A category 3 patient referred for a public hospital outpatient appointment (e.g. with an orthopaedic surgeon) can wait years before even having their first appointment. During this time, there is minimal engagement between hospitals and patients, and no advice provided to patients about what they can be doing to best manage their condition while they wait. This means their condition is likely to continue to decline. For many conditions, including hip and knee osteoarthritis which we have focused on, there is clear evidence that conservative management approaches (e.g. exercise, education) improves symptoms and outcomes, and reduces the need for surgery.
We aim to empower uptake of conservative management in patients on public hospital wait lists. To achieve this, our solution educates patients about the benefits of conservative management, connects them with available support services, monitors their progress, and allows them to easily take themselves off a waitlist if they no longer feel the need for surgery. We anticipate that this will filter out patients who do not really want or need surgery, reducing the number of patients on the waitlist and ensuring hospital resources are used on those who need it most.
Business, Finance and Mathematics
Angus Pyle has been working as a Management Consultant for Visagio over the past year and a half. He has worked primarily on data visualisation and reporting, with some other work completed in simulation and modelling.
Angus is currently studying a degree in Financial Mathematics from Curtin University, focussed on operations research and optimisation.
Oncology, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics
Emel Rothzerg is a UWA graduate with a first class honours degree in Biomedical Science and medical research. Emel has been working together with a multi-disciplinary team of lead scientists and clinicians to develop a prognostic marker for osteosarcoma patients. Meanwhile, she has built up her research and publication profile both nationally and internationally. She also delivered substantial contributions in leadership, teaching and management. Emel is the Vice President (Research) of the UWA Postgraduate Students’ Association and she has been heavily involved in the sustainable development goals.
Jack Dalla Via
Exercise and Nutrition, Cancer Survivorship, Musculoskeletal Health
Jack is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Nutrition Research at Edith Cowan University. Jack received his PhD from Deakin University in 2020. His doctoral research investigated the role of exercise and nutrition in managing musculoskeletal adverse effects of prostate cancer treatment. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating novel approaches to better deliver effective and accessible exercise and diet support for cancer survivors and those living with chronic disease.
Physiotherapy, Photography, Conservative Management of Complex Pain
An innovative, passionate, and creative Senior Physiotherapist with 7 years of experience managing a diverse client base. Reuben has gained invaluable experience in a variety of different health settings including; private practice, private/public hospital, and nursing home. He has proven ability to envision, innovate, and drive a variety of projects, requiring leadership qualities, creativity, and support for team members. Recent completion of Reuben's Master of Clinical Physiotherapy has provided a wealth of inspiration/ideas on beneficial methods which solve key industry health problems.
Adam has over 15 years’ experience across research and technology commercialisation and complex systems transformation. He holds a degree in Neuroscience (Pharmacology), an MBA and is WA committee member for Ausbiotech; the representative body for the life sciences sector in Australia. He is a founder of Emyria (ASX:EMD) and is a Foundational Fellow of the Collaboration for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) UCL UK. We works with investors and founders to identify, support and commercialise early stage science led companies.
Information Systems Architect
Ian is an experienced Information Systems Specialist who has delivered custom web solutions for complex problems in health, education, and finance sectors, as director of Modillion Technology and Axonium. Most recently, he created a bespoke reporting and management system for the HealthNext (cloud transformation) project at the Department of Health WA. A former Analytics Manager at Deloitte, he has developed critical data systems for health infrastructure projects in Australia worth $6 billion, and designed solutions for Ramsay Health Care, Perth Children's Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital, and various government departments.
Surrey is a passionate business oriented technologist who holds an optimistic vision for the future. Having founded four businesses and worked across the telecoms, energy and now healthcare industries he has a broad view of what works and what doesn’t in practical terms. He is a firm believer that a rising tide lifts all boats and lighting another’s candle doesn’t dim the light, but brightens it for all.