Boost for robotic-assisted surgery in Australia with Medtronic and AMRA partnership

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Medtronic and the Australian Medical Robotics Academy (AMRA) have partnered to provide surgeons with best-in-class training in robotic-assisted surgery (RAS).

A broad spectrum of training is being offered at AMRA’s Melbourne-based state-of-the-art facilities with the goal of enhancing the knowledge and skill set in RAS.

“This is a significant step for robotic-assisted surgery in Australia and New Zealand,” said Kevin Falzon, senior director for surgical robotics at Medtronic Asia Pacific.

“AMRA is a centre of excellence that embraces new technology, adapts to the changing education needs of modern surgeons and has been an advocate for robotic surgical training in Australia.

“Through this engagement, we will be collaborating closely with a network of experts that make up the faculty at AMRA, all of whom have significant experience in robotic surgery, training and education and who will be the first to deliver our educational content to trainees in Australia.”

“We want to make RAS more accessible – to more hospitals, and more surgeons, for the benefit of patients,” added Falzon.

AMRA director and CEO Professor Tony Costello said, “AMRA has always been at the forefront of robotics technology in surgery, and we look forward to working with Medtronic to help increase access to the latest robotics technologies to help make a difference for patients and surgeons.

“By partnering with AMRA, we will be able to utilise the linear training curriculum already designed by AMRA– replacing the traditional apprenticeship model which is lengthy and haphazard – to teach young surgeons how to incorporate what they learn into their practice.”