Eleanor Horton - Round 2, 2016 Champion

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Eleanor Horton

Developing assistive technology-based home care

Dr Eleanor Horton is a senior lecturer in nursing at Sunshine Coast University. She educates nursing students about the role of assistive technology in helping older people and disabled people to maintain their independence in the community. She is also part of a group helping to develop this assistive technology.

Eleanor has personal stake in the research, having been a carer for her husband, a stroke survivor with significant disabilities, for 16 years. Through participation in the CSIRO Smarter Safer Home Platform trial, she has been able to continue her work at the university by using technology to monitor and maintain her husband's health and safety.

Eleanor uses the Home Care support system, a platform that includes video conferencing technology that she and her husband can use to communicate during the day. The platform has been modified and further developed to assist Eleanor to juggle her roles as a carer and at the university.

Because of her unique experience as a worker and consumer, Eleanor's expertise is much in demand. She is a representative on local and national committees for consumer advisory groups, including:

  • National Stroke Foundation's enableme platform
  • Community Care Smart Assistive Technology Collaborative Platform.

Eleanor has shared her experiences at many workshops and conferences, specifically addressing the topic of technology in action to promote better carer engagement and support.

As a digital champ, Eleanor will continue to develop and promote the use of assistive technologies to keep people living independently longer.

Eleanor is nominated by: Community Resourcing

Eleanor Horton

Developing assistive technology-based home care

Dr Eleanor Horton is a senior lecturer in nursing at Sunshine Coast University. She educates nursing students about the role of assistive technology in helping older people and disabled people to maintain their independence in the community. She is also part of a group helping to develop this assistive technology.

Eleanor has personal stake in the research, having been a carer for her husband, a stroke survivor with significant disabilities, for 16 years. Through participation in the CSIRO Smarter Safer Home Platform trial, she has been able to continue her work at the university by using technology to monitor and maintain her husband's health and safety.

Eleanor uses the Home Care support system, a platform that includes video conferencing technology that she and her husband can use to communicate during the day. The platform has been modified and further developed to assist Eleanor to juggle her roles as a carer and at the university.

Because of her unique experience as a worker and consumer, Eleanor's expertise is much in demand. She is a representative on local and national committees for consumer advisory groups, including:

  • National Stroke Foundation's enableme platform
  • Community Care Smart Assistive Technology Collaborative Platform.

Eleanor has shared her experiences at many workshops and conferences, specifically addressing the topic of technology in action to promote better carer engagement and support.

As a digital champ, Eleanor will continue to develop and promote the use of assistive technologies to keep people living independently longer.

Eleanor is nominated by: Community Resourcing