Announcement posted by Miroma Project Factory
February 23, 2022
The Department of Health (Aged Care) awarded Miroma Project Factory (MPF) a $1.2 million grant under the National Dementia Support Program in 2018 to create a digital platform that creates a support network around vulnerable and at-risk people by maki
While the initial platform is intended for people with dementia and their caregivers, the platform has been designed to provide the same levels of support to any individual or community in need.
The Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) fund has been building capacity in the aged care sector since 2015, they have allocated approximately $331.9 million over 4 years to June 30, 2023*.
Over the past two years, MPF has worked closely with the dementia community through a co-design process; and have relied on the support and guidance of the Dementia Collaboration, organized by the local Northern Sydney Health District, Community Care Northern Beaches, Illawarra Multicultural Communities Council, Dementia Australia, CSIRO and Dr Dimity Pond. The platform is part of a formal pilot study with CSIRO.
The platform is based on the concept of providing relevant local services, reliable information and resources, a forum for sharing with peers; with a private social network of known friends, family and community members to create a “community of care”. The cross-platform digital solution makes it possible to create these communities around anyone who is vulnerable or provide a support network to help ease the burden of a primary caregiver.
Dr Dana Bradford, from CSIRO’s Australian Center for eHealth Research, said: “This is exactly what people with dementia are asking for.”
The platform, marketing website, admin portal and associated Apple and Google app are currently live and LIV is publicly available by downloading the app from the Apple app and google play stores now.
The idea is to optimize the technology so that it can be easily applied to other at-risk cohorts, such as those with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury.
MPF Managing Director Kat Robinson says, “Over the past two years, I have watched our team and partners relentlessly pursue LIV; the home care ecosystem that will support, guide and develop social connectivity across multiple cohorts. It is a bold and advantageous platform of which we are immensely proud. We intend to continue developing features to support as many chronic conditions as possible. I am excited about his future.
MPF is excited to continue to develop and expand this technology which builds on the growing concept of ‘home care’ and can play an important role for communities around the world.