Engineering is the future of medicine

Engineering is the future of medicine

The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) is a $206 million global biomedical research and training centre co-located at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, in Fitzroy.

At ACMD, we are harnessing the power of engineering to transform the future of medicine. “We’re bringing together the best and brightest minds - engineers, researchers, clinicians and allied health professionals - to develop and commercialise devices that will solve some of the world’s toughest healthcare challenges in a way that has never been done before,” said Dr Erol Harvey, CEO ACMD.

ACMD is a collaboration between leading universities, research institutes, a tertiary hospital and industry partners. It’s strategic location on a hospital campus provides researchers with access to both public and private patients to undertake benchtop to bedside trials.

“The key point of difference of ACMD is its collaborative, structured approach to innovation. The unique model assists the 100+ research projects being undertaken by our partners to move through the development pathway, successfully into their first human trials, and smoothly to implementation,” said Dr Erol Harvey.

Diseases and conditions that challenge us now and increasingly into the future include:

  • epilepsy
  • osteoarthritis
  • diabetes
  • traumatic joint injury
  • cancer

Experts in mechanical, electronic, robotic and digital and data engineering have begun creating smart devices, implantables and technology that will vastly improve the quality of life for people living with serious illness.

We are expanding our networks to work with corporate partners and industry both within Australia and internationally to develop active partnerships. and quality of life.

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Construction of ACMD has commenced.

We are excited to announce that demolition of the Aikenhead Wing at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne is officially underway in preparation for construction of the new Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD).

Jaala Pulford, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, visited the building site on 28 June 2022 to formally announce this next stage for the ACMD building project.

"This new facility will deliver scientific discoveries, create jobs, attract investment and support scientific breakthroughs right here in Victoria,” says Minister Pulford. 

This exciting milestone will see the old Aikenhead building on the corner of Victoria Parade and Nicholson Street – once used as live-in accommodation for St Vincent’s Hospital’s trainee nurses – start to come down, floor by floor, as the site is reimagined to become the new home ACMD - Australia’s first, hospital-based biomedical engineering research centre.

Time lapse cameras have been set up on the construction site.

One camera is installed on 283 Spring Street and captures the west and south elevation of the building. The second camera is installed on top of the Daly Wing and captures the north and east elevations of the building. 

Above: Angela Nolan, CEO of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and Jaala Pulford, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy at the Aikenhead building site.

Contact Us

To find out more about this exciting project and how you can be involved please contact: 
Melina Talanis ACMD Capital Campaign Director on 0426 110 533 or


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Ground floor
Rear, 55 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065