Health Academy: Accessible, Interactive, and Immersive Health-Related Education at your Fingertips
Singular Health Group (SHG) is an ASX-listed company with a mission to achieve better health literacy and patient outcome. SHG is a leader in the visualisation of medical imaging data. Our proprietary technology, the Volume Rendering Platform (VRP), enables medical practitioners and patients to convert any standard medical image generated in a DICOM format into a three-dimensional model. Such a model can be explored and manipulated on any desktop, laptop, smartphone, or Virtual Reality environment. Through a block-chain based platform, these models can be shared between medical specialists and patients to improve communication around the patient’s condition or surgical procedure to achieve a better recovery ultimately. AI models within the software also enable the design and 3D printing of medical implants and drilling guides that fit the patient-specific anatomy for pre- and post-operative planning. SHG has also developed an open-source website (www.healthliteracyhub.com, HLH) and an online learning platform
(www.academy.healthliteracyhub.com, HA) to offer accessible, interactive, and immersive health-related education to the general population, health practitioners, and secondary and tertiary students.
Health Academy (HA) is an online, multimodal and interactive learning platform that aims to enhance
students' spatial visualisation abilities in health education. HA fills the gap between the need for relevant educational content and individual students' preferred learning modalities by offering fully customisable curriculum-aligned content integrated with interactive resources such as 3D and VR models. These include a fully annotated 3D/VR anatomical model for the study of the human body.
Currently, teaching resources are primarily made of text-based content and oversimplified two-dimensional illustrations of the macroscopic and microscopic organisation of the human body. These images often appear challenging to render in the learners' minds leading to a limited understanding of the structure and positioning of such anatomical parts.
The iPREP Team will apply their transferrable skills to expand and optimise the pool of resources available through the platform. They will initially explore the scientific literature around incorporating technological aids into teaching modalities for STEM. Further, they will generate simplified anatomical models tailored for high school students, and create courses on various health-related subjects. Students working on this project will expand on some of those highly transferrable skills acquired during their PhD program and apply them to a project outside their PhD scope.
Research, analysis and problem-solving skills
Project management and organisation skills
Self-management and learning skills
Written and oral communication skills
Moreover, the Team will benefit from being co-authors in a scientific paper submitted for peer-review to a medical education journal.