Strokes are the number one cause of long-term disability in adults in Australia, affecting more than 50,000 Australians each year.
Aiming to advance the recovery of stroke survivors, students and lecturers from Murdoch’s School of Engineering and Information Technology have helped to develop a computer-based Virtual Reality rehabilitation program which is low cost and can be used by survivors in the comfort of their own homes.
The new software, Neuromender, captures upper body data in real-time as survivors fly a ‘wing-man’ through a virtual world. The difficulty levels are automatically adjusted by the system and clinicians assess data to assign new, adaptive tasks to users in their care.
Associate Professor, Michelle Byrnes says, “This Virtual Reality rehabilitation program will have immense, positive, long-term implications for the upper rehabilitation and recovery of stroke survivors in the future.”
A pilot trial is set to begin in the summer of 2016 featuring 20 stroke survivors.
Read more here: Murdoch University.