Victorian Heart Hospital

Victorian Heart Hospital - Artist Impression

An Artist’s Impression of the new Victorian Heart Hospital. Final design may vary.

The Victorian Government in partnership with Monash Health and Monash University will build Australia’s first heart hospital – the Victorian Heart Hospital. The hospital will be a landmark facility and the first of its kind in Australia; it will be built at the Monash University Clayton campus and is due to be completed in 2022.

Following the model of dedicated cancer hospitals Australia-wide, the heart hospital will be dedicated to the care of one highly specialised area – cardiac care. Worldwide, there are many specialised heart hospitals in major cities, but none in Australia. The case for a dedicated heart hospital as a basis for providing cardiac care is strong and will significantly enhance Victoria’s position in cardiac care, research and education.

The $564 million project is being funded by the Victorian Government with contributions, including the land for the site, being provided by project partner, Monash University.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will be comprised of strategically located and purpose-built facilities to significantly expand both the existing capacity and models of care and to enable a flexible and proactive approach to new treatment paradigms and rapidly evolving technology. The design will be both patient-centred and service-orientated to enhance patient experience and create a seamless patient flow.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will include a full range of ambulatory and inpatient cardiac care, including cardiac theatres, cardiac catheterisation laboratories and ambulatory services such as cardiac CT, echocardiography and specialist consultation. A strong focus on prevention, recovery and rehabilitation will also be at the heart of the Victorian Heart Hospital.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will be a centre for education; through a Monash Health and Monash University partnership, the hospital will provide training options for undergraduate and postgraduate medical, nursing and science students, subspecialty training fellowships for cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, and provision of PhD and Masters placements for health professionals.

Research will be a key component of the Victorian Heart Hospital, housing the Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, the research arm of Monash Heart and a research centre of Monash University. This will create new and expanded opportunities for medical research, accelerating the transition of discoveries into timely and meaningful outcomes.

To learn more, see also the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority website.

About the Victorian Heart Hospital

The Victorian Heart Hospital will provide a dedicated cardiac hospital to improve health outcomes for people with – or at risk of – heart disease, drive clinical and high-value med-tech innovation, and deliver significant community health and economic benefits to Victoria.

Most importantly, the Victorian Heart Hospital will dramatically increase access to world-leading cardiac services.

Operated by Monash Health, the Victorian Heart Hospital will service the increasing needs of Melbourne’s booming south-east, and will be available to all Victorians in need of critical, potentially life-saving cardiac treatment.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will be part of Monash Health’s network of services including Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, Moorabbin Hospital and Kingston Centre.

Located within the Monash University campus, and less than 2.5 kilometres from Monash Health’s Monash Medical Centre, the Victorian Heart Hospital will also play a significant role within the thriving Clayton Innovation Precinct, integrating clinical and scientific resources and expertise, accelerating the development of new devices and therapies, improving patient care, and strengthening Victoria’s growing medical technology and pharmaceutical industries.

Within the first five years of operation it’s expected the new hospital will deliver nearly $400 million annually in economic benefit to the Victorian community. More than $110 million of this will occur as a direct result of the hospital being co-located at Monash University.

Key benefits

  • Improved outcomes and experiences for cardiac patients – co-location of the world’s best cardiovascular care, research and training will result in advances in patient care.
  • Dynamic research, knowledge and innovation – the Victorian Heart Hospital partnership will drive Victorian innovation, support the development of world-class research, training and education programs and attract leading researchers and clinicians from across the world.
  • Significant ongoing economic benefits – the project will have a major economic impact on Victoria through hospital construction and ongoing employment, procurement, research and training.

Health and community benefits

It is estimated that more than 300,000 adult Victorians are living with heart disease. As Australia’s population grows and ages, these rates will increase.

In the Victorian Heart Hospital, Monash Health will provide world-leading clinical cardiovascular care to all Victorians, and put specialised life-saving services within close reach of residents of Melbourne’s south-east.

This project will increase access to life-saving expertise and facilities, provide new opportunities for ground-breaking clinical trials, and vastly improve the treatment experience of patients and their families. The new Victorian Heart Hospital will focus on prevention, rehabilitation, health literacy and wellness. Once completed, the hospital will dramatically increase capacity for life-saving cardiac care, providing significant benefits in patient care.

Patient services

  • 184 inpatient beds
  • 20 cardiac ICU beds
  • 10,500 interventional cardiac catheterisation lab and 3,000 cardiac rhythm lab procedures
  • 2,000 open heart surgery operations
  • 108,000 cardiac consultations
  • Capacity for more than 28,000 cardiac emergency presentations
  • More than 6,000 cardiac CT scans and 4,000 cardiac MRIs

Reduced waiting times

  • Cardiovascular waiting times reduced by up to 18 weeks
  • Average length of stay reduced by 10 per cent
  • Waiting times for non-urgent procedures down to less than 3 hours

Increased comfort for patients and their families

  • Remove the need for 2,000 inter-hospital patient transfers each year
  • Avoid 21,000 bed moves each year through an innovative and “universal” bed model of cardiac care.

Training tomorrow’s cardiac care workforce

The impact of the Victorian Heart Hospital extends well beyond its physical catchment. The Victorian Heart Hospital will train new generations of Victoria’s cardiac workforce, bringing the latest innovations in patient care to undergraduate and postgraduate students and specialist trainees across the disciplines of medicine, nursing and allied health.

In 2026, this is expected to include 310 undergraduate students, 260 postgraduate students, 20 PhD students and 30 sub-speciality fellowships. The Victorian Heart Hospital will also provide a range of professional development courses delivering around 7,400 learning days in 2026.

Heart hospitals around the world

Australia is the only continent that does not have a dedicated heart hospital. The Victorian Heart Hospital will be Australia’s first stand-alone heart hospital and research facility. It will give Victorian’s the specialist cardiovascular health care that they need to meet changing community needs.

Evidence across the globe is that heart hospitals change lives. Heart hospitals improve patient outcomes and accelerate the translation of major discoveries into patient treatments and innovative solutions to global cardiac health issues.

When research is embedded in the delivery of healthcare, the benefits multiply for both research and clinical services. This in turn means better health outcomes, and lower economic costs.

Dedicated heart hospitals have been in operation since 1856. Across the world, specialised heart hospitals have driven clinical and research advancements, bringing new hope to cardiac patients and new economic benefits to their regions.

Mature heart hospitals include Texas Heart Institute, Montreal Heart Institute and Leipzig Heart Centre.

New dedicated heart hospitals continue to be built, such as Barts Heart Centre, the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur, the National Heart Centre in Singapore and the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Centre at the Cleveland Clinic.

The Victorian Heart Hospital will integrate cardiac research, clinical services and education in the same way that other successful heart hospitals have done across the world.

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