Technical Tours

Technical Tour 1 | Technical Tour 2 | Technical Tour 3

All technical tours will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 11 October 2017 and are included in full registrations. Places for each technical tour are limited, subject to availability and will be allocated on a first-in-first-served basis. Technical tours can be selected when registering for the conference. 

Technical Tour 1 - The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), a $1 billion facility purpose-built for cancer research, treatment, care and education, was officially opened in July 2016 in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, Victoria.

The VCCC is Australia’s first comprehensive cancer centre with the vision to save lives by connecting the world’s best in cancer research, education, treatment and care.

The 13-storey VCCC is the modern new home of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) and includes 160 inpatient beds, 110 same-day beds, eight operating theatres, two procedure rooms, eight radiation therapy bunkers, a clinical trials unit and overnight accommodation for country patients.

The VCCC building will host up to 1,200 cancer researchers, with over 25,000 square metres of dedicated research space for Peter Mac, Melbourne Health, and the University of Melbourne. It features education and training facilities including 47 seminar and meeting spaces and a large 

The VCCC was delivered as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) under the Victorian Government's Partnerships Victoria policy. Plenary Health consortium is the private sector partner.

TECHNICAL TOUR 2 - the royal children's hospital

The new Royal Children's Hospital opened in 2011 right next door to the old site in Parkville, Victoria. It has been purpose built for children and the way we care for them today and into the future.

The new hospital campus brings together six levels of clinical, research and education facilities over 200,000 square metres within the 4.1 hectare site. Inspired by the quality of light, the textures and forms of its parkland setting, the new RCH delivers a patient and family focused healing environment based on the latest evidence and research-based design principles.

The new RCH is:
•    more comfortable for sick children, their families and carers, and staff
•    surrounded by parkland with great views and lots of natural light
•    friendly to the environment
•    family-centred including improved accommodation and facilities for parents
•    a fun, child-friendly place with lots of interactive indoor and outdoor play areas
•    easier for families and visitors to find their way around

Other features include:
•    more single bed rooms, newborn cots and operating theatres
•    eighty per cent of all patient rooms have views of the park and the building is oriented towards the north, making good use of natural light
•    a 2,000 space underground car park (almost twice the existing number), not to mention 500 spaces for bikes
•    additional shops, cafes and other amenities for patients, their families and staff

Public Private Partnership (PPP)
The new RCH has been delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the State Government's Partnerships Victoria model. 


Atherton is a world leader in infection control products for the hospital, medical and scientific industries. The factory opened in February 2017. Atherton build the complete range of steam Sterilizers, bedpan washer sanitizers, drying cabinets and warming cabinets.

This technical tour would include manufacturing, service, design and R&D