World-leading rehabilitation robotics centre working

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AUSTRALIAN FIRST: Northeast Health Wangaratta chief executive officer Margaret Bennett tries out cognitive and muscular computer-assisted robotics rehabilitation technology. She is pictured with Stacey Manfield, manager of allied health and ambulatory services, with the device which is the first of its kind in regional Australia. PHOTO: Steve Kelly

WANGARATTA’S public hospital has secured the most advanced, world-leading rehabilitation robotics technology, the first of its kind in regional Australia.

The achievement has come from funds sourced through Northeast Health Wangaratta’s (NHW) 2016 fundraising appeal that has a target of $350,000.

The equipment from Austria, worth $150,000, has capabilities to assist people with their cognitive and physical rehabilitation when recovering from conditions such as stroke or head injury.

Three state of the art robotics devices – AMADEO, PABLO and TYMO – can interpret the patient’s capacity and tailor it into interactive games that engage the patient’s thinking processes while working on movement.

NHW manager of allied health and ambulatory services, Stacey Manfield, said it will enable patients to be treated locally without having to travel to Melbourne.

The health service has a catchment area of just under 90,000 people and patients needing the robotics will now be able to get the repetitive learning treatment they need more often.


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