“I would highly recommend this program to anyone with a good idea and the willingness to work though problems. There is a great deal to be learned that extends far beyond our usual clinical duties and has been a very rewarding experience for me”.
Josh Szental, Specialist Anaesthetist Western Health
Inpatient falls are dangerous for patients and cause significant distress to healthcare workers responsible for preventing them. Current technology/software and devices being used by wards to help prevent inpatient falls are not fit for purpose. There is nothing commercially available to purchase that meets the needs of healthcare workers who wish to monitor falls.
Rebecca and her team are developing an approach to reduce falls in the hospital using a minimally distributive combination of existing video monitoring options and clinical evidence gathering.
Existing methods for preventing staff infection at hospitals rely heavily on single-use PPE equipment, particularly gowns. Processing and disposing of excessive single use gowns significantly costs hospitals financially and us all environmentally. There is currently no alternative safe effective re-usable gowns available on the market.
Forbes, Jo, Meriel, Max and Samantha are developing The Good Gown™ a surgical garment designed to extend the use of disposable gowns and reduce the immense environmental harm and financial cost to hospitals associated with their disposal.
Existing protocols for feeding babies in intensive care are laborious, with nurses required to stand next to the baby and wait significant amounts of time for liquid food to drain into the infant’s stomach via syringe at gravity pressure. New parents of infants also suffer under the current method, as the nurses immediate presence does not allow for the parents to participate in the critical feeding process nor allows for the intimacy between parent and child that benefits the child’s development.
Jessica, Max and Grant are developing the Eazi Feed™ a safe and convenient tool to support nurses to feed babies in a fraction of the time, without the risk of injury.