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Design for Health Research Conference Dec 2017




4–7 December 2017

Swinburne University of Technology


Sheffield Hallam University 

Melbourne, Australia


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We are excited to announce that the Centre for Design Innovation, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, is hosting the biennial Design4Health Research and Exhibition Conference in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in December 2017.

The Design4Health 2017 Conference provides an opportunity for collaboration between the disciplines of design and health to develop new ways to positively impact the environmental, social, cultural and economic factors within our communities and beyond. 

This four-day conference brings together designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods. Together we explore creative approaches and perspectives to enhance understanding and experience and improve efficiency of health and wellbeing services and products.

This biennial event, hosted by The Centre for Design Innovation, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, and Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University's Art and Design Research Centre, will be held outside of Europe for the first time, in the summer season of Melbourne, Australia.

Lab4Living, who established the conference, is an interdisciplinary research initiative who look at developing products and environments, and proposing creative strategies for dignified, independent and fulfilled living for all.

The conference will feature a Design4Health challenge, a Design4Health exhibition, and focused seminars on design-led health initiatives and research.

The scientific committee will be welcoming papers on the following themes:

Technology, Sport Wearables, and Health

  • Devices, wearables and assistive technologies
  • Smart materials
  • Transhumanism, 3D printing and the Person-technology interface
  • High tech v. low tech solutions for health and well-being: Traditional/indigenous practices, knowledge, experience
  • Telehealth
  • Screening and assessment 

Future self and Ageing

  • Health across the lifespan
  •  Dementia, cognition and mental health
  • Ethics
  • Designing for death and palliative care
  • Person-centred care




Environment, Habitat,  and Health

  • Evidence-based design: from cities to devices, from systems to services
  • Designing for well-being
  • Eco-health and Biophilia
  • Salutogenics
  • Population, public health, humanitarian habitat
  • Chronic disease: management and prevention
  • Injury: management and prevention


Innovations in practice, processes and systems

  • Big data and meta-data
  • Sports, exercise science and health
  • Health promotion, education and literacy
  • Information management
  • Integrated care


Health, Design, and Education

  • Developing future capability.



We also welcome papers focussed on methods or education/training that cross-link into one or more of the themes and invite recommendations for additional topics.

Further details including speakers, program and venue details available on our D4H website.