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Week 7—13
May 2018

MKW18 7—13 May

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Future Hospital: Future Patient

Health - Talk

Event Details

Are you impatient for a better experience of healthcare?

This panel explores the possibility for a new, better patient experience. Using human centred design, these medical innovators will rethink medical services, systems and technology to put you back at the centre of your medical care.

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This event is part of Future Hospital. Check out the hospital before you check in. Discuss robot pills and medical drones, play doctor in a guided theatre experience, or be part of a live experiment. Tour the Future Hospital to find out what health will look like in a world of virtual reality, 3D printing, remote care, precision medicine, and medical devices inside jewellery.

Speaker Info

Larissa Hjorth

Larissa Hjorth (Distinguished Professor) is an artist, digital ethnographer and Director of the Design and Creative Practice ECP Platform.

Laurene Vaughan

Laurene Vaughan PhD is Professor of Design at RMIT University, where she serves as Dean in the School of Design, and is Co-Leader of the Design Futures Lab. Laurene was invited to the position of Neirenberg Chair, Distinguished Professor of Design, at Carnegie Mellon University, 2012–2013. She is on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Design Research, Norway. Laurene’s research investigates the interactive and situated nature of cultural production and the practices that enable this – both analogue and digital. She was a lead researcher on the Circus Oz Living Archive Project ( and co-editor of Performing Digital (Palgrave). Her most recent publication is Practice Based Design Research (Bloomsbury Academic). Laurene is a Chief Investigator on the Design for Wellbeing research project with Bendigo Hospital, is a member of the Design and Care network at RMIT, and is currently completing an edited collection Designing Cultures of Care (Bloomsbury Academic).

Leah Heiss

Leah Heiss is a designer working at the nexus of design, health, and technology. Her practice traverses device, service and experience and is deeply collaborative, working with experts from nanotechnology, engineering and health services through to manufacturing. Her health technology projects include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for diabetics; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease. Most recently Leah designed FACETT, the worlds first self-fit modular hearing aid with Blamey Saunders hears. The Incus, which Leah designed for Blamey Saunders hears, is part of the IHearYou self fit hearing system that won the inaugural Good Design Award, Social Innovation, 2015 and the Good Design Award Product Design – Medical and Scientific, 2015.

Matiu Bush

Matiu Bush is the Founder of One Good Street, Design Integration Lead at Bolton Clarke and Board Member Better Care Victoria.

Tamara Kohn

Tamara Kohn is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of an interdisciplinary research team studying digital commemoration. They have a new project starting this year on death and disposal. Tamara’s work also focuses on what happens in the shadow of death in different contexts – from hospitals to Death Row.

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