The Living Lab

The Living Lab


"Living labs are open innovation environments in real-life settings, in which user-driven innovation is fully integrated within the co-creation process of new services, products and societal infrastructures. In recent years, living labs have become a powerful instrument for effectively invoking the user at all stages of the research, development and innovation process…Living labs [make] the innovation process more efficient by bridging the gap between R&D and market entrance, supporting better and faster take-up of R&D results"

European Commission Deputy Director General,
Living Labs for user-driven open innovation

Healthcare delivery is changing. The traditional objectives of preventative medicine and disease treatment are joining forces with the promotion of wellness, care and living ‘well’. Exposure to innovation in care delivery methods and application of research are essential for preparing students for careers where change and exposure to new technology will be a constant.

The Lab is designed with user-driven innovation at its heart. It is placed in a tertiary GP clinic, called the ‘Health Hub’ that comprises Ochre Health Medical Centre (a national health care partner in 22 locations through NSW, ACT and QLD), University of Canberra Faculty of Health Teaching Clinic, Laverty Pathology, Capital Chemist and Canberra Imaging. The Health Hub combines general practice with allied health and diagnostic services including fixed and mobile student led allied health clinics and teaching spaces. The Lab aims to identify ways in which healthcare can be improved through the innovative use of ICT. Pooling resources and knowledge with our collaborators and working closely with clinicians, patients, SME’s, students and researchers will enable The Lab to effectively address existing issues throughout healthcare, drive innovation, and incorporate ICT into the fabric of medical training and the healthcare industry. 

The Lab will enable users to take an active part in the research, development and innovation process to improve local and national health outcomes. The vision involves:

  •  use of mobile broadband between health sectors and consumers
  •  innovative use of health data, and
  •  an international focus