What's Your Happy Place? Co-Design of Personalized Immersive Environments for Paediatric Pain Management

Project dates: 01/02/2021 - 20/02/2023

Why it matters


Project Overview 

The Happy Place project is practice-led research exploring the co-design of personalized immersive environments for paediatric persistent pain management. Working in consultation with a Brisbane-based paediatric pain clinic to develop a clinically informed co-design kit, this research looks at the process of developing bespoke VR environments for persistent pain self-management. The take-home kits use artistic activities to facilitate creative self-expression of young participants, the results of which then inform the design of their very own ‘Happy Place’, aka their own personalized immersive environment.

Project Outcomes


  • Presented research to the Governor of Queensland, Dr Jeanette Young, at the Australian Falling Walls Lab, Canberra (TBC)


  • Winner of the Queensland Falling Walls Lab (TBC)

Research Team

Chief Investigator

Tess Brading


Principal Supervisor: Jen Seevinck, School of Design
Associate Supervisor: Susan Cake, School of Creative Practice
External Supervisor: Kathleen Cooke, Support Kids in Pain (SKiP)