Swinburne University’s Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, the Centre for Design Innovation and Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University are pleased to invite papers and design exhibits for the fourth International Design4Health conference in Melbourne 4-7 December 2017
About the conference
Design4Health is a biennial conference that brings together brings together designers, health professionals and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users from across the world to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods in the ever-changing nexus between design and health.
The conference will host a series of different events that will provide an active forum to explore how the disciplines of design and health might intersect to bring forth new ways of thinking and working in what is a dynamic, innovative and increasingly important area of research and practice. The central question is: How can we work together to achieve positive and sustainable impact on the social, economic and cultural factors within our communities and beyond.
Call for Papers
The conference’s Scientific Committee would like to invite presentations and design exhibits from researchers and practitioners across the areas of design and health to develop new dialogues and offer different perspectives with a focus on designing with people to improve wellbeing. To this end we also encourage submissions from individuals using products and services, spaces and cities in order to the share real-life experiences.
Along with traditional academic presentations, Pecha Kucha presentations and poster presentations, the conference will host an exhibition. This platform for sharing research, offering provocations and posing questions will form an integral part of the discourse generated. We also invite the submission of innovative works, objects and artefacts that in some way embody research, or in some way set out to challenge social, cultural and operational preconceptions around how we think about, manage and engage with contemporary healthcare and wellbeing issues.
This year’s theme and sub themes are:
Technology 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
– Screening and assessment
Future self and Ageing
– Health across the lifespan
– Dementia, cognition and mental health
– Designing for death and palliative care
– Designing for birth
– Person-centred care
Environment and Health
– Evidence-based design: from cities to devices, from systems to services
– Designing for well-being
– Eco-health and biophillia
– 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
We also welcome papers focussed on Methods or Education and Training that cross-link into one or more of the themes listed above.
NOTE: All submissions will be reviewed within a two week turnaround from the date of submission.