Clinicians are reimagining healthcare in a new innovation program at Swinburne’s MedTechVic

Professor Sally McArthur, co-director of MedTechVic

An eight-week Clinical Innovation Fellowship program at Swinburne University’s MedTechVic, run by clinicians, uses design thinking principles to create a technology solution to a real problem in their area of ​​practice.

The program is run by Swinburne in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne (SVHM) and Monash Health, and participants – from physiotherapists to gastroenterologists – have developed comprehensive proposals to help improve lives.

“What would improve the experience of waiting in an emergency department? Is there a way to de-stigmatize bowel cancer screening tests? Can medicine be digital? These questions, and more, are being answered in a one-of-a-kind initiative led by Swinburne’s MedTechVic,” notes Swinburne.

The eight-week Clinical Innovation Fellows program sees a handpicked group of clinicians from diverse backgrounds – from physical therapists to gastroenterologists – use the principles of design thinking to create a technological solution to a real-world problem in their area of ​​practice. .

Swinburne says the program was designed to guide clinicians through the innovation lifecycle, providing them with the skills required to be mentors and advisors in product and process development in industry – and by working with industry experts, they are exploring the best ways to provide clinical perspective and have developed new relationships between design, business, manufacturing and engineering.

“The graduates have now formed a network of professionals that the industry can rely on to build meaningful, user-centric solutions. This allows them to go beyond solving a single problem to identify industry-wide challenges and solutions.

“After the success of the first program, demand has already seen an increase in the size of the second cohort. The second group has just started with an equally diverse group of clinicians, including a pharmacist, podiatrist and plastic surgeon,” Swinburne said.

“The program is a perfect example of how MedTechVic helps translate the ideas of industry players into innovation. The Clinical Innovation Fellows program is designed to bridge a critical gap between clinical experience and industry development,” says MedTechVic Co-Director, Professor Sally McArthur (pictured).

“The program is not just about development. These are good skills.

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