About medspace.VR

medspace.VR is a unique software development that is designed to facilitate clinical skill acquisition in medical health students. The software development and testing has arisen from collaboration between health science academics, clinical health professionals, software developers and game designers. medspace.VR modules are more than just equipment simulators; they are sophisticated and realistic 3D skills acquisition and learning environments. The applications are aimed at pre-registration medical radiation science students and geared for rapid and cost-effective deployment in Higher Education or Clinical departments.

 

Meet the team

Pete Bridge
 

Pete Bridge

Pete trained as a Therapy Radiographer at the University of Liverpool in the UK back in the early 1990s. He worked clinically in the UK and New Zealand before being attracted into academia at Sheffield Hallam University in 2002. Since then he has worked as a lecturer and researcher in the UK and Australia. Pete has a long association with and enthusiasm for virtual reality simulation in education. He led the initial development and evaluation of a 3D immersive radiotherapy teaching application in 2007. The results of this work demonstrated a clear role for 3D VR simulation in radiotherapy and led to the creation of VERT. Since then Pete has worked on the development of the world’s first 3D immersive environment for Medical Imaging simulation incorporating plain radiography, CT and operating theatre mobile environments; this ground-breaking work helped to pave the way for medspace.VR. He has also developed 3D environments to facilitate collaborative learning of Radiation Physics principles and innovative tools to help simulate the various elements of the radiotherapy workflow. He continues his enthusiasm for 3D VR in his PhD project developing and evaluating the use of 3D immersive visualisation for clinical radiotherapy target structure outlining. Pete brings his joint experience with VR simulation and higher education to his role as a consultant with medspace.VR.

 
Therese Gunn
 

Therese Gunn

Therese completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Imaging in 1993. She has 20 years of clinical experience both in Australia and the UK. She has worked in both the private and public sector as well as large regional and small rural departments. Therese has been actively involved in University undergraduate education since 2006 and currently works full time as a lecturer in medical imaging. Her varied clinical roles have provided her with a wealth of skills and experiences and enjoys sharing these with her students. Therese is currently engaged in her Masters of Research degree where she is investigating the impact that virtual reality simulation has on both confidence and skill of undergraduate radiography students. Therese has a passion for engaging health students with a wide range of simulation activities to enhance their learning. Her work and studies both aim to not only improve student educational outcomes, but ultimately feed through to enhance the patient experience. Therese is a clinical and pedagogical consultant with medspace.VR where her clinical and academic skills ensure the software is both educationally powerful and grounded in the real clinical world.

 
Lazaros Kastanis
 

Lazaros Kastanis

Lazaros completed his Masters of Remote Sensing in 1993 building on a previous undergraduate degree in geography and worked with Remote Sensing and Geographic Information systems across the globe. He quickly developed a keen interest in the use of 3D information environments and interactive applications to help understand complex spatial data sets and disseminate large amounts of information effectively. This enthusiasm led to a successful research and teaching career in the field of simulation and real-time 3D interactive applications. Lazaros enjoys a wide range of academic teaching duties at two Australian universities and has worked extensively as a project consultant to companies requiring expertise in the development of 3D real-time interactive information applications. Past roles in government and educational institutions both in Australia and overseas have given Lazaros an in-depth insight into the workings of organisations both large and small. He is particularly enthusiastic about developing meaningful learning experiences within education and is committed to continuing the development of innovative and effective interactive teaching tools. Currently Lazaros is the business development and project manager for medspace.VR with varied roles including oversight of projects, client liaison, and quality assurance.

 
Darren Pack
 

Darren Pack

Darren completed an undergraduate degree in Animation at Queensland University of Technology in 2006. After graduation he spent time working as a visual effects artist on television and film projects in the post production industry. Darren then returned to QUT for several years, working as a researcher and educator, lecturing in both visual effects and real time computer graphics. Since leaving the university, Darren has been working full time creating 3D simulation environments for training, planning and entertainment servicing various industries. Darren was the lead developer on a successful Medical Imaging simulation package, containing immersive simulation environments for plain radiography, CT and operating theatre mobile, the development of which lead to the creation of medspace.VR. He has over twelve years of experience working with and creating 3D environments. Darren is the head of technical and software development at medspace.VR.