Friday, 26 August 2011
An Edith Cowan University (ECU) MBA student has developed a website linking patients and carers from rural areas with people offering free accommodation close to treatment centres.
Casey Aburrow created the site Rooms2Recovery.com to address the significant time and expense that those in rural areas faced when accessing medical treatment far from home for severe illness such as cancer.
Inspiration for the website came from the poplar CouchSurfing site, a hospitality exchange network used by backpackers touring the world or savvy travellers looking for a taste of local life. Members of the site place and share listings for available accommodation globally.
When developing Rooms2Recover, Casey considered how the CouchSurfing concept could be built upon to benefit people in rural communities who are suffering from severe illnesses and the associated costs.
“Through my research, I discovered there wasn’t already a service that could facilitate people either donating or seeking a room specifically for this purpose,” she said.
Casey decided to create a website that would aid these people, building Rooms2Recovery.com after taking a unit as part of her MBA entitled Information System Challenges in Management.
“I had a great lecturer who helped to build my confidence online, when I came to create and manage the website I found I had the skills I needed,” she said.
Casey hopes that her website will provide an alternative to renting an apartment or staying in a hotel. Membership is already growing and Casey aims to increase this over the next few months.
“It’s really not much of an inconvenience to offer a spare bed, but to patients under financial stress it could mean the world,” she said.