Virtual reality for health

Exploring the potential applications of virtual reality in a health setting, including as a training tool and for patient pain relief.

A new reality for curing cancer

Dr Brian Robinson of the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice and Dr Craig Anslow of the School of Engineering and Computer Science are developing an immersive virtual simulation for training in radiation therapy.

Find out more about their work in this Victorious article.

Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Practice

Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

Visualising the pain away

Lorna Massov, midwifery lecturer and researcher, is exploring the use of virtual reality during labour, with promising results.

Read Dr Massov's thesis, Giving Birth on a Beach.

Read a news story about using VR during childbirth.

She is also exploring the use of VR as a mindfulness and education tool for pregnant women in the antenatal period.

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Lecturer - Midwifery
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Practice

Gait training using smart insoles and immersive reality technologies (XR)

Dr Nadia Pantidi is leveraging state-of-the-art immersive reality and sensing technologies to transform how gait training is currently performed for rehabilitation and physical recovery.

Reducing anxiety in the waiting room

In consultation with Wellington Hospital, Dr Nadia Pantidi is combining digital technologies, service design principles, and human-centred iterative design to develop a holistic intervention that can provide information and resources about mental health services and ED process for patients and their network, reducing anxiety in the waiting room.

Senior Lecturer
School of Design Innovation

Mobile interventions to promote social skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

PhD candidate Hiroshika Hinduramage is developing an Augmented Reality (AR) based mobile application to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to identify emotions and communicate with family members using face-directed eye gaze.

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Hiroshika Hinduramage

Senior Lecturer
School of Design Innovation

Associate Dean, Academic Development
School of Engineering and Computer Science