Students realise a new future of healthcare at Westmead
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Students pitch to Westmead precinct executives.

University of Sydney students have presented ideas to revolutionise Westmead as a global innovation district, to conclude a pilot subject based at the Westmead precinct. 

The students have been working on-site at Westmead Hospital to explore how emerging technologies will impact the future health workforce. 

The students presented to executives from the university, Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Ideas included: 

  • A virtual assistant within a smart hospital that could receive voice commands and perform automated tasks
  • A wearable device to combat communication inefficiencies and clinician burn-out
  • A virtual reality education hub as a place for collaborative and immersive learning 
  • Using block chain block chain technology to secure patient data
  • Electronic patient charts to reduce errors in prescribing and administering medication
  • A way-finding app to help with access and navigation across the Westmead precinct 

Westmead Redevelopment project director Matt Vizard said he was impressed with the students’ high-quality presentations. 

“The students were passionate, enthusiastic and professional. Their presentations were well developed and inspired us to think more broadly about Westmead’s future,” he said. 

“I look forward to looking into their ideas further and seeing how we might develop some of the concepts into plans for the Westmead precinct.”

The students are participating in the new University of Sydney subject, Industry and Community project units, where multi-disciplinary groups, together with industry and community partners, collaborate to tackle challenges and prepare for careers of the future. 

Lecturer in General Practice at the University of Sydney’s Westmead Clinical School and practicing GP, Dr Chris Ganora is the project supervisor.

He said: “the presentations mark the culmination of a semester’s worth of work by pioneering students.

“It is the result of a unique partnership forged between the University of Sydney and the Westmead Redevelopment project, and embodies a spirit of practical education and innovative industry. 

“Throughout the entire process, the students have acted with diligence, enthusiasm, professionalism and respectful co-operation. We also had a lot of fun along the way.

“I’m really proud to have had the opportunity to teach this subject, and I’m really proud of every student presenting today.”

Students came from numerous backgrounds including engineering, commerce, science and arts. They were mentored by guest academics and experts from across several disciplines, applying research and development methodologies to explain and prototype their concepts.  

Westmead Redevelopment director of redesign and transformation Carla Edwards was the industry partner for the Westmead project. She thanked the University of Sydney and the students: 

“Your contribution is significant and won’t be forgotten; I know the Westmead Redevelopment will benefit so much from the ideas you have presented,” she said. 

“This subject illustrates what we are doing here at Westmead, in collaboration with our precinct partners, in creating a place where bright minds can come together, innovate, and realise a new future of healthcare. 

“We have loved being part of this project, and have gained so much during the process.” 

The University of Sydney and the Westmead Redevelopment project will continue to partner in the subject in semester two. If you would like more information about the subject, click here

Related Information

Click here to read more about the Westmead Redevelopment student project.