Effective Colour Design for Healthcare & Aged Care

Effective Colour Design for Healthcare & Aged Care

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Orana College

Level 1, 625 Harris Street


Sydney, NSW 2007


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Colour and contrast can be harnessed to effectively achieve key outcomes in healthcare and aged care environments.

About this event

Effective colour design is imperative in aged care and healthcare for reasons beyond aesthetics, and can achieve key outcomes:

  • Encourage and improve engagement
  • Improve environmental visual literacy
  • Support orientation and wayfinding
  • Enhance signage strategies
  • Enhance initiatives to promote inclusivity, diversity and user-centred design
  • Assist with the safe operation of daily activities

In this workshop seminar, practical exercises are blended with evidence-based information that is relevant and insightful. Participants gain valuable insight into the ways in which effective colour design can enhance aged care and healthcare environments.

A comrehensive, detailed workbook is provided for all participants.

3 formal CPD points for architects and designers.

The content of this seminar is linked to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Standard of Competency for Architects (2015 edition) and addresses the units of competency 2) Pre-design, 3) Conceptual Design and 4) Schematic Design. Performance criteria: 2.6 Preparation and analysis of project development options in response to project brief; 3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose; 4.1 Evaluation of design options in relation to project requirements.

Learning objectives:

1) Identify and distinguish between the attributes of colour: hue, contrast and saturation, and the role these play in visual perception;

2) Understand the roles of colour and contrast in environmental visual literacy;

3) Understand the ways in which colour and contrast can be used to address the needs of older people with declining visual and cognitive ability (including dementia);

4) Identify and apply colour/contrast strategies that aim to improve environmental visual literacy, intuitive design, orientation, wayfinding, signage, and engagement in aged care and healthcare environments;

5) Build a resource of information and colour design strategies for future reference.  

Please note, venue/date subject to change; however, all attendees with be advised in advance. Questions? Email: zena@zenaoconnor.com.au