Category Archives: Healthcare

Elderly man in a wheelchair, in hospital

Designed to CARE: Putting People Back into A+D

As the health sector across Asia Pacific undergoes new challenges, we look to our A+D community to design solutions for tomorrow. Zenith Interiors have done just that!

The design industry – and in particular, its media professionals – practice quite a number of bad habits. In this, I am admittedly the last to “j’accuse”  … those in glasshouses, et cetera. But, I will say this. Too often, when we speak about design in the healthcare sector, we limit ourselves to nit-picking building codes and standards assessments. We speak (at length!) about hypotheticals – and yet, surprising little about post-occupancy. And, it never ceases to shock me particularly within this space, but some of us will discriminate according to design frameworks, forgetting that disease knows not how to discriminate.

I am happy to report (and in this case not whinge about legislation and certifications) that there is a revolution underway. Having finally embraced the unimpeachable virtues of natural light for the capacity to heal, we’re now looking in absolutely any space within our healthcare facilities – the politics of access in car parks, the tonal palette of lobbies and service walkways – to optimise the quest of a healthier furniture through intelligent and thoughtful design. Design, that is, to heal, to comfort and to delight.

Wellano, healthcare project
Wellano by Brunner

Earlier this month, Zenith Interiors exhibited their latest collection of purpose-driven designs for the health and aged-care sectors, Zenith CARE, at Australian Healthcare Week. Covering a staggeringly vast international suite of designers and studios, the collection stands as a leading example of evidence-based design. Each element is meticulously researched, tested, standards-approved, and considered from the end-patient’s and end-practitioner’s needs, limitations, recovery stages and safety.

In what undeniably represents a holistic solutions-driven approach to designing for this critical sector, the collection also marks two distinct milestones for A+D in this region. For a brand that is sixty-one years young, this new chapter speaks to Zenith’s ongoing commitment to rethinking our design traditions and behaviours in alignment with rapid social, cultural and technological change. But, secondly, through Zenith CARE it is clear that Zenith Interiors is not simply trying to just change design features for health facilities – they’re trying to change the way we think about design. They’re re-writing design’s inherent logic.

Team Zenith, that is, is pushing us further to achieve a cultural shift for A+D. With Zenith CARE, the A+D community is being asked to consider new approaches to accountability for positive outcomes on the human condition. This is design that is actively participating in a direct socio-political forum. As our healthcare facilities and practitioners are dealing with a degree of problems, capacities and limited resources – heretofore unseen – our A+D community has begun to position our collective creative and visionary potential to lobby organisational ‘best practice’. No longer can design in the healthcare industry be a secondary or luxury addition to the service of providing health. No longer, that is, can the attainment of ‘health’ be divorced from the curative benefits of the material space within which that venture is performed.

Wellano, healthcare project
Wellano by Brunner

Leading by Example: Zenith Interiors and Designing Tomorrow

As ‘part’ of an extensive product and brand offering under the Zenith umbrella, Zenith CARE reminds us that the pursuit of design (not to mention the pursuit of health as well) labours too frequently under adverse conditions – but it needn’t. As the ‘sum’ of this same extensive offering, Zenith CARE embodies a history of innovation, thought-leadership and risk-taking – an entire world-history of design thinking AS humanitarianism. Design through the Zenith lens is a path to a healthier tomorrow. A path to growth.

Last year I reported on Zenith Interiors’ growth across the Pacific – it is one of many stories that testify to the ongoing support of such brands for our emerging design talent. For the inaugural year of the INDE.Awards, Zenith Interiors have sought to nurture and support these standards of innovation, bravery, intelligence and thought-leadership across the A+D community of Asia Pacific. Their 61-year history highlights that our region’s creative potential is – until recently – a relatively untapped goldmine of radical paradigm shifts in design thinking, teaching and practicing.

Partnering with the INDE.Awards while simultaneously launching Zenith CARE might seem like fortuitous happenstance – but the reality is so much more significant. Both the INDE.Awards and Team Zenith understand that the human exists at the heart of our collective pursuit of capital-D Design. And, both the INDE.Awards and Team Zenith seek to celebrate environments that bring people together, that help us share, collaborate, learn and improve.  Through an impressive pan-regional presence throughout Asia Pacific, a hands-on approach to manufacture, research and development, and project management, Zenith offers us all access to an irreproachable possibility for Design: spaces that embrace technology, that can be confident in the provision of solace against any difficulty we might face tomorrow. 

By David Congram

Doctors standing in hospital lobby

Doctor Doctor…Give Me the News.

An in-depth look at what A+D has learned from medical history and the relationship between people and the spaces they occupy.

A simple question: should A+D have a check-up? 

It sounds facetious, but this question isn’t too ridiculously outlandish after all. You see, our creative practitioners across A+D are beginning to look further afield, to equally advanced and tech-embracing practitioners in unrelated sectors. Among these, the medical field in particular is proving to be eye-opening. And it all started more than 50 years ago.

1960s-1980s : Revolutionising the Medical World 

In the late 1960s Alvan Feinstein – professor at the Yale University School of Medicine – published Clinical Judgment. The medical world was never the same again.

Up to that point, the practice of medicine was heavily based on the amorphous concept of ‘clinical reasoning’ – a highly biased and surprisingly unempirical process that lead to physicians exercising decision making without checks or adequate control. Feinstein’s publication brought intense scrutiny levelled at medical decision making, increasing the awareness of weaknesses in what was considered ‘standard best practice’ across the full spectrum of the healthcare industry.

In brief, Feinstein’s approach attempted to anchor policies and procedures not to the current practices or beliefs held by experts, but to (investment in) medical experimentation and the application of those results in practice. Here, ‘evidence-based medicine’ ushered in a new gold-standard that held the capacity to adapt along with the times. Additionally, this capacity to evolve doubly benefited the practice of healthcare alongside keeping pace with advancements in technology to always putting the patient’s needs (not the practitioner’s values or procedural expertise) first and foremost.

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Banc by Brunner

How Evidence-Based Medicine Affected the Health Economy

Alongside this paradigm shift occurring in the medical workforce, access to healthcare across the globe skyrocketed. Patient treatment numbers increased, the penetration of first-world health practices into third-world countries was suddenly greater and more accessible than ever before, and as a result we in general became healthier, living longer. As health garnered more and more patient-investment and evidence-based medical teachings entered medical education, a new medical workforce of highly educated younger practitioners began to enter the fray – all extolling the virtues for rigorous R+D, continuous experimentation and strict statistical analysis in practice.

Inevitably, as we began treating health better, our healthcare institutions fell under increasing levels of strain. Last month I reported on the soon-to-be dire situation that these same institutions would undergo in the not too distant future. With the rate of life expectancy and access to health disproportionately outstripping the healthcare facilities that can service them – in design, in capacity, in rapidity – the global A+D community is currently finding itself called upon to answer to an enormous array of stakeholder needs.

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Banc by Brunner

But what does this have to do with the design community?

At its very core, evidence-based medicine sought to achieve something deceptively simple: understanding the patient’s recovery possibilities more, and the practitioner’s abilities less. And, while A+D is increasingly involved in helping redefine the future of health and its facilities, we’ve begun to demonstrate a remarkable feat of pedagogy: we’ve borrowed medical-thinking practices and incorporated them into design-thinking results.

Seeking to understand the needs of the people we design for in this acutely sensitive environment, A+D front-runners in this field recognise that hitherto designers, planners, architects and specifiers were not seeking appropriate levels of explicit, empirical data to inform their design processes and decision-making. Not dissimilar to medical practitioners pre-1960s, we rarely sought explicit data that existed beyond our own experience/expertise (as practitioners) or that of our clients (the institution). The end-user – in this case, the patient – lost out. It was hardly surprising, then, that the largest criticism levelled at us throughout the previous three decades has been that A+D became too self-involved and ceased to solve actual social ills – all encapsulated in the catch-cry that ‘design is too important to be left to designers’.

banc, healthcare project
Banc by Brunner

In our post-digital age, a diversity of needs and demands continues to grow for evidence-based approaches to designing our material environments. Whether residential, commercial, institutional or cultural, our creative practitioners are increasingly performing intelligence-gathering activities as the core of a new breed of design thinking. Through employing design processes intended to support existing user behaviours, limitations and needs, we’ve rethought the end-user: someone who is not forced to adapt themselves to the object of design, but adapting the object of design to the parameters and limits of their body. Across the entire playing field of A+D, such approaches have engendered a more cost-effective and well-liked end product (not to mention a loyal consumer).

And, this is relatively – in fact, surprisingly – a recent phenomenon. In 2008 a landmark systematic review for the design and health industries conclusively proved that designers are as importantly positioned as doctors for creating material healthcare worlds that actively contribute to patient recovery.

Simply, it’s design that embraces everyone … always.

 Follow Zenith’s evidence-based design journey here.

by David Congram

Healthcare furniture - taceo lounge

The Unlikely, Inspiring and Curative Power of Design

The status of Australia’s healthcare sector is reaching crisis point. As the rate of critical illnesses in this country is higher than ever, what can A+D do to create a healthier tomorrow?

Collectively throughout Australia, close to 20 billion dollars will be dedicated to redevelopments and infrastructure programs for our healthcare industry in the next four years. While that number may surprise most of us, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that it will only continue to increase.

Last year, the total revenue generated by our healthcare industry surpassed $120 billion AUD – and with a projected annual growth of 3.4%, our population is increasingly becoming more and more reliant on healthcare facilities across the nation.

While many have questioned the need to allocate such an enormous amount of funding to redevelopment of facilities over, say cancer research or remote community healthcare, others are beginning to notice the inordinate amount of strain set upon both our healthcare spaces and practitioners.

Thanks to the National Census last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics confidently estimate that over 9.6 million people in Australia will be above the age of 65-years in 2064, equating to above 23% of Australia’s total projected population. Meanwhile, 1.9million will exceed the age of 85-years, constituting 5% of the total projected population. That we’re clearly a rapidly ageing country is not under dispute – that we’re prepared for it, however, very much is.

Increased chronic illnesses, increased numbers of the infirm, decreased numbers of healthcare practitioners, and increased demand placed on our healthcare facilities is beginning to yield damning results for our country’s health if we don’t act quickly.

This is where you – as part of Australia’s A+D community – can demonstrate pointed progressiveness. While the supply and demand for healthcare in any country depends on a combination of health/illness patterns and social, economic, environmental and technological variables, it very largely also depends on the material elements of such spaces in accurately responding to an enormous array of stakeholder needs – from the nurse just settling in to a 19-hour shift, all the way to a grieving loved-one or a critically ill patient.

That providing health isn’t a game for the feint of heart is an understatement. More and more, our A+D community is illustrating that providing health isn’t a game for the feint of imagination. While demand on health will inevitably increase in the coming years, A+D is uniquely positioned to facilitate the very material support that such a transition requires.

At the Australian Healthcare Week this month, one of Australia’s premium commercial design powerhouses – Zenith Interiors – will be presenting their latest portfolio, expertly curated for the needs of this growing industry: ZENITH CARE. Working with healthcare practitioners and patients at the intersection of advanced treatment facilities and designing for better health, ZENITH CARE meets the needs of the always-innovating healthcare sector with this collection of wellness-based designs to reimagine healing environments and equal the sophistication of advanced health equipment, techniques and healthcare strategies.

With a stellar line-up of European, Asian and Australian brands, ZENITH CARE represents one of the leading concerted efforts for the A+D community to help combat the problem of health today. From ensuring that all pieces in the ZENITH CARE range are Standards Approved under Class 9a of the Building Code of Australia, to assessing limitations and safety features, Team Zenith have provided solutions for patient and practitioner, alike.

Alleviating those situations which, even at the best of times are stressful and demanding, ZENITH CARE is immaculately curated to ensure that each design element is carefully considered from the perspective of promoting safety, comfort, wellbeing and ease – a much-needed offering to the entirety of ‘health’ and ‘healthcare’, today.

Join Zenith Interiors and all the latest influencers in the sectors of health and aged care at the Australian Healthcare Week, this March 8th-10th.

 

by David Congram

Boomerang Healthcare furniture

Zenith CARE: Bringing Innovation to Healthcare

Zenith extends their reach to the health sector with a carefully curated range of products.

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In branching into healthcare, there were a number of important factors for Zenith to address. As a company, they wanted to be able to provide solution-based furniture that would not only increase comfort and enhance patient recovery but also reduce the stress and physical fatigue of caregivers.

The Zenith CARE Col­lection is a carefully curated range of prod­ucts designed to cater to the specific needs of those within the healthcare sector. The aim is to offer products that effortlessly enhance the lives of patients and caregivers. The entire collection has an em­phasis on safety and support without comprising on style and design.

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However, there is nothing ‘in­stitutional’ about the designs. The furniture conveys to users and patients a sense comfort and relaxation. The range places the focus back on people without losing sight of stringent functional requirements thus meeting all ergonomic and hygienic demands of the healthcare environment.

by David Congram

Zenith Care Healthcare furniture

Tapping into Zenith’s Expertise

Specialists in corporate and commercial furniture,Zenith has a lot to offer the health sector.

For those unfamiliar with Zenith, let us introduce you. Zenith provides innovative solutions for all corporate and commercial environments. Building on their heritage as one of Australia’s largest workstation manufacturers, Zenith expanded their capability into manufacturing task and soft seating.

Zenith is passionate about designing, manufacturing, distributing and supplying the very best in corporate and commercial furniture products. They are dedicated in creating sustainable solutions that are aligned with contemporary trends.

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Through a deep understanding of their client’s needs, Zenith helps create environments that bring people together to share, collaborate, socialise and learn. From Zenith, clients receive ideas, experience, expertise, local manufacturing and best-in-class products.

Zenith has a network of local and international brands and designers. From their core Australia base, they have expanded their reach to New Zealand and Asia, with new facilities in Auckland and Shanghai, which are supported by showrooms throughout the regions. Zenith showrooms offer expert sales, project management and a diverse range of furniture products. Zenith understands that creating interiors today is about cutting edge technology, collaboration and community. Zenith offers organisations new and innovative ways to engage people by creating spaces with products that are functional, appealing, and forward thinking.

In March 2017 Zenith will launch their range of healthcare furniture solutions under the new Zenith Care banner.

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by David Congram

Re-imagining Our Healing Environments

While the provision of healthcare in our region is undergoing increasing problems alongside growing population numbers and over-capacity facilities, the team at Zenith simply just wants to investigate how we can all help.

In these panel discussions, we will delve into some of the following topics :

  • The relationship between evidence-based design and evidence-based medical thinking
  • The changing nature of ‘best practice’ for the A+D community involved in the healthcare sector
  • The role A+D can play in responding to the needs of all stakeholders from patient through to practitioner
  • How the A+D community can leverage its creative input to alleviate strains upon the provision of health in our region in the near and distant future

We are excited to announce the three distinguished and talented speakers that will make up the breakfast panel discussion.

Lisa Biddiscombe – The Peppermint Room

Lisa is an Interior Designer with over 20 years experience, with a passion for childcare, health, aged care, education and corporate sectors. Creativity, strong relationships and collaboration are the hallmarks of her approach to all projects.

Graduating from Queensland University of Technology with Honors in 1995, Lisa worked for Nettleton Tribe Partnership (Brisbane) and Bligh Voller Nield (Canberra) where she developed a complete range of design, documentation and project coordination skills whilst working on Government and Private Business projects.

While starting a family, Lisa was invited to lecture at CIT which lead to nearly 10 years of teaching and mentoring Interior Design and Building Design students; eventually becoming the course co-ordinator for these programs. Lisa still has a passion for teaching.

Lisa was approached to manage The Peppermint Room in 2012 and this fit with her desire to ensure her teaching material was still relevant to the developing interior design industry.

In 2013 Lisa became a Director of SQC Architecture (the parent company of TPR) and is now focused on the development of The Peppermint Room, including her business acumen and team leadership.

Vanessa Brady – ACT Government

Vanessa has 18 years commercial property experience in senior client side roles in project management and program management. She is also experienced in change management and delivery of complex programs and projects, including the commissioning of health facilities.

Working directly in the delivery of healthcare environments both in an acute and community setting having been Project Director for the Staging and Decanting Bundle, Canberra Hospital Essential Works, Dhulwa Mental Health Unit, and recently the Executive Director for the University of Canberra Public Hospital.

Vanessa has mostly recently established a program management office within ACT Health to manage the $1.2 billion investment planned for health projects in the ACT, which are to be delivered over the next 5 years.  The scope of this investment program includes acute health, community health, mental health and justice health projects spread across the geographic region of Canberra.

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Amanda Elderkin – HSPC Health Architects

Amanda is the Interior Designer for HSPC Health Architects. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in health & aged care. Starting her career in the UK, Amanda gained invaluable skills working with HMC Group, national leaders in the health care industry, as their lead interior designer. During this time, she was part of the team that was recognised with two major awards, including that of best regional care provider in the country. Her dedication to exceptional design contributed to four outstanding ratings from the Care Quality Commission (UK).

Her industry-specific knowledge ensures that she delivers projects that are sympathetic to the environment and meet the complexities of public and private healthcare requirements.

Moderator:  Alex Sloan 

Alex Sloan has been a journalist and broadcaster with the ABC for 25 years. She has worked for ABC Rural, Radio National and now ABC Local Radio 666 Canberra. She also broadcasts nationally for the Australian of the Year announcements and is the first female broadcaster to back-fill for Richard Fidler on the National Conversations program. Alex is known for her warm and engaging interview style and has won respect for firm but fair questioning. She has presented 666 Drive, Weekends, Mornings and currently presents the Afternoons program on 666 ABC Canberra.

We look forward to you joining us, as we share insights into how we can design for better health.

Click here to RSVP.

Re-imagining Our Healing Environments

While the provision of healthcare in our region is undergoing increasing problems alongside growing population numbers and over-capacity facilities, the team at Zenith simply just wants to investigate how we can all help.

In these panel discussions, we will delve into some of the following topics :

  • The relationship between evidence-based design and evidence-based medical thinking
  • The changing nature of ‘best practice’ for the A+D community involved in the healthcare sector
  • The role A+D can play in responding to the needs of all stakeholders from patient through to practitioner
  • How the A+D community can leverage its creative input to alleviate strains upon the provision of health in our region in the near and distant future

We are excited to announce the three distinguished and talented speakers that will make up the afternoon panel discussion.

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Sheree Proposch – HASSELL

Sheree Proposch is an architect and Principal, at international design practice HASSELL. She focuses on tertiary education, research facilities, healthcare facilities and other briefing intensive projects.
Sheree has led key projects which have been internationally recognised as exemplars of design and innovation. She has worked in Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore.

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Donna Rafie – GHDWoodhead

With over 20 years’ experience Donna specialises in Health design and is passionate about the collaborative delivery of high quality, sustainable healthcare environments. The key to Donna’s design approach is her understanding of the positive influence well considered, evidence based design brings to the creation of a healing environment. Donna has successfully contributed to the provision of highly functional, sustainable healthcare environments through the development of a holistic understanding of the spatial, functional and emotional needs of the users. Donna’s experience includes stakeholder consultation, brief preparation, Health facilities planning, design documentation and project administration.

GarryCoff Garry Coff – Garry Coff Consulting Service

Garry has been involved in the design for change to health facilities across Australia for the last 28 years and have a wealth of experience in the implementation of new strategies to improve the way Health Services are delivered to the community. His experience covers all aspects of the Healthcare system and ranges from design for remote Aboriginal community facilities to Master Planning for the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, covering Emergency Medicine, Mental Health and Aged Care service delivery planning and design.
 
Garry is the Director and Health Facility Planner Garry Coff Consulting Service, which is a specialist Health Facility Planning and Interior Design practice, focusing on Hospital building redevelopment, extensions and alterations to improve efficiency and compliance. They can bring together appropriate personnel and resources to meet the needs of a broad range of clients, covering any scale of project from major Hospital Master Planning to minor alterations advice.
 

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Moderator: Darragh O’Brien  – peckvonhartel

Darragh O’Brien is the Knowledge and Design Leader at Peckvonhartel Architects. He is also the Managing Editor of the EBD Journal and for 5 years, was the founding director of the Spatial Research Group at Monash University, Melbourne.

With over twenty-five years’ experience as an architect and interior designer, Darragh also holds a PhD on the relationship between knowledge and creativity in the evidence-based design of performative architectural spaces, where the built-environment can have a direct and significant impact on its occupants. His current research focus is on the design of health and aged-care facilities with a particular emphasis on design for dementia and palliative care residents.

We look forward to you joining us, as we share insights into how we can design for better health.

Click here to RSVP.

Re-imagining Our Healing Environments

While the provision of healthcare in our region is undergoing increasing problems alongside growing population numbers and over-capacity facilities, the team at Zenith simply just wants to investigate how we can all help.

In these panel discussions, we will delve into some of the following topics :

  • The relationship between evidence-based design and evidence-based medical thinking
  • The changing nature of ‘best practice’ for the A+D community involved in the healthcare sector
  • The role A+D can play in responding to the needs of all stakeholders from patient through to practitioner
  • How the A+D community can leverage its creative input to alleviate strains upon the provision of health in our region in the near and distant future

We are excited to announce the three distinguished and talented speakers that will make up the breakfast panel discussion.

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Megan Reading – Hassell

Megan’s early career as a Registered Nurse was without a doubt, the catalyst for her 25 year career as a Health Architect. Having designed and delivered some of the largest hospitals in Australia Megan has a drive and passion for delivering exceptional design outcomes for patients and medical professionals alike. One of Megan’s key interests is understanding how health campuses mature and evolve responding to changing demographics and health service need. The role of master plan is fundamental in this.

Having the unique insights of both a clinical practitioner and a designer Megan has developed a deeper understanding of the complex balance between patient safety and privacy and making environments that support staff to work effectively with family to promote recovery and a return to health and independence.

As a Principal at Hassell, Megan has had the good fortune to deliver a number of public and private hospitals locally and overseas as well as completing a number of mental health and aged care facilities. Working as a Registered Architect with a Masters of Construction Management, Megan has the academic grounding in design, delivery and management of large complex health campuses both in metropolitan and rural areas.

 

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Harm Hollander- Conrad Gargett

Harm is a Project Principal with Conrad Gargett with extensive experience in the areas of Health. A Fellow of the AIA, Harm has lectured in Construction/Technology, Professional Studies and Design at both the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. Harm has developed comprehensive techniques in leading large projects and working meticulously through brief, design and delivery challenges. In the health sector, Harm’s industry leading knowledge in both strategic and practical health requirements has seen him lead the health planning on major projects such as the Princess Alexandra Hospital Redevelopment and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, as well as speaking engagements at a number of conferences. As a Doctor of Creative Industries candidate, Harm remains the student in seeking further improvement in collaborations towards better design outcomes.

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Helen Ma – Woods Bagot

Helen Ma is the Health & Science Sector Lead for the Woods Bagot Brisbane studio. Over the course of the last 12 years Helen has focused in the area of design and planning of health and tertiary education facilities accumulating a broad range of experience on projects of varying scale both locally and nationally. Helen lead the user group consultation process of the new 140 bed University of Canberra Public Hospital currently the largest infrastructure project under construction in Canberra and the city’s first purpose built rehabilitation hospital. More recently Helen lead the clinical functional design consultation for the Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment stage consisting of 60 new medical/surgical inpatient beds and new Intensive Care Unit.
 

We look forward to you joining us, as we share insights into how we can design for better health.

Click here to RSVP.

Re-imagining our healing environments

While the provision of healthcare in our region is undergoing increasing problems alongside growing population numbers and over-capacity facilities, the team at Zenith simply just wants to investigate how we can all help.

In these panel discussions, we will delve into some of the following topics :

  • The relationship between evidence-based design and evidence-based medical thinking
  • The changing nature of ‘best practice’ for the A+D community involved in the healthcare sector
  • The role A+D can play in responding to the needs of all stakeholders from patient through to practitioner
  • How the A+D community can leverage its creative input to alleviate strains upon the provision of health in our region in the near and distant future

We are excited to announce the three distinguished and talented speakers that will make up the breakfast panel discussion.

Jacqui Williams – MKDC

Jacqui Williams is Project Leader at MKDC with an interior design background and has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years.

Her experience working in the winning new Royal Adelaide Hospital bid team and more recently working with care providers on their strategic asset refurbishment planning in the aged care sector, has given her an interesting insight into the emerging trends of evidence based design.

The complexity of aged care design considerations, from large scale planning to detailed design development of interiors and furniture, make it an area in which she is passionate.

Emma Williamson – CODA

Emma Williamson is a co-founder and Director at CODA, a multi-disciplinary practice based in Fremantle.  Since its inception in 1997, CODA has delivered a portfolio of award-winning work that encompasses commercial, education, residential, urban design and small project architecture. With qualifications in both architecture and interiors, Emma brings a nuanced approach to the work of the practice, focusing particularly on the expression of materiality and colour.

Lisa Hunt – Cameron Chisholm Nicol

Lisa has nearly 15 years’ experience delivering interiors across sectors including retail, education, multi-unit residential and commercial workplace while specialising in health and aged care.

Having worked on projects ranging in value from $450,000 to over $1 billion Lisa has expertise in all phases of interior design from concept to handover. She is client focussed with a collaborative approach to all projects.

Prior to joining Cameron Chisholm Nicol, Lisa worked on the design and documentation of the $1.2b Perth Children’s Hospital Project with the Architects Alliance team. She continues to be involved on the project as part of CCN’s State’s Advisors team.

Lisa approaches all projects with passion, creativity, imagination and an eye for detail. Understanding that good design is also highly functional, she has a ‘listen first and then respond’ attitude. Lisa enjoys working alongside architects and design teams to provide innovative, functional design solutions.

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Moderator: Neil Cownie – Neil Cownie Architect

Neil Cownie formed his architectural and Design practice ‘Neil Cownie Architect’ in 2009 where the focus is on providing clients with a ‘hands on’ boutique service. Neil’s studio explores the parameters of each project to find an outcome unique to site and client. This process openly engages with clients, artisans, artists, design consultants and builders to find holistic solutions.

Neil’s work also provides seamless transition from architecture to interior design as the practice provides all A+D services. From the large scale of the building to the small scale of the design of an object or the selection of furniture, all aspects of design are considered.

Neil’s move to form his own ‘grass roots’ practice followed a ten-year period as design director at the Perth based Architecture and Interior Design Practice, Overman & Zuideveld. While a director at Overman & Zuideveld Neil experienced a diverse range of project types including, hospitality, hotels, multi-residential, mixed use buildings, police stations, residential and interior design projects.

Neil is actively involved in the Western Australian A+D community as a current Board member of the Architects Board of WA and as an active member of the Design Institute of Australia.

Neil was also the recipient of the Dulux Design Institute of Australia ‘DIALogue’ 2016 travel scholarship to London & Stockholm.

We look forward to you joining us, as we share insights into how we can design for better health.

Click here to RSVP.

Re-imagining Our Healing Environments

While the provision of healthcare in our region is undergoing increasing problems alongside growing population numbers and over-capacity facilities, the team at Zenith simply just wants to investigate how we can all help.

In these panel discussions, we will delve into some of the following topics :

  • The relationship between evidence-based design and evidence-based medical thinking
  • The changing nature of ‘best practice’ for the A+D community involved in the healthcare sector
  • The role A+D can play in responding to the needs of all stakeholders from patient through to practitioner
  • How the A+D community can leverage its creative input to alleviate strains upon the provision of health in our region in the near and distant future

We are excited to announce the three distinguished and talented speakers that will make up the breakfast panel discussion.

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Ron Bridgefoot – Hames Sharley

Ron Bridgefoot has joined the company as Principal with a particular focus on the health portfolio. Ron brings over 30 years’ experience in the planning, design and documentation of healthcare projects across Australia, South-east Asia and the Pacific region. His excellent knowledge and understanding of the design process, stakeholder engagement and communication strategies has been utilised on a number of major projects across Australia and overseas.

Ron’s leadership and design management has been fundamental to the development of several major hospitals during which time he has worked closely with NSW Health, Queensland Health, the Victorian Department of Health and Gold Coast Health Services as well as Lend Lease, Multiplex, Hansen Yuncken and Leighton Contractors and more recently the Australian Government and Government of Papua New Guinea.

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Wade Sutton – Sutton Consultants Pty Ltd

With over 23 years of experience, Wade is an architectural healthcare professional with a wide range of international experience in the design and procurement of complex healthcare facilities and environments.

Owner and founder of Sutton Consultants, Wade provides healthcare planning advice across all aspects of healthcare related projects from planning to delivery.

Currently consulting with Health Infrastructure for all clinical master planning, clinical planning and procurement across NSW Healthcare projects.

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Jennifer Gilmore – Gilmore Interior Design

Gilmore Interior Design was established in 1993 by Jennifer Gilmore.  With a simple design philosophy of considering each project individually on its own merit and introducing a fresh and unique design solution. It is this focus on design that has led to their work for Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Aged Care Home to be recognised with an international design award.

The practice has gained a wealth of in-depth experience over a wide variety of project types, ranging from Hospital Interior Planning and Design, Residential Aged Care and Independent Living Accommodation to Hospitality, Commercial, Corporate and Residential fit-outs.

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