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Susie Pearn

Susie Pearn - Expertise Leader, Health

29 September 2015 - It is well known that the cost of healthcare is escalating and this is only set to get worse in the face of our increasing population, an ageing patient cohort and the rise of the middle class.

At the same time, in some countries, the working-aged proportion of our population is declining, leaving us not only with a potential workforce shortage but a challenge in deriving the tax revenue needed to support our health systems.

While the dynamics differ around the world, and the pressures are perhaps more obvious in developing countries, universally health leaders are looking for ways to do more a better with less.

A circuit breaker is needed, if we are to deliver the access and standards of heath service that communities expect and that we would like to provide.

As designers, managers and advisors, consultancies such as Aurecon have the power to enable significant change through the delivery of technology and infrastructure, backed with the change management that is needed to unleash the future benefits for the healthcare sector.

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In September, Matt Skeen, a Project Director at Aurecon is presenting at the Institute of Hospital Engineering, Australia conference in Perth and at the Australian Institute of Project Management National Conference in Hobart in October.

In July, Susie Pearn, Expertise Leader, Health attended the Design and Health Conference in Hong Kong where she shared the story of 'The Lady Cilento Children's Hospital - one step in a complex journey of change for the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital'. While in Asia, Susie met with senior Healthcare clients in both Hong Kong and Singapore.

During Australian Healthcare Week 2015 held in Sydney, Susie co-presented with Fritha Mackay, Director Mater Springfield, Mater Health Services, on the 53 hectare Springfield Health City in Queensland. Aurecon is currently preparing the Strategic Plan for Springfield Health City on behalf of Springfield Land Corporation and Mater to help achieve their shared vision of integrated health for Springfield.

In her presentation, Susie painted a picture of a future health paradigm that is far more preventative, integrated, efficient and technology enabled than we know today. She outlined the initiatives and developments envisaged at Springfield to achieve that paradigm shift - a shift that is needed to create a more sustainable health system. Aurecon is project managing the first stage of development, the Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

This followed a presentation Susie made with Mater in Malaysia at the Healthcare Facilities Design & Development Asia, which focussed on the comparison of capital cost versus long term health system impact of project planning and delivery decisions, again using Springfield as a case study.

At Australian Healthcare Week, Graeme McKenzie, co-presented with architectural firm Conrad Gargett on the AUD 1.55 billion Lady Cilento Children's Hospital project in Brisbane, for which Graeme was the Programme Director.

In this case study, Graeme focussed on lessons learnt into how to effectively integrate the many parts, including operations, technology and infrastructure, in the planning and delivery of this very complex programme.

In July, Susie attended the Design and Health Conference in Hong Kong where she shared the story of 'The Lady Cilento Children's Hospital - one step in a complex journey of change for the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital'. While in Asia, Susie met with senior Healthcare clients in both Hong Kong and Singapore.

Susie also participated in a panel discussion for Futurenet in Brisbane on September, focussing on mega trends and their anticipated impact on health and consulting.

Throughout 2015, Aurecon is hosting the not-for-profit Australian Health Design Council (AHDC) industry forums bi-monthly, welcoming AHDC members and guests to hear from industry stakeholders and network with colleagues.

The next forum will be held 22 October, and video-conferenced around our national offices. Attendance is welcomed with prior notice and details can be found on the AHDC website. Susie presented at the most recent AHDC forum on Springfield Health City – towards more sustainable health.

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