Design for Health Focus Areas



This focus area collaborates and partners with people with lived experience of ageing and disability, as well as those who support them (carers, advocates, government, aged care, hospitals, health networks) to understand and improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people and those with disabilities. Advocates for universal and inclusive design, our ‘design for all’ approach creates spaces, buildings, services, products, processes and environments that can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, culture, ability, or disability. Our work intentionally challenges the dominant ageist and ableist bias, to create an inclusive built environment that enables, rather than disables.



Dedicated to creating positive impact on child and youth health and wellbeing through design-led approaches to innovation, including design of evidence-based mHealth and digital health interventions (DHIs), eHealth systems, built environments and play spaces, child and youth service design and innovation, co-design with disadvantaged, ‘at risk’ and vulnerable children and young people across all age groups. We are driven by a commitment to bringing children’s voices into the centre of the creative and design process through child-led approaches that value lived experience alongside science. We have successfully collaborated with local and national youth services in Australia, and international researchers, to improve outcomes for children and young people through design.



This focus area is about designing and exploring with emerging technologies, wearables, interfaces and digital solutions for improved healthcare experiences. It encompasses creative, traditional and emerging methods and approaches comprising applied research for wearable designs, personal health tech, services and system solutions for point of care, health management, and medical health. We aspire to improve the experience of users, patients, practitioners and healthcare professionals to envision and create the future of healthcare.



This focus area is about bringing a unique approach to the architectural design of spatial environments, to support better health and well-being. We do this through researching the qualities of physical environments and understanding how aspects of these impact people living, working and interacting with them. Through traditional and creative evidence-based research methods and a transdisciplinary approach, we propose innovative solutions to health design challenges.

An emerging area of research is understanding issues associated with the design of spaces and places in a post-pandemic world, through an integrated approach of biophilic, salutogenic and eudemonic design.



  • Prof Thea Blackler

    Areas of interest: Intuitive interaction, Observational analysis, Designing for dementia, Industrial design, pollination services, Active Play, TEIs.

  • Assoc Prof Natalie Bradford

    Ares of interest: Technology enabled communication in health, Information exchange, equity in access to healthcare, paediatric, adolescent health, cancer and palliative care

  • Mr Dean Brough

    Areas of interest: Skin cancer prevention Design of playgrounds and parks for healthy communities, Apparel design for health and well being

  • Assoc Prof Lindy Osborne Burton

    Areas of interest: Architecture Education, Architecture Practice, Learning Environment Design, Healthcare Design, Psychological Design, Salutogenic Design, Biophilic Design, Handmade Artists’ Books

  • Dr Sue Cake

    Areas of interest: Screenwriting/Scriptwriting, Narrative Comedy, Screenwriting Pedagogy, VR/XR/AR

  • Prof Marianella Chamorro-Koc

    Academic Lead Research Training – School of Design

  • Assoc Prof Debra Cushing

    Areas of interest: Landscapes for health and wellbeing, Children and nature, Park design, Playable urban design, Artful placemaking

  • Dr Muge Fialho Leandro Alves Teixeira

    Areas of interest: Design Robotics, Digital fabrication and manufacturing, parametric design, transdisciplinary design research, phenomenology of perception, multimodal spaces, pancomputational design strategies

  • Assoc Prof Veronica Garcia Hansen

    Areas of interests: Lighting and daylighting, comfort (visual and thermal), health and well-being, resilient architecture, passive solar architecture, building performance (prediction, simulation, visualization and post occupancy evaluations), design for older adults

  • Assoc Prof Rafael Gomez

    Areas of interest: Design Emotion, Emotional Experience, Wearable Tech, Emerging Tech, Health and Wellbeing

  • Icaro Ibanez-Arricivita

    Areas of interest: Design aesthetics, fashion design, inclusive design, design for health, trans/inter/multi-disciplinary design, design thinking, design and disability, design & technology.

  • Dr Jeremy Kerr

    Areas of interest: Co-design, design methods, communication design, mental health, informal and formal education, nutrition, inclusive design, design thinking, visual communication, co-production

  • Ms Marissa Lindquist

    Areas of interest: Neuroarchitecture, Intergenerational Living and Learning Environments, Health and Environments, Design and Emotion, Regional Communities, Fashion and Space, Experimental Fabrication

  • Dr Judy Matthews

    Areas of interest: Business model innovation, design led innovation, design and strategic organisational renewal, creativity and entrepreneurship, exploration and exploitation, human resource management and innovation, innovation in SMEs, knowledge management and innovation, problem rraming and solving in complex environments

  • Prof Evonne Miller

    Centre Director

  • Dr Shane Pike

    Areas of Interest: Augmented and virtual reality in performance design, digital dramaturgy and applied theatre, gender and performance, ethnodramatic design as a healthcare intervention, Asian-Australian narratives and performance perspectives

  • Assoc Prof Janice Rieger

    Areas of interest: Interior architecture, Arch and Design History, material and visual culture, curatorial practice, inclusive design, design for all, disability studies, social justice

  • Prof Lisa Scharoun

    Areas of Interest: : Cross-cultural Design, Digital Design for Health, Healthy Ageing, Design for CALD (Cultural & Linguistically Diverse Communities), Transdisiplinary Design Research, Design Leadership

  • Assoc Prof Jen Seevinck

    Areas of interest: Human-Computer Interaction, Interactive Art, Creative Interaction Design, Creative Health, Practice-Based /-Led research methods, Data Visualisation, Augmented/Mixed/Virtual Reality, Citizen Science, Emergence, Systems Thinking.

  • Dr Jane Turner

    Areas of interest: Ontological design, Game design, Critical literacies, Interactive narrative design, Software & systems culture, Material culture, Place and meaning-making, Animal interaction design

  • Dr Anastasia Tyurina

    Areas of interest: Imaging Science, Creative Coding, Augmented Reality, Data Visualisation, Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Interactive Art, Ecological Art, Science Communication, Art & Science, STEAM

  • Dr Natalie Wright

    Areas of interest: Design thinking, design education, STEM, secondary schools, design methods, 21st century education, learning environments, informal learning

  • Dr Kate Young

    Areas of interest: Psychosocial aspects of non-communicable diseases, medical uncertainty, gender, women's health, pediatrics

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