Health Technology Projects

Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living: A Pilot Study

ATSE has commenced a new project Assistive Health Technologies for Independent Living: A Pilot Study to explore whether a person-centred interdisciplinary network of experts can enable healthy and fulfilling independent living for the aged and disabled through the adoption of assistive technologies for home-based healthcare. The project will explore the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to the technological, social and ethical issues surrounding technology-based approaches for housing for aged and disabled. 

The Expert Working Group for this project is Professor Greg Tegart AM FTSE (co-chair), Dr Erol Harvey FTSE (co-chair), Associate Professor Elizabeth Ozanne, Professor Jeffrey Soar, Dr Clarissa Martin and Ms Anne Livingstone.  

This project is being undertaken by ATSE for the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) as part of the program Making Interdisciplinary Research Work. Further information on earlier reports can be found on the ACOLA website. This work is funded by the ARC Linkage Learned Academics Special Projects Funding program.

Emerging Assistive and Medical Technologies Network Project

ATSE is exploring the establishment of an enabling assistive technologies network, a concept that arose from discussions with the National Enabling Technologies Strategy Group (NETS). This work will involve the production of an issues paper, convening a workshop to discuss the key issues, and publishing a final report and recommendations. Support is provided by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).


Workshop Communique Sydney, 25-26 October

ATSE convened a high level workshop to explore the potential to establish an emerging assistive and medical technologies network in Australia.The Workshop highlighted the opportunities and challenges emerging from the application of assistive technologies for older Australians and people with a disability; the future of the Australian medical technology industry and its possible contribution; the potential for assistive technologies to significantly transform human capabilities; and the role of cross-sectoral collaboration in effective application of enabling technologies.