Design for Life explores the central role of design in the health and medical sectors, showcasing design innovation in the creation of equipment, devices, tools and apparatus that save and improve the quality of human life. Local design industry collaborations are presented alongside the Powerhouse’s collection of medical and scientific materials from the late 1800s to the present day, highlighting the trajectory of these sectors.
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These objects have been selected for their design innovation at the time of their creation and have helped save and improve the quality of human life.
Read more about medical leeches
Uncover the intriguing history of medical leeches, a global industry connected to Australia’s gold rush.
3D printing in medicine
Learn how 3D printing is being used in different ways by surgeons, to rehearse procedures and replace bone.
The Aesthetics of Prosthetics
Discover a brief history of prosthetics dating back to at least 300 BCE and the Roman Empire.