Margaret Rolla has 18 years industry experience in the design and illustration field and has always questioned the relevance of traditional drawing in a digital era. She holds a BDes(Graphic)(Hons.) and is in her final year as a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Since 2000, she has been a lecturer in Visual Communications, and is currently Course Coordinator of the design and drawing courses in the Foundation Studies Enabling Program at UON. Her cross-disciplinary research interests concern the therapeutic value of creative expression activities. Margaret is currently exploring the connections between drawing, memory and health and well-being, in an aged and dementia care context.
Having experienced the trauma and heartache of her parents’ transition into aged care and subsequent palliative care, Margaret is passionate about the importance of providing meaningful activities and non-pharmacological interventions to enrich and enhance end-of-life care for our seniors. Margaret was inspired to undertake her current research into drawing and its health benefits for the elderly through her volunteer work at UnitingCare Ageing. This led her to design, develop and facilitate the ‘Drawing Memories’ program, which is one of the first to study the potential of drawing apps and their usability for cognitive and physically challenged people.
Margaret's mission is to help as many people as possible to (re)discover the pleasure and health benefits of creative expression, with the aim of promoting a healthier community through art and design.