Management
Understanding the role of a sustainability officer

Understanding the role of a sustainability officer

A successful sustainability officer needs a strong set of skills to improve your hospital’s sustainability performance without negatively affecting other aspects of its performance. They’re agents of change and, among many other responsibilities, they also advise on the environmental aspects of capital works.

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Achieving sustainability through flexible healthcare facilities

Achieving sustainability through flexible healthcare facilities

Demands and services are guaranteed to change over the life of a healthcare facility. We can anticipate some of these changes but others may take us by surprise. That means we need to ensure that new and refurbished healthcare facilities are future-proof, flexible and adaptable.

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Clinical benefits of mobile facilities

Clinical benefits of mobile facilities

Mobile healthcare facilities are designed in close collaboration with staff who often feel more satisfied with that working environment than the main hospital.

Learn more about the clinical benefits of mobile facilities in the latest edition of Healthcare Spaces.

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Taking healthcare to the people in remote areas

Taking healthcare to the people in remote areas

Mobile outreach services provide a way to improve health outcomes for the 7 million Australians living in rural and remote areas. Mobile facilities enable easier access to healthcare, earlier diagnosis and more convenient treatment.

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Creating efficient, green, flood-and fire-resistant healthcare facilities

Creating efficient, green, flood-and fire-resistant healthcare facilities

In recent years, many Australian hospitals have proved vulnerable to extreme weather events, which have caused illness or injury, damaged infrastructure, cut off access to healthcare or disrupted critical supply chains.

Managing the health risks of climate change can no longer be deferred. Fiona Armstrong, CEO of the Climate and Health Alliance, urges hospital boards to provide leadership to reduce their organisation’s carbon footprint and to increase its resilience in the face of climate change.

Read more in the latest edition of Healthcare Spaces.

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The challenges and opportunities that remain consistent in the hospital sector

The challenges and opportunities that remain consistent in the hospital sector

Hospital infrastructure isn’t static. It undergoes constant alteration and improvement to ensure it remains fit for purpose in a changing world. 

And our world has changed immensely since COVID hit, creating some infrastructure challenges for hospitals. 

Here, we explore the role of infrastructure in patient care and offer ways to rethink healthcare infrastructure and service delivery in light of the pandemic.

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The funding battle in hospitals

The funding battle in hospitals

Competing priorities are everywhere in healthcare. Hospital Boards and senior managers must regularly make difficult governance decisions taking into account factors such as clinical need, budgetary constraints and performance targets. 

So, which is the right way forward? And do you really have to choose? 

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Innovations addressing common problems in the hospital setting

Innovations addressing common problems in the hospital setting

Healthcare innovations have improved many aspects of patient care. We’ve seen genetic sequencing, targeted therapies, remote monitoring devices and robotic surgery. 

But the innovations needed in a hospital aren’t limited to clinical applications. There are several innovations that can improve facilities management to make the whole hospital more efficient. 

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Strategies for addressing Australia’s elective surgery backlog

Strategies for addressing Australia’s elective surgery backlog

The repeated suspension of elective surgery, the disruption to screening services and outpatient appointments, and a 40% drop in routine pathology testing early in the pandemic have all combined to create a cohort of Australians now presenting with more advanced disease and languishing on long waiting lists for surgery as their condition worsens. 

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