Morrison Government $5m Grant For PainChek Trial in Aged Care

PainChek Ltd (ASX:PCK) has welcomed the announcement that the Morrison Government will invest $5M to facilitate the implementation of the company’s pain recognition app in Australian residential aged care centres (RAC’s). 

A copy of the Government’s media release is attached  for download here

PainChek® is the world’s first smart phone pain assessment and monitoring device. The app automatically detects pain via artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology. Research shows it is already driving better quality aged care and improved pain management in residential settings around Australia. 

The announcement was made in Perth today by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM at Regents Garden Aged Care. The funding makes provision for a universal PainChek® access license for the more than 1,000 Residential Aged Care Providers in Australia and their 100,000 residents living with dementia for a one year period. The contract is in the process of being finalized. 

PainChek CEO Philip Daffas commended the Federal Government and the Hon Ken Wyatt AM for showing genuine vision and a strong commitment to improving the care of non-verbal Australians who are in residential care. 

“This investment is set to trigger widespread and long-term use of the PainChek® app. From a business perspective we have been focused on how best to facilitate national uptake. We have been making good progress by approaching aged care providers individually but this takes the implementation to a whole new level in double-quick time,” said Daffas.

“The feedback is very positive from the residential aged care centres that are already using PainChek®. So facilitating uptake is going to provide equality of access to all service providers and their residents living with dementia. 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” 

“This program will help refine how the app gets integrated into every day clinical care in the aged residential setting. PainChek® is a uniquely Australian invention being progressed by an Australian leader in digital health innovation. The app effectively gives a voice to people who cannot verbalise their pain and we look forward to working with the government to expand our efforts to do just that,” said Daffas. 

Chief Scientific Officer at PainChek, Professor Jeff Hughes said he was delighted that the government support was focused in the aged care setting. There are more than 220,000 residents in aged care within Australia of which around 50% are living with dementia. Undiagnosed or poorly diagnosed pain is a huge issue among that group. 

“This government funding is consistent with our extensive clinical study work which demonstrates the effectiveness and reliability of PainChek in identifying pain. The bulk of this work was conducted on people living with moderate to severe dementia,” said Professor Hughes. 

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