Virtual Reality in Neuro-Rehabilitation: What Does The Future Look Like?
Free Public Lecture
Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
Royal Parade, Parkville
Join us as we explore how augmented and virtual reality is being used as a therapeutic tool to improve cognitive function.
No longer within the realms of science fiction, virtual reality technologies are advancing neurological and cognitive rehabilitation. Whether it be used in conjunction with transcranial stimulation to improve cognitive ability in people with Parkinson’s disease, or used on its own to deliver telehealth group singing interventions for people with quadriplegia to improve respiratory function, voice, mood, and social connectedness, augmented and virtual reality programs have opened up a new world of research.
Join us to learn about a few unique projects happening here and from around Victoria.
Music Therapy in Virtual Environments
Jeanette Tamplin, University of Melbourne
Virtual Reality Therapy for Youth Mental Health
Greg Wadley and Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, University of Melbourne
Augmented Learning for Rehabilitation
Dale Harris, Deakin University
Mr Dale Harris, PhD Candidate
Mr Dale Harris
Investigating the combined effects of applying transcranial direct current stimulation while performing virtual reality balance exercises on postural stability and cognitive health in people with Parkinson’s disease
Associate Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Head, E-Health at Orygen
Dr Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne
Dr Greg Wadley
University of Melbourne
Greg Wadley is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He studies the application of technology to health and wellbeing in areas such as youth mental health, adult mental health, social connectedness, smoking cessation, health screening, Asperger's syndrome, chronic pain and climate change, and have authored papers on anthropology of drug use and research in sensitive settings. He holds degrees in HumanComputer Interaction (PhD, Melbourne), Cognitive Science (MSc, Melbourne), and Computer Science (BSc, Queensland). Greg is a member of ACM SIGCHI and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
Dr Jeanette Tamplin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Jeanette Tamplin
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Melbourne
Dr Jeanette Tamplin is a registered music therapist, researcher and lecturer specialising in neurorehabilitation for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury or other neurological disorder. She has worked clinically in the neurorehabilitation field for 15 years and also undertaken research in this area. Her clinical and research interests include the therapeutic effects of singing, speech and language rehabilitation, respiratory training, therapeutic songwriting, and coping and adjustment following traumatic injury or illness. Jeanette has published in international and interdisciplinary refereed journals and has contributed chapters to several edited books on music therapy, as well as coauthoring a text with Dr Felicity Baker: *Music Therapy Methods in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician’s Manual* in 2006 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).