Led by A/Professor Sonja Pedell and completed in collaboration with ACCESS Health and Community in Hawthorn, this project saw the Future Self and Design Living Lab (FSDLL) refashion the common health provider’s waiting room to address important barriers and concerns that patients have with the waiting area.
Using co-design to uncover waiting room barriers
Comprehensive research has shown that long amounts of time spent in waiting rooms have become a social barrier to healthcare. The Living Lab seeks to address these barriers through several design-influenced approaches.
In this project we used a traditional Living Lab methodology of co-design to engage key stakeholders in an environment, allowing them to communicate their emotions.
This focused on connecting spatial, social and technological factors to improve the user experience of the waiting room.
Our design process was informed by user-centred research to ideate a waiting room that would cater to a wide range of potential users.
The outcome: a new communication strategy to healthcare stakeholders
To communicate the richness and complexity of the data and ideas, as well as the variety of solutions to the client, the FSDLL produced three complementing outcomes:
- a report outlining the key findings
- a prototype for health self-management
- an animation titled “ACCESS ME NOT” to display the main barriers for clients.
It was the animation that enabled important stakeholders to understand the emotions of the clients and be used as a tool to communicate some of the service barriers to staff and decision-makers in a humorous way. In doing so, the Future Self and Design Living Lab not only informed the modern waiting room, but also took the first step to innovating the local health care sector via health media.
It was the animation in particular that enabled the CEO to understand the emotions of the clients and be used as a tool to communicate some of the service barriers to ACCESS staff and decision makers (the Board) in a humorous way.
The CEO of ACCESS, Health and Community reported on the use of the animation as a panel member at the SUT Institute strategic planning day.