New Partnership with the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME)

A render of a therapeutic brain stimulation device created for use in the home – one of many healthcare services and products created in collaboration with the Design Health Collab.

The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) has welcomed Monash University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture as a Partner, joining the existing Faculty Partners of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Engineering; and Information Technology.

MIME works as an established clinical innovation platform, partnering with health services, offering technology solutions in the form of new devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, IT, digital health, advanced analytics, delivery systems and clinical tools for urgent and unmet clinical and patient needs. This partnership will allow MIME to access a people-centred design approach when delivering healthcare services and products.

MIME Co-Director, Professor John Forsythe said this formal partnership is an opportunity to work with an industry leader incorporating innovative design solutions into global health solutions.

“MIME works to feed the front end of MedTech with its research informed by both unmet clinical and industry need. Ultimately, MIME’s purpose is to improve health,” said Professor Forsythe.

The Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture is a community of creative thinkers whose focus is to design products for better healthcare outcomes. Their expertise in the design of medical devices, systems and services designed to encourage behaviour changes, patient and clinician experience, communication design, interactive design, CAD visualisations and prototyping is priceless for MIME.

Professor John Forsythe

“Through their involvement it will allow us to establish further connections with industry, advance grant opportunities, provide commercial pathways building on our MIME Seed Funded research, and leave a lasting positive impact on healthcare outcomes for patients, clinicians and health providers,” added Professor Forsythe.

Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Professor Shane Murray said the Faculty was proud to be formalising an existing partnership with MIME which has existed since 2015.

“Dissolving the boundaries between disciplines and creating new space for meaningful change, is at the core of what we do in our faculty,” said Professor Murray.

“We look forward to collaborating with our MIME partners on solving medical problems through our innovative design solutions,” said Professor Murray.

Director of the Design Health Collab at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, Professor Daphne Flynn echoed these sentiments.

“The Design Health Collab uses people-centred design to understand and activate high-impact healthcare services and products in the world. Our research takes place at the centre of the complex ecosystem of health services,” said Professor Flynn.

“We are excited to collaborate with our MIME partners and apply our expertise to the innovative medical technologies created by the Institute and its health partners,” said Professor Flynn.

About the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering

The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) fosters and coordinates translational MedTech research at the intersection of Medicine and Engineering across Monash University faculties, partner hospitals and collaborating medical research institutions.

MIME works in close partnership with industry and hospitals to accelerate the development of new technologies through development, trials, commercialisation and adoption; to improve the delivery of healthcare.

About Design Health Collab

Operating within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Design Health Collab uses a people-centred design approach to understand and activate significant, high-impact healthcare services and products in the world.

Research takes place at the centre of the complex ecosystem of health services, and focuses on five areas of investigation: Medical Device Design, Behaviour Change, Healthcare Experience, Digital Health, and Healthy Living.

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