Keynote Speakers

We're excited to announce our keynote speakers for Friday 20 September.

Each speaker will be answering the question ‘What is Design for Health?’ from the perspective of their work or area of expertise. Read about our speakers and their keynote topics below.

Claire Craig

Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr. Claire Craig is Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health and Co-Director of Lab4Living, a transdisciplinary research group at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses on the role of design in promoting quality of life and wellbeing, particularly in the context of people experiencing major life transitions. Claire is a qualified occupational therapist and has written a number of books in relation to her work including Meaningful Making: Journeying through Dementia, Exploring the Self through Photography and Creativity and Communication.

Design for Health: what does it mean in the context of the 100 year life

Daphne Flynn

Monash University Health Collab

Daphne is Director of Monash University Health Collab, a design for health and wellbeing lab at Monash University. She works to encourage collaboration between university researchers, industry partners and medical groups. Her Professor of Practice appointment is underpinned by a broad industrial experience working in design consultancies and businesses from small to medium enterprises to multinational corporations in South East Asia and Europe.

Design for Health: academia and industry

Derek McCormack


Derek McCormack is the Vice‐Chancellor of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). He began his career as a biochemist at the University of Otago and the Otago Polytechnic. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor in 2004, Derek was the President of the New Zealand Association of Staff in Tertiary Education, General Manager of Auckland Institute of Technology, and AUT’s Deputy Vice‐Chancellor. He has led the extensive transformation and growth of AUT as a university. Over the years Derek has served as chair for a number of national organisations including the New Zealand Academy of Sport, the New Zealand Stroke Foundation, the New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee and Universities New Zealand.

Health Futures

Jarrard O'Brien

Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3), Waitematā DHB

Jarrard is an anthropologist with a passion for putting people’s experience at the heart of health design. His role in the Institute for Innovation + Improvement is to encourage human-centred design thinking so that all of their work is centred on the needs of staff, patients and the community. Jarrard is also completing his PhD looking at Māori experiences of hospital care.

Design for Health: Healthcare design from within

Jennifer Loy

Proactive Living Lab, Deakin University

Professor Jennifer Loy leads the newly formed Proactive Living Lab in the School of Engineering at Deakin University, Australia. She is Professor of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), and has a background in Industrial Design with a particular interest in design for health and wellbeing in a digital era.

Complexity is not free: 3D Printing Health

Merryn Gott

University of Auckland

Professor Merryn Gott directs the bicultural Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group, based at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland. The group draw on a range of participatory creative methods to explore ways to optimise palliative and end of life care, with a particular focus on equity.

How can creative methods put communities at the centre of redesigning end of life care?

Welby Ings


Welby Ings is a Professor in Design and a consultant to many international organizations on issues of creativity and learning. He is also a multi-award winning designer, author and filmmaker. Welby has written and spoken extensively about our obsession with preimagined performance and the benefits of disobedient thought. In 2001 he was awarded the Prime Minister’s inaugural, Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2014 he was awarded the AUT University medal for his contributions to research and creativity.


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