The Queensland Government is backing home-grown tech businesses to provide real-world solutions to Queensland challenges through a partnership between the Mater Group and Advance Queensland.
Three local businesses have recently been awarded funding to work with Mater using Queensland know-how to solve medical and training challenges, improving the lives of Queenslanders and creating good jobs for the future economy.
The partnerships are part of the $142 million Advance Queensland Innovation for a Future Economy 2022-2032 roadmap.
More than $864,000 has been injected into Queensland’s innovation economy through the partnership, with the Mater and other project partners contributing $1.56 for every dollar committed by Advance Queensland.
Advance Queensland is providing $250,000 to Queensland business Cardihab and Mater to roll out a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program to regional communities across Queensland following a successful pilot project in Townsville.
The program will allow people from rural and remote communities to recover from cardiac procedures in their own homes while receiving virtual rehabilitation care from Mater Private Hospital Townsville clinicians for six weeks after treatment.
Mater Private Hospital Townsville is the largest private cardiac facility north of Brisbane and will use the Cardihab app to complete rehabilitation for 300 patients across the state over the next 12 months.
The funding will also be used to create a Centre of Excellence in Townsville to share knowledge from the pilot and assist in future delivery of other essential health services virtually for patients in remote and regional areas.
People Tech Revolution Speaking with Good Judgement training
Advance Queensland awarded $40,000 to support the development of a virtual reality training package for Mater staff delivered by Brisbane-based business, People Tech Revolution.
People Tech Revolution has developed a custom-made virtual version of Mater’s Speaking with Good Judgement course, which guides staff through scenarios where they identify opportunities for improvement in the workplace and gives them the confidence to speak up in those situations.
In the virtual training environment, they might see a colleague talking to a patient and think they could have handled the situation better and they can practice how to correct this behaviour in a professional way.
A pilot of the course has been running across Mater sites in Townsville and Southeast Queensland over recent months and will also extend to Rockhampton.
Eduvidd Diploma of Nursing support
Advance Queensland and Mater are co-funding $94,000 to Queensland start-up Eduvidd to provide increased support for Diploma of Nursing students.
The partnership is the first signed under Advance Queensland’s new Private Sector Pathways Program.
Enrolments in Mater Education’s 18 month Diploma of Nursing course jumped by 28 per cent in the first 12 months of COVID.
Enrolments are still tracking well above pre-pandemic levels, but with Queensland needing an extra 12,000 extra nurses by 2025 more entrants are urgently needed to meet the state’s growing healthcare needs.
Mater Education wanted to create a stronger support system for nursing students and through Advance Queensland, they put out an open innovation challenge for Queensland Small to Medium Enterprises and scaleups to submit ideas.
Eduvidd is a professional development software and training company who proposed an immersive student experience with a holistic range of support, including AI chatbots for students, simplifying course material and gathering data on key pain points to continue identifying areas for improvement.