Past Events

28 Apr 17

ACT Event - 'Exciting Design’ Ageing in the Suburbs, Homes and Hospitals.

We know our environment affects our health. And we know that we age wherever we happen to be living – whether that is in the homes and suburbs of Canberra, a stint in hospital, or in residential care facilities.

This half day will showcase presentations from a fascinating range of researchers, clinicians and industry experts on ageing and design. These experts will participate in panel discussions about issues facing our region.

Participants will leave inspired with ideas, evidence and opportunities to improve their own environments and communities in relation to design.

Participants will:

  • Learn about neurological causes of how we experience our environment
  • Consider Canberra examples of suburb, residential aged care homes and hospital design
  • Explore the design of different settings and how that effects people with cognitive impairment
  • Discover the 2018 purpose-built ACT sub-acute Public Hospital design
  • Develop new networks and relationships with like-minded colleagues

Keynote Presenter Professor Golembiewski will outline the critical relationships between the designed environment and factors that contribute to somatic and mental health. Nowhere is this more important than in hospitals and mental health facilities in particular, because it’s in these contexts that the ecological environment can do the most damage.

Hear from the Leading Experts

Professor Diane Gibson, Dean
Faculty of Health, University of Canberra.

Professor Diane Gibson was appointed as the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra in 2008. Under her leadership the Faculty has grown rapidly in research and teaching activity, and gained a reputation for innovation in clinical training. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her research on ageing and aged care including an NHMRC-funded project on the care of people with dementia in acute care settings and Department of Health-funded national evaluation of nurse practitioners in aged care.

Professor Rob Tanton,
NATSEM - The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.

Professor Tanton is a Professor at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra. His main interest is spatial disadvantage, and he is a recognised Australian and international expert on spatial disadvantage. The research conducted by him covers areas such as spatial housing disadvantage, economic disadvantage, income inequality and wellbeing. He is particularly interested in how small area modelling can inform government policy in the areas of urban and regional design, and welfare policy

Dr Yan Yu
CERAPH - The Centre for Research and Action at the University of Canberra and the School of Demography at the Australian National University.

Dr Yan Yu is a demographer by training. One of her ongoing projects is analysing the health impacts of obesity. She has published two papers to show that excess mortality due to obesity has increased in the United States. Other projects include international mortality trends and causes of death analysis, and built environment and health outcomes. Yan Yu completed a PhD in sociology and master in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is affiliated with the Centre for Research and Action at the University of Canberra and the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

Dr Stephen Isbel
Occupational Therapy, University of Canberra.

Associate Professor Stephen Isbel is an occupational therapist and the course convenor of the Master of Occupational Therapy course at the University of Canberra. His research interests include dementia care, post stroke rehabilitation, driver rehabilitation, public health and occupational therapy education. Stephen has led successful grant applications from Health Workforce Australia and the Dementia Collaboration Research Centre looking specifically at how people with dementia access rehabilitation in hospital.

Dr Jan Golembiewski, Director
Psychological Design, University of Technology, Sydney.

Jan Golembiewski, registered architect, Adjunct Professor, QUT, Brisbane, is one of the world’s leading researchers in architectural design psychology. His PhD traces phenomenological experience back to the neurological mechanisms that cause them. This is especially relevant for design and health, because the designed environment frequently has a powerful influence on the very symptoms that need to be treated. Jan is internationally recognised as a popular keynote speaker and designer specialising in cultural understanding, patient-centred models of care, design psychology and all aspects of healthcare design.

Ms Linda Kohlhagen
Executive Director, Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care, ACT Health.

Linda Kohlhagen, Executive Director of the Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care Division, ACT Health, is responsible for the delivery of a range of aged care, rehabilitation and community based nursing and allied health services in Canberra. She has played a key role in the development of three Community Health Centres, the expansion of the Walk-in Centres and the establishment of Canberra’s first, stand-alone sub-acute facility on the University of Canberra Campus -University of Canberra Public Hospital, due to open in 2018.

Alexandra Wessling
WoodsBagot People Architecture, Sydney

Alexandra Wessling, Health Sector Leader, Woods Bagot People Architecture, Sydney, is an architectural designer with over twenty years of experience in Australia, the UK and Europe. With a passion for specialist health and research design, Alex has a strong skill for lateral thinking and an ability to turn concepts into cohesive design outcomes. Alex is interested in enabling a patient-centric model of care and facilitating environments that are respectful towards human beings, both patients and staff. Alex’s current projects include the University of Canberra Public Hospital and Lismore Base Hospital. Woods Bagot is a People Architecture company, placing human experience at the centre of design process in order to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space.

Dr Daniela Castro De Jong and students
Occupational Therapy, University of Canberra.

Dr Daniela Castro de Jong is Senior Lecturer in Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at the University of Canberra, with 20 years of clinical, management and academic experience in Chile. She recently mentored high -achieving MOT students regarding the design of an intergenerational space between residential and child care facilities. These students, Yingying Song, Stephanie Oberscheider and Catherine Carnevale, will present their work and experiences in working with Interior Architecture students in the interest of better meeting the needs of the future ageing population.

Dr Sarah Cope
Nursing, University of Canberra.

Dr Sarah Cope is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Canberra. Her Doctor of Health Science from QUT and the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers was entitled ‘The performance of caring: the construction of nursing care for people with dementia who live in residential facilities and wander’. Sarah has worked in managerial roles in residential care and has a keen research interest regarding the social order and construction of nursing and nursing scholarship.

Mr Colin McDonnell, Dementia Excellence Practice Leader
Scalabrini Village, University of Wollongong.

Colin McDonnell is the Dementia Excellence Practice Lead for Scalabrini Villages; a Registered Nurse with a Master in Health Science; and an Honorary Fellow at Wollongong University. Colin was awarded the inaugural Carol Penning Leadership Award in recognition of his work in person-centred aged and dementia care, and he has published and presented internationally. Programs initiated by Colin are award winning: the Positive Living in Aged Care Award; Better Practice Awards (3); and Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Awards (2).

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Event Details

Event Date & Time: Friday, 28th April 2017, 9am - 1pm

Event Location: University of Canberra, ACT
Ann Harding Centre

Registrations Open: 20th Mar 17 1:00 AM

Registrations Close: 27th Apr 17 4:00 PM

Places Available: 146

Your Investment

AAG Members: $25
Student/Concession Members: FREE
Non-Members: $50
Student/Concession Non-Members: FREE (Please enter the code "ACTEXC17" to redeem your discount)

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