Victoria Government Announces AU$2M ‘Robotic Surgery Training Centre’

The Victoria government has allocated $2 million to a new training center to help surgeons prepare for the use of robotics in cancer surgery. The Australian Medical Robotics Academy, located in Melbourne’s Parkville Medical District, will train Australian and foreign specialists in the use of medical robots for minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of cancer, the government said of the state.

The academy will also present virtual reality (VR) surgical simulators that will provide feedback to surgeons to “strengthen their skills” before the live surgery, the statement added. “This state-of-the-art facility will open a new era of surgery that will change the lives of patients around the world,” said Victoria Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

“We are bringing Victoria up to the highest standards of surgical training, and the world’s greatest medical minds will travel here from around the world to learn new skills.”

The government has stated that robotic surgery is capable of greater precision and accuracy, reduces the risk of infection and means shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries for patients.

In July, researchers at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Menzies Health Institute found that robot-assisted surgery It’s not riskier than standard open prostatectomies, having followed surgical results for about 300 Australian men over a two-year period. Men who underwent robotic prostatectomy had a lower increase in the blood level of specific prostate antigens after two years, although it is unclear why.

The global market for surgical robotics is in full swing and is expected to reach $ 12.6 billion by 2025, according to a recent Research and Markets study report.

VR, for its part, is increasingly used in the health sector. Australian health insurer Medibank has launched its own VR experiences for long-term hospitalized patients on Google Daydream, while Build VR deployed its VR unit in Australian homes for patients with dementia.

New York start-up Virtual Rehab started using VR for developing rehabilitation programs for prisoners to prepare them for liberation by testing their reactions to real conflict scenarios and providing them with practical vocational training.

Samsung is also involved in RV for the health sector, having in partnership with St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney for pain management using VR. The company has also used its VR solutions for mental health diagnosis, therapy for cancer patients, and as a magnification tool for the visually impaired.

Earlier this week, DeepMind announced used the AI to detect the signs of an eye disease as effectively as expert doctors of world renown.

The AI program of the British Society has “trained” diagnostic data from nearly 15,000 patients by combining two neural networks: one to provide a map of ocular tissue and disease characteristics;

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