Everyone wants a healthy life, but finding one can be challenging. Let's reimagine the way we care for ourselves, and each other.

Almost half of all Australian adults will face mental ill-health at some point in their lives.1 A similar number have some kind of chronic condition2, and 90% have a risk factor for heart disease.3 As life expectancy rises, Australians are not getting healthier.

We spend over $200 billion in our health system each year, but with worker shortages4 and population growth, this system is under increasing pressure. This pressure impacts the triple aim of healthcare5 and can have real consequences on the lives of workers, health consumers and carers.

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Co-design in mental health

A Royal Commission,6 a Senate Select Committee7 and Human Rights reports8 have all painted a damning picture of our mental health system, and the way it cares for those of us who are most vulnerable. COVID-19 has extended the strain on a complex system,9 with not enough services to meet the needs of patients.

In this challenging context, “co-design is emerging as a leading framework to guide the design and implementation of new services.”10 By bringing people with lived experience together with clinicians and experts, we can reimagine how mental health care is delivered to be more holistic, connected, and give people more agency over their care.

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Caring for ourselves and each other

Health and wellbeing isn’t something that happens in hospitals and GPs offices; it’s part of our everyday lives. This includes healthcare, with 2.65 million Australians in unpaid caring roles,11 a burden carried disproportionately by women.

By growing people’s knowledge and autonomy in health and wellbeing, we can help them care for themselves and each other.

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Health tech for humans

COVID-19 has changed the way we use health services,12 and helped speed up the health tech revolution. With AI, genomics, telemedicine, and wearables, healthcare is becoming more predictive, more personal, and could even become more equal.13

As we explore the role of technology in improving our health system, we need to ensure that humans are at the heart of the design process, so we launch solutions that are scalable, ethical, and accessible to all.

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Selected Work

Today Strategic Design Department of Health 2

Reimagining Australia’s most visited online health resource

Websites and apps

Today Strategic Design DDWM PHN 2

Communications to increase the uptake of digital health in regional Queensland

Impact strategy

Today Strategic Design Burnet 2

Co-designing COVID-19 communications with multicultural communities

Co-design

Today Strategic Design Neami National 2

Designing a brand and environment for lived experience-led urgent mental health care

Brand and design systems

Today Strategic Design Lifeline 2

Modernising a crisis support service

Service design

Today Strategic Design Department of Health 2

A digital program to combat diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Websites and apps

Today Strategic Design Monash IVF 2

A more supportive and inclusive online fertility experience

Websites and apps

Today Strategic Design Telstra Foundation 2

Exploring the future of health technology in the home

Futures

Today Strategic Design Smiling mind 2

An immersive game to promote social and emotional health in children

Websites and apps

Today Team Karen

Want to know more? Chat with Karen about health, wellbeing and care

Karen Gallagher

Partnerships Director

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Case Study

Mental health services reform

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