March 13, 2019

New ICU, Strategic Plan and ‘My HR’

Northern Hospital ICU

The Northern Hospital Stage 2 expansion project has reached a significant milestone with the completion of the $22m early works. This provides a modern 18-bed intensive care unit, freeing up space for a future cardiac care unit, as well as delivering a new loading dock and facilities for support services.

The new Intensive Care Unit will open in two weeks with the latest high-tech monitoring equipment, with improved comfort, care and privacy for patients and their families and new staff facilities.

Well done to our Capital Planning team and everyone else involved in this key stage of the development.  Next, we look forward to mid-year – when we commence the main works providing 96 new inpatient beds, three new operating theatres and more treatment rooms.

Strategic Plan

As you know, we are currently in the midst of developing our Strategic Plan 2019-2024. Thank you to almost 2000 staff who participated in the staff survey or workshops to help us identify the key themes and priorities for Northern Health over the next five years.

As we work on the strategic plan, we are well into our High Reliability Organisation – Trusted Care transformation work.

This month we are checking in to identify any gaps or improvements in our ability to continue to meet our commitment of delivering trusted care to our community.

We are also looking into the work we are doing to move our organisation from a hospital-centric culture to a partnership in a healthy community – helping our patients Staying Well.

These aspirations will be incorporated into our new Strategic Plan.


This week People and Culture are launching the My HR suite of initiatives to help your journey as an employee of Northern Health.  My HR will improve rostering, payroll, recruitment, your training and much more, as they are introduced over the coming months.

You can read more about My HR in the guest column this week. Well done to Michelle Fenwick and the People and Culture team.

I hope you all have a great week ahead.


Siva Sivarajah

Chief Executive