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ATSE seeks to help people live longer on their own

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering wants to improve the commercialisation of research on assistive technology.

There is a “disconnect” between assistive technology research and its translation into practice, the academy said on 1 November.

Assistive technology includes mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs and hardware and software that assist people with disabilities.

The ATSE proposes establishing a network of healthcare professionals working with technology to create easier access to expertise and promote collaboration between researchers, industry, government and users.

Such a network would cut Australia’s overall health costs, the academy said. More effective use of technology would allow users to live on their own for longer, the ATSE added.

ATSE aims to have a business plan for assistive technology network ready by the end of the year.