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03 Mar 2017

Visit to Selwyn by Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality hosted a 17-strong Japanese delegation led by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development at Selwyn Village on 2 March. 

The delegation comprised researchers from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, universities and a range of companies involved in assistive robotics, mobility support and monitoring sensor technology as well as Panasonic.  

The visit was part of the Japan-NZ Bilateral Workshop on Technologies for Elderly Care taking place on 2 and 3 March, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s International Science Partnerships Team. The Consortium for Medical Device Technology and the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence are holding a workshop and networking events over the two days to explore and identify opportunities for research and business collaborations between New Zealand and Japan in the areas of elderly care and healthcare robotics.

Selwyn’s General Manager of Information and Technology, Andy Stewart, Group Residential Care Manager, Virginia Sisson, and Inviga CEO, John Ashley, presented on our residential and community care technologies and future thinking as regards technology-based innovations in the aged care sector, and the group also had a tour of Sarah Selwyn Hospital to see one of our PARO robotic seals in use with residents.