Goulburn Valley Health Special Care Nursery

Hospital transformed to deliver family-focused care to newborns

Location: Yorta Yorta Country, 48 Graham St, Shepparton VIC
Status: Complete

GVH Shepparton Hospital’s Special Care Nursery (SCN) responds to a critical need for specialist neonatal facilities, delivering metropolitan-standard services to a regional community with rising birthrates. The new 10-cot SCN provides acute medical care for sick and premature babies and their families.

Previously, families including marginalized groups travelled for hours for critical care, far from other family members and local support networks at an incredibly stressful time.

Since GVH’s SCN opened in 2022, it has supported more than 400 babies and their families. GVH staff and patients are delighted. Not only is the space a more practical, accessible and comfortable workplace, it is also much cosier, more inviting and more private for families staying here. Partners are very much more involved now. It’s not just the mum that’s had the baby, it’s a family unit.
Goulburn Valley Health

Designed in close collaboration with the GVH team and incorporating biophilic principles, SCN adaptively reuses inefficient ward space and enables the introduction of family-focused care. Working within an internalized space required clever spatial planning and efficiencies to deliver the complex brief. Examples include: each bay features in-built family seating, medication fridge, nappy store and moveable recliners. Custom bench joinery optimises clinicians’ workflow, accommodating medication and formula prep one side and family- patient caregiving opposite.