Revolutionising rehabilitation, redefining disability
Griffith Inclusive Futures is a Griffith University-led, collaborative alliance between key research, education, industry and healthcare organisations focused on disability and rehabilitation. Our vision for the alliance is to make significant improvements to the lives of people with disability through precision, personalised and innovative rehabilitation and disability services.
Why do we need Griffith Inclusive Futures?
Disability is one of the major challenges Australian society will face over the next decade, one which necessitates new ways of thinking – improved therapies, better services, greater access to technology and supportive environments.
Despite the promise of major advances in science and technology, they have not yet been well integrated and translated for optimised treatment, rehabilitation, disability policy and practice. Griffith Inclusive Futures seeks to build the right conditions to support the transformative leap that can be achieved by combining multiple disciplines and disrupting existing ways of working.
For decades, our research at Griffith University has represented a shift away from traditional discipline-centred modes of knowledge production towards inter-disciplinary, collaborative and customer-driven solutions.
What does Griffith Inclusive Futures do?
Most rehabilitation research originates from a single discipline or scientific paradigm, resulting in siloed approaches that fail to capitalise on and integrate the latest evidence and innovation. Griffith Inclusive Futures will integrate research from a range of complementary fields to generate creative and revolutionary approaches to rehabilitation.
Griffith Inclusive Futures includes experts from pharmacy, medicine and biomedical science, engineering, industrial design and technology, architecture and the creative arts, allied health, psychology/psychiatry, environmental science, law and social science. It brings together knowledge from these fields, crossing boundaries and promoting innovation for people with disabilities, such as:
- Spinal and brain injury and other neurological conditions
- Developmental disability, including autism, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
- Persistent pain, musculoskeletal conditions and amputation
- Mental illness and trauma
- Chronic and age-related health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, Parkinson's disease and dementia
Griffith Inclusive Futures will leverage the capabilities Griffith’s new Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute, which integrates digitally-enabled data, design, diagnoses, and additive manufacturing.
Our Research Programs
Griffith Inclusive Futures brings together industry experts from a number of internationally successful research institutes, centres and programs across the University.
Tissue Engineering and Pharmacology
Innovative cellular and pharmacological therapies to repair and regenerate the central and peripheral nervous system.
Restorative Robotics and Rehabilitation Engineering
Disruptive technologies to restore and optimise neuromusculoskeletal and cardiovascular functioning after illness, injury and disability.
Therapeutic and Behavioural Practices
New practices, programs and techniques to support accurate assessment, early intervention, prevention, increased participation and quality of life for people with disabilities.
Harnessing features of natural, built, social and virtual environments to optimise rehabilitation outcomes and independence in the community.
Policy and Governance Innovation
Understanding how to promote equitable, efficient and ethical systems, services and practices that uphold the dignity and rights of people with disabilities.
Griffith's Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute is leading the way in next-generation biomedical and industrial applications. One project, BioSpine, is close to finalising a large research contract that will take promising research, founded on a world-first digital twin platform technology – the ‘Personalised Digital Human’, to the next exciting step towards a spinal injury cure.
Example research projects
- Spinal injury project
- The Spinal Injury Project brings together scientists, engineers, medical doctors, veterinarians and educators to develop an olfactory cell therapy for spinal cord injury. The project involves the transplantation of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells into the spinal cord to help the guidance and regrowth of neurons across the injury site. Find out more about the Spinal Injury Project.
- The Brain Enriched Environments lab is an applied neurotrauma research lab focused on the human brain and environment interface after trauma. BEEHive aims to develop and trial customised, novel cognitive, motor, sensory, spatial and social assessment and therapy methods to contribute to the growing evidence base. Find out more about BEEHive.
- Habitec is a sociotechnical space that aims to ethically expedite the process of applying technology to rehabilitation and independent living by creating a shared space where consumers, practitioners, funder, developers and researchers can work together to develop and test rehabilitation tools and technologies. Find out more about Habitec.
- The Policy Governance and Advocacy in Rehabilitation Discovery and Delivery Program brings together social science, legal and political science experts to address policy, legislative, ethical and social questions raised around applying new evidence and advancements in rehabilitation practices and service delivery.
- Epidoros-V2 is a spatial data repository that allows the organised and meaningful collation of information from multiple data sources, allowing the simultaneous examination of service usage, demand, gaps and needs to inform health and disability decision-making. Find out more about Epidoros.
- TRaCE is a longitudinal study of 165 people that links personal, social and spatial determinants of service use with longitudinal psycho-social wellbeing data. This integrated tracking study maps pathways and indentifies gaps in the service system in order to improve rehabilitation and disability support in the community. Find out more about TRaCE or watch the video.