Aug 5, 2013

Glenside Health Services: Facilitating wellness through design

The city of Brisbane recently hosted the 9th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition in July. The international event was attended by researchers and practitioners from more than 40 countries and promoted the exchange of knowledge and research findings. Through a leading-edge scientific programme, the focus was on the development of a ‘salutogenic approach’ to health and public infrastructure investment. At the core of this preventative care strategy is a change that will see the emphasis from risk factors and the treatment of disease alter to a more holistic understanding of a healthy society that promotes wellness.

Medical Architecture’s Senior Director, Raechal Ferguson attended the conference, presenting alongside David Bagshaw of Swanbury Penglase on Mental Health Design: Global Knowledge / Local Identity using recently completed Glenside Health Campus as a case study. Their presentation demonstrated the approach of utilising international evidence based design  and applying the lessons learnt in a local context in Adelaide, Australia. It was also discussed how international involvement facilitated a rethink in operational policy and encouraged a change in the way the facilities are designed.

The successful event has launched the book ‘Australian Healthcare Design 2000-2015’, edited by Kate Copeland of Queensland Health and published by the International Academy for Design & Health that included Glenside Health Services as a case study. The International Academy for Design & Health is a global, interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to the stimulation and application of research concerning the interaction between design, health, science & culture.

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