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Dr Kevin Doughty

International assistive technology expert Dr Kevin Doughty will run a one-day workshop exploring the application of wearable technologies in health and care settings in Brisbane next week.

Hosted by Community Resourcing, Dr Doughty, who is the director of the Multi Centre of Useable Home Technologies in the UK, is taking part in a series of assistive technology focused events in Brisbane, Townsville and Rockhampton over the coming weeks.

He has been involved in several recent research projects and wide scale assistive technology implementations for care in the UK and Europe.

On February 25 in Brisbane, Dr Doughty will showcase the range of wearable technologies available on the market and specifically explore their application in health and care settings, including in promoting independence and assisting with rehabilitation.

The workshop content focuses on new policy and funding settings of consumer-centred, enabled and engaged care and includes:

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New wearable technology for care settings
  • international trends in wearable devices
  • consumer uptake and what this means for discerning community care customers
  • benefits and challenges of their application
  • where wearable devices fit into the current scheme of assistive technology
  • the range and application of wearables on the market
  • practical implementation considerations
  • case management considerations of implementing wearable technologies
  • where wearable technologies fit into consumer-driven and national disability schemes

Following the workshop, the Community Care Smart Assistive Technology Collaborative is hosting a discussion and workshop on the emergent issues of quality, safety and standards in the application of smart assistive technology in care and support services.

Among the presenters is Dr Malcolm Fisk from the international Telehealth Quality Group who will talk about current research and projects applying the new International Codes of Practice developed to respond to the changing landscape in health and care where technology is playing a larger role.

The session will include information for providers considering incorporating new emerging technologies into their service offerings and resources focused on maintaining the quality and safety of these applications in aged and disability care settings.

The workshops will be held on February 25 at the Novotel Brisbane Airport and tickets are available either separately, Wearable Technologies and Quality and Standards, or for both workshops together.

Smart AT in NDIS on 26 February in Townsville

The ‘Community care smart assistive technology collaborative transition to NDIS’ seminar on 26 February in Townsville will explore the practical considerations of incorporating smart assistive technology in service suites as well as the higher level decision making considerations needed. It aims to provide attendees a range of resources to consider in their delivery of services as well as outline international trends and models of new services emerging.

Smart AT in CDC on 29 February in Rockhampton

The ‘Smart assistive technology and consumer directed care’ event on 29 February in Rockhampton will outline international developments in incorporating this technology in service delivery as well as detail the opportunities to incorporate a range of options in current delivery of services and care.

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