Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships

Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships (HISS)

HISS is a partnership between Monash Young MedTech Innovators (MYMI), Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) and Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, to demonstrate the untapped student innovation ecosystem at Monash University and educate future innovators within healthcare.

The program connects clinicians who seek a technological solution to frontline health problems with high performing undergraduate and masters students from across Monash University motivated to develop new medical technologies.

Clinicians and students work together over 12 weeks to evaluate concepts for new technologies and create innovative proof-of-concept prototypes with potential for tangible real-world clinical outcomes.

The purpose of HISS is to connect students from across faculties and disciplines to evaluate concepts for new solutions and create proof-of-concepts for real world problems.

For further information contact info@mymi.org.au.

Benefits

The Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships enable clinicians to:

  • Mentor and work with highly motivated interdisciplinary teams of students to validate tech-agnostic concepts or ideas to address a current unmet clinical need.
  • Identify routes for collaboration between Departments and Disciplines.
  • Learn about innovation and Health Centred Design in healthcare and how research can be translated into practice in real world settings. A key pillar of the HISS program is Human Centred Design and incorporating this process into medical technology, healthcare and biomedical innovation. This approach is modelled and adapted from methods pioneered by Stanford Biodesign, The Mayo Clinic, and the National Health Service.
  • Advocate for an unmet need within your own networks and lend your lived experiences to student researchers.
  • Collaborate with student teams in co-creating or ideating solutions.
  • Mentor and help student teams navigate the healthcare ecosystem.

Key dates and process

Monday 13 SeptemberClinician proposal submission opens
Monday 11 October Clinician proposal submission closes
Wednesday 27 October Proposals screened and selected
Thursday 28 October onwards Successful clinician submissions notified
Wednesday 3 November Selected projects matched with students based on interest, background and skillset
Monday 22 November HISS program starts

Expectations and responsibilities

A Clinical Champion will provide sufficient supervision to the scholarship holder, particularly during the first four weeks, that allows them to fully understand the unmet clinical need and clinical context for the project’s application.

A weekly meeting with the student(s) in the first four weeks, and meeting once every two to three weeks for the remaining eight weeks (by video conference or in person).

The MYMI/HISS Academic Coordinator, Dr Jason Brenker and MIME Program Manager, Andrew Carey will be involved in these meetings (as is necessary and as scheduling allows) to provide direction and feedback.

2021/2022 Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships

Congratulations to the following 18 successful clinician/student project teams who will seek technological solutions to frontline health problems over the next 12 weeks. The program this year is being led by Dinasha Wimalasiri, Julie Dao and Seraphina Choong, alongside MYMI/HISS Academic Coordinator Dr Jason Brenker.

Application number Title of project Project name (by students) Name of Clinical Champion Student assigned Student faculty Affiliation of Clinical Champion
HISS2021-01 Project recovery Project Recovery Professor Carol Hodgson Patrick Ng Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash University; FMNHS, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine,
HISS2021-02 Postoperative medication tracker and recovery assist phone app Project Post-op Dan Gordon Mac Thuy Duong Nguyen Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Monash Health
HISS2021-03 Vestibular assessment smartphone application Project Angus Jennifer McLachlan Katya Gvozdenko Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine Alfred Heatlh
HISS2021-05 A sensor kit to promote activity after stroke Project Touch Michele Callisaya Tanushree Sharma Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash University; FMNHS, Central Clinical School
HISS2021-06 Development of a tool for detecting high risk pregnancies Project Gravida Lisa Moran Rishikha Thangavelu Bachelor of Applied Data Science Advanced (Honours) Monash University, FMNHS, MCHRI
HISS2021-06 Development of a tool for detecting high risk pregnancies Project Gravida Lisa Moran Maitri Justitian Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Monash University, FMNHS, MCHRI
HISS2021-07 Individualised interventions for musculoskeletal issues prevention Project Motion Natasha Brusco Judy Li Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash University, FMNHS, School of Primary and Allied Health Care
HISS2021-08 Living well with aphasia following stroke Project Bridge Sandy Barry Maria Liousas Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash Health
HISS2021-09 A novel oxygenation technique for critical care Project Aeris Professor Helena Teede, Cameron Grayden Bryan Chong Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash University, FMNHS, MCHRI
HISS2021-09 A novel oxygenation technique for critical care Project Aeris Professor Helena Teede, Cameron Grayden Mihin Perera Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce Monash University, FMNHS, MCHRI
HISS2021-10 Health timeline and avatar to optimise digital presentation of clinical information Project Ostento Professor Helena Teede, Cameron Grayden Morgan Kinder Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce Monash University, FMNHS, MCHRI
HISS2021-11 Simulation based training in the management of acute tracheostomy emergencies Project Arterium Dr Neil Foden Rebekah Wong Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash Health
HISS2021-12 Improving oxygen delivery for premature babies Project Oxygen Kenneth Tan Richard Zhang Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Monash University, FMNHS, Department of Paediatrics
HISS2021-13 Pessary with embedded stimulator Project Pomegranate Anna Rosamilia Mabel Li Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash University, FMNHS, Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology
HISS2021-14 AI driven detection of gait events for clinical gait analysis Project Walkies Nikos Darras Avinash Tatsat Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Monash Health
HISS2021-14 AI driven detection of gait events for clinical gait analysis Project Walkies Nikos Darras Patrick Gu Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash Health
HISS2021-15 Social stories to help paediatric patients prepare for procedures Project Aesop Dinah Humphries Uni Han Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine Monash Health
HISS2021-17 The Cardiovascular Clinical CoLab Project (CCCLP): Developing a tool to connect clinical unmet need to research Project CCCLP Steve Nicholls, Rahul Muthalaly Wenjing Sun Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Monash University, FMNHS, Victorian Heart Institute
HISS2021-17 The Cardiovascular Clinical CoLab Project (CCCLP): Developing a tool to connect clinical unmet need to research Project CCCLP Steve Nicholls, Rahul Muthalaly Emma Poon Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine Monash University, FMNHS, Victorian Heart Institute
HISS2021-18 Bringing together the pieces of the patient feedback puzzle Project Feedback Lauren Lawlor Deenath Walpitagama Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce Epworth HealthCare
HISS2021-19 Genital protectors in sport Project Impact Ghadir Omran Billie Bennett Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science Eastern Health
HISS2021-20 Automated real time detection of nasal and mouth breathing Project Rudolph Keith Joe Vivienne Luu Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and Master of Pharmacy Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Past projects

The HISS program was established in 2019/2020 and our various clinicians plus research project teams have helped create many new and different solutions to some of the healthcare industries biggest problems, as outlined below.

For further information on the Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarship process contact info@mymi.org.au.