CRC-P awards Sleeptite $1.7M for Aged Care real-time monitoring program

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The Australian Government has thrown its support behind Sleeptite, a Melbourne-based research and advanced manufacturing company, which will revolutionise the Aged Care and Assisted Living Sector through a world first, non-invasive health care monitoring program.

As part of the fifth round of CRC-P grants through the Cooperative Research Centre’s funding program, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja announced Sleeptite will receive $1.7million in Australian Government funding from 2018 – 2021, and will leverage cash and in-kind contributions from participants.

“The CRC-P Program is at the heart of the Government’s commitment to supporting innovation, and industry-research collaboration in Australia,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

To develop the program, Sleeptite brings together the most cutting-edge technology, research and industry experts from Australia and around the world with project partners RMIT University, Canadian biometric data specialist Hexoskin, and Melbourne based advanced manufacturer, Sleepeezee.

 “We are working with a team of global leaders in their respective fields, with the initial phase of this project being led by a highly awarded team based out of RMIT University here in Melbourne,” Sleeptite CEO Cameron van den Dungen said.

The Sleeptite program is designed to provide nurses, carers and Aged Care facility managers with greater insight into the real-time health and wellbeing of all patients within their care. Alerting them to movements or potential areas for concern in a non-invasive manner, which will lead to less night time disruption and therefore a better quality of life for residents.

The program’s main objective is to put the patient and their families at the centre of how care is provided.

“We are entering a new era for the Aged Care industry, one where the demand for excellence in functionality, design and care will be higher than ever before. It is imperative that we look beyond just how Aged Care is regulated and how homes are styled to how care is provided in the first place,” van den Dungen said.

“Australia has the chance to become world leaders when it comes to increasing the quality of health care provided to its elderly through technology; technology that not only supports the valuable care workers but enables them to provide greater care than they believe is possible, and at a cost that is more affordable than the assistance currently on offer, this is why Sleeptite exists,” he continued.

Assistant Minister Seselja today visited the RMIT’s Micro Nano Research Facility with the Sleeptite team to view its sensors and learn more about the project pathway, which will take the program from idea to development.

“Supporting local innovation puts Australia on the front foot in key industries, and I look forward to seeing the tangible benefits this project will have for patients, their families and our dedicated nurses and healthcare staff,” Assistant Minister Seselja concluded.

The CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. Further information about the CRC Program is available at www.business.gov.au.

Sheida Danai