The application of engineering, computing and mathematical techniques to health and medicine is a growing and important area. Such research includes the design and development of engineering and computational techniques to develop new medical devices, to manage patient information and to investigate new biomaterials and implants.
Medical Devices and related technologies represents a major application area for the School. Both in our teaching and in our research, the health area represents an important research and graduate focus. For example, the School has the following activities that directly target this area:
- Our Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) represents a strategic strength at Flinders. Our first Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) started in 1993 and was accredited in 1994 (the first in Australia) and graduates from Biomedical Engineering at Flinders have gone on to win both Fulbright and Menzies Scholarships, a Churchill Fellowship, become the Engineers Australia Young Professional of the year, the ACPSEM/EA/SMBE prizes (a number of times) and the IET Rex Johns Prize and the South Pacific Present Around the World (SPPAW) Prize (again many times).
- The Master of Engineering (Biomedical) is a two year course designed for those with expertise in electronic engineering who would like to introduce biomedical skills into their professional expertise.
- The Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) is a network of researchers, highly skilled in the development and application of a diverse range of medical technologies. MDRI includes more than fifty researchers and clinicians from Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre and the Repatriation General Hospital.
- The Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is a collaboration between researchers, end-users and industry to assist development of South Australian Medical Devices. It provides a mechanism for the development of prototypes, proof of concept and/or commercialisation planning.
- Our Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery research program investigates the development and application of advanced algorithmic, architectural and visualisation techniques to the discovery of knowledge from large volumes of complex data. Of particular interest is its application to health and medical data.
For further information on the School's activities in this area please contact Prof Karen Reynolds.
Elsewhere in the University
Medical technology and/or health informatics is also a focus in the Flinders University School of Medicine