Christine from the University of New South Wales emailed me a couple of weeks ago with the following request:
My name is Christine Chau, and I’m a 4th year Industrial Design student studying at the University of New South Wales. I stumbled across your BigDandMe blog and I’ve been reading all your posts with great interest!
As my final year project, I want to redesign the user experience with peritoneal dialysis. This is in regards to both the aesthetics of the machine, and how the user interacts with it. I want to create less of a “stigma” if you will, about those on dialysis.
I know that dialysis is a commitment, but I wanted to let others know that in the long term it’s actually beneficial and actually allows the user more freedom. Hopefully that makes sense!
I would love to talk to you or your fellow blog readers in detail about your experiences, journey and any insights you may have on PD. For example, if it’s possible, and what it’s like for a patient to start out on PD and transition into HD if it becomes more long term?
I’m wondering if you know of any people on PD willing to speak with me about their experiences. Ideally, would you have any contacts in the Sydney area where I could maybe see a physical PD machine? I know this is a big ask but I would be immensely thankful for any help in this area!
I think their input would be fascinating and imperative to my design. I would basically like to ask them a few questions, whether it is through email or over the phone – whatever suits their schedule!
Thank you for taking the time out to read this!
I have swapped emails with Christine a couple of times, and while I don’t have any PD experience, I know there are a lot of BigD-ers out there who have. If you are interested in being involved what could be a really useful and beneficial project, please contact Christine directly. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Go for it!