Digital Health Hub – Rehabilitation

A Digital Health Program for People with Lower Limb Amputation, Physical Disability and Associated Mental Health Concerns in Developing Countries.

This project will be delivered in Indonesia, Cambodia and Timor-Leste. It will train and support in-country trainers and therapy practitioners (community health workers), and conduct research, to help people with:

  • Lower leg amputation using the pressure casting socket system (PCAST) developed by members of the project team in Vietnam.
  • Painful and disabling musculoskeletal conditions using Biomechanical Therapy.
  • Mental health concerns (using counselling) associated with these conditions.

The aim is to build sustainability and the capacity of in-country providers to improve people’s mobility and quality of life. It will be delivered through on-line digital learning platforms based at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) and face-to-face training. This approach creates opportunities to increase the reach and impact of the project.

The project will be delivered across multiple sites in the Asia-Pacific region in which well-established programs and strong networks of support already exist. Parts of the program (PCAST, Biomechanical Therapy and counselling) have been successfully implemented and evaluated in other developing countries by our team in Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. The project will be implemented in partnership with well-established in-country community health and rehabilitation programs, and community health workers with a focus on delivering effective, cost-effective, and sustainable improved health outcomes for these communities. We are currently working with an Indonesian Team based at Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM.

Key areas

An innovative socket for people with lower limb amputation

The pressure-cast system produces a well-fitting socket (interface between residual limb and artificial leg), reduces labour cost, skill dependency, fitting errors and is highly portable.

Managing painful and disabling musculoskeletal conditions

Biomechanical therapy techniques to assess and manage painful and disabling musculoskeletal conditions, alleviate pain, improve function and improve a person’s quality of life.

Improving mental health

Counselling techniques to help people with mental health concerns resulting from amputation and painful/disabling musculoskeletal conditions.

On-line training programs

Training of in-country Chief Trainers and Trainers through on-line and face-to-face learning so they can train in-country therapy practitioners (community health workers).

On-line training programs

Training of in-country Chief Trainers and Trainers through on-line and face-to-face learning so they can train in-country therapy practitioners (community health workers).

Research

The development, delivery and evaluation of a digital health program for people with lower limb amputation, painful and disabling musculoskeletal conditions and associated mental health concerns.

Key projects

Contact us

Looking for more information about this project? 

Project Director: Associate Professor Noel Lythgo (RMIT University)

Email: noel.lythgo@rmit.edu.au

Tel: +613 9925 6518

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.