The Design Guide for Health: Spaces, Places and Precincts (PDF, 2.0 MB) outlines the principles of good design and explains how well-designed health facilities contribute to the health and wellbeing of communities.

The design guide will assist those involved in the planning, design, delivery or management of health facilities, providing design guidance for project directors, project managers, professional design consultants and medical experts, from initiation and feasibility, through planning and design development to project delivery.

Extensive research shows that well-designed health environments improve workflow and reduce waiting times, improve patient recovery and rehabilitation, reduce the risk of hospital-based infections through improved air quality and reduce length of patient stays.

Good design enhances staff health and wellbeing. It also supports attraction and retention of staff and one of the biggest challenges facing modern healthcare delivery.

Well-designed health environments can enhance and support cultural safety, provide support for cultural practices that care for Country, and increase Aboriginal engagement with health services.

Developed as a collaboration between the Government Architect NSW and Health Infrastructure, the guide will assist NSW Health and project stakeholders to develop a comprehensive place-based approach to the planning, design and provision of health facilities, while providing high-quality clinical infrastructure.

Webinar – Design Guide for Health

To celebrate the launch of the design guide, GANSW and Health Infrastructure hosted a webinar on Thursday 3 August 2023.

The webinar explores key elements of the design guide, how to implement the principles of the guide in practise and provide an opportunity for a live question and answer session.

Key experts from Government Architect NSW and Health Infrastructure share insights on how good design can enhance clinical services, health and healing, while supporting the public realm and strengthening community.