligh Tanner

       John Jenner 

                          Director Design & Project Development

                          New Women & Children Hospital (Adelaide)

      Jordan Bartlett  Resilience Consultant 

                          Proactive Design

    • Monday, June 14, 2021
    • 09:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    • 17:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • Online
    Call for Entries: European Healthcare Design 2021 

    “Once Again our Chair Kate Copeland is Lead Judge for “Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm)” 

    • Sunday, July 18, 2021
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • Thursday, July 22, 2021
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • Rio


    One of the hot topics is related to analyzing and studying the relationship between health and the urban environment, through a variety of professionals, including architects and urban planners, landscapists, geographers, engineers, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, epidemiologists, sanitarians, public administrators, and others. Urban health has been of concern to the World Health Organization (WHO) since the mid-1980s. The WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, published in 1986, has been considered as a milestone for this discussion.

    City planning works with a complexity of infrastructure plans and systems, environmental issues, population growth, economic activities, and others, whose dynamics generate impacts on the health of its inhabitants, with risks connected that can be observed and worked in the perspective of solutions or problems determined by the built environment. At present, other phenomena such as migrations, the refugee crisis and the increase in precarious settlements have brought other important and necessary implications in the area of global health.

    Studies on the health situation in cities and towns comprise disciplines and diverse approaches that compose a set of complementary observations necessary for the debate of public policies, with a health approach in different scales and segments of the population, from urban to housing. In this sense, the theme of habitat and healthy housing, created by PAHO / WHO since 1985, articulates studies on the influence of external factors on built environments, and their consequences of risk and vulnerability on human and environmental health.

    The understanding and study of these cause-effect mediations, that is, how intervention occurs in the external and internal space, in the individual and the collective, can be a way of reducing the inequalities and social inequities of the health-disease process. This theme is expected to contribute to the broad understanding of health proposed by WHO, in line with the axes indicated by UIA 2020, but with the privileged view of architects and urban planners.


    This track is to discuss experiences regarding architects' training and professional practice, related to health issues. These experiences can be presented as theoretical studies the form or professional practice based -such as projects of health equipment innovation, adaptation, renovation, requalification, retrofit, as well as in the form of structural projects, new technologies, materials, among others, for different health environments, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, sanatoriums, health posts, biomedical research laboratories, teaching and development, pharmaceutical industry and other related spaces.

    Health buildings use to be a challenge to architectural professional activity, which contacts him/her with equipment, technological solutions, materials, flows, etc. Modern and contemporary architects consider the hospital project one of the most complexes in architecture, being the professional of this field of knowledge, the most capable of bringing together, under his direction, different professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and administrators. Such projects, which include laboratories, should be driven by guidelines for health, comfort, humanization, sustainability, maintenance facilities, without mention the aesthetic part, which supports the recovery and well-being of the patient, and the satisfaction of the multidisciplinary team that operates in the health spaces. It is also important to study healthy housing, focusing on the internal factors of risk and vulnerability in buildings and their effects considering human and environmental health, without neglecting the relationship between constructive and human pathologies.

    This theme analyzes from history and culture on the formation, performance and practice of health professionals in their various fields of knowledge, added to the concerns with the preservation of the environmental patrimony. The medicine advancement often imposes changes in health settings that change their traditional setting, placing them in opposite spaces. This seminar proposes itself to be a privileged discussing field between these two practices, seeking to unite intervention with preservation.

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Past events

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Australian Healthcare Week 2021 at Home
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Imagining Better Healthcare Ecosystems: AHDC March 2021 Online Educational Event
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Australian Healthcare Week - New Date
Thursday, February 25, 2021 How is Human Experience Shaping Design? AHDC February 2021 Education Webinar
Thursday, December 03, 2020 The Impacts of COVID-19 On Hospital Planning: ACHSM PARTNER EVENT
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Emergency Department Design and Covid Future Planning: LIVE ONLY EVENT
Thursday, October 22, 2020 AHDC 2020 AGM and Education Oct Event 8
Thursday, September 24, 2020 AHDC Education Sept Event (7) - 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020 EUROPEAN HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020 Critical Care Medicine - AHDC Education August Event (6) - 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020 "Consumer Engagement in the Design of Hospitals" AHDC Education Event (5) - July 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020 AHDC June 2020 Event - An update of the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (AusHFG) - Education Event
Thursday, May 14, 2020 AHDC Education Event 3 - 2020 Infection Control driving the design of the Engine Room of the Hospital - CSSD
Friday, February 21, 2020 Sorry Planned Hospital Tour has been cancelled - AHDC Education Event 2 - 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020 AHDC Education Event 1 - 2020 “Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of Healthcare Facilities– A New Approach.”
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Queensland Healthcare Week
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Improving Capital Works Funding for Health Facilities - Event 7
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 ACHSM 2019 Asia-Pacific health leadership congress
Thursday, September 26, 2019 AHDC AGM 2019 and Presentation On Car Parking In Hospital Projects
Thursday, September 05, 2019 Welcome to the new AHDC Website & Membership Pages
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 Healthcare Leaders Forum, ICC in Sydney
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 NZHDC + UIAPHG 30-31 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019 The AHDC Northern Europe Hospital Study Tour

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The AHDC is a non-government organisation of professionals involved and/or interested in quality design of health facilities and is the conduit between knowledge providers and knowledge users in Australian health design.

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