Designing for human health
I am a Melbourne-based designer and RMIT researcher 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 designed Facett, the world’s first self-fit modular hearing aid for profit-for-purpose company Blamey Saunders hears. The design process for Facett has been acquired into the Museums Victoria heritage collection and been exhibited globally. Facett has received many accolades including the 2018 Australian Good Design Award of the Year, the 2018 CSIRO Design Innovation Award, the Premier’s Design Award 2018 (Product Design), 3 Victorian Government iAwards and Melbourne Design Award.
A central part of my practice is facilitating design thinking workshops using the Tactile Tools methodology. Using this approach we have conducted engagements with over 170 people from across health care, aged care, engineering, cancer care and education. I teach through the RMIT Master of Design Futures and my teaching practice traverses embedded practice in cancer care, redesigning end-of-life experience and health sector innovation. I have exhibited at the Melbourne Museum, Gallery of Modern Art and other galleries locally and globally and my design work has attracted significant press across all platforms. My practice has commercial, research and academic outcomes.