Carson Suite Clinic

Professor Neil Carson founded Blackburn Clinic in 1952 from his loungeroom. On this same site today, stands in his honour the new Carson Suite Clinic.

A pioneer in the field of general practice at a time when there was no official training or recognition, Professor Carson is recognised for his influence on the discipline’s reputation and the widespread recognition General Practice has today. What became the future practice model across Australia, Dr William Arnold Conolly formed one of the first group practices in New South Wales at the time Professor Neil Carson established Blackburn Clinic as one of the first group practices in Victoria.

In 1993 Professor Neil Carson was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to education in the field of community medicine, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 1994. At the time of Blackburn Clinic’s expansion in March 2022, the new tenancy within the medical precinct was named the Carson Suite, in honour of Professor Carson’s memory and his legacy to Blackburn Clinic and the community.

Carson Suite Clinic had already engaged a reputable design & construct company to create the optimum floorplan design. With considerable collaboration & design expertise invested over several weeks, it was agreed that the floorplan design was fully optimised and ready to submit to council. Upon council approval, Carson Suite Clinic then reached out to Icon Interiors for a due diligence build cost. One of the first questions Icon asked was, would you be open to our space engineers assessing the floorplan design? The result was revolutionary.

We’d gone a fair way with the other company…..but then you were able to overcome issues that were restricting the design, and that made a huge difference to how we could utilise the space…..


The Icon design studio engineered a revolutionary new floorplan blueprint, dramatically increasing the space utilisation score, space flow, and people flow throughout the practice. Utilising the 5 Well-Being Principles™ behind the science of design, Icon went on to create a beautiful, timeless, and confidential medical environment, a thrilling result for the Carson Suite Clinic practice principals.

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