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Professor of Practice Flynn has expertise in the commercial and academic applications of Industrial Design in healthcare. Her commercial experience includes working with Invetech and with Philips Design, the design group within Philips. A ten year period with Invetech included designing Histopathology equipment for Leica amongst other scientific and medical products in multidisciplinary teams. Prior to joining Monash University, she was based in the Asian Pacific region for 15 years managing business and design development for Philips Design over various locations and different teams. While based in Singapore with the Asian & Pacific market team, Philips healthcare, a regional hospital group and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Flynn led the user centred design development program of remote patient monitoring and chronic disease management pilot program, informing Philips telehealth solutions. 

Since 2015 Flynn has been founding Co-Director of Monash University Design Health Collab, an interdisciplinary research lab at the intersection of Design and Health.  Her research takes place at the center of the complex ecosystem of health services including patients, clinicians, nurses, device manufacturers, medical researchers, engineers, and healthcare management.  People-centered design research is the preferred approach to understanding and activating significant, high- impact healthcare services and products in the world. 

Practice Highlights, 1985 - 

Monash University Professor, Co-Director Design Health Collab

Philips Singapore Design Manager, Director

Philips Singapore Business Development Director

Philips Taiwan Senior Account Design Manager

Invetech Design Manager

Invetech Sdn Bhd Business Development Manager

Invetech Sr Industrial Design Consultant

RMIT Sessional lecturer

Satherley Design Industrial Design Consultant

Ogle Design Industrial Designer

Philips Holdings Ltd Designer


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Industrial Design, BA Arts, RMIT University

15 Jan 198115 Dec 1983

Award Date: 1 May 1984

External positions

Design Manager / Branch Director, Philips Design (Singapore)

15 Jan 200515 Apr 2015

Senior Account Design Manager, Philips Design (Taiwan)

1 Oct 200015 Dec 2004

Business Development Manager, Invetech Sdn Bhd

15 Apr 19961 Apr 1999

Design Manager, Invetech Pty Ltd

1 Jun 199015 Sept 2000

Design Consultant, Satherley Design Associates

1 Jun 198615 Dec 1988

Industrial Designer, Ogle Design

1 Apr 19851 Jun 1987

Industrial Designer, Philips Design (Taiwan)

15 Nov 19831 Apr 1985

Research area keywords

  • Design for Health
  • Design Innovation
  • Industrial Design
  • Human Centered Design
  • Co-design
  • Co-Creation
  • Participatory Design

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