SDHI hosted Round Table Discussion on ‘Craft, digital media, memories and dementia’

SDHI hosted a research round table on Monday, 16th February with visitors, Professor Cathy Treadaway,at the Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Arts and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr Gail Kenning, artist, researcher and educator at the Centre for Research in Learning and Change at the University of Technology in Sydney and visiting researcher to the University of Technology in Eindhoven.

Prof Cathy Treadaway, CARIAD Cardiff Metropolitan University; Dr Wendy Moncur, DJCAD University of Dundee and Dr Gail Kenning, UTS Sydney

Prof Cathy Treadaway, CARIAD Cardiff Metropolitan University; Dr Wendy Moncur, DJCAD University of Dundee and Dr Gail Kenning, UTS Sydney

Cathy and Gail spoke about a newly AHRC funded research project that focuses on the use of craft and digital media with people with advanced stages of dementia to enhance wellbeing and social connectivity. Their collaborative work is not only supported by academics but also by Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Positives charities, and involves a number of professionals in health, social care, technology as well as people with dementia at its heart. The discussion revolved around a number of key themes, the distinction between recreational use of art and craft (social model) and therapeutic intent (medical model); the perceived benefits of craft and art engagement in terms of social, cognitive and emotional connectedness, the distinction between the process of art and craft engagement and its product (its object), the role of aesthetics in addition to function, and the critical difference between a focus on effectiveness and meaningfulness. ‘Craft making’ as a communicative process was also viewed in terms of its innovative potential as a research method. In the discussion participated several SDHI affiliated researchers with arts therapy, psychology and public health backgrounds. The round table was further testimony of the growing activities between SDHI and the University of Dundee and the University of Technology, Sydney in the area of health and wellbeing.

Jason Prior on dilemmas in the planning, mapping and design for health and wellbeing

Dr Jason Prior, Associate Professor and Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology (UTS)

IMG_0639, Sydney presented an inspiring and thematically wide-ranging seminar on the understanding of the complex socio-spatial contexts for health and wellbeing. An audio-podcast of the event can now be found here.

Visiting Associate Professor – Jason Prior from UTS to present seminar on 26th November

Jason-PriorJason Prior, Associate Professor and Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (IFS), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will present a seminar Dilemmas of planning, mapping and designing for health and wellbeing: intervention and regulationon Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 3pm in Room 1LG03, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee. This is a FREE seminar and all are welcome to attend.  Further details are available on the flyer

Challenging Behaviour and Disability Discrimination Laws in Australia

Karen O'ConnellSDHI is delighted to be hosting this seminar which will be led by Dr Karen O’Connell,  Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. This FREE seminar will be held in Room 1LG02, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee at 1.00pm on Monday 29th September.   If you would like to attend, please contact Rosanne Bell r.c.bell

For further information please see seminar flyer

The challenges involved in achieving practice change: SDHI seminar and discussion now online

Dr Roger Dunston, Associate Professor, Centre for Research in Learning and Change, University of Technology, Sydney presented an SDHI seminar on 19th September 2013 on the question ‘Why is significant practice change is so difficult to achieve?’ He drew on a range of social science theories and ethnographic examples to stimulate discussion of the audience, which included students and academics from various disciplines at the universities of Dundee and St Andrews as well as health and social care professionals. The issue of scale was a key focus: How can systemic and organisational change filter down to behavioural change and how can individual role modelling contribute to organisational change? Does ‘best practice’ exist and if so, is it transferable? How can organisational change be achieved at the intersection of multiple professions with different ‘cultures’ and foci? What are the lessons for interprofessional learning and teaching? Watch the video and the discussion.