Re-Imagining our Healing Environments - Melbourne
Re-Imagining our Healing Environments - Melbourne

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.


Dr 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.


Tonya Hinde - Billard Leece Partnerships

An interior designer with 26 years’ experience, Tonya’s award winning designs for healthcare are typified by fresh palettes and a sense of warm, casual style.

With a personal aim to humanize spaces, big or small, Tonya designs for smaller detailed projects, such as individual residences and restaurants, alongside large scale multimillion dollar hospitals and developments.

This results in a personal sense of scale in all her projects, which brings delight to everyone who interacts with them.


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.

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

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