Removing silos: A designer's reflective account of working collaboratively within the healthcare sector

Belinda Paulovich

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Abstract

This paper proposes to turn a mirror on my own experience as a doctoral candidate from visual communication immersed in interdisciplinary research within the healthcare sector. Design and health is a strongly emerging field where there is capacity to engender positive social change. However, design in health is often conducted in isolation with little exchange between the designer and those affected by the outcome. What if designers were more permanently embedded in healthcare environments? Would we see improvements in service delivery? Would we see an increase in patient satisfaction? Drawing from my own interdisciplinarity experience, this paper suggests that altering the typical healthcare paradigm to embed designers more permanently in the healthcare team has merit and should be further investigated. There is an opportunity to more rigorously examine design and health innovation at the higher education level, growing a shared culture of collaboration that can be built upon in the form of internships, residencies and even careers that have the potential to radically change the design and health landscape. This paper will present my experience of designing with the health industry from the rarely examined, but valuable, doctoral candidate perspective, offering insight into a successful example of design, health and higher education collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Conference
Subtitle of host publicationArt and design education in the global 24/7
Place of PublicationAustralia
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780994286819
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016
EventAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Conference 2015 - School of Art, Architecture and Design, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 24 Sep 201525 Sep 2015
http://acuads.com.au/conference/2015-conference/ (Conference website)

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleArt and design education in the global 24/7
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period24/09/1525/09/15
OtherACUADS offers participation to the wider art and design sector by co-ordinating a theme-based annual conference (with rotating locations throughout Australia) as part of its professional development responsibility.
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