Designing for Health Focus Areas

DESIGN FOR AGEING AND ABILITIES

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.

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DESIGN FOR CHILD AND YOUTH HEALTH

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.

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DESIGN OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES & WEARABLES

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.

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DESIGN OF HEALTHY SPACES AND PLACES

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.

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