Health and Wellbeing Hub Project

La Trobe University will partner with the private sector to deliver a new sub-acute hospital at the heart of its planned Health & Wellbeing Hub in Melbourne’s north.


The project will bring a wide range of health and education benefits to the local community and continue to strengthen the university’s teaching, learning and research.

Concept rendering of La Trobe's Health and Wellbeing Hub

Project benefits

  • Future health services delivered to a growing Northern region, including much needed services to an aging population
  • Supporting health services and research employment as envisaged by Plan Melbourne and the La Trobe National Employment & Innovation Cluster
  • Provide additional sub-acute, rehabilitation and aged care services to compliment acute services already delivered at Austin Health and Northern Health
  • Delivery of the La Trobe University Master Plan's proposed health precinct, and increasing the existing medical presence on Plenty Road
  • Increasing linkages between La Trobe University and the health services industry for research, teaching and education placement opportunities

Health Wellbeing Capabilities Statement [PDF 513KB]

Design features

The Health & Wellbeing Hub is part of the Melbourne Campus' 6 Star Green Star Community status.

Frequently Asked Questions

The hub is an exciting development that will see the establishment of a new 125-bed sub-acute private hospital and associated primary healthcare and clinical services that will be made available to the local community. There will also be expanded space for aged care, child care, rehabilitation, prosthetics, nursing and psychology.

Importantly, it will also complement the existing health education services at the university, giving students world-class experience.

The hub is planned for a 3.55-hectare parcel of university-owned land in Plenty Road, at the gateway of its Bundoora campus. The site is only three kilometres from the Ring Road, and 15 kilometres from the city.

The northern Melbourne municipalities of Darebin, Banyule and Whittlesea are rapidly growing and the population is ageing. With these growth challenges comes the need to provide a greater range of health services, particularly those that serve seniors such as aged care and rehabilitation.

The region already has an undersupply of 210 hospital beds and 73 allied health service providers. Population in the Banyule and Darebin municipalities is set to soar by 52,000 people in the next 15 years, so the problem is only going to get worse. There is also a need for additional aged care capacity in the region.

La Trobe wants to be a part of the solution and is taking action now to address an emerging health challenge. The hub will build on La Trobe’s world-class reputation in allied health teaching, learning and research, and revolutionise the provision of local health services.
Students studying at La Trobe University also benefit from being able to get first-hand experience in a working health environment, taking the learnings from the classroom to directly helping their community.

Having some of the world’s best health and educational facilities on their doorsteps will greatly boost the region and further improve the liveability of Melbourne’s north.

The Health & Wellbeing Hub will create a web of health services that align with and strengthen the university’s teaching, learning and research and provide valuable training and employment pathways for students and staff.

La Trobe University has launched a process to find a preferred private development and operating partner or partners to deliver a new hospital at the heart of the planned Health & Wellbeing Hub. The hub will be privately funded, meaning no diversion of normal educational funds and no use of public funding. It provides an excellent opportunity to expand the university’s offer to students, staff and the broader community.

The Health & Wellbeing Hub will be a Green Star Community development, with environmental best practice at the fore. This places some of the world’s most stringent requirements on land use, energy efficiency, material use and management of other impacts. These self-imposed requirements are an important part of delivering on one of La Trobe University’s core values which includes ‘pursuing excellence and sustainability in everything we do’.

There will be several key stages of the project that will take place throughout the last half of 2018 and into 2019:

  • An Expression of Interest (EOI) process where the university seeks interest from prospective private hospital developers and operators. As part of the process the university is seeking hospital partners with the potential to deliver an integrated and expanded service offering potentially including primary care, aged care and child care services.
  • Following review of the EOI submissions and a shortlisting of preferred parties, there will be a Request for Proposals (RFP) stage, with reviews and decisions undertaken at each step.
  • The final key selection stage will involve the announcement of a preferred partner which may be an individual organisation or a consortium.

When a preferred partner is selected, design and planning stages can commence throughout 2019 with the view to commencing delivering the project on the ground from 2020-21.

Project consultants

  • Client: La Trobe University
  • Project manager: Navire Advisory
  • Architects: MGS, SJB Urban, Billard Leece Partnership
  • Probity Advisor: Pitcher Partners
  • Other details: EOI/RFP by Ernst & Young Real Estate;
    Marcus Willison, Partner -
    Jack Bergin, Senior Consultant -

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