Medical Device Partnering Program

Enhancing collaboration for better knowledge transfer

The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) supports the development of cutting-edge medical devices through unique collaborations between researchers, industry, end-users and government.

The program facilitates the development of medical devices by coordinating the efforts of key stakeholders. It provides a mechanism for the development of prototypes, proof of concept and/or commercialisation planning for potential Australian medical device products. We have a particular focus on finding solutions for clinicians, the ageing and the disabled.

Medical devices provide Australia with the opportunity to position itself in a growing global market, taking advantage of current research and manufacturing capability across the nation.


"The MDPP is possibly the best model for fostering University/Industry collaboration that I have encountered in an Australian University" - Dr Steven Farrugia (Vice President, Technology) - ResMed Ltd

MDPP delivering Medical Technologies Program

Formally announced in August 2013, the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) received funding from the Department of State Development to deliver the South Australian Government's Manufacturing Works, Medical Technologies Program.

Under the Medical Technologies Program, companies, commercial enterprises or an individual who agrees to form such an entity, with a current or proposed connection to South Australia, can benefit from R&D assistance through the MDPP.

View the MTP selection criteria to find out if you might be eligible. 

Click here to see a list of projects supported through the MTP during the funding period.

Are you interested in submitting a new innovation?

Applications are now open.

For more information email

Register your medical device, problem or idea

The MTP is supported by the



 Watch this video to learn more about the MDPP and hear one example of how the MDPP assisted South Australian company NVT Systems Pty Ltd to develop a new product for their portfolio.

Latest news

September 2015

U Stand Frame saves care workers backs and aids patient recovery

Helping patients and aged care residents to stand is all in a day’s work for many healthcare workers, but it comes at a cost, with nursing assistants suffering one of the highest rates of work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

That’s where a new lightweight, portable ‘U Stand Frame’ (pictured), the most recent product to receive assistance from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), can make all the difference.

The product currently being manufactured in Adelaide, is the brainchild of Managing Director of INNOVO Healthcare, Allan Perriam, who, as a practising nurse, has firsthand experience of the dilemma faced by health care workers often caught between ‘no-lift’ policies and the immediate needs of those they care for. 

Click here to read the full release.

23 September 2015

Funding keeps Flinders at forefront of medical device technology

Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) will remain a driving force behind South Australia’s medical technologies industry, thanks to an additional $250,000 in State Government funding.

Click here to read the full release.


MDPP Innovations Manager, Aisha Sirop featured in Invest Adelaide article.

Great recognition for MDPP 

SA device removing need for x-rays released to international acclaim

MDPP host key compliance workshop for SA health tech industry

Medical Device Regulation for SMEs - MDPP event

Flinders SimTools to enhance medical training experience 

Spinal procedure no longer such a pain in the back

New medical device to make the mines safer

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