Designing for human health

I am a Melbourne-based designer working at the nexus of design, health, and technology. My practice traverses device, service and experience and my process is deeply collaborative, working with experts from nanotechnology, engineering and health services through to manufacturing. My health technology projects include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for diabetics; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease. I have most recently designed FACETT, the worlds first self-fit modular hearing aid with Blamey Saunders hears. The Incus, which I designed for Blamey Saunders hears, is part of the IHearYou self fit hearing system that won the inaugural Good Design Award, Social Innovation, 2015 and the Good Design Award Product Design - Medical and Scientific, 2015.

A central part of my practice is facilitating design thinking workshops using custom designed Tactile Tools and design road-mapping methodologies. I teach through RMIT’s Masters of Design Futures and the RMIT Interior Design (hons) program and my teaching practice traverses embedded practice in cancer care, redesigning end-of-life experience and health sector innovation. My design work has been exhibited and presented both locally and globally and attracted significant press across all platforms. My practice has commercial, research and academic outcomes.

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