Australian Health Innovations on Show to the World

09 October 2018

Pictured: CEO & Founder of Health Horizon Marcus Dawe with Co-founder and project manager Mathew McGann at the World's Hospital Congress in Brisbane.

From virtual reality for kids to novel surgical equipment Australia’s health innovations under development will be on display to the world at the World Hospital Congress in Brisbane.

Health Horizon, a searchable and trackable database of health innovations, is leading a cohort of twelve local health innovators to the 2018 International Hospital Federation World Hospital Congress in Brisbane this week. Providing a platform for Australia health innovators to build worthwhile networks with hundreds of world hospital leaders.

The Health Horizon Innovation Alley will simultaneously break down the barrier between hospitals and innovative technologies and make the global industrial expo more affordable for these smaller companies. The cohort have the opportunity to be seen and supported by influential healthcare professionals, without the excessive cost burden generally associated with exhibiting at conferences.

“Thanks to support from congress organizers Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association we provided each innovator a significant discount on exhibition space,” said Marcus Dawe, Health Horizon CEO.

“Developing health innovations is no easy task, every dollar counts and a successful clinical partnership with a hospital can really change the game.”

Delegates will be treated to a broad array of innovations from around the country. Everything from Health Delivered who is changing dietetics space through a data driven meal planner and client management tool to Thrivor, a community building app to support those going through health challenges.

"The World Hospital Congress is a unique event and we're excited to be a part of it. Health Horizon have done an incredible job of providing Australian start ups with opportunities to showcase their products to a range of leaders around the world,” said Pete Saunders, Health Delivered CEO.

“The quality of companies involved in the Innovation Alley speaks to Australia's well-deserved place in the world innovation ecosystem."

The innovation alley will also be showcasing more than 1,000 Australian health and medical innovations which Health Horizon is tracking. Health Horizon alongside a 12-member consortium has spent the past 8 months building a world first searchable and trackable database of health innovations with national coverage.

The collection was developed as a part of the MTPConnect Project Fund Program to bring this information to professionals and consumers. The project is designed to highlight the work of Australian researchers and innovators while offering the opportunity for collaboration on a national scale.

“Health Horizon continues to showcase Australia’s great innovations in medtech, pharma and digital health and we are happy to support them through the MTPConnect Project Fund Program,” Dr Dan Grant, MTPConnect CEO says.

“MTPConnect’s mandate is to champion the MTP sector and Health Horizon’s national showcase brings Australia to the world.”

The Australian Showcase milestone is a culmination of effort from a consortium of national organisations and industry and academic innovation leaders:Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA), Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), Medical Software Industry of Australia (MSIA), ANDHealth, Hospital and Health Services IP Ltd, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia, Queensland University of Technology and University of Newcastle, and Health Horizon.

The showcase is open to professionals and the public at