Investing in your bones: Supporting lifelong health and performance
Singular Health Group
Singular Health Group (SHG) is a WA-based medical device company specialized on the visualisation of medical imaging data for medical and education purposes. SHG has experience in the creation of curriculum-aligned immersive and interactive courses on various health science topics, complemented with accurate, engaging, and pedagogic 3D/VR models. For this project, SHG has partnered with experts in the areas of bone and joint health and education. Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA is the largest organisation in WA that is dedicated to providing information, education programs, services and research with the goal of reducing the incidence and disabling effects of arthritis, osteoporosis and similar conditions in the people of WA. ECU, in particular the School of Medical and Health Sciences, under the leadership of Amanda Devine who is the Associate Dean of Public Health and OHS and Professor of Public Health Nutrition, brings extensive experience in health literacy and health education, with a focus on the role of nutrition on health and diseases.
Singular Health Group, Edith Cowan University, and Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA (AOWA) are working together to research, design, promote, implement and evaluate exciting digital applications using pedagogically immersive and interactive learning experiences such as 3D and virtual reality models to increase awareness, knowledge, and motivation to address the importance of bone health for primary and secondary school students. As part of this project, students will be tasked to extensively review the resources on bone and joint health already available and used in classrooms, both in Australia and overseas. Part of these resources includes the educational material that was published and distributed by AOWA in collaboration with Osteoporosis Australia. This project includes the creation of surveys that will be distributed amongst stakeholders (teachers, students, parents, and sport coaches) with the aim of describing the resources and approaches used to raise awareness or build knowledge and practice about the importance of bone health. The information derived from this research will lead to the development of a set of design principles for immersive age-appropriate activities.
The students who will contribute to this project will benefit from the opportunity to work with three different types of organisations, a commercial entity, a not-for-profit organisation, and an academic institution, and learn the differences underlying each of these organisations. Students will also gain a deep understanding of the health science education industry and the benefit of innovative technologies to raise awareness, build knowledge and practices to ultimately reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases that are highly prevalent in our societies. Finally, they will contribute to the development of a set of principles that will guide the creation of the engaging resources, which will find application in Australia and overseas.
Learn more on what we do at Singular Health at: https://singular.health
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More information about our immersive and curriculum-aligned courses and virtual reality experiences can be found here: https://youtu.be/7s_Vkn-PJQ4
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See our website https://www.ecu.edu.au/
Arthitis and Osteoporosis WA Foundation website: https://www.arthritiswa.org.au