Own Research

Flinders Biomedical Engineering generate their own research ideas as well as participating in collaborative research with FMC clinicians, Flinders Uni researchers and external groups.

Collaborative research

Posture monitor testing

Posture monitor with feedback 
This pocket-physio monitors lower back position, detects poor postures, and provides feedback to the user for good posture positions. Collaboration with external physiotherapists with funding from SafeWork SA.

Tissue indurometer

Tissue assessment devices or Indurometer (tonometer) measure changes with tissue elasticity and viscoelasticity in lymphoedema, burns & scleroderma. Collaboration with Neil Piller, Lymphoedema Assessment Clinic.

Critical flicker fusion frequency
Critical flicker fusion frequency A technique to confirm there is good eyesight behind cataract obstructions before surgery is undertaken. This device includes analysis of pupil movement to ensure subject is looking at flickering light corectly. Collaboration with Konrad Pesudovs, Ophthalmology.

PhD research projects 

Flinders biomedical engineering desert dialysis project

Desert dialysis project
Developing energy and water efficient dialysis systems for Indigenous Australian Desert Communities.

Neonatal core temperature Oxygen consumption study which compares different core temperature sites and correlates oxygen consumption for  changes in environmental temperature.


Light source for non-invasive bilirubin measurement

Non-invasive bilirubin assessment Uses plethysmography to avoid invasive (heel prick) bilirubin assessment of neonates.

Heart rate variability

Opioid effect on  airway tone Determine if heart rate variability can predict opioid-induced airway collapse.

Intra-medullary nail sensor

Intra-medullary nail sensors Monitors bone regrowth after fracture with intra-medullary nail sensors.

Supervised student research projects

Supervision of student resarch projects is at many levels: undergraduate work experience and honours projects, Masters students and PhD candidates.

  • Localised bioimpedance analysis to measure tissue hydration in lymphoedema, and sprained ankles
  • Wireless monitoring of physiological signals

  • Localised bioimpedance of  tissues


Partners in Research

The Biomedical R&D group operates within the Flinders Medical Centre, and the Flinders University of South Australia.  The existence of a hospital, a School of Medicine, and a School of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics at the same campus has nurtured a dynamic biomedical engineering environment for the research, development, testing and application of new biomedical devices, services and programs.
Flinders Biomedical Engineering collaborates with internal and external partners, clinicians and hospitals, universities, medical device companies and businesses, to develop medical devices. Contact us