ABC Radio talks to Neuromersiv

Jane Ingall from ABC Radio New England North West recently interviewed Neuromersiv about how we are using Virtual Reality to put the fun into rehabilitation

Survivors of brain injury in rural areas are being encouraged to trial a new virtual reality prototype that hopes to aid the recovery of movement and fine motor skills.

Designed to put the fun back into rehabilitation exercises, it takes participants into a virtual world. A robotic glove containing sensors helps with muscle movement and at the same time monitors improvement.

“It’s basically like an electrical octopus sitting on your hand,” says co-developer Rohan O’Reilly.

“Inside there are encase all the electrical goodies. That system communicates with the software in the virtual environment.”

Once inside the virtual world, participants taken through a series of tasks.

‘There’s an avatar in there that talks to them and it tells them what it wants them to do and encouraged them to practice, and it rewards them,” says Mr O’Reilly.

The prototype will be trialled in Tamworth and the Central Coast and physiotherapists love the idea too.

“Often these devices are put out and consumers are asked to buy them and there’s no research or evidence behind whether they work or not,” says Dr Luke Wakely from the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health.

Colin Neilson suffered a stroke a year ago, and more than happy to be a guinea pig.

“It felt real, it was right here, and if that thing does what he says, it’ll be unreal,” he says.

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Anshul Dayal

Co-Founder & CEO

Anshul has over 10 years experience in leading large technical teams in creating leading edge Hollywood content and software, including being a part of the Academy Award winning team to work on blockbuster film, Happy Feet.

Stephanie Ho

Neuromersiv Ambassador

After surviving a severe stroke at 22 years of age, Stephanie has committed her life to improve the healthcare system and easing the burden for other survivors. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and is a regular keynote speaker on the topic of stroke and the impact of rehabilitation from a consumer perspective. Stephanie was awarded for her work in 2019 by the National Stroke Foundation.

Dr Jodie Marquez

Clinical & Research

Jodie is a physiotherapist with 20 years of experience in neuro-rehabilitation. She currently serves as Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle and has served as Chief Investigator on a number of funded clinical trial studies.

Professor Michael Nilsson

Rehabilitation Innovation

Michael is the Director of the Centre for Rehab Innovations and Global Innovation Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Newcastle. As a senior translational researcher, clinician and leader in Rehabilitation Medicine, he recently established CRI together with an interdisciplinary team of leading researchers and clinicians. CRI engages with industry and public and private healthcare to develop technology-supported solutions for individually-tailored health and rehabilitation programs.

Warren Bingham

Commercialisation & Strategy

Warren is the General Manager of Cicada MedLab and the founder and Executive Chairman of MedTech International. As part of the global executive team to introduce PillCam® to the world, he was instrumental in the company going from startup in 2000 to being sold in 2014 for $1 billion.

Oliver Morton-Evans

Co-Founder & COO

Oliver has 7 years experience in design and project management having run visual effects & VR production studio, pic4 over this time. Prior to this, Oliver served as a digital media producer and designer for global children’s entertainment brand, The Wiggles.