September 9th, 2020 at 11:00AM AEST
The winners of Australia’s peak international design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country were announced today during the 2020 Good Design Week.
Webster-pak® 6 Dose (Parkinson’s) received a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Communication Design Packaging category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.
Managing Director Gerard Stevens AM says “We are incredibly proud to win this award. Medication management is a major concern for someone living with Parkinson’s and their families and ensuring adherence is key to improving the quality of life for patients,” said Gerard Stevens AM, Managing Director of Webstercare. “This prompted Webstercare, in partnership with Parkinson’s NSW, to develop a special medications folder specifically for Parkinson’s drugs.”
Almost 14,000 Australians are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year. While the disease cannot be cured its symptoms can be managed with a combination of medication and multidisciplinary support, enabling people with Parkinson’s to live independent and productive lives.
However, once medication is prescribed, it is lifelong and requires taking medications on time, every time. Current treatment largely relies on prescription drugs administered in tablet or capsule form and can involve multiple daily doses and complex dosing regimens. This complexity plays a part in poor compliance among patients. Some studies suggest non-compliance is as high as 67 percent.
Webster-pak medication systems are packed by your local community pharmacy. They are the safest, most comprehensive medication systems available. The new Webster-pak 6 Dose (Parkinson’s) packaging system specifically supports people with Parkinson’s disease and other complex regimens, to manage their medications correctly according to their unique treatment plan.
The distinctive fuchsia Webster-pak folder sets out medication in a useful blister pack that arranges the medications and the specific times they need to be taken throughout the day. The Parkinson’s Webster-pak is specifically aimed at aged care facilities but is equally appropriate for home use.
“The Parkinson’s Webster-pak is particularly useful in aged-care facilities where there are often numerous medication rounds to be made which can make it very challenging to deliver medication on-time every time. Feedback from the pilot was that the bright colour helped a lot as a visual prompt to give those medications first and at exactly the right time,” continued Mr Stevens.
The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, design strategy, social impact design and young designers.
More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors evaluated each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition at this level.
The Good Design Awards Jury praised Webster-pak® 6 Dose (Parkinson’s), commenting: “A simple and clever idea that is very well executed. What an opportunity to provide a simple solution that suits a multitude of needs, creating clarity for patients, and reducing excess packaging in the process. This is adaptability at scale with a punchy colour and design.”
Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said:
“Receiving a Good Design Award is a significant achievement given the very high calibre and record number of entries received in 2020.”
“There’s no doubt it has been a really tough year for everyone so it’s nice to be able to share some good news for a change. The projects represented in this year’s Good Design Awards shine a positive light on our creative and innovative capacity as human beings. These inspirational winning projects give me hope and optimism that our design community will continue to innovate, no matter how challenging the world around us is,” said Dr. Gien.
“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence – it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately make our lives better. These projects showcase the shear brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world,” said Dr. Gien.
The 2020 Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions with an astonishing 835 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.
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About Good Design Australia and Australia’s Good Design Awards
Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing Australia’s annual Good Design Awards and other signature design events. With a proud history that dates back to 1958, Good Design Australia remains committed to promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer and more prosperous world.