Surgery Redesign School


The School is aimed at project leaders who are responsible for implementation of surgical models of care, or improving operating theatre efficiency.


Increased awareness and skills in project management, change management and Accelerated Implementation Methodology (AIM). 


The program focuses on providing skills in project management and change management, in addition to two days of AIM.

The Surgery Redesign Program (the Program) is a five-day training and development course, and was first delivered in November 2011. The Program was originally managed by the Health Services Performance Improvement Branch of the Department of Health and is now administered through collaboration with the ACI Centre for Healthcare Redesign, Surgery Anaesthetics and Critical Care Portfolio and the System Relationships and Frameworks Branch of the Ministry of Health. 

The Program was designed in response to The Surgery Futures Report (2010), which recommended the development of specific training for Nursing Unit Managers in Local Health Districts (LHDs) and Specialty Health Networks to implement three new models of care specific to the surgical setting.

The Program focuses on developing project management and change management skills, and introduces the redesign methodology. Two days of Accelerated Implementation Methodology training are also included in the Program. 


The Surgery Futures Report recommended three new models of care for implementation:

  • High Volume, Short Stay Surgical Units (HVSSS)
  • Specialist Centres
  • Streaming of emergency and elective surgery.

The report also recommended specific training for Nursing Unit Managers to implement these models.

A one-week program was designed, aimed at project leaders who are responsible for implementation of the model. The program focused on project management and change management, using the Accelerated Implementation Methodology.

As well as a strong focus on Project Management and Change Management, the training program sessions were specifically tailored to ensure that all key Clinical Redesign initiatives were included. Some of these initiatives were:

  • Clinical Handover Systems
  • Patient Flow Systems
  • Patient Carer Experience.


Key Dates

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites

2013 attendees came from the following hospitals:

Central Coast Local Health DistrictGosford Hospital
Hunter New England Local Health DistrictManning Rural Referral Hospital (Taree)
John Hunter Hospital
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health DistrictWollongong Hospital
Mid North Coast Local Health DistrictPort Macquarie Base Hospital
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health DistrictBlue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital
Nepean Hospital
Northern NSW Local Health DistrictLismore Base Hospital
Northern Sydney Local Health DistrictRoyal North Shore Hospital
St Vincent's Health NetworkSt Vincent's Health Network
Sydney Children's Hospital NetworkThe Children's Hospital at Westmead
Western Sydney Local Health DistrictWestmead Hospital
Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital (Blacktown Campus)
Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital (Mount Druitt Campus)


Can we add the surgery redesign school was evaluated on 2013 and recommendations for enhancement to the of the school have been incorporated into the 2014 program.

Related Initiatives

Further Details

For more information see the Predictable Surgery Program Newsletters.


Gavin Meredith
Manager -Surgical Services Taskforce
02 9464 4644

Donald MacLellan
Director, Surgery, Anaesthesia and Critical Care
02 9464 4604

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Gavin Meredith
Manager -Surgical Services Taskforce
02 9464 4644