Case study

23Nov 2017
Sun rises over a misty field with trees

Developing imaging technology that identifies patient function and can guide intervention strategies                   This activity, in collaboration between CSIRO, the Queensland Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation and Research Centre and the Stella Maris Institute, is investigating imaging technologies for the early detection of brain injury associated with CP, the […]

23Nov 2017

CONSULT is a 3D experience that allows neurosurgeons to see the invisible, making brain surgery safer and more effective than ever before       Brain Surgery Remains A High-Risk Procedure Brain surgery is dangerous. The brain contains about a trillion axons – microscopic ‘wires’ that carry information. Surgeons need to cut through a subset […]

22Nov 2017
A computer-generated image of a bronchoscope travelling in a lung

Objective We are developing an innovative bronchoscopy simulator in collaboration with the RBWH thoracic department. The aim is to increase the skill level of trainee doctors and surgeons who undertake thoracic procedures with a bronchoscope. New imaging techniques Recent developments in novel imaging techniques applied in bronchoscopy are being pioneered by surgeons in the Royal […]

22Nov 2017

The challenge: Alzheimer’s disease is a major national issue The increasing health costs and lost productivity from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), exacerbated by the ageing population, is a major National problem estimated to be $5.6b in 2002, including $3.2b in direct health costs (Access Economics 2005). The population >65 is expected to […]

17Nov 2017
A flowchart shows the progression from data acquisition to cartilage biochemical properties

Musculoskeletal Segmentation In 2001, 6.1 million Australians (32%) had long-term arthritis or a musculoskeletal disorder with almost 1.2 million reporting an associated disability (Bhatia 2005). Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting nearly 1.4 million Australians and a major cause of chronic pain and disability (Bhatia 2005). This chronic joint disease is […]

17Nov 2017
A suited man interacts with an eye scanner focussed on a lady's eye

The challenge: Access to eye screening is needed in remote communities Left undiagnosed and untreated, eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss or total blindness. For patients suffering from these diseases, losing some or all of their eyesight can severely restrict mobility which has flow-on effects to their overall health and quality […]

17Nov 2017
A hand holds a phone displaying a heart image

The challenge: Uptake of cardiac rehab is poor Health services in the home and community are seen globally as a key to tackling the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. In the case of heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation programs have been effective in preventing the recurrence of cardiac events and reducing re-admissions. These six-week programs traditionally take […]

17Nov 2017
A gloved hand interacts with a screen showing a heartbeat

The challenge: Delivering healthcare to an ageing population As we grow older, our health becomes more fragile, can decline quickly and the risk of falls and related injuries increases. Certain day-to-day activities can become difficult, and certain appliances and furniture around the home can pose a safety risk. With an ageing population and Australia’s health […]

17Nov 2017
Clinician showing a patient how to use the home monitoring system.

The challenge: The cost of delivering healthcare is increasing Managing the rising cost of delivering healthcare is a major challenge for Australia. Targeting health services to assist the chronically ill and ageing population – which accounted for over 70 per cent of Australia’s $103.6 billion health expenditure during 2007-2008 – can help to reduce the […]

17Nov 2017
A smiling woman in front of a computer screen

The challenge: Adopting the international standard for healthcare data Electronic management of health information promises safer, more efficient and better quality healthcare. However, different health records often use various terms to describe the same medical concept. This creates a major stumbling block when it comes to integrating this data electronically. Australia has joined many other […]