Adjunct Associate Professor Leah Heiss
School of Design
Dr Leah Heiss is a designer and RMIT researcher working at the nexus of design, health, and technology. She is the co-leader of the RMIT Wearables and Sensing Network that brings together 60 experts from across 9 University Schools to collaborate and connect. Her collaborative wearable health technologies include a device to monitor cardio vascular disease symptoms; jewellery to administer insulin for diabetes; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; a wearable to monitor loneliness; and swallowable devices to detect disease. Facett, the world’s first modular hearing aid that Leah designed for Blamey Saunders hears won many awards including the 2018 Good Design Award, the CSIRO Design Innovation Award and a Premier’s Design Award. Leah’s work is part of Museums Victoria heritage collection and she has exhibited at galleries locally and globally. She teaches through RMIT’s Master of Design Futures and her teaching practice focuses on health sector innovation and design leadership.
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