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With companies like Atlasssian, Envato and Canva being recognised internationally, Australia has proven to be successful in producing groundbreaking tech enterprises. Recently the country is starting to ramp up its enthusiasm for startups, particularly in the health sector. The intersection of tech and neurology or psychology is one trend that has emerged in its healthcare innovation. From web-based mental health services to virtual realities designed to alter your mood, here’s a list of cool Australian start ups in psychology and neurology worth checking out:
Inventium is a consultancy company that helps organizations build a culture that fosters innovation. Founded by an innovation psychologist who authored the books “The Innovation Formula” and “The Creativity Formula”, Inventium drives commercial outcomes in companies using a science-based approach that applies the latest findings from neurology and psychology. Considering that 85 percent of this year’s top 20 Most Innovative Companies have a formal innovation process, the functional diversity that the company’s team of psychologist assemble can result in significant impacts. “People think of innocation as free flowing and spontaneous,” said Amantha Imber. “There’s elements of that, but without structure around it your business won’t be able to harness the innovation and resource it appropriately.” Inventium’s clients include a large number of ASX200 and Fortune500 companies from around the world.
Advanced artificial intelligence has yet to arrive, but technologies like Emotiv gives us a glimpse of what the future might look like. Emotiv uses simple to use, EEG mobile technology that could revolutionise our interaction with the world. Recognized by the scientific community worldwide, the bioinformatics company is working on identifying biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using EEG. The applications is far-reaching, spanning a variety of potential industry sectors from interactive television to psychology and transport safety. The company has earned a handful of awards including Australian International Design Awards and Australian Engineering Excellent Awards.
When people think of meditation they tend to think of chanting in the lotus position somewhere in isolation. The truth is, mindfulness can be practiced and cultivated anywhere, anytime, even while doing your everyday tasks. Clinical psychologist and CEO of the Smiling Mind app calls this “informal mindfulness”. This is what he aims to bring into people’s busy lives with the meditation app. The app, which hit over 2 million downloads, teaches people how to turn their daily chores into a form of meditation by approaching them with a self-awareness and curiosity. “We all do things every day to maintain our health and hygiene. What you might not know is that we can choose to do these mindfully by slowing down and focusing on what we’re doing,” Wooten said.
Taking mind alteration to the next level, Liminal VR allows you a shortcut to augmenting your state of mind through a combination of neuroscience and design principles in virtual reality. The VR induces a range of cognitive and emotional states, starting with calming energy, with the mission of putting people in the right headspace to start their days with. The technology was tested in hospital patients who often spend a long period of time in hospitals with little interaction and feel isolated and lonely. It is hoped that the virtual stimulation will be the perect escape for patients. At the moment, most hospitals and health insurers view virtual reality as too expensive, but the technology is becoming increasingly viable and the healthcare sector is excited about its possibilities of improving the lives of patients across the world.
Uprise makes accessing local counselling and psychotherapy professionals easy. The startup offers companies of all sizes a digital series of therapies, starting with one of the most effective treatments in psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It was founded by a clinical psychologist who has over 10 years of clinical experience treating patients with a range of anxiety and depressive disorders. By allowing people to access CBT with privacy and at a fraction of the and cost, founder Dr Jay Spence hopes to help employees become the best version of themselves and achieve more at work.