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.
     

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Good design for better health, wellbeing and care

Blog post

1 Jun 2018

While much media reporting portrays technology as a cause of social withdrawal, a research project by Dementia Australia, Lifeview Residential Care and Swinburne University’s Future Self and Design Living Lab is enhancing communication between people with dementia and their visitors using an iPad.

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Conference paper

30 May 2018

This paper outlines the thinking behind the use of co-design workshops to engage a range of stakeholder representatives in the design and development of a Patient Experience Improvement Toolkit.

Conference paper

30 May 2018

Investigates what it means to design for services where the foremost virtue is an ethic of care and when service systems are becoming ever more complex.

Conference paper

30 May 2018

Falls are a significant problem for older adults which affect their ability to maintain their independence and remain living at home. Home modifications are a common method to prevent falls. Fall prevention service providers follow the Australian Standard 1428.1 Design for access and mobility as...

Conference proceedings

Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 4 - 7 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
30 May 2018

Design4Health is an international conference that brings together designers, health professionals and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users from across the world to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods in the ever-changing nexus between design and health.

Journal article

15 May 2018

Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) offer great promise for improving outcomes in paediatric rehabilitation. However, the design of software and interactive capabilities for SARs must be carefully considered in the context of their intended clinical use. While previous work has explored specific roles and functionalities to...

Report

Work-related injury and disease in Australian transport sector workers
11 May 2018

Transport workers are up to five times more likely to be injured at work than any other Australian worker, according to this research. Train drivers, in particular, are thirty times more likely to develop a mental health condition than any other worker.

Report

2 May 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) could transform healthcare, with potentially huge benefits. However, it also runs the risk of creating an inhuman system.

Conference paper

30 Apr 2018

Technology is being extensively used among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in affluent countries. However, there is a paucity of studies exploring the use of technology for children with ASD in developing countries like Sri Lanka.

Draft report

27 Apr 2018

This draft Health and Safety at Work Strategy sets out a plan for improving health and safety at work over the next ten years.

Commentary

17 Apr 2018

The NSW planning system has begun to recognise the importance of urban planning for health. These developments present a tremendous opportunity to influence how healthy public policy can be delivered for the benefit of the whole city.

Policy report

11 Apr 2018

Design Council's Healthy Placemaking report explores the attitudes and behaviours of built environment practitioners towards healthy placemaking. The report makes a valuable contribution to the evidence base, highlighting for the first time the barriers which inhibit UK built environment practitioners from creating places that reduce...

Briefing paper

11 Apr 2018

This research brief explores the impacts of cognitive ageing and decline on individuals, as well as on the wider Australian economy.

Report

5 Apr 2018

The largest study undertaken to examine the impact of military service has confirmed the need for the Australian government to focus on assisting veterans to transition into civilian life.

Report

1 Apr 2018

Across the world, the role and functionality of urban water utilities has evolved over time, in response to urban challenges. The role of the urban water sector in each region has generally begun with water supply, and then been followed by sewerage, drainage, environmental protection,...

Policy report

The case for an Australian health survey
8 Mar 2018

This report is the work of a national collaboration of leading experts, researchers and practitioners working in health, education, transport, public health and policy. It outlines a national implementation strategy for an ongoing commitment to the Australian Health Survey.

Journal article

1 Mar 2018

Describes and reflects on the experience of conducting five randomised controlled trials between 2003 and 2017 in a general practice setting with minimal funding, in North Queensland.

Journal article

1 Mar 2018

Reviews current guidelines and literature to outline catheterisation indications, catheter types and provide a general understanding of complications associated with catheters for the general practitioner.

Report

28 Feb 2018

This report has made findings against five individuals and the northern Adelaide Local Health Network. It also makes thirteen recommendations that should be considered by all public officers in positions of authority.

Journal article

30 Jan 2018

Buildings consume nearly 40% of primary energy production globally. Certified green buildings substantially reduce energy consumption on a per square foot basis and they also focus on indoor environmental quality. However, the co-benefits to health through reductions in energy and concomitant reductions in air pollution...