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CPC lunchtime talk: Healthy spaces, healthy ageing

  • Level 6 seminar room, Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub (D17) John Hopkins Drive The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006 Australia (map)

As Australia is getting older, how do we design our spaces to promote healthy ageing? How can we use the physical environment to support wellbeing in the elderly, rather than just focus on treating disease? And how do we measure if we have done it well?



Speakers: Lina Engelen, Affiliate Senior Research fellow, Sydney School of Public Health; Ellen de Jong, physiotherapist; Margie Rahmann, Associate Director, Edmiston Jones

Dr Lina Engelen’s research expertise is the interaction between the physical environment (indoor) and health, wellbeing, and performance. Lina founded the Active Spaces network, a research and innovation collaboration network bringing together researchers, industry and policy makers to improve wellbeing and performance through supportive spaces for Work, Play and Learning. Lina has published extensively in academic journals and books, as well as appeared on radio and in newspapers.  

Ellen de Jong has been a physiotherapist for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in Work, Health & Safety and Ergonomics with specific interest in Aged care/ dementia and designing suitable environments for older adults. 

Margie Rahmann started with Edmiston Jones in 2014, becoming an Associate Director in 2018. She is experienced in architectural interior design including health, commercial office, high-end residential, aged care and exhibitions. She is also an educator at university level design courses (UTS, UNSW) as well as course content developer at diploma level design courses. Margie leads the Health and Wellbeing team, providing professional interior design services from briefing through to construction. Passionate about co-design, Margie has developed a suite of tools to aid in this process.