Design| MDW 2020: Inclusive Design & Wellbeing


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An interactive Discussion – What is Inclusive Design and how does it relate to wellbeing? on Wednesday, 21st October, from 6.30-8 pm at Meat Market Meeting Room. Entry will be ticketed – free to the public (limited number). Please register your interest here. This is event is Not For Profit (NFP).

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. 

Acknowledgement of Country

I would like to pay my respects and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation and pays respect to their Elders, past and present of the land on which the gathering will take place. 

Inclusive Design and Wellbeing – an Interactive Discussion, by Sonya Veronica Iskandar

According to the 2009 National Disability Strategy Consultation Report, Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia, 27% of the submissions noted built environment as one of the main barriers to social inclusion faced day-to-day by people with disabilities, as well as their family and carers. Social exclusion and isolations can affect wellbeing, mentally and physically (National People With Disabilities and Carer Council, 2009). 

Sonya Veronica Iskandar presents an interactive discussion between a guest panel and the audience, focusing on inclusive design in public spaces (community centres, libraries, restaurants, etc.) and its correlation to wellbeing.

This event is sponsored by and supported by


National People With Disabilities and Carer Council. (2009). Shut Out– The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia. Retrieved from

Host/ Moderator:

•        Sonya Veronica, Interior Designer, Artist and PhD candidate- School of Design | Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology

 Guest Panels:

•        Dr Manisha Amin, CEO of Centre of Inclusive Design.

•        Professor Jenny Martin, Professor of Social Work- School of Arts, Social Science and Humanities | Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology.

•        Jocelyn Chiew, Architect, Landscape Architect & Urban Designer- Manager Campus Design, Quality and Planning at Monash University.

•        Dr Andrew Martel, Early Career Academic in Construction Management and Housing- Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

•        Dr Lil Deverell, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialist of RoAM and Postdoctoral researcher at Swinburne University of Technology.

•        Bernie Clifford, Accessibility Consultant and Director of Before Compliance.

•        Leo Feig, Project Manager at Building Engineering Pty Ltd.

Recording note:

Please note that this event may be video recorded and photographed for archival, educational publication and reference purposes. The video recording will focus mainly on the panel. Audience member taking part in the discussion may also be part of the recording. Please inform organiser should you have any concerns and any questions.

Accessibility note:

The discussion will be translated into Auslan.

Guide Dogs are welcomed!

Accessibility statement and information can be accessed through this link:


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Thank you notes

It is a humbling privilege for this interactive discussion to receive the green light to be part of Melbourne Design 2020. Echoing one of the key messages of MDW 2020, this interactive discussion hopes to present “A unique opportunity for our design community to come together, to present new work, debate ideas, and reveal some of the ways that design is shaping the world around us. ” Thank you for Melbourne Design Week committee for giving this discussion a green light to be part of MDW2020 – please explore the full program here:

Thank you to my supervisors, Dr Nanette Carter, Dr Kirsten Day and Prof Mark Taylor, research ethics advisor and committee – Swinburne University of Technology, for supporting this endeavour. Our discussion was the catalyst.

Thank you also for all panel members for the generosity of their time and for sharing their experience and expertise in this event.

My gratitude to ShawContract for providing sponsorship that enables this discussion to be held at Meat Market Meeting Room, as well as the hiring of the Auslan Interpreter.

This discussion will be held on Wednesday, 21st October from 6.30 to 8 pm. Entry will be ticketed – free to the public (limited number). Please register your interest here