Adelaide Physical Rehab Invention To Be Exported

Adelaide Physical Rehab Invention To Be Exported

South Australia Minister for Health Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith

Adelaide Invention Speeds Up Recovery From Injury And Surgery Set For Export

Victor P Taffa

An Adelaide physical rehab invention that communicates improvements in real time, helping patients stay on track with treatment, is ready for trial and primed for export.

“It’s pleasing to see local inventions come to life with support from the State Government’s Medical Technologies Program. Our program brings together South Australian ingenuity with our highly capable local biomedical engineers to create export-focused jobs for our manufacturing industry.” Minister for Health Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said.

Device is one of the latest projects to receive support from the State Government’s Medical Technologies Program, delivered through Flinders University’s innovative Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).

“We know that arming patients with visual feedback in real time helps improve compliance with rehabilitation exercises, so this simple idea could have a big impact on the health and quality of life for many people following surgery or injury.” Flinders University Professor and MDPP Director Karen Reynolds said.

Developed by Prohab CEO Lyndon Huf, the rehab device connects to resistance bands, widely used in physiotherapy, to precisely measure the force applied to the band. The data is then captured and sent to an app where it can be visualised instantaneously as well as tracked over time.

“MDPP’s technical expertise is outstanding. The opportunity to bring research and technical expertise to bear on an early-stage commercial project is tremendous. The program helps to take concepts into reality in a really innovative way.” Prohab CEO Lyndon Huf said.

Device aims to motivate patients recovering from injury, or surgery, by keeping track of real time progress. In addition, the device will help medical professionals make better and more tailored treatment recommendations to patients.

With support from the program and biomedical engineers from the MDPP, Prohab now has a prototype for trial and manufacture. The company aims to make the device in South Australia and export it worldwide, strengthening the State’s economic future by driving economic growth and creating new jobs locally.

Prohab is currently trialling the device with athletes from Squash SA and is in discussion with several national and international sporting organisations.

Background

Other projects supported in the latest round of the Medical Technologies Program include:

Sigma Ergonomics Pty Ltd: To design and build a new digitally controlled exoskeletal arm for use by sonographers to ensure they are adequately supported when conducting ultrasounds on patients

Healthcare Innovations Australia Pty Ltd: To conduct a validation study of Exoflex’s functionality as a clinical assessment tool in hand therapy

Australian Orthopaedic Fixations Pty Ltd: To assist Austofix in the development and functioning prototype of a device to assist orthopaedic surgeons when fixing bone fractures. They will also receive assistance to design and build a wireless system and mobile application to enable pre-calibration of the device and control from a smart device.

MDPP at Flinders University is funded by the State Government’s Medical Technologies Program.

It partners medical innovators with leading biomedical engineers, providing them with research and development assistance, as well as market intelligence to help turn bright ideas from the laboratory and into commercial reality, benefitting the wider community and creating new opportunities for local manufacturers.

Successful applicants can receive access to up to 250 hours of research and development assistance and a 30-hour commercial assessment.