Royal Rehab opens Australia’s ‘largest’ Advanced Technology Centre

Royal Rehab, a not-for-profit provider of disability rehabilitation and support services, has announced that it is now home to Australia’s largest advanced technology centre, Royal Rehab LifeWorks, giving Australians access to a “comprehensive range of potentially life-changing technologies , never before seen in a facility in Australia”.

Royal Rehab says LifeWorks is a purpose-built center designed to improve rehabilitation outcomes for people affected by life-changing illness and/or injury – and the center also cares for people living with disability by providing expert support and access to technology , which aim to improve function, strength and well-being.

“The center is the largest of its kind in Australia and is home to over 25 advanced technologies, some of which have never been offered in Australia before – such as the C-MILL VR+ device,” says Royal Rehab.

“C-Mill VR+ technology combines a treadmill with body weight supports and virtual and augmented reality to improve balance, gait and gait adaptability in a controlled environment. The device provides a safe and comfortable training environment that mimics real-life challenges, helping users navigate situations such as walking in crowded spaces and avoiding obstacles.



“The center is also home to the Zero G Gait and Balance System, which has the longest walking track in the country. This device is a robotic body weight support that is designed to help people affected by spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, neurological conditions and degenerative conditions to walk. The device enables fall prevention training to minimize risk to patients so they can focus on regaining confidence in walking, balancing, climbing stairs and maneuvering from sitting to standing.”

Matt Mackay, Chief Executive of Royal Rehabsays he believes technology can play a significant role in unlocking better patient outcomes and that the opening of Royal Rehab’s Advanced Technology Center will make innovative technology more accessible to Australians.

“We know that using technology in combination with traditional therapies has the potential to lead to better outcomes. This will revolutionize the rehabilitation pathway for many patients, which in turn can lead to dramatic changes in a person’s quality of life,” Mackaysaid.

“Our Advanced Technology Center provides Australians with access to potentially life-changing devices, many of which have never been available in Australia before. We are fortunate to be able to provide patients with access to emerging advanced technologies that have the potential to accelerate rehabilitation progress and help people improve their function, mobility and strength.

“Similarly, we want to give people living with long-term disabilities access to these technologies so they too can benefit from improved strength and fitness and maintain or even improve their functional independence.”

Royal Rehab says LifeWorks therapists have completed comprehensive training to operate all 25 new devices that will be used in personalized rehabilitation programs.

Jason Redhead, Senior Physiotherapist and Technology Lead at Royal Rehab LifeWorkssays the center offers Australian patients exceptional access to advanced technology that will provide greater opportunities to achieve their rehabilitation goals.

“We have seen advanced technology begin to play a leading role in rehabilitation programs in many other countries. We want to ensure Australians also have access to the best technology, such as robotic exoskeletons, body weight support systems, upper limb robotics and virtual reality technologies. This means we will see more patients achieve more in their rehabilitation goals,” Chervenata said.

Royal Rehab says the opening of LifeWorks’ Advanced Technology Center further reinforces its commitment to being a center of excellence that enables people to regain their independence and improve their quality of life.

“We hope the center will empower people with disabilities and life-changing illnesses and injuries with a new-found sense of independence and freedom,” said Matt Mackay.

The center operates under the banner of Royal Rehab LifeWorks, which provides Australians with access to a multidisciplinary team of allied health clinicians who work alongside patients and clients on their individualized goals to develop integrated therapy and/or wellness programs.

Royal Rehab’s Advanced Technology Center is located at their Ryde site and opens on July 1st.

Access to the center is covered by a range of funding options including NDIS, iCare and self-funding. To find out more about the centre, contact 1800 518 180.

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