Melbourne-Shenzhen Rehabilitation Research Centre Opens
Osteoarthritis and osteoporotic fractures represent a major health problem in China, being costly to treat, high in prevalence and deeply impacting the lives of sufferers. Last year over 30,000 osteoporotic fractures were recorded in Shenzhen, a major city in southeastern China. This number is only expected to increase with the rise of ‘demographic ageing’.
To address these growing health challenges, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering Dr Lihai Zhang has helped develop the new Melbourne-Shenzhen Rehabilitation Centre, located in Shenzhen, China. As Founding Director of the Centre, Dr Zhang attended the opening the ceremony in mid-May this year.
“The Centre aims to optimise post-operative physiotherapy treatments for injured bone and cartilage by linking post-operative exercises to cellular biomechanical microenvironments associated with the mechano-regulation of healing processes,” says Dr Zhang.
Dr Zhang says this research will enable realistic and accurate prediction of physiotherapy outcomes, which will transform the design of new generation physical therapy techniques and improve the lives of those suffering from osteoarthritis and osteoporotic fractures.