Health and Wellness Planning in Greater Springfield
The planning of Greater Springﬁeld applies a conscious approach to creating an environment where people can live active lives within a wellness focused community. A healthy and vibrant lifestyle is the mantra of Greater Springﬁeld. Investment has been made into the development of open spaces, parks and bikeways, sustainable developments, as well as the incorporation of healthy community initiatives and various other forms of activities. Furthermore where health services are to be developed, they will be done so in a co-ordinated, integrated fashion to ensure patients receive a complete and holistic experience. Health City Springfield Central is the designated central core of the health and wellness offering in Greater Springfield. Adjacent to Health City Springfield Central is the Springfield Central State High School that will be delivering a health curriculum, which will teach students the keys to healthy living as well as introductions to the opportunities for employment in the health industry. The Mater Private Hospital Springfield aims to provide care to both private and public patients, providing a hub of world-class medical services for the entire Greater Springfield community.
The State Government will partner with Mater Health Services to deliver a new 174 bed public hospital in Greater Springfield to cater for the rapidly growing population. The new Mater Public Hospital Springfield, an expansion on the current private hospital, would also include an Emergency Department, an Intensive Care Unit, Maternity service and more procedural areas and is planned to open 2024.
The Bigger Picture
Worldwide, our healthcare system today faces escalating challenges. Exponentially rising costs, rising prevalence in chronic disease and an ever increasing ageing population are placing tremendous pressure on our healthcare systems. There is an increasing need to reduce costs, increase efficiency and provide value. Above all, there is a need to truly consider the consumer at the centre, greater health promotion, and to provide incentives for better health outcomes.
In Health City Springfield Central plans are underway to bring together health service providers, researchers, investors and government stakeholders into a world-class Springfield ecosystem, to be known as the Innovative Medical Hub.
Health City Springfield Central is also part of the Knowledge Precinct where Health, Education, and Innovation collide to facilitate idea generation and accelerates commercialisation.