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What’s it about?

The International Association of Health Design (IAHD) is founded on the premise that healthcare is broken, but anyone involved in healthcare has the capacity to improve how healthcare responds and performs.

So what?

The IAHD has five pillars:

  1. Accessible healthcare for all
  2. Valuing the perspectives of those who seek healthcare
  3. Sustaining the performance of those involved in caring for people
  4. Focusing on small changes that improve outcomes for people in healthcare today
  5. Highlighting the contribution of design and architecture in the care of those who seek healthcare.


The IAHD was founded to support the journal on three important premises:

  1. Economic: Publishing in peer reviewed journals and having one's work recognised internationally is still regarded as a must. Yet for many, the cost of publishing in open access journals and regularly attending international conferences is neither affordable nor sustainable. Through the IAHD, we aim to provide a forum for those with valuable ideas to share their work.
  2. Social: Most people in healthcare access social media and interact online. Although many are like-minded, they lack an overarching association or community that caters to their needs. The IAHD aims to create that community.
  3. Technological: Technological innovation now allows collaboration and communication unparalleled since we all lived in one small village. The price of membership is modest. An online talk can serve an individual as much if not more than a paper in academic journals accessed only by a few. By using the technological innovations available, the IAHD will foster global collaboration and idea sharing.

Membership Types

Any healthcare provider, designer, architect, patient or consumer who is interested in what can be done today to improve outcomes in healthcare is invited to join the IAHD. Most importantly, you’ll be part of a movement that advocates for what can be done to improve outcomes in healthcare without major policy reform. We are so glad that you would like to join the IAHD community! We are happy to offer the following membership types:

Full member

Cost  $500 AUD per annum.

Student membership

Available to any full time student in any discipline. Cost AUD $200 AUD per annum.

Group membership 

From 2-9 members of the IAHD. Cost $3000 AUD. In addition the group's logo or website will be mentioned in the bios of individual members of the group.

Corporate membership

A minimum of 10 members. Cost $5000 AUD. The company or clinic's logo will appear on our front page of our website alongside the logo for the IAHD.





Moyez Jiwa

In a career spanning more than thirty years as a clinician, researcher, educator and leader Moyez has published over 120 peer reviewed papers, several book chapters and has led research that has had an impact on healthcare policy. His research focuses on the smallest change that health practitioners can make to improve outcomes in healthcare. He is due to publish his first book on the art of doctoring in 2019. 


Tammy McCausland

Tammy McCausland is a freelance editor and writer with 10 years' experience managing journals and other publications within the healthcare field. She has a graduate degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Catherine Krejany

Dr. Catherine Krejany is a lecturer in research at the Melbourne Clinical School, University of Notre Dame Australia. She has a Ph.D. in medical immunology in the field of vaccine development. She is an experienced educator in both the higher education and vocational training sectors. More recently, Catherine has focused on primary care research. Her current interests include health innovations using nudge theory and behaviour change interventions to improve patient experience.

Paresh Dawda

Dr (Adjunct Professor) Paresh Dawda is a General Medical Practitioner, academic and researcher with expertise in clinical leadership, quality and patient safety improvement. His clinical interests include the management of chronic conditions and those with complex needs e.g. frail elderly.  This has led to a practice with a strong focus on aged care and also palliative care.

Dustin DiTomasso

A designer and researcher, Dustin’s work integrates behavioral science and design to develop digital interventions that change real-world behaviors. In 2009, he founded the behavior change practice at Mad*Pow to help people change in meaningful and beneficial ways. Membership sponsored by Mad*Pow

Sakib Jalil

Healthcare is proliferating with technology-mediated treatments. But little work is done to improve the experience of the patients and caregivers. We can make change happen through Human-Centred Design. Whether it is a service or a technology, the experience can be improved for the patients.

Sue Mathieson

I help to transform healthcare leaders, empowering them to build optimal workplaces & deliver high value healthcare. Employ Partners co-founder, property investor, blogger, speaker and author. As a co-founder of Employ Partners, I believe the success of businesses is achieved through strong and effective leadership, the ability to maintain a core ideology but adapt elsewhere to meet the demands of an ever-changing environment and investing in the holistic well-being of employees.

Alexandra McManus

Much of Professor Alexandra McManus’ work during the past 30 years has been as part of collaborative teams that aim to prevent, manage and/or treat chronic conditions. She has led a number of very successful community-based research initiatives, focusing on those at highest risk of poor health outcomes such indigenous populations, children and at-risk youth. Alex provides comment on Federal and State government policy that relates to health and medical research. She is currently leading the evaluation of a Health HUB that aims to improve health care access to youth (14-25yrs) through a participatory action research model. The HUB provides young people with a GP-led ‘one stop shop’ in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Services range from youth friendly GP services through to and psychiatric services.

James Lloyd Michener

J. Lloyd Michener, MD, is Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Director of the Duke Center for Community Research, and Clinical Professor in the Duke School of Nursing. He co-chairs the Community Engagement Steering Committee for the Clinical Translation Science Awards of the NIH, and is a member of the Board of the Association of American Medical Colleges[AT2] . Dr. Michener is Past President of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and received the APTR Duncan Clark Award in 2013.

Bastian Seidel

RACGP Immediate Past President, and a GP and practice owner in Tasmania’s Huon Valley.

Irith Williams


Irith is a Human-Centred Designer, with a special focus on health, both in her design practice and in her published research. Irith founded the Community of Practice 'Designing for Health in Australia' in 2013 for clinicians, patients, carers and allied health professionals to explore the practical application of Human-Centred Design in a healthcare context. The community is open access and can be found in the Slack Workspace ''.

Rebecca Andrews

STUDENT MEMBER: A Human Centred and Service Designer with a history of work in Communications, Graphic Design and Advertising. She is nearing completion of a Masters of Design Futures at RMIT. This has developed her skills in Human Centred Design, Design Leadership, Design Strategy and Service Design.She is interested in taking design to contexts where it isn't, exploring design futures, transition design and creating opportunities for social innovation and cultures of innovation within contexts like health and social services. She has been exploring how design operates within the health sector and how human centred design can take on more of a facilitation role to assist health professional and organisations in creating their own transitions to sustainable health futures

Amy Bucher

Amy Bucher, Ph.D., is the Behavior Change Design Director at Mad*Pow in Boston. Amy focuses on crafting engaging and motivating solutions that help people change behavior, especially related to health, wellness, learning, and financial well-being. Previously she worked with CVS Health as a Senior Strategist for their Digital Specialty Pharmacy, and with Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions Group as Associate Director of Behavior Science. Amy spent many years designing and product managing digital health coaching programs such as health risk assessments, chronic health management programs, behavioral health interventions, medication/therapy adherence, and wellness programs. Amy received her A.B. magna cum laude in psychology from Harvard University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Membership sponsored by Mad*Pow.

Glen de Vries

Glen de Vries is the president and co-founder of Medidata Solutions, the leading cloud platform for life sciences research. Since 1999 he has been driving Medidata's mission: powering smarter treatments and healthier people. His publications have appeared in Applied Clinical Trials, Cancer, The Journal of Urology, Molecular Diagnostics, STAT, Urologic Clinics of North America and TechCrunch. He is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, a Columbia HITLAB Fellow and a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association European Advisory Board.

Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal

Dr Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal is a family physician based in Melbourne, Australia,  and medical adviser in healthcare technology. His interest lies in the leadership task of opening up mindsets and encouraging innovation. @medtechdoc 

Mark Glover

Mark Glover, Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, Medidata

Mark Glover joined Medidata in December 2018 and is the Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.Mark brings a broad and deep based experience in healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical devices and SaaS industries across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Asia. He has held executive roles with a diverse range of companies, including Managing Director for iNova Pharmaceuticals, Managing Director Allergan Australia/New Zealand, and General Manager of Serono. His experience spans a broad spectrum of companies, channels, products and services, including start-ups and biotech & medical device companies, through to FMCG, OTC and large pharmaceutical, together with consulting.


Chris Haddox

Chris Haddox, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design at West Virginia University where his teaching efforts revolve around the Minor in Sustainable Design—a robust minor he created while a Visiting Assistant Professor at WVU. This minor draws student from across the university who wish to broaden their thinking about the development and management of our built environment. His research interests focus on evidence-based design of rural health care facilities, arts based community development, and green housing.  Service is dedicated to a variety of initiatives, most notably community development. Chris is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of Green Advantage®, a national, ANSI Accredited third party environmental certification program, and is Chair of the Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission with the City of Morgantown.  

Deborah Heiser

Deborah Heiser, PhD holds a degree in Applied Developmental Psychology with a specialty in aging. She has a 20 year track record of award winning research, presentating, consulting and coaching.

Cheryl Janis

Host Cheryl Janis of the Healthcare Interior Design Podcast and her guests explore the heartwarming human stories of how design can provide hope and healing for patients and their families, growing hospitality-influenced design trends, consumer desires, new support care models, the latest technology and the big ideas that are changing the way hospitals, senior living communities and healthcare environments are designed. Membership of IAHD sponsored by Porcelanosa

Helen Parker

Helen Parker’s UK clinical, managerial and academic career in health care spanned 30 years. After a career in district nursing and practice nursing, Helen spent some years developing and managing NHS integrated community services as a Director on Primary Care Trusts. She was also a member of the Department of Health Transforming Community Services Board. Before moving to New Zealand late 2013, Helen was involved in the early design and implementation of Super Partnerships, new models of care and ownership models for general practice and was a senior fellow with the health think tank The Nuffield Trust, UK

Jake Poore

Jake Poore is President and Chief Experience Officer of Integrated Loyalty Systems, a company whose mission is to elevate the human side of healthcare.

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