Victorian Heart Hospital opens: First dedicated heart hospital in the Southern Hemisphere and new home of Monash cardiovascular research

Victorian Heart Hospital Program Director and Victorian Heart Institute Director, Professor Stephen Nicholls (l), gives a guided tour at the official opening of the new hospital to Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC, and Victorian Premier the Hon Daniel Andrews. Photo: Simon Milder

Cardiovascular care, world-class research, and a significant healthcare network and workforce have combined in one place with the official opening of the Victorian Heart Hospital (VHH), home to the Monash Victorian Heart Institute (VHI), at Monash University, Clayton, held on Sunday 19 February.

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC joined Victorian Premier the Hon Daniel Andrews, Minister for Health the Hon Mary-Anne Thomas, and Monash Health Chief Executive Professor Andrew Stripp to celebrate the opening of the 200-bed hospital. The first clinical services will commence from 23 February.

“The Victorian Heart Hospital is Australia’s first hospital dedicated to heart health in the Southern Hemisphere, where medical researchers, innovators, clinicians and health professionals of the future will work collaboratively to benefit patients and improve the heart health of communities throughout Australia,” Professor Gardner said.

“This means we can address the problem of heart disease in this country from all angles – from research-informed patient care and community-wide initiatives aimed at reducing risk factors, to educating and training students in cardiovascular care, providing placements and job opportunities.”

Operated by Victoria’s Monash Health, the VHH hosts the VHI on a dedicated floor of the building. The Institute brings together world-leading cardiovascular experts, researchers, students and entrepreneurs who are focused on taking discoveries, techniques and therapies out of the lab and into practice.

“Hospital patients are able to access world-class cardiac care, delivered by Monash Health, and ground-breaking Monash University research all under one roof,” said Professor Stephen Nicholls, who is director of both the VHI and the VHH.

Professor Christina Mitchell AO, Monash University’s Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, said that through the VHI, cardiovascular undergraduate and postgraduate training courses in medicine, nursing and allied health are now located within the Heart Hospital, close to clinicians, practitioners and patients.

“Our students are able to apply their learning to real world challenges within the Heart Hospital, utilising simulation suites and learning spaces while working with the brightest researchers and clinical teams to improve clinical practice,” Professor Mitchell said.

The VHH is the latest addition to the expanding Monash Technology Precinct – Victoria’s largest employment hub outside of the CBD that hosts an innovation ecosystem of world-leading research facilities, companies and start-ups located in and around Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne’s south east. The VHH is located across the road from the Australian Synchrotron, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, and Moderna’s new mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility, which is now under construction.

Other members of the Monash Technology Precinct include Biobanking Victoria, the CSIRO and Pfizer.

“The Monash Technology Precinct is a catalyst for collaboration and innovation, combining expertise, scale and research capability with the talent, enterprise and industry-backing that is needed to translate research and development into start-ups and commercial applications that can make a difference both locally and globally,” said Professor Gardner.

Read the Monash Life article for more information about how the VHH and co-located VHI will transform the future of cardiovascular health for Australia and the world.

About the Monash Technology Precinct

The Monash Technology Precinct is Victoria’s largest employment hub outside of the CBD, and one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems of globally-connected innovators and enterprises across future technologies, advanced manufacturing, health, sustainable development and education. Here, the collaboration between researchers, infrastructure and industry drives innovation and translation of ground-breaking research into commercial opportunities that deliver real impact to human lives.

The opening of the Victorian Heart Hospital is one of a range of investments in the Monash Technology Precinct this year, including the establishment of the Moderna Manufacturing Facility, Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Victorian Health Innovation Centre, Australian Cyclotron, Australian Synchrotron agreement with Singapore, Smart Manufacturing Hub, new National Vaccine and Therapeutics Lab and the proposed $560 million upgrade to the Monash Medical Centre. It is also a focus for new transport infrastructure including the Suburban Rail Loop and the proposed Trackless Rail Transit project.

Monash University is the driving force behind the Precinct. It’s home to nationally significant research centres like CSIRO, Australian Synchrotron (ANSTO) and Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, networks of major industry and commercial partnerships, talent and start-up generation, local and state governments.

The Precinct is a place where jobs, opportunity and people exist side by side. Its ecosystem contributes nearly $10 billion to the economy each year, and supports 13,000 businesses and 95,000 jobs.

About the Monash Victorian Heart Institute

Monash University is transforming the future of cardiovascular health – for Australia and for the world. We’re committed to shaping global knowledge about cardiovascular disease, including how to better prevent it, better detect it, and better treat it. And we’re applying this knowledge across every facet of cardiovascular care.

Across Monash we embed research, health care and discovery into our approach, and bring labside knowledge to bedside practice to drive tangible changes for patient outcomes for the betterment of all communities.

The Monash Victorian Heart Institute reflects our University-wide commitment to collaborative heart health solutions. We are focused on delivering excellence in research, education and training, to change the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in Australia.

Read thought leadership pieces about the University’s work with cardiovascular health.