Australian innovation in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is
creating training tools for healthcare professionals as well as tools to
improve patient treatment and care.
Immersive reality in education and training
Continuing education is an area in which Australia has significant
expertise. Vast distances and a highly urbanised population means many
rural and regional healthcare professionals are a long way from centralised
education centres. It is often difficult to maintain training
certifications and attend conferences in person. In addition, Australia
shares a global challenge - to develop a trained, digitally aware
workforce, appropriately equipped with digital literacy.
AR and VR tools are increasingly providing comprehensive, interactive and
engaging learning options to support skills acquisition and transfer.
For example, the
University of Newcastle
has developed a VR tool called Road to Birth for midwifery students. A digital headset takes
users on a 3D journey through pregnancy, depicting a life-size female
figure in front of them, whose gestation can be explored and observed.
Another example is SIMTICS, which
provides online simulations of over 120 clinical procedures to enable
clinicians to practice their techniques, including sonography, radiography
Immersive reality applications
The positive impact of immersive reality is being felt throughout the
Australian healthcare system. Examples include:
AR solutions such as Plattar let
clients in industries including healthcare create AR experiences for
products and services.
has produced diversity and inclusion VR, that allows users to literally
see from the point-of-view of others, including those of a different
gender, race or ability-level
Image courtesy of University of Newcastle