Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade was able to get a closer look at how some of the most state-of-the art technology is used by some of the state’s most complex rehabilitation patients at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) today.
The Technology Gym, located at FMC’s new Rehabilitation Centre, is the only gymnasium of its type for adult patients in the state with a mixture of cutting edge technology, latest gaming equipment and specialist neuro physiotherapists to support rehabilitation patients.
Minister Wade said it was a pleasure to visit one of the state’s busiest hospitals and meet patients using some of the most modern technology to aid their recovery.
“It’s very exciting to get a glimpse of these machines today and see how far rehabilitation practices are progressing,” said Minister Wade.
“We often forget that many patients undergo gruelling periods of rehabilitation after neurosurgery or brain injuries, and it’s outstanding that this service offers them the very best of what is available in this country and that more sessions are now available after they go home.
“It’s great to see FMC positioning itself as a centre of excellence for rehabilitation and ensuring its community has the best resources available to suit their needs.
“The Lokomat, a robotic treadmill training system is for patients learning to walk again, is the only of its type for adults in the state.”
The Technology Gym features other pieces of state-of-the-art equipment, including a robotic device with an intelligent arm that enables patients to perform exercises while engaging in virtual reality games, which helps establish new pathways in the brain for recovery of upper limb function.
An interactive screen, known as the Dynavision, was originally used to train rifle shooters but has been adapted to challenge visual and perceptual skills, attention span and hand eye co-ordination.
Gaming devices and motorised bikes are also used for various rehabilitation needs and is used by Flinders University physiotherapy and occupational therapy students as part of their training.
Minister Wade said the Technology Gym at FMC is setting the standard for rehabilitative care in South Australia.
“The State Government is absolutely committed to ensuring services like these for people with disabilities continue to be enhanced and provide training to students in the latest treatments,” said Minister Wade.
As of today, the Technology Gym will be providing additional sessions for outpatients with neurological injuries including brain injury and strokes.