Good design for better health, wellbeing and care

This Collection

  • collates key policy-relevant resources relevant to the role of design and planning in supporting good health and the prevention of illness, workplace wellbeing and the delivery of personalised care and health care services.  
  • includes policy and research reports, presentations and guides and summaries, editorial and opinion articles,  infographics and multimedia, datasets which are pertinent to current deliberations in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.
  • supports communities, design practitioners, policy researchers, advisers, decision-makers and academics in their roles and brings together the most valuable and relevant material and resources, so that they are easily accessible and utilised.

Design for Health and Wellbeing has been supported since 2018 by the Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia

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Good design for better health, wellbeing and care


Australian health data series Volume 2
29 Nov 2018

This report offers a series of recommendations to enhance health and medical research in Australia, saving lives and saving dollars.


23 Nov 2018

This report summarises a people-centred exploration of issues and discussions around death and dying. Over 13 months, this unexplored and neglected area of discovery has been Portable’s frontier of R&D work. We’ve spoken about death and ageing with more than 200 people through dinners, surveys...

Conference paper

15 Nov 2018

To gain new insights into young adult's self-esteem problems and how we might help support them with interactive technologies, this paper discusses a mixed method user-centred study to discover ways to design digital artefacts to help young adults with low self-esteem feel happier.


What is the role for government in stewarding disruptive innovation?
9 Nov 2018

This report focuses on one particular area of technological development – robots, and their governance. It explores the roles that robots should and should not play in care delivery, and the role that government has as a steward in shaping these roles.


15 Oct 2018

This report documents the findings from a recent study of the road safety experiences of people who are blind or have low vision. It outlines a range of recommendations to enhance road safety for blind or low vision pedestrians. It is likely that these same...


Where are we heading?
12 Oct 2018

Speakers: John Amatruda, Sean Brennan, Kirsten Mariager, Shawn Torbert - LEED AP

New Yorkers are used to the noise of a construction crew in full swing. While those sounds remain the same, industry demands and requirements of today’s building products are changing rapidly, as...


4 Sep 2018

In order to enhance the end users' experience of public infrastructure projects, this report argues that more than ever, urban planners, engineers, architects and policymakers need to see the world through end users’ eyes.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

Providing patients with information about their medicines is an essential part of a therapy. This paper discusses six perspectives for the design of information for patients.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

This paper presents the main findings from designing and testing a prototype of a robotic device for stroke rehabilitation; including ease of use, how acceptance and initiation of use were implemented.

Journal article

3 Sep 2018

This research explored residential aged care (RAC) workplace design features that influence how RAC staff feel valued, productive, safe, like they belong and connected. A secondary aim was to validate emerging themes about RAC design features with stakeholders.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

This paper reports on a UK-funded research project on designing for people living with advanced dementia using mixed methodology research and evaluation.

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

Government bodies create programs encouraging seniors to remain active and independent for maintaining quality of life. Typically, councils engage design studios to design active ageing programs where the designer/client interaction is paramount. This study aimed to find out what happens when taking the time to...

Conference paper

3 Sep 2018

This paper demonstrates an emotion-led design approach, and associated co-design methods, intended to help create medical waiting rooms where patients feel welcomed and cared-for.


What we’ve learnt about learning
10 Aug 2018

This paper is authored by Simon Barlow, of UnLtd – Transform Ageing partners.

This paper explores how combining developmental and theory-based evaluation approaches can provide space for learning and accountability in innovative programmes.

It draws on our experience in Transform Ageing and makes...


Why UK research and innovation needs a greater diversity of priorities, politics, places and people
12 Jul 2018

This report sets out why and how the United Kingdom needs to escape the biomedical bubble if it is to realise the economic, social and health potential of new investment in research and development.

Journal article

5 Jul 2018

While relocatable, prefabricated learning environments have formed an important component of school infrastructure in Australia, prefabrication for permanent school buildings is a new and emerging field. This review of prefabrication for schools is timely. In 2017, Australia’s two largest state education departments committed to prefabrication...


28 Jun 2018

Two years after launching the award-winning Cool Streets project in Sydney’s Blacktown, Libby Gallagher remains a staunch advocate for the role that street trees play in mitigating the impacts of climate change and making better cities.

Read the full article at Foreground

Conference proceedings

26 Jun 2018

The resource has links to video presentations from the Behavioural Exchange conference which ran in June 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

Opening Plenary: Why Behavioural Insights Matters

Martin Parkinson

Keynote Address: Ethics and Behavioural Insights



25 Jun 2018

Covering roofs and walls of buildings with vegetation is a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And these green roofs and walls make cities look nicer. Toronto’s central business district adopted a policy of establishing green roofs on around half of all city buildings...

Briefing paper

22 Jun 2018

This discussion paper is to inform a new City of Melbourne Transport Strategy to 2050. A draft strategy will be released for consultation in 2018.