Monash University | Health Collab Symposium

Monash University | Health Collab Symposium


A symposium is a device to bring lots of
people and disciplines together, exchange ideas and envision a new future.
I think it’s a really powerful way of bringing together design thinking – we call it design thinking – but also call it creative industries. To start some conversations around how a design can be used as a vehicle in collaboration with all these
other partners to try and design ways of improving healthcare outcomes.
I think which make a lot of assumptions in terms of what design is and also in terms of
what health is and where health is enacted. The biggest challenge is really
to bring people together to have conversations and build a shared
understanding to build the foundations where we can work together.
They have brought the industrial partners the clinical partners together with the
academic partners on this design and health research symposium and so that’s
why we have such a perfect mixture of government agenda, industrial agenda
and the academic agenda. This symposium allows people like me
in sort of other institutions
to come into those design spaces and to look at some ways that we
can collaborate together to increase the traction for health outcomes for people.
People are sort of appreciating that the world is much more complex and volatile
than they had imagined. I work with governments as well as universities
around bringing design into their work, how they face the future, how they
prepare for the future, but people are appreciating that design
can deal with a lot larger more complex situations. I’m particularly interested in how we bring together the people who work in healthcare who are passionate
about doing good for people with designers who are passionate about
bringing good into the world so that we can improve the way we deliver
healthcare for our community. So there are great opportunities for
collaboration but I thought was really important global challenges that I don’t think any discipline can solve on their own, so I
think if we are going to address some of the big societal challenges that
face us we’ve got to work together and understand it. What we are essentially
asking or trying to do is to bring two very different world views or
perspectives together and how that played out really relies on strong,
focused, thoughtful generous collaboration. I think the people that you meet here,
you automatically come with like-minded values and similar
research agendas, so collaboration is always the key in dealing with industry
and academic partnerships. I’ve met a lot of like-minded people
but I’ve also met people who are from outside of my field so I’ve met more
people who are working in health, it’s not just designers. So it’s a big deal, people are realising, that they just need to find out more about it and how to do it,
how to make it successful. This is university that
really understands what the
fourth-generation universities might be like and how to bring growth and
creativity to their work. And the hope is that we’ve
created some links between
key researchers with industry with clinicians that we can move forward
together and start addressing some of these areas in the forms and
research projects into the future. Design is the common thread
that joins us all together
in this program to improve healthcare.

Daniel Yohans

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