Designing for age: wearables, systems and services 

Presenter: Dr Leah Heiss, RMIT

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About the presentation

Through this talk Leah will discuss a number of human centred design projects that she has conducted with aged care providers. These include the development of wearable technologies for ageing. These include the CaT Pin – a lapel Pin to monitor loneliness; Smart Heart - a cardiac monitor necklace; and her current work, designing a discrete wearable to monitor COVID symptoms in aged care. Leah will also discuss the ‘One Good Death’ project that focused on redesigning the end of life experience with Bolton Clarke. This initiative traversed industry partnered co-design workshops and Masters work.

About the presenter

Leah is a human-centred designer and Co-director of the RMIT Wearables and Sensing Network (W+SN), which brings together 75+ researchers from 12 University Schools to collaborate around wearable and sensing technologies. Her practice interrogates the role of design in improving the emotional experience of wearable health technologies, services and experiences. She is currently working with interdisciplinary teams on the design of biosensor enabled devices for heart health, pre-diabetes, and monitoring for COVID-19.

Over the last decade Leah has brought human centred design to technologies for hearing loss, diabetes and pre-diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gut disease, heart disease and arrhythmia, and loneliness. Facett, that she designed for Blamey Saunders hears won many accolades including the 2018 Good Design Award of the Year and CSIRO Design Innovation Award. In 2016 Leah developed the Tactile Tools methodology that she has used with over 200 experts across healthcare, engineering, government and aged care to help solve complex problems. These include understanding the roadblocks to implementing voluntary assisted dying in Victoria and redesigning the end-of-life experience in aged care. She teaches through the RMIT Master of Design Futures and leads industry-partnered courses across health sector innovation and design leadership.

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