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Centre for Functional Mobility and Enabling Technologies

The Centre for Functional Mobility and Enabling Technologies addresses individual, societal and population health needs in functional mobility. This encompasses crucial physiological abilities to move and navigate optimally in a variety of environments in order to accomplish functional activities or tasks, and to participate successfully in activities of daily living at home, at work and in the community.

Functional mobility is increasingly being used in research studies and practical projects as a global and ecological outcome of patients' health status. It is boosted by the development and application of enabling technologies, which provides the scientific principles and practical means to generate quantum leaps in performance and capabilities of the individual or societal beneficiary.

Programme Objectives

  1. To improve and innovate in the treatment of conditions related to physical function and mobility, with emphasis on value propositions and enhanced outcomes. This would include both non-operative (e.g. physical therapy, orthotics, educational and community programmes) as well as surgical solutions and improved workflows (e.g. in joint replacement therapy).

  2.  Preventive measures for widespread musculoskeletal and functional conditions (such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and musculoskeletal injuries) that can potentially impact population health and physical function by reducing the incidence of the body's structural and functional damage and degeneration.

  3. To leverage on new and enabling technologies to facilitate and streamline current management options. This includes creating effective strategies in addressing major musculoskeletal and functional concerns, such as joint pain, impaired mobility and fall risk; and capitalising on /exploiting novel technologies and approaches, such as tele-rehabilitation, 3D printing, advanced prosthetic and sensor technologies, as well as bioengineered bone and tissue replacements.

Centre Director

Associate Professor Wilson Wang
MBBS (London), FRCS (Glasg), DPhil (Oxon)

As Centre Director, A/Prof Wilson Wang will coordinate and lead the exciting new venture to address and enhance the physical and functional capacities of individuals and groups in our society, deepen the understanding of the basis for functional impairments and improvements, as well as develop and apply targeted and effective technologies and methodologies. He looks forward to partnering all interested parties in healthcare, technology, policy and the community in this quest to boost functional health for all.

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