Colour Design for Healthcare & Aged Care - webinar

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

Improve environmental visual literacy

Encourage and improve engagement;

Support orientation and wayfinding;

Improve intuitive design and enhance signage strategies;

Assist with the safe operation of daily activities.

Effective environmental visual literacy occurs when people can ‘read’ and make sense of the environment in a meaningful way. This is particularly important for older people with declining visual capacity and also for those living with dementia.

This evidence-based webinar gives you the knowledge you need to effectively use colour and contrast in aged care and healthcare. Participants will receive a workbook with practical exercises, and they can apply the information they've learned during the webinar. Participants gain valuable insight into the ways in which effective colour design can enhance aged care and healthcare environments.

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 unit of competency of ‘Design’ and the specific elements of ‘Pre-Design’ and ‘Conceptual Design’. The workshop features significant interaction between the presenter and learner, and includes learning objectives.

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.

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