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Patients and community to benefit from Cabrini Malvern upgrade

Date: 29/10/2015

Current and future patients of Cabrini health service will benefit from lifesaving cardiac, acute geriatric, medical imaging and radiotherapy services, with a new facility to be built at Cabrini’s Malvern campus subject to Council approval. 

Cabrini Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh says the new clinical building is an essential and inevitable upgrade given the design and length of service of some of Cabrini Malvern’s older buildings.

“For 67 years, Cabrini has provided care and support to our community with compassion, integrity, courage and respect. The Cabrini Sisters opened the original ‘new hospital’ in 1958 and it has cared for tens of thousands of patients for almost 60 years. Over the decades, hospital care has changed and the needs of our community have changed,” said Dr Walsh.

“In 2015, we are caring for an increasing number of elderly patients, many of whom have chronic cardiac, respiratory and other conditions. Our facilities need new and improved design to meet the needs of these patients and their families and to provide the best working environment for our doctors and staff.

“Our new clinical building will help us remain at the forefront of medical technology and patient care. This will greatly benefit our patients and allow us to continue to attract the very best doctors and staff.”

More convenient access to radiotherapy cancer treatment will be a key feature of the new clinical building. “Currently, patients who need radiotherapy have to be treated elsewhere. We will soon be able to provide fully integrated cancer care to meet the needs of the Cabrini community,” said Dr Walsh.

Dr Walsh says the new building would include an expanded maternity unit with a multidisciplinary, integrated model of care for pregnant women and their families. “Currently 2000 babies are delivered each year at Cabrini and there is a high level of demand for this service. The new facility will ensure we can continue to offer the very best level of care for the community,” he said.

Subject to Council approval, the new clinical building will comprise seven above-ground floors on Cabrini’s south-west corner on Wattletree Road, as well as significant new underground parking. Plans have been submitted to the City of Stonnington for consideration. The facility, which will be located on Cabrini’s current footprint, will include:

  • A radiotherapy centre and a contemporary day oncology unit with an emphasis on the patient experience
  • Expanded maternity facilities including more beds and an upgraded special care nursery
  • An improved cardiac services unit to urgently treat issues of cardiac rhythm and cardiac failure
  • An acute geriatric medical unit to meet the needs of elderly, frail, or cognitively impaired patients
  • An improved emergency department, which will enable us to treat our increasingly complex patient presentations
  • Medical wards for the treatment of neurology, stroke and infectious diseases
  • A greater proportion of single patient rooms across all new levels

The new building will also:

  • Enable the existing main carpark access on Isabella Street to be closed with access to take place from Wattletree Road
  • Include more underground car parking
  • Include a new bicycle facility to encourage cycling to and from work

Dr Walsh said the project has been well received by the Cabrini community so far.

“We’re looking forward to keeping the community informed about this project and will provide regular updates on the Cabrini website,” Dr Walsh said. “We recognise that such a large project can cause disruption for staff, patients, visitors and neighbours, and we are keen to work with stakeholders to minimise inconvenience and to ensure swift project completion.”

About Cabrini

Cabrini is a Catholic, private, not-for-profit health service sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This order was founded by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini who was canonised Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants in 1946. Founded in 1948, Cabrini now has approximately 4300 staff, 200 volunteers and 1000 accredited medical specialists, as well as 832 beds across six clinical sites. Our services span aged care, cancer care, cardiac services, children’s care, emergency care, health promotion, home/community-based care, maternity services, palliative care, rehabilitation, research and education. We have two divisions that provide services for Cabrini and other clients: Cabrini Linen Service, located in Dandenong South, and Cabrini Technology, which provides information and healthcare technology services to the health, disability and aged-care sectors in Australasia. The Cabrini Foundation (established in 2002) oversees and guides all fundraising activities on behalf of Cabrini, helping to ensure we can continue to provide a wide range of vital healthcare services for our community. For more information visit

Media information: Christine Elmer ph (03) 9508 1216 or 0459 811 693 or Jackie Meiers ph (03) 9508 3552 or 0419 009 146, Cabrini marketing and community relations department.