Rehabilitation Engineering is recognised as a discipline in many countries.

In Australia the following is a definition of the profession.

Rehabilitation EngineerA Rehabilitation Engineer is a professional engineer applying informed theory and practice in a specialised knowledge and application of technologies to safeguard and improve the quality of life of individuals with activity limitations often in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.

The following meanings are intended:

  • Professional Engineer – deemed by Engineers Australia as having satisfied stage I competencies via a degree from a recognised university or by subsequent assessment
  • Informed theory and practice-theory and practice that account relevant and scientifically validated this includes a requirement for formal training in the life sciences.
  • Technologies – products and services which are well understood by the engineer and fit for purpose
  • Safeguard – through advocacy, oversight, risk analysis, assessment, testing, regulation and validation
  • Activity limitations – difficulties an individual may have in execution of a task or action

Text courtesy of Engineers Australia.

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Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett


Peter designs and builds biofeedback products for gait and movement in the orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation spaces. These devices are programmed for ease of use with built in help touch screens. In all cases data is transferred wirelessly to ensure patient safety.They can store and display data in real time so as to monitor the patient’s overall progress.

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