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<ul><li><p>HEAlTHcArE ASSiSTivE TEcHNology</p><p>australian academy oF technological sciences and engineering (atse)</p><p>number 176February 2013</p><p>BUiLDinG A nETWOrK TO HELP AUSTrALiAnS LiVE BETTEr</p><p>contributors discuss how an assistive technology network could better link assistive technology research and help </p><p>translate it into commercialisation and adoption</p></li><li><p>Thoughts</p><p>Although leadership is taught at more institutions and is the subject of more books and articles than ever before, we live in a world where our leaders are chastised for demonstrating a distinct lack of it. The issue is that it is far easier to preach the theory than it is to put that theory in to practice because the key ingredient that cannot be taught is passion, passion for a cause or goal.</p><p>Its passion that results in a person wanting to rise to the challenge of trying to achieve a goal and taking others on that journey. So there is much that can be learnt from practical expedi-tions that can be applied to leadership in the corporate or policy environment: from clarity of purpose, to adaptability, to a perspective on risk.</p><p>Conceiving and undertaking extreme expeditions to some of the worlds most remote places requires great teamwork and a great amount of vision. Organisationally, the emphasis is on achieving outcomes rather than simply participating in a process. You pare down the plan-ning to the point where there are no excess process-based steps. Every meeting, every piece of equipment, everything you do has to have a purpose or it gets discarded. You need a lot of detail to keep you going for 50 days in -25 to -30C.</p><p>It is something many process-based organisations could learn from, not least the international roadshows on climate change and international trade where lack of a clear vision and a focus on what the intended outcomes are has meant painfully slow progress.</p><p>Taking risks is supremely important because, to progress, mankind relies upon adventurous souls taking risks. This spirit of adventure lies at the heart of artistic self-expression, advances in science, medicine and politics, the growth of a business or the need to climb mountains or walk to the poles to discover what lies within. In expedition terms this is akin to a leader go-ing first to determine the strength of a snow bridge over a deep crevasse before asking others to cross it.</p><p>My next expedition will attempt to recreate the epic 1915 journey of one of the leadership greats: Sir Ernest Shackleton. His leadership is perhaps best defined by his ability to work towards big goals unrelentingly, but also to be flexible enough to know when they were no longer achievable, accept this, adjust and pursue his new goal with the same dedication and conviction as the unachievable original.</p><p>When Shackletons ship Endurance was crushed in the pack ice.....Read the rest of Tims blog at:</p><p>Health / Leaders need passion17 January 2013 / 1 / Tim Jarvis</p><p>We shape a better world |</p><p>Contributor / Tim Jarvis</p><p>Thoughts /</p><p>The best solutions can only come about by continually listening, learning and chal-lenging. Thats why weve created Thoughts - a place for experts, practitioners and enthusiasts to talk about the issues affecting the built environment now and in the future. Please join us. </p><p></p><p>I am a sustainability and climate change strategist for Arup in Australasia, where I focus on delivering environmental initiatives that generate maximum social benefit as well as addressing how industry and society can overcome resistance to change. I am a director of an outcome-focused environmental initiative Do-Tank, providing sustainability advice on multilateral aid projects for the World Bank and AusAID. I am also an adventurer and author, and hold the record for the fastest unsupported journey to the South Pole and the longest unsupported journey in Antarctica in 1999.</p></li><li><p>Join Australias Best Minds e University of Melbourne is seeking high calibre PhD students to contribute to projects at the forefront of international research.At the University of Melbourne, one of Australias leading research universities, you will become part of a dynamic research community, working alongside the best and brightest researchers in the country.Our generous scholarship programs provide students with nancial support and opportunities for international eldwork and travel.To nd out more about undertaking a graduate research degree at Melbourne, visit:</p><p>ww</p><p>w.u</p><p>nim</p><p>elb.</p><p>edu.a</p><p>u/r</p><p>esea</p><p>rch/</p><p>Graduate Research Training.</p></li><li><p>ATSE176_February.indd 1 22/01/13 11:18 AM</p></li><li><p>1</p><p>Focus February 13 </p><p></p><p>coPYRIGht</p><p>this publication contains copyright material. Some of the material is owned by Australian Academy of technological Sciences and Engineering Ltd AcN 008 520 394 (AtSE) and some material is owned by others. All copyright and other intellectual property rights in the materials remain with the owner. No material in this publication may be copied (except as legally allowed) or further disseminated without the express and written permission of the holder of that copyright. </p><p>copyright AtSE 2013</p><p>5 Engagement and action in the internet Age</p><p>12 Health technology can have an enormous impact</p><p>13 The changing paradigm in aged and disability care</p><p>16 Our prosperity rests on a new approach to innovation</p><p>19 israel visit valuable for neuroscience team </p><p>19 2013 Awards Dinner in Melbourne </p><p>21 nuclear energy for Australia?</p><p>21 Transforming SA manufacturing </p><p>22 More Fresh Science research</p><p>42 ATSE in FocusHealtHcare assistive </p><p>tecHnology</p><p>AustrAliAn AcAdemy of technologicAl sciences And engineering (Atse)</p><p>number 176 februAry 2013</p><p>building a network to help australians live better</p><p>Contributors discuss how an assistive technology network could better link assistive technology research and help </p><p>translate it into commercialisation and adoption</p><p>Focus_1302_cover.indd 1 30/01/13 1:56 PM</p><p>Front cover: Linking healthcare technology in the electronic age.Photo:</p><p>3new focus to achieve our potential in medtechBy Anne Trimmer</p><p>7seeking better value in assistivehealth technologies networkBy Greg Tegart </p><p>9sas Partnering Program drives innovation through collaborationBy Karen reynolds</p><p>AtSE Focus is produced to stimulate discussion and public policy initiatives on key topics of interest to the Academy and the nation. Many articles are contributed by AtSE Fellows with expertise in these areas. opinion articles will be considered for publication. Items between 800 and 1400 words are preferred. Please address comments, suggested topics and article for publication to </p><p>Deadline for the receipt of copy for next edition of Focus is 16 March 2013.</p><p>PUBLIShER</p><p>CEO: Dr Margaret hartley FtSEEditor: Bill Mackey </p><p>AUSTrALiAn ACADEMy OF TECHnOLOGiCAL SCiEnCES AnD EnGinEErinG (ATSE)</p><p>Address: Level 1, 1 Bowen crescent, MelbournePostal Address: GPo Box 4055, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 </p><p>Telephone: 03 9864 0900Facsimile: 03 9864 0930Email:</p><p>AcN 008 520 394ABN 58 008 520 394Print Post Publication No 341403/0025ISSN 1326-8708</p><p>Design and production: coretext 03 9670 1168</p><p>contents</p><p>Longevity means increased chronic diseases among the elderly, leading to increased healthcare costs to the nation.</p></li><li><p>CR</p><p>ICO</p><p>S P</p><p>rovi</p><p>der C</p><p>ode </p><p>0012</p><p>6GB</p><p>C+</p><p>YU</p><p>NW</p><p>G11</p><p>51 </p></li><li><p>3</p><p>Focus February 13 </p><p>healthcare assistive</p><p>The medical technology industry is one of Australias bright manufacturing prospects if we get the policy settings right. Improving the linkages between researchers, industry and end users is one way to achieve our ambition of a robust, innovative Australian medical technology industry.</p><p>The medtech sector in financial year 2011-12 was larger than the wine industry and on par with the automotive industry, with turnover of a little more than $10 billion and yet it is overlooked as a prospective contributor to Australias economic future. </p><p>Australia has many of the right attributes to grow a strong domestic medical technology industry a significant health and medical research capability, quality health system, highly skilled manufacturing workforce, stable financial system and access to the growing middle-class markets of Asia. </p><p>Australia has excelled in the development of niche products to supply the global market Resmeds devices to treat sleep disorders, Cochlears electronic hearing device and Sirtexs Sirspheres cancer treatment device.</p><p>Despite this track record, and despite having many of the attributes required to underpin a strong local industry, Australia has yet to achieve its potential as a country known for its medical technology. The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) has examined the reasons for this position and put forward some ideas on how this deficiency can be addressed in a White </p><p>New focus to achieve our potential in medtechMedical devices manufacturing needs skills similar to the automotive industry highly skilled engineering, componentry, miniaturisation, computerisation and materials science.</p><p>By Anne</p><p>Paper, Building a Sustainable Australian Medical Technology Industry, published in 2012 (available at </p><p>In reviewing the drivers for success in other countries, there are a number of common attributes:national strategy and national leadership;dedicated national institutions </p><p>or networks;tax and other critical incentives;market access and integration </p><p>with the health system;commitment to advanced </p><p>sector training; andsustained long-term focus.</p><p>Of these, national strategy and national leadership are an immediate critical need. With national leadership and commitment the sector provides a first-rate opportunity for growth. This is an industry that will contribute not only to the management of Australias health needs but also to the future employment of a skilled manufacturing workforce as existing industries wind back, and where there will be increased demand for exports to countries in our region and more broadly.</p><p>Lets look at some of the specific proposals.</p><p>Manufacturing baseInvestment in innovation is the only way to build industries that compete in an advanced economy. Innovation can be advanced through strengthening collaboration between industry, education, researchers and end users. </p><p>The non-government members of the Prime Ministers Taskforce on </p><p>Manufacturing proposed a simple strategy in their report released in 2012, Smarter Manufacturing for a Smarter Australia. The report produced recommendations, many at a structural level. </p><p>The UK Government has also focused on the need to transition its economy to high-skilled manufacturing. The White Paper New Industry, New Jobs (NINJ), published in April 2009, set out a number of specific technological opportunities for economic growth and renewal. In response to the commitment laid down in NINJ, in July 2009 the report Advanced Manufacturing Building Britains Future announced a package of funding measures to help UK manufacturers of all sizes and sectors to fully benefit from innovation drawing on key emerging technologies and new market opportunities.</p><p>Skilled workforceIn order to advance the medical technology sector in Australia it is critical that we harness a sufficient number of appropriately skilled workers. The lack of a skilled workforce is identified by manufacturers in particular as a significant challenge. The skills required for manufacturing of medical devices are similar to those used in the automotive industry. They include high skilled engineering, componentry, miniaturisation, computerisation and materials science. </p><p>Australia already has some first-class higher education research centres in the biomedical engineering field, with research ranging from biomolecular engineering to </p><p>ATSE Focus welcomes letters from readers in response to published article or on technological science and related topics. </p><p>PlEASE kEEP lETTErS briEf. loNgEr lETTErS MAy bE ruN AS coNTribuTEd ArTiclES. Please address to</p><p>lettersto theeditor</p></li><li><p>4</p><p>February 13 Focus</p><p>healthcare assistive technology</p><p>could provide by utilising the products developed by Australias innovative medical technology companies. With health expenditure at around $120 billion a year, health purchasers are potentially a significant driver of industry economic development.</p><p>The UK Government has recognised this and has reoriented its focus, describing the strategy as placing innovation at the heart of healthcare delivery as well as supporting the countrys knowledge industries. </p><p>In December 2011 Prime Minister Cameron presented the Strategy for UK Life Sciences (SLS) to further the work of previous programs. The SLS is a wide-ranging strategy based on three key principles:building a life sciences ecosystem;attracting, developing and </p><p>rewarding the best talent; andovercoming barriers and creating </p><p>incentives for the promotion of health care innovation.The strategy aims to cultivate </p><p>investment that pushes innovative UK medtech development and production to the global marketplace. In parallel with the SLS, the UK Government released in December 2011 its review of innovation, Innovation, Health and Wealth, with the aim of accelerating adoption and diffusion of innovation within the UK health system.</p><p>Innovation, Health and Wealth provides an excellent roadmap for the integration of health system need with facilitation of industry development. The report identifies four ways in which the NHS contributes to the UK economy. Importantly, these include the support it provides to the life sciences industry by accelerating adoption and diffusion of innovation. By exporting innovation, ideas and expertise, working in partnership with UK industry, it also provides new business opportunities overseas for UK-based companies.</p><p>Among the agreed actions are a commitment to enhance the local showcase hospital program to evaluate effectiveness of medical technologies that are safe but dont yet have evidence of effectiveness. The report also commits to expansion of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which provides seed funding to support the development of innovative products and services to meet identified health needs and a commitment by the NHS to procure </p><p>bionanomaterials and medical radiation physics. Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing area of engineering education but we need to do better in capturing the talent among our students and directing them into the industry. </p><p>There is little formal collaboration between the universities and industry, an area that needs improvement. Collaboration will help to focus research into areas that support product development to meet identified need.</p><p>Entrepreneurial environmentOne of the stimulators for entrepreneurial growth in an innovative sector like medical technology is the co-location, or clustering, of established industry wit...</p></li></ul>