Radio New Zealand

Listen here to a recent story on Radio New Zealand about the DHW lab.

'Auckland City Hospital is New Zealand’s largest public medical facility, with nearly 11,000 staff employed to provide health and medical services.

In any given week, 60,000 patients, staff and visitors come through the hospital’s main entrance on Park Road in Grafton.

And while everything’s as you’d expect it to be in a hospital environment - clean floors and the smell of disinfectant - tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Level Five is a large room that looks like it’s only been half completed.

Welcome to Design For Health and Wellbeing Lab, a New Zealand first.

A collaboration between Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) and Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the Lab was set up to develop products, systems, and experiences aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of all hospital users.

It’s the brain child of Dr Stephen Reay, Senior Lecturer of Industrial Design and Innovation at AUT.

He teamed up with Justin Kennedy-Good, ADHB’s Performance Improvement Programme Director and together they have set about making the lab a reality.

The idea originally was only to stay for a few weeks.  However, roll forward 12 months and the lab has settled in nicely.'