November 2014

New medical device to make the mines safer

Dehydration can be serious health issue for Australia's mining industry, but a new product to be developed with input from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively help mine managers implement their health and safety policies.Hydralert - a concept developed by occupational hygienist Ryan Wynch - is a compact device placed in urinals to analyse a person's hydration level in real time and provide immediate feedback.

For the full story, click here.

October 2014

Flinders welcomes Hills to Tonsley

Iconic South Australian-owned technology and communications company Hills will relocate its local operations to Flinders University's new $120 million facility at Tonsley.

Announced today (31 October 2014), the relocation of Hills will foster increased collaboration with Flinders University's centre of expertise in medical devices and assistive living technologies.

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September 2014

Flinders University's Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) has received $500,000 from the State Government to help improve the State's Hospital in the Home (HITH) service, which provides home-based treatments to patients who would otherwise require hospital care.This project stems from a previous collaboration between Flinders University and CPIE Pharmacy Services. Funded by the State Government in 2012, the MDPP at Flinders University undertook a 250 hour research and development project for CPIE to evaluate existing infusion technologies.

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Past event - MDPP Networking Event

Operating within the Australian medical device environment: The Cook Medical Story

On 9 September 2014, Barry Thomas, Managing Director Cook Australia, kindly shared his insights into the Cook Medical story and some lessons learnt from operating within the Australian medical environment. This MDPP networking event, attended by guests from industry, research organisations and government departments, was a great opportunity to learn from this hugely successful company and from Barry, who brings more than two decades of leadership and expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.



August 2014

Engineering our way to safer cancer biopsies

Cancer detection may soon become more sensitive and safer, thanks to electronic engineering expertise from Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP).The Hand Held Magnetometer Probe, developed by research scientists, Associate Professor Benjamin Thierry and Aidan Cousins from the University of South Australia, is an ultrasensitive magnetic probe which detects small amounts of clinically introduced magnetic material in lymph nodes.

Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Susan Close said the probe provides a non-radioactive alternative for the patient and clinician and is used to determine whether cancer has disseminated through the body.

To ready the full story, click here.

Funding boost to fast-track medical devices

From high-tech dental devices to a mobility frame, Flinders University's Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is helping to fast track new medical technologies, thanks to funding from the South Australian Government's Medical Technologies Program (MTP).

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Bringing dental x-ray technology into the fast lane

Dental patients and practitioners could soon benefit from a faster and more user-friendly dental x-ray solution, thanks to Adelaide-based radiographer Don Chorley. Mr Chorley, a medical imaging technologist specialising in imaging of the craniofacial region, will be working with the Medical Device Partnering Program at Flinders University to address some of the limitations he has found with current dental imaging techniques.

To read the full story, click here

Past event - Driving new Health Technology Innovation - Tonsley's Future

Tonsley is open for business. Flinders at Tonsley will officially open in January 2015 - and on behalf of the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) and the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE), guests were invited to join us 'on-site' at Tonsley for a sneak peek. 

With local medical device company, Signostics recently re-locating to Tonsley, this event provided a timely opportunity to listen to three speakers from industry, research and government, as they spoke about the prospects that Tonsley will provide for the health technology industry in our State.  Held on 19 March 2014 at TAFE SA Tonsley, the program included presentations by;

 - Prof Karen Reynolds (Director, MDPP)
 - Mr Andrew Dickson (Project Development Officer, Tonsley DMITRE)
 - Mr Warren Ortmann (Chief Executive Officer, Signostics

Prototype pillow to help reduce suffocation fears

People with epilepsy may soon be able to sleep a little easier, thanks to new research carried out by a team of researchers at Repatriation General Hospital and Flinders University.The research, prompted by the Epilepsy Association of SA and NT and funded by the Medical Device Partnering Program, tested the effectiveness of a prototype anti-suffocation pillow designed to reduce the risk of suffocation which can sometimes occur as a result of an epileptic seizure.

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State Government grants help commercialise medical devices

A medical device developed by former Adelaide Crows player, now orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Matthew Liptak, is one of two projects to receive support under the South Australian Government's Medical Technologies Program.

To read the full story, refer to the MTP News Release_Feb (PDF 106KB) .

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