2020-21 Summer Studentships

The Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3) at Waitematā DHB, the Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) and AUT’s Good Health Design have an awesome opportunity for a team of three AUT design students interested in design for health and wellbeing. This team of summer students will work collaboratively on two projects — one looking at the design of welcoming spaces at the hospital, and the other on developing an education card game on oral health for ARDS for implementation. Learn more about the two projects below.

How to apply.
To apply for this role, send your CV, portfolio and a statement about why you want this opportunity and why you would be suitable for this role to goodhealthdesign@aut.ac.nz before 2 October 2020. All applications will be considered, and applicants may be contacted for more information.

Supervision Team.
All projects will be supervised by:
Steve Reay (Good Health Design)
Cassie Khoo (Good Health Design + i3)
Robyn Whittaker (i3, Waitematā DHB)
Frances Cullinane (ARDS, Waitematā DHB)
Karen Fielding (i3, Waitematā DHB)

Your Role.
You will be working closely with Steve, Cassie, Robyn and Frances, as well as the teams at i3, ARDS and Good Health Design, to tackle two design for health and wellbeing projects as outlined below. This role will require you to work at both i3 (at North Shore Hospital) and Good Health Design (at AUT), including visits to ARDS clinics/locations as necessary (for meetings, etc). You will need to document your research and design process throughout the project, and produce a report/presentation at the end of your role. This is a 10-week full time (40 hours per week) paid studentship (a stipend of $6300) over the summer break from November 2020 to February 2021 (with a 2-week closedown period over Christmas from late December 2020 — early January 2021 (TBC)).

  • We are looking for passionate design students with an interest in design for health and wellbeing. You should be a critical thinker, have human-centred design skills and be a good visual communicator.
  • You need to be a third-year design student at AUT enrolling into a postgraduate programme in 2021, or a current postgraduate student.
  • Preference will be given to students wanting to do Postgrad research in design for health and wellbeing.
  • Preference will be given to students who have previously worked on the education game for ARDS
  • You must be eligible to work in New Zealand.

The two projects.

Below are the two projects the AUT student design team will be working on during the summer studentship:
ARDS Education Card Game

This project is an amazing real-world opportunity for a team of AUT design students to work with ARDS/i3 and Good Health Design to take existing design projects created for ARDS (eg. Kete Menemene) and progress these ideas ready for implementation. The challenge is to help design and test ways that can help ensure student projects are well understood, endorsed and championed by the organisation and are implemented without unnecessary delay. You will work with an approval working group from the DHB to develop and test idea/s ready for implementation with appropriate funding.

The design team will curate a story in the form of a pitch that can be used to gain the support for this work from DHB leaders and external parties. As part of a summer student design team, you will contribute to testing an approval process with a Waitematā DHB approval group, help present the pitch and provide feedback on the process so the process can be refined in time for next cohort of Integrated Studio projects (2021) and other future collaborative student design projects. The role will require you to (a) develop and test an existing ARDS design project (education game) ready for implementation, and (b) develop a pitch that can be presented to internal and external parties using the education game for ARDS as example.

Front of House Design / Welcoming Spaces

Waitematā DHB is building a new healthcare facility on the North Shore Hospital campus. This 4-storey building is likely to include operating theatres and related rooms, endoscopy procedure suite, and four surgical wards of approximately 30 beds each. The concept and detail design for this building is currently being progressed. The DHB has developed core design principles and background research on the ‘ideal ward’. We are interested in how to put this into practice through evidence-based and innovative design features for this new building. Part of the hospital experience includes the welcome, both for patients and their whānau.

There is an opportunity to reimagine the welcome (the entrance in many forms) experience, so that it is friendly, embracing and comforting for patients, their whānau and visitors.

Past Summer Student Projects

Below are projects by summer students who have worked with us previously.