Thursday 23 February

1.00pm to 3.00pm SA | 1.30pm to 3.30pm TAS, VIC, ACT. NSW | 10.30am to 12.30pm WA | 12.00pm to 2.00pm NT | 12.30pm to 2.30pm QLD

AUDIENCE: CEOs, designers, architects, aged care facility managers, and clinical and non-clinical staff interested in colour design in health care
PRESENTER: Zena O’Connor
LOCATION: Online – Zoom

Effective colour design in healthcare, aged care and dementia care has moved beyond aesthetics. In the past, colour design strategies focused on creating environments that were engaging, harmonious and practical, either in relation to people living in or visiting healthcare environments but more often in relation to key stakeholders or decision-makers.

 While colour design strategies continue to focus on encouraging engagement, this is now just a starting point. In healthcare, aged care and dementia care, evidence-based colour design strategies help to achieve key aims: (1) Address the variable vision capacity and visual challenges experienced by the population in general and in particular older people and people living with dementia. (2) Enhance environmental visual literacy and help improve orientation, wayfinding, and the safe operation of daily activities. (3) Ensure that colour design strategies are underpinned by the imperatives of inclusivity, diversity and user centred involvement in decision-making and respect for all people using healthcare environments and especially older people and people living with dementia.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and identify the ways in which attributes of colour (hue, tonal value and saturation) can be applied to improve environmental visual literacy
  • Understand and identify how colour contrast can enhance environmental visual literacy and improve orientation and wayfinding in the built environment
  • Understand the ways in which colour contrast can be used to address the needs of people with declining visual and cognitive ability
  • Examine key colour design strategies that are optimal for healthcare, aged care and dementia care


Key Topics:

  • The mechanics of visual perception
  • Attribute of colour
  • Visual perception and the role of colour contrast
  • Environmental visual literacy Orientation and wayfinding
  • Engagement and wellbeing
  • Colour design for dementia care Research
  • References and links

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