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Professor Catherine Bridge

Professor
Enabling Built Environments Program, Smart Cities

PhDArch (USyd), BAppSc (OT) Cumb, MCogSci (UNSW) 

My area of specialty is enabling design, particularly for people with disability, and I am interested in how we can structure built environments to make them work for everyone – not just the Vitruvian Man. I investigate how our assumptions and knowledge about built environments impact disabled people. Whether they enable movement and independence or disable people further.
 
I have led innovative research projects that have provided the evidence needed to directly influence national policy and standards, including the National Construction Code. As the Founder and Director of the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, running continuously since 2002, my research has helped improve the quality of life of many thousands of people with disability in 190 countries around the world.
 
Through research, teaching and the supervision of research students, it is my aim to raise awareness about the vital importance of design for inclusivity, and positively impact policy development and practice in this area.

 

Room: 
4011
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 5357
Fax: 
+61 2 9385 5935
Bio: 

Catherine has a significant National and International reputation in the area of enabling environments, as evidenced by invited participation in: International Design Awards as a judge; International forums and publications; Commonwealth Governments Building for the Future Consumer information committee; National and State based Home and Community Care planning; and the NSW Premiers 2030 Roundtable on Ageing as one of Australia’s eminent experts on housing solutions for older people.

Her housing research portfolio includes: research on housing and care; housing and health; older people and sustainability; accessibility of the built environment and extensive research on home modification interventions.

In 2006, Catherine was awarded a plaque by the Sri Lankan Urban Development Authority for her input regarding the creation of a non-handicapping environment in the National rebuilding initiatives undertaken following on from the Tsumani of 2004.

She directs the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) Project which was nominated for the NSW Premiers Public Service Award in 2006. HMinfo is a recurrent research consultancy project funded by the Home and Community Care Program (60% Commonwealth and 40% State based) and was established to develop and disseminate an evidence base for Home Modification Interventions in Australia.

Research Activities: 

Catherine has been instrumental in researching the intersection of environmental impact on human performance.  Her funded research has been sustained and substantial. Over the last decade her grant income has totalled several million dollars. The majority of research reports are available online and have made a significant impact nationally and internationally on both housing policy and practice and have been cited in National Productivity Commission reports.

Within the University, Catherine’s contribution to the overall research performance quantum and research review outcomes both within the City Futures Research Centre and the larger Faculty of the Built Environment have been significant. Her research program is strategic and is shaped by a clear vision that builds on significant faculty, interfaculty and industry collaboration.

Grants: 

Bathrooms and older people: A literature synthesis to underpin design innovation and future domestic design guidance, Caroma Industries Ltd., 2011

Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, University of New South Wales, Non-recurrent research funding, Commonwealth Home and Community Care Program, 2010

Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, University of New South Wales, Recurrent research annual funding, Commonwealth Home and Community Care Program, 2008.

Older Peoples Housing Policy, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 70636: 2010.

Liveable Communities photographic resource project, Local Government and Shires Association of NSW, 2010.

Reverse mortgages and older people, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 60512: 2008,

Age-Specific housing markets, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) 70589: 2008.

Awards: 

2008,  Prize for leading the best research proposal for multi-national ageing research. The project as carried out was titled ‘Sustaining ‘Aging In Place’: Towards a Multidimensional Analysis of Informal Care within the Asia Pacific Region’, HORIBA Corporation and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and the Institute of Gerontology at University of Tokyo.

2006, Presentation of plaque by Minister of Urban Planning  in recognition of resource role in development of new access standards, Sri Lankan Ministry of Urban Planning

2006, The Home Modification Information Clearinghouse was nominated for NSW Premiers Public Sector Awards by the Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care, NSW Premiers Department

2006, Chapter Award for an outstanding dissertation in 2005, The Australian Institute of Building (Incorporated by royal charter) NSW Chapter

2005, Visiting Senior Research Fellow appointment with the Centre for Health Service Development,  University of Wollongong

 

 

Teaching & Supervision: 

Catherine’s teaching interests combine the areas of human abilities, health, built environment, disability, ageing and computing so as to create a more inclusive environment for all people. She teaches inclusive design practices and supervises research students in the areas of design for older people, people with disabilities and carers, social sustainability and the built environment, design for wellbeing, measurement of the built environment and research methods relevant to the above.

Engagement: 

In the Media

Membership

  • 2010 - present, Invited Member, NSW Home Modification and Maintenance Service Review Advisory Panel.
  • 2008 - present, Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology.
  • 2008 - present, Invited member of the policy working group, NSW Council of the Ageing; Chairperson Council of the Ageing Age-Friendly working group.
  • 2008 - present, Director of the Board, Independent Living Centre of NSW.
  • 2007, Benevolent Society ‘Ocean Street’ Housing for life Project.
  • 2006 - present, Invited Member, Australian Network on Universal Design in Housing.
  • 2005 - 2006,  Invited mentor and resource person for the ‘Access for All’ project in Sri Lanka.
  • 2006 - 2007,  Invited Member, Commonwealth Office of FACS, Building the Future Consumer Information Advisory Group.
  • 2006 - 2008,  Invited Member, NSW Council of the Ageing, Housing Policy Advisory Group.
  • 2005 - 2006,  Invited Member, NSW Home Modification and Maintenance Service Review Advisory Panel.
  • 2002 - present,  Invited Member, Standards Australia ME-064, Committee for Adaptable Housing.

Practice

Catherine directs the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse (HMinfo) Project  see http://www.homemods.info. HMinfo is a recurrent research consultancy project funded by the Home and Community Care Program (60% Commonwealth and 40% State based) and was established to develop and disseminate an evidence base for Home Modification Interventions in Australia.

 

Supervision Area: 

My area of specialty is enabling design, particularly for people with disability, and I am interested in how we can structure built environments to make them work for everyone – not just the Vitruvian Man. I investigate how our assumptions and knowledge about built environments impact disabled people. Whether they enable movement and independence or disable people further.

I have led innovative research projects that have provided the evidence needed to directly influence national policy and standards, including the National Construction Code. As the Founder and Director of the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, running continuously since 2002, my research has helped improve the quality of life of many thousands of people with disability in 190 countries around the world.

Through research, teaching and the supervision of research students, it is my aim to raise awareness about the vital importance of design for inclusivity, and positively impact policy development and practice in this area.

Supervising: 
Publications:
Books

Bridge CE, 2013, Basic biomechanical and anatomical principles underpinning grabrail prescription for sit-to-stand transfers, 1st, Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, Sydney, Australia, http://www.homemods.info/publications-by-hminfo/occasional/basic-biomechanical-and-anatomical-principles-underpinning-grabrail-prescription-for-sit-to-stand-transfers

Carnemolla PK; Bridge C, 2012, Landscape Modification: An alternative to residential access ramps and lifts, First, Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, Sydney, Australia, http://www.homemods.info/publications-by-hminfo/occasional/landscape-modification-an-alternative-to-residential-access-ramps-and-lifts

Jung Y-M; Bridge C, 2012, Demountable ramps: A qualitative assessment of value for people with mobility impairments., Original, Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, Sydney, Australia, http://www.homemods.info/publications-by-hminfo/occasional/demountable-ramps-a-qualitative-assessment-of-value-for-people-with-mobility-impairments#pri

Carnemolla PK; Bridge C, 2011, Home Modifications and their impact on waged care substitution, 1, Home Modifications Information Clearinghouse, Sydney, Australia

Bridge C, 2008, Computational Case-based Redesign For People With Ability Impairment, Original, Vdm Verlag, Berlin

Hodges L; Bridge CE; Chaudhary K, 2006, Dementia Design Guidelines: Home and Community Care Capital Works Program, The Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, Sydney, Australia, http://www.homemods.info/publications-by-hminfo/occasional/dementia-design-guidelines-home-and-community-care-capital-works-program

Bridge CE; Phibbs P, 2003, Protocol guidelines for systematic reviews of home modification information to inform best practice, Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, Sydney, Australia, http://www.homemods.info/publications-by-hminfo/administrative-publications/protocol-guidelines-for-systematic-reviews-of-home-modification-information-to-inform-best-practice

Book Chapters

Bridge C, 2018, 'Participatory design resulting in a 'do-it-yourself home modification' smartphone app', in Breaking Down Barriers: Usability, Accessibility and Inclusive Design, pp. 101 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75028-6_9

Bridge CE, 2018, 'Participatory Design Resulting in a ‘Do-It-Yourself Home Modification’ Smartphone App', in Langdon P; Lazar J; Heylighen A; Dong H (ed.), Breaking Down Barriers: Usability, Accessibility and Inclusive Design, Springer, Cham, pp. 101 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75028-6

Bridge C; Carnemolla PK, 2017, 'Effective Home Modification Practice', in Curtin M; Molineaux M (ed.), Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: Promoting occupation and participation, edn. 7th, Elsevier, pp. 690 - 705

Whybrow S; Bridge C, 2015, 'Accessibility Outcomes in Disaster Recovery - A Critical Concern, a Minimum Requirement or an Afterthought?', in Rusford N; Thomas K (ed.), Disaster and Development: an Occupational Perspective, 1st Edition, edn. 1st Edition, http://store.elsevier.com/Disaster-and-Development-an-Occupational-Perspective/isbn-9780702040474/

Whybrow ; Rahimi AK; Sharma V; Gupta S; Millikan L; Bridge C, 2010, 'Legislation, Anthropometry, and Education: The Southeast Asian Experience', in Maisel J (ed.), The State of the Science in Universal Design: Emerging Research and Developments, Bentham Books, Oak Park, IL, pp. 144 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/978160805063511001010144

Whybrow ; Rahim A; Sharma V; Shivani G; Millikan L; Bridge C, 2010, 'Legislation, Anthropometry, and Education: The Southeast Asian Experience', in Maisel J (ed.), The State of the Science in Universal Design: Emerging Research and Developments, edn. Original, Bentham Books, Oak Park, IL, pp. 144 - 152, http://www.universaldesign.com/general-content/publications/books/543-the-state-of-the-science-in-universal-design-emerging-research-and-developments.html

Bridge C; Elias A, 2010, 'Future proofing our environments for an ageing population', in Hoekwater S (ed.), Designs on our Future: 3rd International Urban Design Conference, edn. Original, AST Management Pty Ltd, Canberra, pp. 10 - 15, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/123483/20110216-1356/www.urbandesignaustralia.com.au/urban_design_papers.pdf

Bridge C, 2010, 'Home modification: Occupation as a basis for an effective practice', in Curtin M; Molineaux M; Supyk J (ed.), Occupational therapy and physical dysfunction: Enabling occupation, edn. 6th, Churchill Livingstone; Elsevier, Edinburgh; New York

Bridge C, 2008, 'Creating no-step entrances', in Garlick B; Jones D; Luscombe G (ed.), Beyond Beige: Improving architecture for older people and people with disabilities, edn. Original, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Canberra, pp. 180 - 181

Kendig H; Bridge C, 2007, 'Housing policy for a long-lived society', in Borowski A; Ozanne E; Encel S (ed.), Longevity and Social Change in Australia, edn. Original, University of New South Wales Press, Kensington, pp. 219 - 238

Bridge C, 2006, 'Home modification case-based application for online case capture and reuse', in Information and Communication Technologies: From Theory to Applications: 24-28 April 2006 Damascus, Syria, edn. Original, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 814 - 819, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICTTA.2006.1684478

Pitch M; Bridge C, 2006, 'Lighting your way into home modifications', in Mann WC; Helal A (ed.), Promoting Independence for Older Persons with Disabilities: Selected Papers from the 2006 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, edn. Original, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 181 - 192

Seton H; Bridge C, 2006, 'Standing up: A systematic review of grabrail orientations', in Mann WC; Helal A (ed.), Promoting Independence for Older Persons with Disabilities: Selected Papers from the 2006 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, edn. Original, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 169 - 180

Bridge C; Clark AR, 2006, 'Applying a theory of online community development as a basis for reform of home modification service information in Australia', in Information and Communication Technologies: From Theory to Applications: 24-28 April 2006 Damascus, Syria, edn. Original, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 798 - 802, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICTTA.2006.1684475

Bridge C; Kendig H, 2005, 'Housing and older people: environments, professionals and positive ageing', in Coulson I; Minichiello V (ed.), Contemporary Issues in Gerontology: Promoting Positive Ageing, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, NSW, pp. 144 - 166, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203015414

Bridge C; Gopalan P, 2005, 'Retrofitting, a response to lack of diversity: an analysis of community provider data', in Darby S; Flatau P; Hafekost I (ed.), Building for Diversity: National Housing Conference, 6-28 October 2005 Perth, Western Australia, edn. Original, Western Australian Dept. of Housing and Works : AHURI, East Perth, W.A., pp. 349 - 365, http://www.nhc.edu.au/downloads/2005/Refereed/18Bridge.pdf

Bridge CE; Simoff SJ, 2000, 'Disability Access to the Built Environment: On-Line Evaluation and Information Dissemination', in Eder LB (ed.), Managing Healthcare Information Systems with Web-Enabled Technologies, Idea Group Publishing, Hershey USA, pp. 239 - 265, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-878289-65-0.ch016

Journal articles

Lukman AL; Bridge C; Dain SJ; Boon MY, 2020, 'Luminance Contrast of Accessible Tactile Indicators for People With Visual Impairment', Ergonomics in Design, vol. 28, pp. 4 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1064804619841841

Carnemolla P; Bridge C, 2019, 'Housing design and community care: How home modifications reduce care needs of older people and people with disability', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111951

Carnemolla P; Bridge CE, 2018, 'A scoping review of home modification interventions – Mapping the evidence base', Indoor and Built Environment, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1420326X18761112

Carnemolla PK; Bridge C, 2016, 'Accessible Housing and Health-Related Quality of Life.', Archnet-IJAR, vol. 10, pp. 38 - 51

Boon MY; Chu BS; Lee PC; Chiang TJ; Alshamli N; Alghamdi W; Lai J; Yeung W; Bridge C, 2015, 'Perceptions of Older People Regarding Their Vision and Incident Causation', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 92, pp. 995 - 1002, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OPX.0000000000000695

Bridge C; Mintzes A; Demirbilek OR, 2015, 'Older Australian out and about in the global context: Their bathroom preferences and what this means for standards development and accessible tourism', Journal of Universal Design in the Built Environment, vol. 1, pp. 15 - 23, http://www.iium.edu.my/sites/default/files/users/222/files/2.pdf

Bridge C; Carnemolla PK, 2014, 'An enabling BIM block library: An online repository to facilitate social inclusion in Australia.', Construction Innovation Special Issue: Design Creativity, vol. 14, pp. 477 - 492, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/CI-03-2014-0019

Bridge C, 2013, 'Cities, environmental stressors, ageing and chronic disease.', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 31, pp. 140 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00628.x

Riazi A; Boon MY; Dain SJ; Bridge C, 2013, 'Coping strategies may not be reflected by simulated performance-based measures of functional ability', Journal of Optometry, vol. 6, pp. 101 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optom.2012.08.001

Bridge C; Riazi A, 2013, 'Potential Environmental Hazard From Perspectives of People with central Vision Loss Who Reside in Sydney', Independent Living, vol. 29, pp. 16 - 21

Bridge C, 2012, 'Invited Commentary: Cities, environmental stressors, ageing and chronic disease', Australasian Journal of Ageing, vol. 30, pp. 1 - 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00628

Bridge C, 2011, 'Older people: Issues and innovations in care, 3rd edition', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, vol. 30, pp. 47 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00514.x

Riazi A; Dain SJ; Boon M; Bridge C, 2011, 'Innovative strategies for adaptation to loss of vision', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 94, pp. 98 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1444-0938.2010.00543.x

Bridge C, 2011, '[Review of the book, Older people: Issues and innovations in care (3rd ed.), by R. Nay & S. Garratt (Eds.), Elsevier, 2009]', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 30, pp. 47 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00514.x

Riazi A; Boon MY; Dain SJ; Bridge C, 2010, 'Difficulties in reading small print materials on today's home appliances for people with visual impairment', i-CREATe 2010 - International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology

Bridge CE; Adams T; Phibbs P; Matthews M; Kendig H, 2010, 'Reverse mortgages and older people: growth factors and implications for retirement decisions', AHURI Final Report, pp. 1 - 118, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/70512_fr

Bridge C; Mathews M; Phibbs P; Adams T, 2009, 'Reverse mortgages and older people: growth factors and implications for retirement decisions (AHURI Positioning Paper #123)', Downsizing amongst older Australians, pp. 1 - 89, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/70512_pp

Bridge C; Phibbs P; Kendig H; Mathews M; Cooper B, 2008, 'The costs and benefits of using private housing as the 'home base' for care for older people: Secondary data analysis', AHURI Final Report, pp. i - 47

Bridge CE; Phibbs P; Kendig H; Mathews M; Bartlett H, 2006, 'The costs and benefits of using private housing as the ‘home base’ for care for older people: a systematic literature review', Downsizing amongst older Australians, pp. 1 - 77, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/60313_pp

Bridge C; Flatau P; Whelan S; Wood G; Yates J, 2003, 'Housing assistance and non-shelter outcomes', Affordable housing, urban renewal and planning: emerging practice in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales, pp. 1 - 184, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/80188_fr

Bridge C; Parsons A; Quine S; Kendig H, 2002, 'Housing and care for older and younger adults with disabilities', Downsizing amongst older Australians, pp. 1 - 52, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/60019_pp

Bridge C; Kendig H; Quine S; Parsons A, 2002, 'Housing and care for younger and older adults with disabilities', Affordable housing, urban renewal and planning: emerging practice in Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales, pp. 1 - 58, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/60019_fr

Conference Papers

Bridge C, 2017, 'Resilience and older people: My home my life', in Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017, pp. 4644 - 4651

Bridge CE; Demirbilek O; Mintzes A, 2016, 'Transforming Inclusion: Designing in the Experience of Greater Technological Possibility', in Petrie H; Darzentas J; Walsh T; Swallow D; Sandoval L; Lewis A; Power C (eds.), 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD 2016), IOS Press, York, United Kingdom, pp. 143 - 152, presented at 3rd International Conference on Universal Design (UD 2016), York, United Kingdom, 21 August 2016 - 24 August 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-684-2-143

Bridge CE, 2016, 'Inclusion by design: A vision for choice, control and agency in Home Modifications', in Inclusion by design: A vision for choice, control and agency in Home Modifications, Home Modifications Australia (MOD.A) National Conference, Canberra, presented at Home Modifications Australia (MOD.A) National Conference, Canberra, 28 April 2016 - 29 April 2016

Bridge CE; Barlow G, 2016, 'Co-design of point of sale resources for ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) home modification', in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference for Universal Design in Nagoya 2016: Creating Shared Value through Universal Design, International Association for Universal Design, Nagoya, Japan, presented at The 6th International Conference for Universal Design in Nagoya 2016: Creating Shared Value through Universal Design, Nagoya, Japan, 09 December 2016 - 11 December 2016

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