The Changing Landscape of Medical Devices

Supervisor: Gonz Portas

Medical devices - a changing landscape

Industrial Designers are uniquely positioned to bring together a multi-disciplinary approach to Medical Device Design for maximum impact. Working together with Biomedical Engineers, Business Professionals and Medical Practitioners, Industrial Designers can lead each phase of the Research, Design, Testing and Manufacturing of medical devices. Designers bridge medical technologies to the users.

Australia spent $180.7 billion on health in 2016–17—more than $7,400 per person. With the Government Medical Research Future Fund to exceed $20 billion by 2020 there is a real appetite for the funding of new medical device technologies.

Bringing home, the future of Medical Devices;

Personal Medical Technologies in the home:

How will medical devices be used for self-assessment or practitioner assisted devices in the home? There is a trend to fund devices that “go” to the patient rather than the patient going to the hospital. Smart devices that are user/patient centric and assess conditions remotely. What impact will these devices have on the medical system and patients experience? Can research map the economic impact of these new devices?

Disruptive Medical Technologies

Synthetic or Artificial Organs:

Is this the future of organ transplantations. What impact will they have on conventional transplantation methods? Look beyond conventional design manufacturing techniques and leap into the future of bio-design philosophy and approach. Work within the natural world to find solutions unique to this important area of research.

Artificial Bones:

The latest in 3D printing of body parts. What does the future of this industry look like? Can we print bones for implantation that function physiologically like human bones. Material explorations with computational design inputs.


Australian Government – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes