National team of experts join forces to boost ventilator stocks
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning | The Honourable Cameron Dick
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services | The Honourable Steven Miles
A team of clinical and engineering experts across Australia have joined forces on the OzVader Ventilator project – a new Intermittent Mandatory Ventilator (IMV) design which could be used to treat ICU patients locally and globally.
Created with the goal of boosting ventilator supplies during COVID-19, the OzVader Ventilator is in its final stages of testing ahead of seeking TGA approval.
Leading intensive care specialists and respiratory experts from The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, and Austin Hospital and Epworth Hospitals in Melbourne have given clinical guidance on the ventilator design, working alongside QUT’s Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF), manufacturer Olitek and partners Elexon, Titley Scientific, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub and Narm Rubber to bring the project to life.
Minister for State Development and Manufacturing Cameron Dick said a number of engineering and clinical consortiums had designed ventilator prototypes, which, pending TGA approval, could be manufactured locally.
“The response from manufacturers and medical experts in this state to the COVID-19 crisis has been magnificent.