Many are unaware of how many medical inventions come from Australia. Crucial technology such as the pacemaker, the ultrasound, disposable syringes and the Cochelar implant all materialised from the great minds of Australian inventors. In an effort to recognise the outstanding medical advancement these inventions have brought onto the medical world, here is a brief history of each.
“Hello? Can You Hear Me?”
1985 marked the year that the Cochlear implant - a hearing device invented by Dr. Graeme Clark - was approved by the US FDA. After almost twenty years of work, the invention finally made its way into the medical field and has helped countless people hear again.
Inside the Womb
It’s not been long since parents can see a picture of their unborn child for the first time. The Commonwealth Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney made a breakthrough discovery when they realised that high-pitched sounds could be transformed into visual pictures. Thanks to this Australian discovery, X-rays are no longer needed to provide an image of internal organs and babies, therefore enormously reducing the damage that X-rays caused.
One-Time Use Syringes
The disposable syringe, which has saved an outstanding amount of lives, was actually first produced by a toy maker from Australia. In the mid 20th century, Harry Wallis, a drug manufacturer, realised that penicillin clogged up glass syringes, for which he needed a disposable one made from plastic. He then visited Charles Rothauser, a toy-maker, with expertise in the manufacturing of small, plastic items.
When the Heart Skips a Beat
In the 1920s a Hospital in Sydney found themselves in a dilemma when they needed to revive a newborn baby. They utilised the first-ever pacemaker to exist, which has now evolved into a small life-saving machine that helps the literally broken heart keep pumping.