Last week Finn had the opportunity to speak at the Optimising Health Environments Forum held at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
Finn was among nine individuals from the fields of research and design, from as far afield as Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Finland and Sweden, who were invited to speak at the inaugural event. A broad range of subjects were discussed, but all focused on work relating to the understanding of environmental enrichment and healing environments.
The forum provided an opportunity for leaders in a range of related fields to engage in a free flowing discourse in subjects ranging from ‘Environmental enrichment and experience-dependent plasticity in mouse models of brain disorders’ (Anthony Hannan The Florey Institute of Neuroscience) and ‘Mental Health and 'Music as an enriching activity’ (Teppo Särkämö, University of Helsinki & Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research).
For his part, Finn presented Büro North’s experiences in developing ‘Audit methodologies to measure navigational behavior in healthcare environments’, using the testing undertaken for the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) during Operational Readiness in 2011 as a case study. The testing involved 40 test subjects and provided both qualitative and quantitative data relating to the enhanced user experience within the new Royal Children’s Hospital.
Many thanks to Julie Bernhardt and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health for the invitation and putting on a great event.