Norway & Australia Health Infrastructure Workshop

Our Sydney office had a visit earlier this month from the Norwegian Health Authority, to participate in a health planning & design workshop together with Health Infrastructure and some other VIP’s from Norway.

Sykehusbygg HF are the hospital construction arm of the Norwegian Health Authority, similar in role and scope to Health Infrastructure NSW and as major dRofus clients, both welcomed the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences together in Sydney, Australia.

We were also pleased to welcome Rolf Jerving, dRofus CEO and Ida Lau-Borch, dRofus Product Owner to Sydney to participate in the workshop and various other activities during the week.

“It’s quite rare to have government agencies from different countries standardise their approach to planning and project delivery on the same software platform” said Chris Razzell, dRofus MD for Asia-Pacific, “Norway and Australia have similar aspirations in terms of planning guidelines, hospital design and models of care, which provided a great foundation for the workshop.”

During the week many topics were discussed, key challenges, capital funding models, innovation, technology and we were fortunate enough to have Kjell-Olav Lyngsmo give a presentation of the St Olav Hospital project and Thea Koren present the Østfold hospital project.

Their presentations were very warmly (and somewhat enviously!) received by a crowd of Industry Consultants and Health Infrastructure staff - both projects are global exemplars of well-organised planning phases, great design and integration of artwork in a healing environment.

During his visit Rolf Jerving commented, “We have a growing number of government agencies, national authorities and private owners as clients, so dRofus is in a somewhat unique position to be able to host events such as this.”

Overall the workshop was a great success for all involved and we are already planning our next public and private owner event, where peers can come together to showcase great work, discuss challenges and successes in a non-competitive environment.