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Metro South’s brightest awarded prestigious scholarships

4 April 2022

Two Metro South Health staff have been awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships and will travel to the United States to participate in research collaboration with peers overseas.  

Dr Honor Magon, from the Digital Health Clinical Consultation Services and Dr Emily Steel, from Clinical Governance and Compliance, were both awarded the scholarships and will use the opportunity to bring back key knowledge to help shape the future of healthcare in Australia.  

Dr Magon will be heading to Stanford University in California with a focus on how to use emerging technologies to help improve clinician wellbeing.   

“My research is looking at the intersection of digital health, occupational medicine and healthcare worker health and wellbeing,” Dr Magon said.  

“As a junior doctor, I know a lot of my colleagues find they can’t go home on time because of the documentation they have to do, made harder by the huge number of systems we must navigate to find the right information at the right time. 

“I want to translate between clinicians and our back end technology partners to co-design valuable improvements in our digital systems, to make the clinician’s job easier.

“Further to that, I want to explore if there emerging technologies we can use for healthcare workers, who are often shift workers who work unsociable hours, to get consistent care like anyone else." 

Dr Steel will split her time between the research team at the R2D2 centre in Milwaukee and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in Washington DC. Her work aims to improve how assistive technology is implemented to provide more opportunities for participation to people with a disability.  

“Lots of people get excited about new products and the potential of technology for people with disability, but without understanding the history and existing knowledge in this field we risk repeating what has already been done and making the same mistakes,” Dr Steel said.  

“I want to see better policy and a skilled workforce to support equitable access to assistive technology, which includes wheelchairs and eyeglasses, and the systems for matching the products to individuals to enable and improve their functioning in life roles.  

“Along with my home organisation, the Centre for Universal Design Australia, I hope that we can help make the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics in Brisbane the most inclusive events yet.” 

Last updated 4 April 2022
Last reviewed 4 April 2022

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