How Can Facebook’s Spaces VR Program Help Patients and Consumers?

Overnight at Facebook’s F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg officially announced the launch of Facebook Spaces in beta. Using the Rift platform and available on the Oculus store, purportedly all that’s needed is Oculus Touch and an Internet connection.

Essentially, this means Facebook is adding virtual face-to-face interaction. This is a huge win for patients and healthcare consumers.

There are several ways in which we think virtual reality through Facebook will help patients, consumers and clinicians.

Patient communities are a burgeoning interest in healthtech. The Mayo Clinic Connect is an online messaging and education platform where patients and carers can chat with others suffering the same or similar illnesses. Australian app CancerAid is also building patient communities and sharing the burden of cancer with the millions affected by cancer worldwide, through their app for iOS and Android. Imagine the potential for communities to virtually “talk” with each other.

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Job Opportunity: Psychiatrists For Telehealth Consults With Conduit Health

Australian Telepsychiatry service Conduit Health are seeking Expressions of Interest from Consultant Psychiatrists registered with AHPRA to join their service.

Conduit Health, Telepsychiatry Service. Photo courtesy of Dr Gregory Sam.
Conduit Health, Telepsychiatry Service. Photo courtesy of Dr Gregory Sam.

Conduit Health was formed when psychiatrist Dr Gregory Sam realised he and his colleagues around Australia needed a solution to serve isolated patients in rural, remote and even residential communities in a high-quality, efficient way. Conduit Health provides services including general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry, aged care, and other subspecialties. Benefits of working with Conduit include:

  • job flexibility;
  • working from home;
  • the ability to build your private practice;
  • an electronic medical record service (EMR);
  • all administrative tasks being taken care of (billing, scheduling and typing).

If interested, please contact Sara Ng (Business Development Manager) with your CV, your Expression of Interest and a copy of your qualifications at (at)

Read about founder Dr Greg Sam’s story here. 

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Stanford Medicine X Will Stream For Free This Weekend

One of the benefits of broadband and streaming technology is that hard-to-reach events for medical education can be attended from across the world. Stanford Medicine X is acknowledging this and streaming their live conference on the future of medicine this weekend, all the way from California.

The link to attend is here:

Convert your timezone to match the conference time at this link.

A great interview with one of Stanford Medicine X’s team, Dr Larry Chu, has also been posted here. You can learn about his thoughts on the future of medical education, and how important it is for healthcare workers, consumers and patients to collaborate and communicate across disciplines.

The Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship is open for applications; read more to apply. 

Read about a young Australian surgical resident who won the Google Impact Prize Challenge with his PhD project, supervised by a Stanford graduate. 

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Singapore Stanford Biodesign Paid Fellowship Open for Applications

If you’ve ever wanted to experience medical innovation in Asia, this opportunity is for you.

The Singapore Stanford Biodesign Fellowship gives clinicians, engineers, developers, designers, and other aspiring healthcare innovators the opportunity to be immersed in a healthcare innovation project for a year. A unique program that unites diverse career pathways, the SSB Fellowship comprises five months at Stanford in America; immersion and project rollout in a Singaporean hospital; and a three-week clinical immersion in another Asian hospital outside of Singapore. Similar to the original Stanford Biodesign Fellowship, a stipend is included for the program’s duration.

Members of the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship team. Pic courtesy of SSB.
Members of the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship team. Pic courtesy of SSB.

The clinical theme for the year is selected by SSB’s Board members, challenging participants to develop valuable experience in areas outside their usual training. New ideas are stimulated when an orthopaedic trainee is given an obstetrics focus for the program; similarly, we believe strongly in thinking outside the box to generate better medical solutions.

Some of the program’s previous fellows have gone on to commercialise their projects and been listed on Forbes’ “30 under 30.” There is an option to extend the program for a further period of time after the initial year.

Entries close 2nd May 2017. Preference is given to Singaporean citizens and permanent residents; however, it’s worth a shot if you’re passionate about healthcare and medical technology in Asia. For more information, please visit

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Coming Up This Week: Digital Health Show in Melbourne

The Digital Health Show has moved to Melbourne this year.

Tickets are available for their Summits (single or two-day passes) and free EXPO passes.

Learn from international and local speakers and presenters about the various ways you can get involved with eHealth in your area.

We were inspired by the Aged Care/Geriatric Medicine innovations at last year’s event, as well as other highlights which you can read more about here.

Tickets are at


You + Career ≠ Self Worth

It’s devastating to hear of yet another young doctor suicide in Australia.

As the papers report, the 4th known in 6 months; probably many more unreported.

That doesn’t include the statistics for other healthcare professionals in Australia, or of those who work within healthcare; and of course, those from non-healthcare professions, too.

We don’t know the victims personally, and we’re not going to pretend we know their story.

But we know our own stories.

The pressure of our careers and perfectionism in the age of Instagram is higher than ever, and we want to remind everyone:

Your career is not your value as a person.

We know it.

And we can give advice on how things can change in the healthcare profession.

Because, this may not surprise you, these exact same issues crop up in the startup world, too. 

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Book Review: Programming Your Mind For Success Through “She Means Business” by Carrie Green

We came across Carrie Green and The Female Entrepreneur Association via Facebook awhile ago. Having benefited from being a part of their community, and having experienced Carrie’s work firsthand, it was a delight to see that her book is now available worldwide.

Carrie's book

Carrie’s book “She Means Business” is available at Australian and international bookstores as well as online. Pic: The Medical Startup

We gain a lot of medical startup lessons from other industries, and Carrie has built an industry-agnostic community based on her experiences as a sole female founder of a tech company. She did this while studying Law in the UK, creating a mobile phone-unlocking business back in the pre-smartphone era. She taught herself how to build a website, and showed how just launching (even when she felt the website wasn’t that attractive) helped her business progress faster. (“Done is better than perfect” in many cases!) According to “She Means Business,” her business turned over $50,000 a month. But she was unhappy, and realised meaning was missing from her life.


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Interview with Dr Linny Kimly Phuong, Founder of The Water Well Project

Happy International Women’s Day!

Future Paediatrician Dr Linny Kimly Phuong created The Water Well Project as a solution to the problems she saw in migrants, refugees and asylum seekers with varied degrees of health literacy. This not-for-profit runs free health education sessions for people of refugee or asylum seeker background. Volunteer healthcare professionals host education sessions on common health topics, such as healthy eating, and navigating the Australian healthcare system.

It’s a win-win for all parties. Not only do attendees regain a much-needed focus on their health, and learn what healthcare resources are available to them, particularly after traumatic life events; healthcare professionals also improve their communication skills and life perspectives by meeting people of diverse backgrounds.

Dr Linny Kimly Phuong with other committee members at a City of Melbourne Awards presentation. Photo courtesy of Linny and The Water Well Project.
Dr Linny Kimly Phuong (2nd from left) with other committee members at a City of Melbourne Awards presentation. Photo courtesy of Linny and The Water Well Project.

The Water Well Project was named to represent the safe space and traditional communal meeting place where many communities worldwide meet and talk whilst collecting water.

Through her work, Linny has gathered a great team of volunteers to help deliver sessions around Victoria; and was a state finalist for the Young Australian of the Year, all whilst completing her General Paediatrics and Paediatric Infectious Diseases training in Melbourne. If you’d like to support The Water Well Project through volunteering, donations or partnerships, please visit

We learnt about Linny’s journey below.

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Job Listing: Australian Medical Startup Looking For Doctor

Surgical doctor Chandrashan Perera’s startup Nebula has recently been funded after its success in the Melbourne Accelerator Program last year. They’re now looking for another doctor to join their team in a paid non-clinical role.

Nebula’s tech solutions aim to help medicine by improving patient engagement with doctors; improving patients’ understanding of their conditions, and helping busy doctors spend more time looking after patients while collecting data for research.

Ideal Requirements:

  • Medical background (junior doctor is suitable, preferably with a surgical interest or background)
  • Amazing people skills including being able to meet with hospital directors, surgeons, insurance companies and so forth
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout Australia
  • Ability to present well at conferences and head up research projects, plus create medical and educational content

This is a varied role that will give you a taste of the startup life, whether you’re wanting a break from studies and fellowship training, or whether you’re deciding to leave clinical medicine fulltime in future to work on healthcare technology solutions. The skills you’d gain would be invaluable for your CV and resume, and would help build networks across the world for better patient care.

If you think you or your friend would be suitable, please contact chandra (at)


The Rest Is Noise

We’ve borrowed the title of Alex Ross’ work on 20th-century music history to explore the effects of visual noise on user experience (UX).

Think about your hospital’s electronic medical record (EMR or DMR for digital). Think about your state or government’s ehealth websites for registration. Think about your community’s latest app for tracking fitness goals or sleep patterns. If you’re a patient, think about your blood glucose-monitoring diary on your smartphone. How user-friendly do you find them?

That’s the science of User Experience.

If a cafe can create a great user experience through design, why can't an EMR do the same? Urban Espresso, Coffs Coast. Pic: The Medical Startup
If a cafe can create a great user experience through design, why can’t an EMR do the same? Urban Espresso, Coffs Coast. Pic: The Medical Startup

How easily can you find the window you need?

How many sidebars and banner ads pop up or urge you to sign up for something?

If you’re a clinician, how many windows must you enter details and click through before you reach your patient’s details, let alone their blood results from this morning? How irritated do you feel when an alarm byte rings because there are too many dings and sound-effects distracting you from achieving your intention?

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