Australian Medical Robotics Academy to Train Specialists to Work with Robots During Surgery


The government of Australia's Victoria State gave 2 million dollars to use robotics and to train new surgeons for their emergency duties. / Photo by: justalf via Pixabay


The executive administrative authority of the Australian state of Victoria has recently allotted AU$2 million to fund a new training center that will help surgeons to use medical robotics for minimally invasive surgery and cancer surgery. This is according to the business tech news provider ZDNet.

The new training center, called the Australian Medical Robotics Academy, will be located in Parkville, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. The school will train specialists from Australia and other countries in the use of medical robots in their craft. The state government said that the academy will include virtual reality surgical simulators so that surgeons can continue to ‘build their skills” prior to actual surgery.

Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy added that the facility will guide the “new age of surgery,” and that it has the potential to help change the lives of people from all around the world. “The world's brightest medical minds will travel here to learn new skills,” she declared.

The Victorian government believes that robotic surgery will reduce the risk of infection among patients and is capable of greater accuracy and precision. It also pointed out that faster recoveries and shorter hospital stay for patients can be expected.

Menzies Health Institute and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in Herston announced last July that robot-assisted surgery is not risky compared to the standard prostatectomy, a surgical procedure for complete or partial removal of the prostate.