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Austin Health staff help open #3dMed19

15 November 2019

Austin Health staff have helped to kick off Australia's largest 3D medical conference today in Melbourne. #3Med19 is showcasing developments in 3D technology that are changing the way we look at delivering healthcare.

Medical 3D printing uses digital technology to create or 'print' 3D models of body parts and other objects that are used in a range of ways including planning and performing surgical procedures.

Director of Austin Health's 3dMedLab and conference co-convener, Associate Professor Jason Chuen, said Australia is becoming one of the world leaders in medical 3D technology.

"3D technologies, like 3D printing, are set to radically transform the way in which we teach, plan, rehearse and perform surgery," A/Prof Chuen said

"Australia, and Melbourne in particular, has an opportunity to be a major hub for medical technology development, and 3D-related technologies will be a key part of this.

"This year's conference is bringing together so many great minds and we look forward to growing the world-class 3D Medical research and industry in Victoria and around Australia.

"We're also extremely grateful that the Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, Frank McGuire MP was able to be on hand to open the conference today," he said.

Dr Jasamine Coles-Black, from the Austin Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory, said collaboration is the key to further developing and safely implementing 3D technology.

"The conference is a celebration of the multidisciplinary nature of frontier technologies in health that involve collaboration between doctors, engineers, veterinarians, cell biologists, industrial designers, lawyers, policy makers and designers," Dr Coles-Black said.

"3D technologies are the natural next stepping stone in the era of personalised medicine.

"Bringing people together in a collegiate environment will give us the best chance to make the most of this new frontier in medicine and help ensure we best utilise advances in 3D printing technologies in healthcare.

"The event has already hosted the inaugural 'Women in 3D Technologies' networking drinks in partnership with CSIRO that included a keynote speech from leading head and neck cancer surgeon, Dr Elizabeth Sigston," she said.

The #3dMed19 conference is being held with partners Austin Health and the University of Melbourne, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies (ARC-CMIT).

The event is being held at AAMI Park and runs until 16 November.

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