UniSA research group leading the way in age-friendly design

Researchers from the School of Art, Architecture and Design were invited to lead a discussion addressing the role of environment design in improving quality of life in the aged care realm.

Hosted by Schiavello, in partnership with Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), Good design is timeless spanned several topics including how design can improve the environment for aged care, recent research and development findings in an aged care environment, recent technological developments, and the link between good environment design and effective service delivery.

 Professor of Design and leader of the Design Research for Health and Wellbeing group in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at UniSA, Ian Gwilt, presented with Lecturer in Product and Industrial Design, Andrew Whittaker, to communicate recent research findings in the aged care space. Posing the question ‘how can we design furniture, products and experience that help an aging community live at home for longer,” they spoke about the innovative healthcare products recently developed in the Product and Industrial Design programs at UniSA. They were joined by Helping Hand’s Megan Corlis and Equip4Living’s Susan Emerson to provide a multi-dimensional view of the issues surrounding contemporary aged care.

The event also included an interactive group play exercise led by Professor Ian Gwilt that allowed industry participants to approach the issues creatively.

Design Research for Health and Wellbeing is home to a cross-disciplinary network of researchers, creative practitioners, healthcare workers, and service users. Drawing on this diverse knowledge base, DRHW fosters collaboration with a view to devising and implementing innovations in the development and delivery of environments, health facilities, products, and services that promote the wellbeing of individuals and communities.