Good Health Design Team

Together, we make future-focused health and wellbeing experiences.

About us.

We are a transdisciplinary design and research studio based at AUT's School of Art + Design using design to empower, delight, and enrich lives in our communities. We are united by our motivation to help people to think differently, be confident to explore possibilities and dream bigger in response to healthcare challenges.

Our research focuses on how the design of products and services may have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. We engage with clinical experts, healthcare professionals as well as researchers from other disciplines, to share and test ideas and develop unique solutions.

Meet the team.

Steve Reay

Steve is a Professor of Design and the director of Good Health Design, a collaborative design studio at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). As one of a multidisciplinary team, whose aim is to develop better health and wellbeing experiences, Steve’s research focuses on how the design of products and services may have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Good Health Design enables designers to engage with industry professionals as well as researchers from other disciplines, to share and test ideas and develop unique solutions.

Claire Craig

Claire is Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health and Co-Director of Lab4Living, a transdisciplinary research cluster at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research focuses on the role of design and creative practice in promoting wellbeing and quality of life, particularly in the context of people experiencing major life transitions. Claire is an author of 8 books including, Creativity and Communication, Meaningful Making: Journeying through Dementia, and Exploring the Self through Photography and has written widely about the value of creative practice and design and health.

Nicola Kayes

Nicola is a Professor in Rehabilitation and Director of the Centre for Person Centred Research (PCR) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Nicola’s research draws insights from the intersection between health psychology and rehabilitation. More broadly, it includes an interest in health service delivery and the organisational and professional structures, cultures, policies and practices that can make possible or constrain ways of working and impact our ability to deliver the best outcomes. This has led to some exciting collaborative opportunities with health, design and engineering colleagues which draw on person-centred, transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge mobilisation to increase the likelihood of uptake and impact.

Ivana Nakarada-Kordic

Ivana is a researcher at AUT’s Good Health Design. Her background is in Human Factors and Organisational Psychology. Her current research focuses on the potential of human-centred design to support and enhance health and wellbeing, including developing and applying creative and empathetic human-centred approaches and methodologies for researching complex experience problems and facilitating the sharing of knowledge between designers and non-designers.

Guy Collier

Guy is an interdisciplinary researcher and lecturer with a background in sociology, comparative religion, medical anthropology, and design for health. He completed his doctorate with AUT’s School of Art & Design, exploring how design and creative practice can embed person-centred approaches in healthcare.

Lauren Stewart

Reid Douglas

Reid is a product designer, who helped establish the Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab at Auckland City Hospital. At both DHW Lab and later at AUT’s Good Health Design, Reid’s interest was in exploring through research and teaching how design could be used to positively impact the experiences of end-users. He currently works as a teacher, with a focus on helping secondary school students develop their design skills and thinking.

Cassie Khoo

Cassie is a designer and researcher working at AUT’s Good Health Design and Te Whatu Ora – Waitematā's Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3). Her background is in communication design, specifically in branding and information visualisation. Her research focus is in design for health, with a particular interest in the use of co-design to improve communication of information in healthcare.

Helen Fisher

Helen is a researcher and designer who previously worked at Lab4Living, a transdisciplinary research cluster at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. As a designer, she has worked in the FMCG industry, design consultancy and design communications. Her current research centres on working with people to develop products, services and interventions that improve quality of life. She is particularly interested in developing creative research methods to enable conversations.

Janette Ng

Janette is a designer and research assistant who recently completed a Master of Design at AUT. Her research focused on co-creating illustrations for young adult mental wellbeing within a healthcare setting. She has a background in communication design and a passion for visual storytelling.

Mike Grobelny

Mike is an industrial designer and researcher with AUT’s Good Health Design. He has a background in furniture design and significant experience with digital fabrication technologies.

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