About HabITec

About HabITec

HabITec is a flagship initiative of The Hopkins Centre – researching bold ideas and better solutions for people who have a lifelong disability. It is a partnership between Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University and the Occupational Therapy Department and Division of Rehabilitation at Metro South Health.

At HabITec we understand that everyone’s experience is different, and what each person needs to live well in the community is unique. Our team is committed to creating better access to well-designed technology to improve rehabilitation, quality of life and independence for people with disability.

The HabITec Leadership Advisory Group

HabITec is made up of a team of skilled industry leaders, researchers, developers, practitioners, clinicians, students and citizens dedicated to the co-design of innovative technological solutions, research and demonstration projects that address the needs of people with disabilities.

Elizabeth Kendall

Prof. Elizabeth Kendall

Executive Director

Elizabeth is a rehabilitation psychologist whose PhD was in the area of coping and adjustment following traumatic injury.

Prof. Timothy Geraghty

Deputy Director

Tim Geraghty is a Rehabilitation Medicine Physician and Medical Chair, Division of Rehabilitation, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro.

Dinesh Palipana

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM


Dinesh made headlines with his triumph of qualifying and registering as the first doctor with tetraplegia in Queensland.

Collaborating to improve lives through technology.

HabITec is based on team work, both in hospital and in the community. This collaborative model is a catalyst for technology adoption.

What makes us different, is our commitment to co-designing technology with end-users in ways that will deliver sustainable solutions. We also focus on building credible evidence that can change the rules of the game for people with disability.

Collaborating to improve lives through technology

The HabITec Team

Elizabeth Kendall

Dr Camila Shirota

Research Lead and
Advance Queensland Fellow

Camila brings first-hand experience in technology adoption in rehabilitation in the United States, Switzerland and Australia.

Soo Oh

Clinic Lead and
Hopkins Centre Clinical Fellow

Soo is a Senior Occupational Therapist in spinal cord injury and manager of the HabITec Lab based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Dinesh Palipana

Sally Stewart

 Project Engagement

Sally is the Business Manager for The Hopkins Centre with over 20 years’ experience in research development, policy and advocacy and community service management.

Elizabeth Kendall

Jo Kek-Pamenter

Senior Research Assistant

Joe-Anne is a senior graphic designer with a background in education, accessibility design, communication and marketing, research and project management.

Justin Hu

Justin Hua


Justin is a Citizen Ambassador and co-researcher at the HabITec Lab. As a volunteer to this initiative, and with
a keen interest in assistive
technology and problem solving,

Dinesh Palipana

Paul Robinson


As a Citizen Ambassador, Paul brings a wealth of expertise in 3D design and printing, enabling us to use modern technology to solve everyday problems.

Reach Us

The Hopkins Centre
Menzies Health Institute QLD

Griffith University
Nathan Campus
Mt Gravatt QLD

0478 709 990

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