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A health facility will play a pivotal role at some stage in a person’s life, whether it is to celebrate the birth of a child, the death of a loved one or treatment of an illness. Over the past 15 years, research has conclusively demonstrated that the design of health facilities can positively impact the quality of care received by patients and influence their recovery rates.

Hames Sharley utilises knowledge gained from this research to ensure the health facilities we design promote speedy patient recovery, reduce length of stay, minimise risk, assist in the delivery of quality health care services and provide an efficient, satisfying workplace for health providers. By undertaking an evidence based design (EDB) approach, Hames Sharley has created an impressive track record in delivering innovative, efficient and responsive health facilities. We believe that the design of health facilities should be based on the mission and service delivery objectives of the health services to be provided.

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Emerging from a crisis

Michael Wright

Sometimes our worst experiences can be our best opportunity for growth. For Principal of People & Culture, Michael Wright, that was the case.⁠

Michael shares his mental health journey in the hopes of encouraging ongoing conversations about everyday human struggles and how these experiences help us better understand our communities and each other.⁠

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The importance of self-care and social connection – lessons from living alone in lockdown

Fiona Greatbatch

Like many Australians, living through extended lockdowns has taken a toll on Fiona’s mental health. ⁠

Located in Victoria and currently going through lockdown number six, Fiona talks about why it’s so much harder to stay positive this time, and the lessons she’s learnt about the importance of self-care and social connections.⁠

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A series of fortunate events – how COVID-19 possibly saved my life

James Edwards

Thanks to a global health crisis, Director and National Portfolio Leader for Education, Science & Research, James Edwards, was forced to stay in Western Australia and catch up on some rather overdue medical tests.⁠ Despite having no symptoms, In April 2020, James was diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer.⁠

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Don’t worry about asking if you’re ok – just start a conversation

Alex Quin

Having lost a close friend to suicide, Alex Quin has experienced first-hand the devastating impact mental illness can have on a community. In a bid to honour his friend, Phil, Alex writes about the need to de-stigmatise mental illness, and how the simple art of conversation can help those suffering feel less isolated.

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How can design help alleviate overcrowded emergency departments?

Cheyenne Lee, Project Leader at Hames Sharley

The overcrowding of Emergency Departments (EDs) has been a serious issue facing many Australian hospitals for at least the last decade. It’s a complex issue resulting from multiple issues; from inadequate funding, to doctor shortages, and a scarcity of beds.

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Cost Assessment for New Public Hospital Services

By Rhonda Kerr

Australians value our public hospitals highly but, you will be surprised to know that, the valuation of the buildings and medical equipment, required to support hospitals, is poor.

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The oral history of remote Australia

For more than 20 years, Professor Marc Tennant has worked to improve the plight of Indigenous and rural Australians suffering from poor oral health. We talk to him about the early days and how sometimes the best ideas are the obvious ones…

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6 ways reverse innovation could improve our hospitals

Ron Bridgefoot

Reverse innovation in Australian healthcare can bring valuable lessons into hospital design and patient care from developing countries.

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Mental illnesses described through architecture

Michael Cooper

Mental disorders are something that will affect most of us at some point in our lives and Spanish-based, digital artist Federico Babina has created a new project which attempts to illustrate a number of conditions through architecture.

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Science and technology advances for a new world

Michael Cooper

Seven top futurists have shared their predictions on what the next decade will bring in science and technology.