Kyabram & District Health Services



Kyabram & District Health Services (KDHS), in north central Victoria, has a catchment area of 10,000 people and employs over 300 staff. The facility includes 38 acute and 42 aged care beds, diagnostics, an operating theatre, Urgent Care, a renal dialysis unit and Primary and Allied health facilities.

KDHS is rejuvenating its facilities to ensure it continues to ‘foster a workplace culture of high performance’. The first stage of the project, the $4 million Health & Wellbeing Project – Stage 1, commenced building in late 2014.

Our experience in the healthcare sector helps guide our work on this project. Medical facility design needs to comply with regulatory codes, adhere to clinical best practice, protect patient privacy and improve patient flow to ensure better service delivery. Positive first impressions generate return visits and referrals; functional, attractive design increases patient wellbeing and staff satisfaction.

The brief was to create a new experience in healthcare. Our rational and cost-effective design response was conceived through collaboration between the client and our director, Brendan; Brendan oversees every step of the process.

Through uniting the community, consultant and acute health care areas, we have made the facility more functional, improving patient flow for better service delivery. We established the existing courtyards as features, introducing open grassed areas and timber decks to improve patient and visitor experience. Architectural elements, such as the steel screen ‘Kyabram’ façade, create impact. The design introduces natural light, high ceilings, skylights, colour and material richness. It’s accessible, inviting, comfortable and engaging for patients, staff and visiting medical specialists.