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Australian medical research to help tackle India’s biggest healthcare problems

Lab SCIENTIST Source: AAP

The Victorian medical technology and pharmaceuticals sector currently generates revenues of more than $12 billion a year including $1.98 billion in exports.

The Victorian Government today announced two new agreements.

These agreements will strengthen Victoria’s medical technology sector.

It will also help address major health challenges in India.

This announcement came after the government-led Neuroscience Victoria trade mission to India this week.

Melbourne’s Swinburne University signed two memorandums of understanding to partner with major Indian healthcare providers to tackle some of the country’s biggest clinical problems.

The Hon Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, said - “Congratulations to Swinburne on these exciting new agreements – a great example of the opportunities that our targeted trade missions are providing Victorian companies to take their expertise to the world. We are boosting our global med tech reputation and creating jobs here at home.”

Neuroscience leaders from Swinburne signed one agreement with Medanta, one of India’s largest private hospitals, on a project to improve the diagnosis of epilepsy across India.

The Hon Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health, said - “We’re determined to capitalise on the export, investment and job creating potential of Victoria’s medical research and technology sector, and further strengthening our relationship with India will help us achieve that.”

Swinburne also signed a memorandum of understanding with the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to develop a cutting edge ‘smart helmet’ to reduce the incidence of head injuries for motorcyclists.

Two thirds of road vehicles in India are two-wheelers and tens of thousands of people die on India’s roads every year with many more suffering injury and trauma.

The ‘smart helmet’ is designed to be light-weight and incorporate technology to address the issues that currently discourage people from wearing helmets.

These breakthrough agreements demonstrate the world-leading expertise being generated from Victoria’s renowned medical research institutes with technological advances that are adding real public value across the world.

Professor Ajay Kapoor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology, said - “There are incredible opportunities for Victorian doctors, scientists and researchers to work with their counterparts in India and Swinburne is proud to be leading the way with breakthroughs that will deliver significant health benefits to the community.”

The Victorian medical technology and pharmaceuticals sector currently generates revenues of more than $12 billion a year including $1.98 billion in exports.