Human Rooms

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image 11 Human RoomsHuman Rooms is the name artist/designer Efterpi Soropos gave to the  concept of the immersive artworks she has developed for therapeutic purposes for patients, families, carers and staff in  acute health environments.   To date Human Rooms have appeared in Palliative Care and Child and Adolescent Mental Health units with projects currently under development into many other areas of health care such as Aged Care, Adult Mental Health, Children’s Hospitals and Cancer Centres.

The artwork uses interior design, lighting design, colour, film and video, with the technical elements integrated into systems that are created to suit the space and programmed for participants to take control of creating interior environments for their own therapeutic benefit.  This allows the participants to relieve their psychological suffering and forget they are in a hospital.

The films and music are all developed from research conducted in the units prior to development to gain an idea of what would suit that particular set of participants according to taste, locality, cultural and spiritual preferences and their own medical condition.  Efterpi has worked with a number of key arts based designers, musicians and technicians to create the music and films and develop the programming.
The rooms are also developing into mobile systems and inpatient systems so that the use and integration of the artwork can become adopted as part of the medical framework and referred to as an option for patient centred care.
In Mental Health, the concept is developing more in alignment with the use of Snoezelen techniques and sensory modality applications.

Research is being conducted into the effacey of the Human Rooms concept, with particular focus on the outcomes. Case studies are operating at the McCulloch House, Palliative Care Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Stepping Stones, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and St Lukes Ward, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Caufield.  The research is being conducted in conjunction with Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Pastoral Care.

For further information contact Efterpi Soropos on 613 430 730 410 Email: efterpi@humanrooms.com or website

http://www.humanrooms.com