Michael Harbour



Michael is a Director of Baade Harbour Australia Pty Ltd (BHA) from his role as Project Manager (Capital Management Branch, DHS) overseeing the implementation of many health development and refurbishment projects and Assistant Regional Director (Northern Metropolitan Region) where he was responsible for managing the implementation of St. Vincent’s Hospital redevelopment, new Northern Hospital, new Austin Hospital Spinal Unit and Box Hill Hospital redevelopment.  To Deputy Regional Director (Barwon South Western Region), where he was involved in negotiating rural hospital role conversions, health agency amalgamations Health Service Agreements and the introduction of Casemix and CAM SAM funding, Michael has developed a very good knowledge of the provision of acute, aged primary care and Integrated Rural Health Services, both in capital and operational terms.

This has been expanded through his role as a Health Planner and Project Manager with BHA where he has been a Director since 1995

He specialises in transposing operational issues into facility solutions which deliver the most cost effective and efficient service within a built environment, which incorporate the residents needs.

Since leaving the public sector Michael has further developed his architectural expertise in health services through projects managed by BHA such as;

  • Acute Health projects for Barwon Health, Western Health, NSW Health, Victoria Parade Day Surgery Unit and various other Day Surgery Units.
  • Aged Care projects for Eva Tilley, Bendigo Health, Kalkee Community, Dunmunkle Health, Lyndoch (Warrnambool) and St Johns Village (Wangaratta).
  • Community Health Projects for Barwon Health, Peninsula Community Health, MonashLink Community Health, Ranges Community Health and Sunbury Community Health.
  • Integrated Rural Health projects for Alpine Health, East Wimmera Health Service, Rural Northwest Health, Omeo District Health Service and Timboon & District Health Service.

Michael has been the architectural technical advisor to the Department of Health on the Latrobe Regional Hospital and Mildura Hospital projects.  He has also developed the Department of Health Design Guidelines for Multi Purpose Services, Integrated Rural Health Services, Aged Care Residential and Disability Services Day Program facilities and for the Victorian WorkCover Authority Workplace Design Guidelines Safer Handling of Patients/Residential for Health and Aged Care facilities. 

More recently Michael has been the BHA team, in expanding into sports and recreational facilities. These have generally included local government projects ranging from $250,000 to $8.0M. such projects have included consultants with Council (Staff and Councilors), sports clubs, the AFL and the broader community. A major project that Michael managed on behalf of the Geelong Cricket Association was the development of their external practice pitches at Simonds Stadium. This entailed extensive research into soil, turf, structures and removal netting.

His tasks often involve extensive and sensitive consultation/negotiation with a wide range of people including Government Ministers, Departmental Heads, Boards of Management, User and Community Groups, Unions, Local Government representatives, private Health Service Providers, Financiers and Developers.

He has developed an expertise in the preparation of Functional Briefs and Area Allocation Models, conducting health service reviews, negotiating Health Service Agreements and agency amalgamations, investigating private sector participation in public projects, conducting value management studies, undertaking Master Plan and Feasibility Studies and the preparation of Business Plans, Cabinet Submissions and funding applications to various government agencies.

Michael is also a consultant to the Commonwealth Government Aged Care Technical Reference Group and was the Chairperson of Kalkee Community (Care and Services for Older People) which includes 90 general and dementia hostel beds, community programs and independent living units.