Embracing new design technologies: enabling equitable access to health – South Africa Workshop

From patient specific implants to high tech rehabilitation aids, digital design technologies are revolutionising healthcare. Many case studies and published papers illustrate how technologies such as 3d scanning, computer aided design, 3d printing & tele-medicine can be used to create patient specific devices that perform well and look great. Research also demonstrates how these methods can improve care, enable access to state-of-the-art treatment and enhance procedure efficiency.

However, there are numerous barriers that prevent healthcare systems adopting digital methods into routine use, including:

  • Lack of education and training available to medical specialists
  • Design, engineering and material limitations
  • Lack of resources to purchase, maintain and create new technology infrastructures
  • Social and cultural barriers that limit the acceptance of new methods

PDR (International Centre for Design Research) in the UK and CRPM (Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing) in South Africa have teamed up to consider these barriers. Thanks to funding from the British Council (Newton Fund), we can bring early career researchers and experts together in a workshop.

Through a 4 day workshop, we intend to develop a consensus on how digital technologies can be implemented within South African, and UK healthcare systems. This will help to identify effective ways to direct future research.

We will:

Encourage participants to share experiences of technologies and methods for the development of patient specific devices.

  • Discuss the wider issues that affect technology adoption.
  • Develop project ideas and future collaborations.
  • Identify opportunities for the development of training packages in the UK and South Africa.

This is a competitive call. We can fund up to 15 early career researchers to attend from the UK and 15 early career researchers to attend from South Africa. The workshop is also open to other individuals, companies, NGOs and charities with an interest in this field who are able to self-fund.

Early career researchers are defined as:


How to Apply:

Please use the form available here to send your expression of interest. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to provide further details.

Applications close on the 18th May 2018. We will let applicants know the outcome by the 31st May.


Workshop Details


CRPM, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa


Surgical & Prosthetic Design, PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK

Centre for Rapid Prototyping & Manufacture, Central University of Technology, South Africa


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