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This VR project helping paramedics deal with disasters just won a top tech award

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

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An ECU project which uses Virtual Reality (VR) to help paramedics’ deal with natural disasters and terrorist attacks has won a prestigious technology award.

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Dr Brennen Mills talks about the award-winning project on Channel 9 News.

An ECU project which uses Virtual Reality (VR) to help paramedics’ deal with natural disasters and terrorist attacks has won a prestigious technology award.


An ECU project which uses Virtual Reality (VR) to help paramedics’ deal with natural disasters and terrorist attacks has won a prestigious technology award.

The Virtual Reality Mass Casualty Triage Simulator won the Most Transformative Impact in Education category at the 2019 Incite Awards.

The project immerses paramedic students in confronting, 360 degree VR situations to prepare them for mass casualty events.

It brings together a team from across ECU including paramedicine lecturers, gaming and VR experts and motion capture specialists.

The project was also named a finalist in the National iAwards for technology excellence to be announced in Melbourne in August.

The team included Dr Brennen Mills, Peggy Dykstra, Sara Hansen and Alecka Miles from the School of Medical and Health Sciences, WAAPA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Luke Hopper and Dr Luke Brook and Jess Watson from the School of Arts and Humanities.

The project is the latest example of innovative teaching for paramedic students at ECU which has previously used Hollywood-style makeup and trained actors as well as VR to create authentic learning experiences.

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