Department of State Development

Supporting the early stage development of new commercially viable medical and assistive devices through collaboration between industry, researchers, end-users and government.

Established in August 2013, the Medical Technologies Program (MTP) is delivered as part of the well-established Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) based at the Flinders University.

Participants in the MTP receive up to 250 hours of research to assist with any stage of the research and development process, and may include prototype development, proof of concept work, product validation or evaluation, as well as a 30 hour market assessment.  

Selection criteria

To receive support through the MTP, proposals must satisfy the following criteria:

  • be a medical device or assistive technology
  • be technically feasible
  • be commercially feasible
  • involve innovation
  • able to be completed within 250 hours or three months
  • be proposed by a company, commercial enterprise or an individual; who agrees to form an entity with a current or proposed connection in South Australia
  • the proposing entity must be able to co-contribute $5,000 (ex GST) to the project.

Projects supported through the MTP include:

  • Design and development of a prototype which will enable efficient and effective single person operation of a bag valve mask emergency ventilator
  • Research and development to enhance the effectiveness of new tool to guide treatment and improve outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation, a leading global cause of hospitalisations
  • A portable Post-Operative Lower Limb Rehabilitation Device – Maxm Skate prototype to enable rehabilitation and strengthening exercises at home
  • An ultrasensitive Hand Held Cancer Probe to detect small amounts of clinically introduced magnetic particles in lymph nodes during cancer biopsies
  • A new dental x-ray device integrating for a more targeted and faster x-ray process for specialised and general dentistry
  • The design and prototyping of a low level dental laser therapy device to prevent dentin hypersensitivity
  • Qualitative assessment of a new bed frame to assist people in sit-to-stand transfers
  • Modernisation of the SimTools - a suite of diagnostic tools that can be used on actors or basic manikins to provide simulated physiological information (vital signs) to healthcare students as it is normally recorded in real cases
  • Design and prototyping of Hydralert to provide real time measurements of urine specific gravity (an indicator of hydration) to assist the management of hydration policies in the mining and construction sector
  • Design of a new laryngoscope for AMNY Medical that would negate patients’ neck extension for a linear airway access
  • Design and prototype of a new surgical instrument which will enable bone graft delivery during minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures. 

Apply for this program

  • Register your medical device, problem or idea with Flinder Universitiy - Medical Device Partnering Program.

Resources and downloads

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For the latest events or more information, contact

Dr Olgatina Bushi
Industry Development Officer
Manufacturing Technologies Health and Medical