Visib-ill-ity: Progress and hope for women living with chronic illness

Celebrate this International Women’s day and join us for a lived experience webinar featuring three Portable women with chronic conditions.

Online Event
07 March 2024
1:00 am - 2:00 am

There is increasing awareness of the ways in which women are underserved by the health sector and a growing number of efforts to change this

About this Webinar

One way Portable is celebrating International Women’s day this year is by hosting a panel to spotlight the lived experience of three of our staff living with chronic conditions.

Join our webinar to listen in to a facilitated panel discussion, with an opportunity to ask questions of our panellists.

Helpful Resources

We recommend visiting the links below to learn more about this topic:

Show me where it hurts: living with an invisible illness by Kylie Maslin

Unwell Women by Elinor Cleghorn

Inflamed: Deep medicine and the anatomy of injustic by Rupa Marya and Raj Patel

Invisible Women: exposing data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Crioado Perez

Matilda Health community and tracking app

Figuring out together which treatments work best by Stuff That Works.


Aishling Costello - Senior Design Strategist, Portable (She / Her)

Beth Hyland - Lead Design Strategist, Portable (She / Her)

Willhemina Wahlin - Senior Design Strategist, Portable (She / Her)

What we'll cover

In this 60 minute webinar we will cover:

  • Insights into our lived experience of chronic pain conditions and how this is connected to our professional practice
  • Our observations and insights into how gender influences care
  • The challenges and positive changes we’ve noticed in services over the years
  • Our hopes and ideas about how health and related sectors could change to better support women with pain conditions

Who’s it for?

This event will be especially useful to people with an interest in lived experience, those working in healthcare and related industries and designers looking to collaborate with others or embody their own lived experience of chronic pain conditions.

About our speakers

Aishling Costello - Senior Design Strategist, Portable (She / Her)

Aishling has international strategic design and consulting experience and for the last 3 years has focused on working with communities from the health, mental health, aged care, social care and related sectors. Aishling specialises in human-centred design and research, co-design, systems design, data informed design and designing for digital systems and products. Aishling has a special interest in trauma informed and trauma responsive design.

Aishling has lived experience of Endometriosis.

Beth Hyland - Lead Design Strategist, Portable (She / Her)

Beth is a Strategic Design Lead at Portable, with over a decade of experience delivering a portfolio of 90+ design and innovation projects across a broad portfolio of sectors. Beth has a particular passion for work in health and mental health sectors. Her approach to problem solving draws heavily on co-design, systems thinking and strategic foresight approaches.

Beth has lived experience of Still’s disease and Type 1 diabetes.

Willhemina Wahlin - Senior Design Strategist, Portable (She / Her)

Willhemina (Willie) Wahlin (PhD) is a practice-led design researcher, facilitator and practitioner, working across the social innovation and higher education sectors for over 15 years. Willie is passionate about making a positive impact through design, engagement and communication. She is an advocate for a bottom-up approach to problem solving and building capacity at the grassroots level.

Willie has lived experience of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Webinar Details

Thursday March 7, 12pm noon - 1pm AEDT.

A link to join the webinar will be provided to registered participants via email prior to the event starting on Thursday 7th of March, 2024.

After the panel discussion, attendees will be invited to stay for a Q&A session with the panellists for up to 15 mins, and a recording of the webinar will be distributed to all registered participants in the days after the event.

What if I can't make it?

You're in luck. This webinar will be recorded and published as a video on the Portable website at a later date.

If you cannot make this event but would like to know when the video recording goes live, you can register for the 'Send me the video' option in the registration section.

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About Portable

Portable is a purpose-driven research, design, and technology B-Corp that works with Australian businesses, organisations, and government to drive transformational change that has a real impact on real people.

We are leaders in ethical human-centred design which means we make decisions based on thoughtful research and collaboration with people who have lived experience or who are most likely to be impacted by the products, services, technology, or policies being designed.

Our team consists of expert designers, researchers, strategists, analysts, and developers located across every state and territory in Australia.

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