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Research & Innovation

Onemda is committed to research and innovation within the disability sector.

Research & Innovation Centre 

Onemda's new Research & Innovation Centre is now open. 

The Centre aims to facilitate technology and innovative engineering companies and faculties to design, develop and expose their products. This will be achieved through a co-design approach to exploring new possibilities in progressing cutting edge technologies. The Centre’s vision of “Opening up worlds through innovation” is based on the principles that:

  • Every person has the ability to keep learning
  • Technology advances independence
  • Therapy enhances capacity

Onemda has forged numerous relationships and partnerships with technology companies and research institutes with the aim of having a greater presence in the Innovation Centre once completed. The Centre will act as an accessible hub for the service sector, enabling people with disabilities and their families and carers to be engaged and exposed to the latest advances in therapy, assistive technology and evidence based practice all within a state of the art facility.

Contact us for more information about the Centre and how you can be involved.

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Through relationships with universities, researchers and innovators Onemda is helping to inform and change the face of service provision so it better meets the needs of people with a disability and their families and carers.

Onemda has developed a partnership with the developers of the Matlda robot to research how it can be used to assist our clients. A select group of staff members are intensively working on programming the Matlda robot to cater for the specific needs of the Onemda population. Matlda has the ability to read stories, coordinate bingo and teach cooking to our participants. Matlda is increasingly being used in our programs and we're continually liaising with the developers to make the software more client focussed.

For more information on our research program, please contact us.