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19 Jun 2024

Join Our Lecture on “Healthy Connections – A Mobile Medi-Kit to Improve Health Equity for Remote Indigenous Communities in Australia”

Are you passionate about health equity and innovative solutions for indigenous communities? Join us for an insightful online lecture titled “Healthy Connections – A Mobile Medi-Kit to Improve Health Equity for Remote Indigenous Communities in Australia”, presented by Dr Susannah Soon from Curtin University. This enlightening session will occur via Zoom on Friday, 5 July 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Jakarta time).

Healthy Connections is a finalist in the WA Health Challenge competition for health equity in the Pilbara, a remote region in Western Australia. This high-profile flagship project will deliver a state-of-the-art virtual care Proof-of-Concept innovation, the mobile Medi-Kit, to the WA Department of Health in August 2024. The Healthy Connections Medi-Kit enhances health equity in the Pilbara by empowering health workers to deliver medical services on-Country, effectively bringing the ‘clinic to the community’. The Medi-Kit offers AI support and analysis for health consultations in culturally sensitive ways and provides secure and reliable satellite connectivity in remote regions.

Communities in remote Australia often face difficulties accessing equitable healthcare due to large distances and other barriers. The Medi-Kit introduces a new approach to delivering preventative healthcare and screening for cardiovascular, diabetes, renal, and other health conditions in a way that ensures cultural sensitivity. Local health workers operate the Medi-Kit, empowering them to bring quality care directly to their own communities. AI is used to analyse medical readings and suggest potential health concerns. This is complemented by AI-generated patient education materials, including imagery and words, to help improve health literacy within the community.

Additional use cases for this technology include aged care, emergency services, and remote patient monitoring. The Healthy Connections project is developed by students and staff at the Curtin School of Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Mathematical Sciences (EECMS) and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The project is supported by Curtin alliance partners Cisco and Optus.

Calling all graduates and scholars of Australian tertiary institutions from Indonesia interested in understanding innovative approaches to health equity. RSVP by Wednesday, 3 July, to secure your place in this online lecture. Register now at this link. As a token of appreciation for your participation, attendees will receive an e-certificate.

Embark on a journey of knowledge with us as we explore strategies to bridge the healthcare gap for Indigenous communities in remote Australia. Do you want to learn more? Click here to obtain additional information about the lecture and our speakers. We look forward to your attendance.

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