University of Canberra Public Hospital
External view A
External view B
Teaching space – Clinical simulation
Teaching space – Multi-purpose room
Mental health kitchen and lounge space A
Mental health kitchen and lounge space B
Opening in mid-2018, the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) will be Canberra’s first purpose-built rehabilitation hospital. It will provide the highest standard of care through state-of-the-art technology. Located on the University of Canberra campus in Bruce, UCPH is partnering with the University to become a hub for rehabilitation research and education – investing today in tomorrow’s health professionals.
About the project
The University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) will be the largest rehabilitation centre in the ACT, with capacity for 140 inpatient beds, 75 day places and additional outpatient services. As a rehabilitation hospital, UCPH will support people in an environment that is specifically designed for rehabilitation.
UCPH will not include an emergency department because it is a specialist rehabilitation, recovery and research hospital. Anybody requiring emergency or intensive care will need to attend Canberra Hospital or Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.
UCPH will facilitate the rehabilitation of people recovering from surgery, injury or mental health issues.
Features of UCPH include:
- Therapy gyms
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Outdoor therapeutic and recreational spaces
- Dedicated therapy spaces to promote independence in daily living:
- Driver training and assessment.
In May 2017, the building’s facade was revealed by Minister for Health, Meegan Fitzharris and Minister for Mental Health, Shane Rattenbury.
The design of UCPH was inspired by Canberra’s landscape, with the Brindabellas incorporated into the rolling design and the colours reflecting the landscape.
At the end of 2016, the concrete structure was completed after nine months of construction. It covers over 35,000 square metres, contains 13,500 cubic metres of concrete, 880 tonnes of reinforcing steel, and took approximately 175,000 hours of labour.
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For more information about this Health Infrastructure Program project email: HIP@act.gov.au