Guidelines


Part A – Administrative Provisions
This section outlines the licensing process for Health Facilities and the prequalification process for Design Consultants. Part A basically sets out the different processes whereas Parts B to E provide the design tools to design fully compliant Health Facilities:

Approval Process – The five step approval process is explained in detail, including the validity of the interim approvals and the deliverables for each submission.
Standards and Guidelines – All Standards and Guidelines are listed for both the Health Planning and Engineering disciplines.
Prequalification – Provides all requirements to become prequalified and explains the process in detail.
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Part B – Health Facility Briefing and Design
Part B of the International Health Facility Guidelines covers the subject of Health Facility Design and the factors which influence the outcome. Health Facility Design requires knowledge, skill and experience. These guidelines alone may not be sufficient to ensure good design, however, using these guidelines, a reasonably skilled designer should be able to focus on the required functionality quickly and deliver a product which meets the minimum Local Health Authority requirements.

The administrative requirements for health facility applications have been covered in Part A of the International Health Facility Guidelines. This part focuses on the Architectural and Health Planning Aspects. This part may include aspects of service health service provision and facility design which are not part of the Local Health Authority approval but required as part of the process of delivering a competent health facility.
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Part C – Access, Mobility, OH&S
This chapter includes the over-riding requirements for Access, Mobility, OHS and Security which include such considerations as corridor widths, slip resistance of floors, need for natural light, ergonomic guides and other safety requirements. These are focused on health projects unlike other generalised standards and guidelines such as those used for disability access or fire evacuation. Where there is a conflict with other standards, the most onerous standard will need to be adhered to.
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Part D – Infection Control
This section incorporates the requirements for infection control. Having a separate section for these features prevents the need to re-state these requirements many times, in the context of each department.
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Part E – Engineering Services and Environmental Design
Part E focuses on the engineering systems and environmental settings such as Temperature range, humidity control, air changes per hour, size and type of lifts, acceptable methods of hot water reticulation, ESD etc.
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Part F – Feasibility Planning & Costing Guidelines
The purpose of Part F of these Guidelines is to overcome the above issues as far as possible. Part F covers various subjects under feasibility planning and costing. It is a framework for the healthcare industry to consider in relation to licencing and provides a methodology to be followed for licence applications lodged with the relevant health authorities.

Specialists and those experienced in feasibility planning and costing can use their own methodology as long as they can demonstrate that all the relevant issues as stated in this part are addressed and the deliverables are supplied. Alternatively, Part F provides a simplified methodology with supporting templates which may be used.
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Part G – Acoustics
The Acoustic requirements outlined in this part of the Guidelines are based on best practice and they are provided as a guide. These requirements should not override other more stringent requirements as mandated by the local Authorities.

Acoustic requirements within this Acoustic Guideline are in addition to any other non-acoustic requirements such as structural integrity, fire rating, material compatibility, etc.
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Part Q – Equipment Planning Guidelines
This equipment planning guideline provides assistance to those who are involved in the procurement and management of Furniture & Fittings, Fixtures &Equipment (FF&FE) including budgeting, selection and installation planning. It outlines the methodology for the planning, procurement, placement and management of all the FF&FE requirements for both new and existing healthcare capital works projects.

The goal is to:
Provide information that helps ensure that the FF& FE process is cost effective and wellplanned; policies are followed; pitfalls are avoided and a successful outcome is achieved.
Ensure that the FF&FE procurement process affords an on time, on budget and fit for purpose outcome.
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Part S – Health Service Planning
Service planning is focussed on improving the delivery of healthcare and begins with the identification of health service(s) of concern. Following a series of steps outlined in this guideline, health planners and managers can systematically achieve a well-informed and relevant service plan for implementation, and subsequent monitoring and evaluation. This monitoring and evaluation performed for the plan, in turn, serves as a valuable source of information for later plans, illustrating the cyclical nature of planning.
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Part W – Wayfinding Guidelines
Wayfinding is a concept that describes the dynamic relationship people have to space, incorporating all the cognitive, perceptual, problem-solving and decision-making processes that are required to orientate oneself within and navigate through a space. It also outlines the factors external to us that impact, positively or negatively, on our ability to complete a journey successfully.
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