GELdom Condom

Universal access to reproductive and sexual health is one of the great challenges and human rights issues of the 21st century. The lack of condom use, partially due to stigmas around a decrease in sensation, affects the health and well-being of many people in developing countries today. Project GELdom has expanded beyond product development to include engagement with key communities to identify barriers to condom acceptance and to collaboratively design novel solutions.

The next generation condom

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The team

Dr Robert Gorkin - Intelligent Polymer Research Institute
Robert is a Biomedical Engineer with experience in research and project management to advance micro and nano-technologies for industrial applications.

Dr Sina Naficy - Intelligent Polymer Research Institute
Sina is a Polymer Scientist with expertise in developing new hydrogels with enhanced physical and mechanical properties for applications in innovative medical devices.

Dr Jason McArthur - Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
Jason is a Molecular Microbiologist with extensive research experience focusing on novel treatment strategies related to pathogenesis of human bacterial pathogens.

Dr Christopher Magee - Centre for Health Initiatives (CHI)
Chris is Health and Social Psychology researcher and Deputy Director of the CHI, with expertise in understanding health behaviors and working with diverse community groups.

Dr Gianni Renda - Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne
Gianni is a Designer and Deputy Director of Swinburne’s BioReactor investigating how design can empower people in the field of health, disability, and ageing.

Ms Bridgette Engeler Newbury - Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne
Bridgette is a Design and Foresight Educator with expertise in using strategic foresight and brand strategy to tackle challenges intersecting design and communities.

Dr Simon Cook - Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
Simon joined the team as a Microbiologist and leads prototyping and medical device quality control research for the project.


This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing   Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure   Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals