Hunter REGION activator - Richard Christian
Hunter iF is an independent connector and enabler of innovation in the Hunter region. Hunter iF is a champion for the innovation ecosystem in the Hunter and provides a conduit to support services and programs that aim to help new and innovative businesses on their pathway to success at different stages of their innovation journey. Hunter iF’s mission is to harness the Hunter’s immense potential to help create a more innovative future and establish the region as an internationally recognised thriving centre of innovation.
HUNTER REGION WINNER
SUSAN RYAN - UUKOO
Families are time poor. Uukoo allows them to share their life with their loved one on-the-run.
Using a tablet device, the person living with dementia has access to a menu of functions, all of which are specifically designed to create and maintain social connections with their loved ones, their community and their past. It facilitates regular feelings of pleasure and belonging, which in turn reduces loneliness and increases wellness. Peer-reviewed evidence shows a 75% reduction in medication rates when social inclusion is used to increase mood rather than drugs.
For families Uukoo creates opportunities to establish and maintain emotional connections with their loved ones. In turn, this regular connection lessens feelings of guilt and carer burden. Family members experience a reduction in the stress they experience when they can’t be with their loved one daily because the app supplements face-to-face visits in a way that has a lasting impact on their well-being.
“My Dad was diagnosed with dementia in 2007 and was later wrongly medicated with antipsychotic drugs. There is so much more we must do to assist families and care organisations to tailor care and increase social inclusion for our loved ones.” -Susan Ryan, Uukoo Founder and CEO