A world-first project revolutionising Intensive Care Units for patients and their families

Tue 14 Mar 2023 1:00pm2:00pm


Hawken Engineering Building (50), St Lucia

Are you studying a Bachelor of Architectural Design, Bachelor of Design or Civil Engineering and have an interest in working in the health industry?

Hosted by the EAIT Student Employability team, hear from Oystein Tronstad from The Prince Charles Hospital and Angelo Pagano from Conrad Gargett on their involvement in this world-first project that will make meaningful change for future ICU patients. This free session will explore the research, need identification, design process, and drivers of technology and innovation that went into creating the ICU of the Future.

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About the project

It all started when a group of senior clinicians from The Prince Charles Hospital Critical Care Research Group gathered and started discussing how they could improve the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) environment. While they acknowledged the quality of care provided and that the survival rates in Australian lCUs were exceptional, they had started realising the quality of life after survival could be better for a large percentage of patients.

So what makes the ICU of the Future different?

To deliver a new ICU environment that puts patients at the core, it was critical that the team engage past patients and their families. Their goal was to deeply understand the experiences, challenges, and physical and sensory factors that were linked to long-term patient problems such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other psychological complications commonly seen after an ICU admission. This revolution in ICU design will allow patients to rest and recover in a quiet, peaceful environment, whilst remaining connected to friends and family through innovative technology.


Oystein Tronstad graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Queensland in 2002. He is  a physiotherapy clinical lead at The Prince Charles Hospital with extensive ICU clinical and research experience. He is currently the project manager for the ICU of the Future project investigating how the ICU environment and design is affecting patient outcomes, redesigning the ICU bedspace environment to optimise patient care.


Angelo Pagano is a Senior Associate at Conrad Gargett with 12 years’ experience focusing on the design, documentation and delivery of healthcare buildings. His diverse range of skills stretch from feasibility studies through to handover and delivery on projects up to $2billion. He first engaged on the ICU of the Future project in 2020 where he collaborated with the wider team in documenting and delivering this unique and game changing piece of infrastructure.


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