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Healthcare Tech Innovative Bag Design Award

Leah Heiss, a health technology innovator and associate professor at Monash University, received the Australian Women in Design Award 2022 at this year’s Good Design Awards for her work on wearable health technologies and co- health care design.

Heiss is currently working on redesigning the healthcare experience in Australia as part of the Future Hospital Future Health Initiative. She works with the World Health Organization to improve uptake and implementation of WHO guidelines, particularly in developing countries. Its wearable health technologies include a jewelry-like hearing aid, jewelry to deliver insulin, jewelry to monitor cardiac events, swallowable devices to detect disease, and emergency jewelry for medical crises.

The award recognizes women at the top of their field and aims to encourage more diverse and equal representation in the design and creative industries, where women hold fewer than 17 leadership positions.

Heiss said she was honored to receive the award which seeks to address the gender imbalance in leadership roles in the design industry.

“I’m passionate about bringing my design skills to the biggest challenges we face as citizens, especially around equity and access to good health care,” she said. declared.

“Design can give people power and agency, voice and choice in how products and systems are created, what they look like and how they work.”

Over the course of his career, Associate Professor Heiss’ design work has received six Australian Good Design Awards, including the Good Design Award of the Year 2018. His work is held in the heritage collections of Museums Victoria and the Museum of Arts and Science (Powerhouse) Sydney.

Diabetes applicator. Image provided by Leah Heiss.

In her role as the Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design at Monash University, Associate Professor Heiss builds design capacity in interdisciplinary projects across the university, both nationally and internationally.

Professor Shane Murray, Dean of Monash Art, Design and Architecture, said the award is a wonderful recognition of Associate Professor Heiss’ leadership in shaping the future of global design.

“Leah’s work exemplifies our faculty’s vision to respond to the grand challenges facing the world today, leading major projects that unite industry and technology through design research,” he said. -he declares.

“His experience and work in developing innovative health design solutions across devices, services and experiences will continue to build our impact through design.”

Top image: Leah Heiss, health technology innovator and associate professor, Monash University. Image provided by Leah Heiss.