Health in focus

Our goal: Designing medical solutions to enable safer, happier, healthier lives.

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Vulnerable lives, vital outcomes.

Some of the greatest leaps forward in health and medicine have been the direct result of engineering ingenuity. This is technology for humanity in its purest essence – researching and uncovering new ways to enhance the lives of individuals and societies alike.

As a faculty, we sit at the intersection of science, technology and medicine, working closely with other Faculties and Industry Partners to think holistically about the advancement of health outcomes world-wide. From designing artificial organs and medical aids, to fighting disease and pollution in disaster-stricken communities, our research isn’t just life-saving; it’s challenging the boundaries of human life. In what ways are we helping people transcend these human vulnerabilities?

“Despite the enormous progress made in speech processing over the past few decades, very little work has been done on disordered speech."

I’m proud that my research in speech pathology and neurology has been able to help so many people.

- Beena Ahmed, Sch. Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications and Founder of Say66

Our areas of impact

  • Biomaterials and 3D bioprinting
  • Biohazards: hygiene, disease, pollution
  • Future food systems
  • Integrated devices and biometrics
  • Biomechanics and bionics
  • Nanotechnology & regeneration
  • Connected health

A UNSW evidence-based remote patient monitoring platform, TeleClinicalCare (TCC), has enabled a new way for patients and practitioners to deliver post-discharge continuity of care. This innovative smartphone app and clinician monitoring portal is not only reducing instances of re-hospitalisation but also saving lives.

Student voices

“During our first month of the Engineering World Health (EWH) program in Cambodia, we had training for the trip. It involved taking Cambodian classes every day, practising our troubleshooting skills and learning how to apply concepts from electronics and mechanics classes at uni to fixing broken medical equipment.

Entering the second month, we paired off to visit different hospitals around the country to help with technical repairs, maintenance and refurbishing as much equipment as we could. EWH also tasked us with implementing a small project. Our project was a demonstration for paediatric staff to teach them how to use an infant incubator. We also created and translated an English-Khmer user manual for them. It was so fulfilling to connect with hospital staff and see our mini feats make an impact on the hospital, whether it be our incubator project or a small repair on a fan or surgical lamp."

   - Yiyi Cheng, Mechatronics & Biomedical Engineering Graduate

Research centres & institutes

  • Tyree IHealthE
  • UNSW Health Translation Hub
  • Cellular Genomics Futures Institute

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