Construction of Australia’s first heart hospital begins

By on 18 February 2020

Extensive excavation works are now underway on Australia’s first ever specialist heart hospital, located at Monash University’s Clayton Campus, 19km south-east of Melbourne.

The $543 million hospital will provide space for new cardiac treatment, education and training and research.

With more than 1700 construction jobs created, approximately 90 percent of materials used in the construction will be from local suppliers.  The state government is investing $470 million into the project, with the balance paid by Monash Health and Monash University.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, with statistics finding one Australian dies every 12 minutes as a result of cardiovascular disease.

The hospital will have the capacity for 206 beds when it opens and cater for 28,000 cardiac emergency presentations, allow for up to 2150 cardiac surgeries, 13,500 cardiac laboratory procedures and 108,000 consultations each year.

The centre will provide learning spaces for more than 300 undergraduate students, 260 post graduate students and 20 PhD students a year.

“Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Australia – that’s why we’re delivering the services that Victorians deserve, ensuring everyone has access to world-class cardiac facilities and treatment,” Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

“Modelled on successful specialist heart hospitals across the world including Barts Heart Centre in London and Montreal Heart Institute in Canada, the hospital will bring together the world’s best in cardiovascular care, research and training in a patient-focused, integrated specialist unit,” Monash University said in a statement.

Removing the need to travel for specialist appointments, regional Victorians can also benefit from the project, which will provide telehealth facilities to connect specialists with country patients and their local doctors.

The hospital is due for completion in 2022.

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