Melbourne-based Swinburne University of Technology and India have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) that will allow the South Asian country to address major health challenges through a medical technology.

Small Business, Innovation and Trade Minister of Australian State of Victoria Philip Dalidakis, who recently visited India along with other members of government-led Neuroscience Victoria trade mission, said that the university would transfer the technology to Indian healthcare providers soon. The minister also said that Neuroscience experts from Swinburne discussed a medical project with senior officials of Medanta, one of India’s largest private hospitals, as they wanted to improve the diagnosis of epilepsy throughout the country.

Dalidakis lauded Swinburne experts’ effort to develop products and technologies for diagnosing epilepsy in villages and remote areas, saying that local health workers could easily make early diagnosis by using the Australian technology and refer patients for a better treatment in urban medical centres.

Swinburne University will also help the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) make a cutting edge ‘smart helmet’ that can reduce the incidence of head injuries for motorcyclists. Talking to media persons in New Delhi, Dalidakis said that two-thirds of private vehicles in a big country, like India, are two-wheelers and tens of thousands of Indians die on roads every year. But, the light-weight ‘smart helmet’ will save lives of many Indian riders, he claimed.

Dalidakis once again congratulated experts of the renowned Australian university for adding real public value across the globe by demonstrating the world-leading expertise in medical technology. “The Labour government is providing ongoing support to the medical technology and pharmaceuticals sector as one of six key growth industries to drive jobs in Victoria. The sector currently generates revenues of more than USD 12 billion a year, including USD 1.98 billion in exports,” stressed the Australian minister.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]