The Victorian Government is building an Australian-first academy to train surgeons from here and abroad to use revolutionary medical robots for minimally invasive surgery.
Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced $2 million to help the Australian Prostate Centre build the new international centre for excellence in medical robotics in Parkville – the heart of Victoria’s biomedical precinct.
The Australian Medical Robotics Academy will train the next generation of surgeons to perform cutting-edge procedures using robots on hard-to-reach and small internal spaces. It’s the first step in a major revolutionary advance in every day surgery.
Robotics surgery already features at a small number of private hospitals, but by training more surgeons, the Government is setting a blueprint for the procedures to become more commonplace throughout Victoria, Australia and the world.
Robotics surgery is mainly used to treat prostate cancer, but has also played a key role in gynaecological procedures and ear, nose and throat surgery. It is capable of greater precision and accuracy, so it can better target cancers and boost patient survival rates.
Other benefits can include lower risks of infection, shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries and quicker returns to work.
The new academy will feature world-class virtual reality surgical simulators for local and international surgeons to build their skills before live surgery. Like airline pilot training, the simulators provide feedback on errors and efficiency of surgeon movements.
In 2016, prostate cancer was the most common cancer in Victoria, with 4,784 men diagnosed and 781 men dying from the disease.
The Australian Medical Robotics Academy will be complete by the end of 2019.
Source: Vic Government