The Design for Wellbeing Network is a international and interdisciplinary group of researchers who work across architecture, design, health technologies and social science. Focusing specifically on hospitals and other formal healthcare settings, the network aims to improve the understanding of how people experience these services and environments, and to work towards improvements in these experiences through rigorous qualitative and practice-based research.

The first public symposium will bring together academics and healthcare professionals to discuss future possibilities for healthcare design. Over the course of half a day, the symposium will showcase several research projects
that interrogate design for wellbeing. At the end of the day, health care industry professionals will present some of their best practice projects.
To conclude the day we will invite all attendees to discuss –
What are the gaps in healthcare design?

Speakers —

Sarah Pink

RMIT University

Distinguished Professor of Design and Media Ethnography

Margo Annemans

KU Leuven (Belgium)

Research [x] Design Research Group

Laurene Vaughan

RMIT University

Professor of Design and Communication

Michel Verheem


Director and Principal Strategist of ID/Lab

Keely Macarow

RMIT University

Deputy Head of School, Research & Innovation

Finn Pedersen

(Perth, WA)

Director, iredale pedersen hook architects

Wendy Gunn

KU Leuven (Belgium)

Senior Research Fellow, Research [x] Design Research Group

Philip Tune

Bendigo Health

Associate Professor and Executive Director Psychiatric Services

Julie Bernhardt

Florey Institute

NHMRC Established Fellow and Senior Principal Florey Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Dr Ana Martinez


University of the Americas

Symposium —

Design for Wellbeing Symposium,
Thu. 7 December 2017,
10:30 pm – 5:00 pm AEDT

Networking event,
Thu. 7 December 2017,
5:00 – 6:30 pm AEDT

RMIT University,
SAB Building – 445 Swanston Street
(Building 80, Level 2, Lecture theatre 7) Melbourne

Abstracts —

Michel Verheem – Enhanced user experiences through better collaboration Hospital – Architect – Wayfinding

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For many hospitals, wayfinding is not much more than signage: panels with arrows, scattered around the hospital.  Every complaint is solved by placing more signs: Problem? Sign. More problems? More…

Finn Pedersen – Architecture and Aboriginal Cultural Wellness in some Kimberley Case Studies

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Our studio has been working with Aboriginal people in the Kimberley for some 18 years and have been trying to better incorporate Culturally responsive design principals into housing, community and…

Keely Macarow – Designing my body into wellbeing

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I have a plaster on my face that covers a wound from recent surgery for skin cancer. This is not the first time a surgeon has sutured my skin after…

Wendy Gunn – Involving sensory experience and perceptual acuity as parameters in the design of hospitals​

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Currently there are few instances of successfully combining objective needs and requirements of indoor air quality (IAQ) in hospital healthcare settings with qualitative described perceptions of this quality by patients.…

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This event is organised by the Design for Wellbeing research team in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, and is supported by funding from RMIT’s Design & Creative Practice Enabling Capabilities Platform.