Today, Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, joined health professionals and researchers at the RMH to announce grant funding of $450,000 towards the Melbourne Health Accelerator (MHx) program.
An Australian first, the MHx works with clinicians and researchers as they develop new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing and emerging challenges facing our healthcare system today.
The Accelerator also cultivates commercially viable answers to complex healthcare challenges, by connecting health professionals and leading medical research experts with health technology start-ups.
“Australia produces world class medical research, but we need to do more to realise the commercial and social benefit that flows from it, including better healthcare and new jobs,” Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings said.
“MHx will help fill that gap by putting all the key players together to boost patient outcomes and create jobs.”
In 2016, the Royal Melbourne Hospital established a pilot MHx that involved around 40 hospital staff and 15 health technology startups.
Melbourne Health, Chief Executive, Professor Christine Kilpatrick said there were endless opportunities for innovation at the hospital.
“The Royal Melbourne Hospital has a long and proud history of firsts in medical research and care; and innovation has been at the core of all our medical breakthroughs,” Professor Kilpatrick said.
“We are excited about what the future holds for our patients and staff when we bring together clinicians and medical researchers with local health-technology companies.”
The project is funded by the Public Sector Innovation Fund and the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Pictured: Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Frank McGuire, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research; Robert Doyle, Chair MH, Tori Fox, CEO Virtual Healthcare, Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings , Dr Patricio Sepulveda, Director Business Development, MH, Prof Christine Kilpatrick, CE, MH, Prof Ingrid Winship, Executive Director Research, MH.