activity-based working

The Westmead Redevelopment is designing hospitals of the future – not just in clinical space and patient care, but also for our technology-enabled, mobile workforce of the future.

Our leadership in innovation in western Sydney is apparent when it comes to delivering on patient needs. Now we’re extending this to the design of our non-clinical space.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has adopted activity-based working (ABW) to create welcoming workplaces that enhance an integrated way of working, connecting healthcare to the community.

The Westmead Redevelopment will be one of the first areas to adopt ABW, with all future redevelopments in WSLHD adopting this work style.

What is activity-based working?

Activity-based working (ABW) is changing the way people work. Instead of being restricted to one space, it allows you to choose the type of space you need, based on the work you’re doing. 

At home, you have different rooms for specific tasks. You cook in the kitchen, you do the washing in the laundry, and you sleep in the bedroom. Other tasks may be done in a variety of places. You might read in bed, on the balcony or verandah or in the lounge room. 

ABW is the same. Rather than having a set desk where you do all your activities, you choose the work point that best suits your needs.

What the video below to learn more. 

why are we changing?

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has the largest population growth and largest capital investment of any health district in NSW. The time is right for WSLHD to take a leadership role and implement this new approach as part of the redevelopment programs at Blacktown and Westmead.

The way we work is changing significantly. Across the precinct we are working more collaboratively, we have access to new and improved technology, the way we deliver healthcare is changing and how we undertake research and further education continues to evolve.

The Westmead Redevelopment provides a unique opportunity to assess our work spaces and the tools we use at work. We are seeing significant upgrades to work place ICT services and operational structures, and we must ensure our workplaces remain flexible into the future.

With major changes occurring across the precinct as part of the Westmead Redevelopment, now is a perfect opportunity to revisit the way we work.

Values and guiding principles

When thinking about the vision for activity-based work spaces, we value collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment. Our guiding principles are: 

  • Our work style encourages sharing of knowledge and expertise. 
  • We believe in a highly connected organisation that is future-focused. 
  • Work is what we do, not just the place we go.
  • We believe in egalitarian workplaces that are functional, activity-based and inspiring.
  • We are mobile and flexible, supported by the right technology.
  • We have an environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. 
O3Hub, the first activity-based working space at Westmead Hospital.

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