The Design of a Nurse Call-Device for Aged-Care for Hills Industries by Industrial Design at the University of South Australia.



An example of how a University, Government and Industry collaboration enabled a University Industrial Design team to produce a unique and valuable product for the aged health sector.

Peter Schumacher
University of South Australia

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Alexander Walker
Flinders University


 
Outcomes and impact of the case
Hills Arthritis Pendant Design Project Engagement Outcomes:
Product Outcome
• The design and successful market launch of the Arthritis Pendant in July 2015. The project went from initial briefing to product launch in just over 12 months.
Awards and Patent
• Winner of the 2015 SA/NT Design Institute of Australia, Premier’s Award.
• Winner of the 2015 SA/NT Design Institute of Australia, President’s Award.
• Winner of the 2015 SA/NT Design Institute of Australia, Gold Award.
• Winner of the 2016 Good Design Award/Product Design – International Design Award.
• Winner of the 2016 Red Dot Design Award/Product Design – International Design and Innovation Award.
• Featured in the “World’s Best Design Exhibition” in Seoul in late 2016 and exhibited as part of Good Design Awards Exhibition, Seoul.
• Patented IP: Patient Alarm Systems and Device thereof (Patent application number: 2015249101).
Graduate Employment
• Daniel Weiss is now employed as a Graduate Design Engineer with ResMed in Sydney.
• Robert White is now employed as an Industrial Designer with Direct Edge Manufacturing in Tasmania.
Ongoing Engagement with Industry
• This project enabled the industrial design staff to develop relationships with people in the aged-care sector that have resulted in a number of ongoing student projects in the Master of Design (Industrial Design).
• The establishment of the Flinders Innovation Centre in 2016 that developed out of the LHDC. The Lance Hill Innovation Centre was renamed the Flinders Innovation Centre in 2016, with the aim of growing its role as a catalyst for Industry/University engagement.