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A set of AusHFG project resource files for designers and health planning professionals has been created to make the data easier to use.

This new guideline has been developed through consultation with infection control, health infrastructure and engineering specialists, as well as clinical and operational experts, from across Australia and New Zealand.

The aim of the guideline is to ensure that future hospital developments support increased resilience of health systems in response to pandemics, as well as the prevention of transmission associated with acute respiratory infection (ARI) cases and surges outside of pandemics. The scope of the document includes:

  • planning principles relating to pandemic preparedness that should be adopted for all new build and refurbishment works;
  • risk minimisation strategies for infectious respiratory pathogen transmission based on the hierarchy of control model as an integrated approach to pandemic preparedness;
  • key principles and references relating to engineering controls to minimise infection transmission;
  • hospital unit / service specific considerations; and
  • recommendations relating to surge capacity management.

It is intended that this document will be regularly reviewed and updated to align with the evolving knowledge in this area, and relevant recommendations will be incorporated within other associated AusHFG resources as they are reviewed and updated.

Pandemic Preparedness - Health Infrastructure Planning & Design Guidance

Due to an ongoing review and update of the Revit model, the currently published version does not include the latest Standard Component updates that were published on the 30th June 2022.  This will be updated as soon as possible and we apologise for any incovenience.

The downloads below include a single Revit file and matching IFC file containing all currently modelled Standard Components available for download for use by designers.  This resource represents the greatest innovation and upgrade of the AusHFG information.  Through provision of this information, AHIA has responded to the needs of the industry and is supporting the use of Building Information Modelling throughout the health infrastructure sector.  To assist with use of the Revit model content, the model's shared parameter file and notes on use are also provided below.  To assist with use of the IFC model content, notes for it are also provided, which include guidance for non-designers wishing to access the IFC model through commonly available viewers.

AusHFG Revit model revision 9.0
AusHFG Revit model revision 9.0 - shared parameter file
Notes on use of the AusHFG Revit Model
AusHFG IFC Model Revision 9.0
Notes on the use of the AusHFG IFC Model

The review of AusHFG resources are facilitated by the AusHFG Project Team on behalf of AHIA on a regular basis to ensure the information is contemporary and reflects changes in clinical practice, service models and technology. An annual work plan is used to track the update of the AusHFG resources.

The attached document register has been developed to provide an overview of when the content of each resource was last updated. In addition, the planned date of upcoming reviews is included.  This document register will be updated as documents are reviewed and republished.

AusHFG Parts and HPU Document Register

The review of AusHFG resources are facilitated by the AusHFG Project Team on behalf of AHIA on a regular basis to ensure the information is contemporary and reflects changes in clinical practice, service models and technology. An annual work plan is used to track the update of the AusHFG resources.

The AusHFG Standard Components Document Register contains a list of all currently published Standard Components, and identifies Standard Components that are currently under review or due for review.

AusHFG Standard Components Document Register

These documents comprise complete sets of AusHFG Room Data Sheets and Room Layout Sheets as published immediately prior to the item and coding update which took place at the end of March 2017.  These documents display the item naming and coding in place prior to March 2017. The individual Room Data Sheet and Room Layout Sheets can be found in the Standard Component Archives.

Complete Set Room Data Sheets
Complete Set Room Layout Sheets (in two parts)

These documents comprise complete sets of AusHFG Room Data Sheets and Room Layout Sheets as currently published. The individual sheets can be found under Standard Components. 

Complete Set - Room Data Sheets
Complete Set - Room Layout Sheets

The AusHFG Item Control Schedule lists all the items in the AusHFG item library, along with their current names and codes, plus previous names and codes where applicable.  If the item is in use in a Standard Component and also modelled in the AusHFG Revit resource, the Item Control Schedule identifies its Revit family and type name.  

The Item Control Schedule also provides information about documentation conventions used when managing the AusHFG item library, along with other details about its use in conjunction with other AusHFG resources.

Item Control Schedule v1.11 - pdf version
Item Control Schedule v1.11 - xls version

The AusHFG Standard Component Flat File is a combined document with all standard component room data and equipment occurrences. It is provided as a single file for ease of import for database or BIM platforms. It is provided as is, for reference only.

AusHFG Standard Components File for Import

The paper ‘Culturally Sensitive Planning and Design’ has been developed with input from all AHIA jurisdictions.

It provides information relating to the process for engaging with cultural representatives and overarching design considerations to assist Users in ensuring that healthcare facilities incorporate culturally sensitive planning and design solutions.

Culturally Sensitive Planning and Design

A new AusHFG resource has been  developed entitled Isolation Rooms - Engineering and Design Requirements (Revision 1). This document has been developed to:

  •  provide an up-to-date resource to projects as it is anticipated that HB260 Hospital Acquired Infections - Engineering Down the Risk (2003) will be retired in the near future
  •  incorporate the lessons learned from recent projects.

The information has been developed with the input of a an expert group of health service and industry representatives. A thank you is extended to all those who have contributed to the development of this document.

Isolation Room- Engineering and Design Requirements

This sheet is a companion document to the AusHFG HPUs for Operating Unit, ICU and ED. It sets out a terminology that can be used to describe typical pendant configuration and digital integration in operating rooms (DOR), based on contemporary equipment supply streams.

AusHFG Terminology for Pendants and DOR

AHIA recognises the vital role of arts in health and its value as a tool for social sustainability in healthcare, not unlike fit-for-purpose medical equipment that needs to be considered early in design and cared for thereafter, and commits to improved arts integration in health settings through this Guideline, that is closely aligned with international and national research, policies, standards with implementation dependent on individual jurisdictions.

The guideline offers a simple toolkit to support early and effective integration of arts in health infrastructure projects. Specifically, the guideline addresses key opportunities to improved arts integration:

  • clarity of purpose for arts in health settings;
  • commissioning roadmap for earlier integration of arts in health infrastructure from master-planning and functional design briefing;
  • governance models for effective decision making; and lastly,
  • access to resources supporting the inclusion of Arts in Health initiatives.
Arts in Health Framework
Arts in Health Framework

The AHIA Asset Management Sub Group has developed a list of commonly used asset management and maintenance definitions with a view to establishing a common, cross-jurisdictional language. The challenge of applying this in every jurisdiction is acknowledged, particularly where the terminology interacts with jurisdictional financial or technical policies. The proposed definitions are intended to assist in the AHIA context and there is no requirement to adopt these definitions in members’ respective operations. 

Commonly Used Asset Management Definitions

The purpose of the AusHFG Spatial Benchmarks is to support the development of high-level area estimates for common hospital departments / services.  Spatial benchmarks are typically used during initial planning phases to inform early cost planning and indicative footprint requirements prior to the development of detailed schedules of accommodations (SOAs).  This is important information which can be used to advise early investment decisions, as well as site selection and staging strategies.

The AusHFG Spatial Benchmarks provide a minimum estimated area requirement per unit of measure and are derived from SOAs within the AusHFG Health Planning Units (HPU).  They are not derived from actual facility areas, however facility benchmarking data is used to inform updates to the AusHFG SOAs. Benchmarks are provided for clinical, clinical support and non-clinical services and will continue to be updated and refined following each HPU review.

An accompanying guidance document provides an overview of the purpose, methodology, scope and ‘how to use’ the AusHFG Spatial Benchmarks.

AusHFG Spatial Benchmarks