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HabITec Information Sessions Take Virtual Reality on Tour
Virtual Reality (VR) – most of us have heard of it, but do you know what it is?, how it might benefit your patients in rehabilitation?, and have you tried it?
The latest HabITec information sessions, in collaboration with the BEEhive team, brought VR to rehabilitation settings for clinicians to learn about VR and to trial the latest software and device. Clinicians discussed the potential benefits to their rehabilitation patients and were able to ask questions to VR experts, and experience worlds where “the possibilities are endless”!
In December 2020 through to February 2021, several information sessions were held at the Princess Alexandra, Logan and Children's Hospitals. They were attended by over 200 enthusiastic health professionals including: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, doctors, nurses, psychologists and prosthetists. All clinicians felt that the information session was informative, enjoyable and there was great interactive discussion amongst team members. The presence and interaction with the VR experts was valued and clinicians were eager to explore the use of VR with patients in their clinical setting.
The HabITec team, with BEEhive and researchers of the Hopkins Centre aim to develop a hospital procedure to ensure consistent and safe practices on the use of VR in rehabilitation settings.
Stay tuned for our next series of VR Tours. We hope you can join us!
If you have any questions about VR or other HabITec information sessions, please contact the HabITec team.
The Hopkins Centre
Menzies Health Institute QLD
0478 709 990