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Smartphone app to help parents tackle concussion

Research News
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:30pm
The Institute is developing a free smartphone app called HeadCheck to help parents recognise symptoms of concussion in their children.

HeadCheck will ask you simple questions about how your child is feeling and based on symptoms can suggest whether you should see a doctor or call an ambulance.

The app could have helped Emily (pictured), who suffered from serious long-term memory and attention impairments as a result of multiple concussions sustained during equestrian.

Professor Vicki Anderson and her team are working with Curve Tomorrow, a health technology company embedded within Murdoch Children's to develop HeadCheck. A prototype app has been released for iPhone and the team are now launching a crowd funding campaign in an attempt to raise the $15,000 needed to complete the app for iPhone and to build a version for Android.

Supporters of the crowd funding campaign are given rewards for their pledges. Some of the rewards include a signed Carlton Guernsey, a fixed gear bike and in-app acknowledgement.

Visit the campaign page to read more about Emily’s story and to find out how you can help develop the HeadCheck app.