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CREATEC Weekly Seminar Series - Postgraduate Research Proposal

Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Presenter: Russell Thom

Title: The design of DSC seating assessment tool to maintain best practice of good outcomes for people with disabilities

Biography: Russell is a social service designer who practices in Western Australia for the past 20 years. He is passionate about developing innovative solutions to complex problems. With an undergraduate in Design, Masters of Art by Research and vocational qualifications in Training and Human Services, Russell’s career has been diverse, from disability services, accounting to web design Russell’s work life and experience brings reality to how designers can be involved in the design of systems, business and a better world. Russell is currently a PhD candidate at School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University. His research focuses on applying design process to innovate public services in the disability sector.

Abstract: This proposed PhD project seeks to develop a visual- and digital-based assessment tool that will more effectively assist therapists to complete this essential assessment. This will ensure people with disabilities to receive a mobility device which quality meets their needs. This PhD project is a collaboration with the Disability Services Commission (DSC), a Western Australian government agency. The Commission works in partnership with service providers and other government departments to provide information, support and services to people with disability, their families and carers. The Commission’s Services directorate promotes best practice in providing good seating supports to people with significant mobility challenges and complex body shape issues. Seating health professionals at DSC have developed a comprehensive seating assessment to assist therapists in assessing posture and the functional needs of people with disabilities, identifying the objectives and selecting the features and goals required for wheelchairs and inserts. This project therefore aims to explore the roles of design in the human services sector in WA. The research seeks to answer the research question: How does a co-creative design approach affect the redesign of the DSC seating assessment?

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.251
Cost: Free
Lunch will be provided


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