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Seminar - May 2017

Start: 2017-05-17

End: 2017-05-17

Feeling better: ways of investigating experience in a psychiatric inpatient unit

Speaker: Dr Shanti Sumartojo

In this talk Dr Sumartojo will discuss ways of thinking about how the design of the specific sites and practices of healthcare settings contribute to forms of wellbeing. Taking as a starting point the contribution of spatial surroundings to clinical outcomes, she will discuss how they can be investigated using visual methods that attend to how people perceive, sense and understand their surroundings. The talk will draw on examples from a recent study in a regional Psychiatric Inpatient Unit where Dr Sumartojo collaborated on a study that used such techniques. She will explain why the design of our surroundings is important, how we can research the experience of these surroundings and ways that people intervene or improvise in their spatial surroundings to make them feel better.

About our speaker

Dr Shanti Sumartojo is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Her research investigates how people experience their spatial surroundings, including both material and immaterial aspects, using digital and sensory ethnography and other qualitative methodologies. With a particular focus on the built environment and urban public space, this includes ongoing collaborative work on a three year project in the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at Bendigo Hospital.

Time and locaton:  The seminar will take place at VTMH Seminar Room, Level 1, Bolte Wing, St Vincents Hospital. It will commence at 3pm sharp.

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VTMH hosts monthly one hour contemporary seminars from March to October each year, highlighting current projects, research and activities in the field of transcultural mental health. Seminars are free and open to all people working in mental health and related professions.