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

*This tour is now at capacity

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

*This tour is now at capacity

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. 


A proudly Australian designed, manufactured and owned company since 1889, Atherton manufactures and sells a range of medium to large stainless steel infection control equipment which is used extensively in Hospitals and Laboratories Australia wide.  With headquarters based in Alphington Victoria, the company is continually growing and has expanded the into New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Philippines & Singapore.

Committed to sustaining the only Australian manufacturing site for the production of infection control equipment, Atherton is the largest Infection Control Service company in Australia, and has had successful recent partnerships with renowned companies Laoken (2010), and BHT (2011) , both worldwide leaders in technology and development in their respective fields.  With a commitment to excellence, knowledge and technology, Atherton provides a reliable and reputable 24/7 after sales maintenance and technical support service, earning a strong reputation for quality and reliability for its infection control range.

The tour will take place at Atherton's brand new facility in Alphington and will incorporate the following:

  • Showcasing technological advances in the healthcare field;
  • Clinical manufacturing plant tour product journey from raw materials to finished goods;
  • 3D printing for prototyping;
  • Virtual Reality Tour;
  • The future of robotics in CSSDs; and
  • The new Training and Display Centre.