Rehabilitation Engineer awarded Churchill Fellowship

Man sitting in a lab coat with various engineering machines behind him
Tim McLennan in the engineering department at Royal Perth Hospital
January 6, 2017

Rehabilitation Engineer Tim McLennan has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research assistive technology and augmentative communication.

Through the Communication and Assistive Technology Service (CATS) service at Royal Perth and Fiona Stanley Hospitals, Tim works with patients with speech difficulties, or physical disability that prevents them from communicating effectively, or being able to independently operate a computer or phone.

Interest in this field was sparked after Tim had a gliding accident that left him with a spinal cord injury, requiring eight months of rehabilitation to learn to walk again. 
Tim said this experience changed his life path by exposing him to the world of assistive technology and medical engineering. 

“As an engineer, my job has been to solve problems and create solutions, but it was not until I experienced a spinal cord injury myself that I had my eyes opened to the world of assistive technology,” Tim said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for my professional development and therefore our patients and therapists we support within WA. My hope is to improve things Australia wide.

“It is extremely rewarding to now be able to apply my work in such a meaningful way and directly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.”

Tim will travel to USA, Canada, UK, Sweden and Switzerland as part of his study tour.