Artist Floor Talk: Leah Heiss, with Ann Morris and Toby Dods

event date: 
Saturday, 15 September 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Melbourne-based designer Leah Heiss as she discusses the ideas behind her wearable technologies for healthcare and the links between design, technology and health. This event is facilitated by Ann Morris, award winning diabetes educator and WAG Trustee member, who will discuss Heiss' Diabetes Jewellery (designed to administer insulin through the skin) and the importance of removing barriers to treatment. The event will also include a demonstration of Heiss' FACETT works (the world’s first self-fit modular hearing aid with Blamey Saunders hears) with Toby Dods from Blamey Saunders hears, who will be able to answer any questions about fit and functionality.

Leah Heiss

Leah Heiss is a Melbourne-based designer working at the nexus of design, health, and technology. Her practice traverses device, service and experience and her process is deeply collaborative, working with experts from nanotechnology, engineering and health services through to manufacturing. Her health technology projects include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for people with diabetes; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease. Facett, the world’s first modular hearing aid that Leah designed for Blamey Saunders hears won the 2018 Good Design Award and the 2018 CSIRO Design Innovation Award. In total Leah has won five Good Design Awards and her design work is part of the Museums Victoria heritage collection. Leah’s work has been exhibited at the Melbourne Museum, Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane and at other venues locally and globally. She teaches through RMIT’s Masters of Design Futures and the Interior Design honours program. Her teaching practice traverses embedded practice in cancer care and transdisciplinary design focused on health sector innovation. In 2018, the Facett hearing aid won the Good Design award.

Ann Morris

Ann trained as a Nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, graduating in 1971. She worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital until she commenced working at the Royal Children’s Hospital where her love of working with people with diabetes began in 1976. Ann moved to work with Diabetes Australia (then known as the Diabetes Foundation, Victoria) in 1980 and remained there until her move to Warrnambool in 1984. She continued to work in Diabetes Education and is now runs her own Practice. Ann is a recipient of the 2011 JDRF “Diabetes Educator of the Year for Impact and relationships”, both the 2016 Victorian Diabetes Educator of the Year and 2016 Australian Diabetes Educator of the Year, and Diabetes Victoria Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes and Diabetes Education.

+ Free entry

+ Tea, coffee and biscuits provided

+ Audio loop available and wheelchair accessible

+ RSVP requested (03) 5559 4949, gallery [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

Image credit: Smart Heart, 2015, Leah Heiss with Keely Macarow, Paul Beckett, St. Vincent's Hospital and the Nossal Institute. Photographer: Narelle Portanier