A stroke rehabilitation robot
Team members: Justin Fong, Vincent Crocher, Ying Tan, Denny Oetomo
Every 10 minutes, one person in Australia will experience a stroke. Sixty-five per cent of stroke survivors are left with disabilities which restrict their capacity to perform activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, or dressing. The requirement for hands-on therapist guidance during rehabilitation currently prevents the 300,000 Australians living with this disability from receiving adequate therapy for their arms. The team has developed a rehabilitation robot to address this lack of therapy. Simple to use, engaging, and useful for all stroke survivors, it allows up to six times reduction in therapist involvement, making recovery possible for these patients.