Federal Government to invest $5m in dementia app

Federal Government to invest $5m in dementia app

THE Federal Government will invest $5 million to facilitate use of the PainChek app within Australian residential aged care centres.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt announced the Government’s funding plan to provide broader use of the app at Scarborough’s Regents Garden Aged Care on Monday.

PainChek is a smart phone pain assessment and monitoring device that detects pain through facial recognition technology, and helps reduce pain in those suffering and living with dementia.

The funding will pave the way for a universal PainChek access license set to go to more than 1000 Residential Aged Care providers in Australia and their 100,000 residents living with dementia for a one year period.

PainChek chief executive Philip Daffas said the investment would trigger widespread and long-term use of the PainChek app.

“We are well positioned to roll out PainChek rapidly through a range of training programmes and partners including on-line training capabilities and we will be working hard to implement PainChek as quickly as possible across nominated trial aged care homes,” he said.

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