Students present compelling real-world cases


Students thank Dr Leigh Wilson, senior lecturer with the Faculty of Health Sciences, for her commitment.

University of Sydney students exceeded expectations as they presented a mix of technical and traditional solutions to navigating around the new hospital building and addressing health literacy.

Three student teams addressed these pressing issues in the John Loewenthal Auditorium on Tuesday as part of the university’s industry and community project units (ICPU), a new undergraduate curriculum launched in semester 1 this year.

Charged with developing a way-finding system for the Westmead precinct’s new central acute services building, two teams provided the assessment panel, students and guests with a vast array of options and potential answers.

The approaches were diverse in methodology but sound in their thinking, at all times putting the visitor to Westmead top of mind.

Both teams outlined the challenges, their goals, and the much-anticipated solutions to keep pace with changing trends, needs and technology.

A user-friendly digital kiosk and ticketing system to print out step-by-step directions took current programs used by Service NSW, Adelaide Hospital and Westfield to the next level.

An equally innovative approach raised the possibility of corporately-sponsored volunteers and studied typography and colour design to produce more practical signage for visitors.

The health literacy students also challenged the boundaries with database, environmental and industry research all applicable to Westmead. The team’s “three C” approach - Customer-focus, Critique and Collaboration – explored digital portals and kiosks, assessment tools and future training events.

Industry partner and head of the WSLHD’s Health Literacy Hub, Professor Don Nutbeam, paid tribute to the presentation.

“It continuously exceeded my expectations, and demonstrated great maturity and wisdom,” Prof. Nutbeam said.

“I appreciate the processes you’ve been through. You’ve come up with practical solutions that can be quickly implemented, some of which reflect what is currently being considered.”

The Westmead Redevelopment and WSLHD’s Health Literacy Hub proudly partnered with the university on the ICPUs.

Westmead Redevelopment director of redesign and transformation Carla Edwards said all three concepts were well researched and highly pertinent to real-world situations being fleshed out.

“Thank you for affirming our current challenges,” she said. “All the presentations provided context, the processes and some amazingly innovative solutions.

“Even sustainability and recycling have been addressed.

“These presentations underline the value of Westmead Redevelopment’s collaboration with the University of Sydney.” 

Find out more about the University of Sydney’s ICPU.

Find out more about the way-finding at Westmead project.

Find out more about Westmead Redevelopment’s partnership with ICPU in semester 1.