Victoria to get two new medtech innovation challenges

The Victorian government has announced $400,000 in funding through its Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre for two new innovation challenges, both focussed on healthcare products.

The two challenges – the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Medtech Challenge and the Swinburne LivingAT Health Innovation Challenge – will strengthen ties between allied health, research, developer and manufacturing professionals, according to the announcement on Tuesday.

The Aikenhead Centre challenge would target equipment to assist with “conditions including type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and neurological conditions such as epilepsy.”

“This program is backing the brightest minds to innovate and design new technologies that will assist people with disabilities or health conditions such as diabetes and osteoarthritis to live more independently and improve their quality of life,” said Victorian innovation minister, Jaala Pulford

Customised designs “for new mobility aids, like wheelchairs and walkers” were expected to result via the Swinburne LivingAT Health Innovation Challenge.

Picture: The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (image credit

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