The CoDesign Health Group
In June 2015 the CoDesign Health Group and the Design Research Institute conducted a series of workshops, meetings and events with industry partners from the healthcare sector interested in introducing codesign into their organisations. The outcome of this work was a report on proposed action in the Codesign space. Titled What You Said the report proposed a 4 part structure for action in CoDesign in Health Care settings: Embedded Research (locating PhDs), UG Studios, InHouse Design Studio and a dissemination program. As part of the activities conducted by this Group, RMIT academics have collaborated with clinical and administrative staff from several Australian hospitals in order to explore and envision future codesign ventures in the context of healthcare.
Some initiatives developed by the Group are:
The CoDesign Toolbox:In 2015 the CoDesign Health Group published a toolkit of codesign methods for practicing codesign in healthcare organizations. In this project, Associate Professor Soumitri Varadarajan established an agreement with Hillary Boyd to publish an edition of the Health Service CoDesign Guide and Toolkit in Australia. Copies of this publication have been distributed to hospitals participating in the CoDesign Health Group, and are currently used as guide for developing codesign projects in these organizations.
Healthcare CoDesign Studios :In 2016 RMIT and Austin Health will be conducting a series of Working Integrated Learning (WIL) CoDesign Studios in the Industrial Design and Interior Design Programs (School of Architecture and Design). These WIL CoDesign Studios are part the embedding program that aims to create placements for design students in healthcare organization.
There are three WIL CoDesign Studios:
Industrial Design Honours Projects: Five students are conducting one year long projects in partnership with the Patient Experience Centre and Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre.
Industrial Design Industry Studio: 18 students are developing design propositions to improve the clinical and nonclinic services delivered by three areas of Austin Health: Specialist Clinics, Emergency Department; and Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre.
Interior Design Studio: 10 students are developing design projects to improve the spatial experience of cancer patients being treated at Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre.
Angela Mellerick, Olivia NewtonJohn;Polly Dufton, Olivia NewtonJohn;Penelope Sanders, Olivia NewtonJohn;
James Kirsner, Austin Health;Shelley Rushton, Cancer Institute;Thanos Lygdas, Cancer Institute;Jan Rice, Eastern Health
Jo Gatehouse, Eastern Health;Sharon Donovan, Epworth Health Care;Matiu Bush, Peter MacCallum;Mei Krishnasamy, Peter MacCallum;Kate Vella, The Alfred Hospital