Award for COVID Medihood creators

07 November 2022

FANZCA Dr Forbes McGain, specialist anaesthetist at Western Health in Melbourne has been recognised for his Medihood invention by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Dr McGain and Professor Jonty Hood, head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and an expert on fluid dynamics, have been jointly awarded ATSE’s Clunies Ross Knowledge Commercialisation Award for their collaboration in developing the Medihood which is now used in more than 145 hospitals around Australia and has also been adopted internationally.
The McMonty Medihood protects healthcare workers and nearby patients from COVID-19, and other infectious respiratory diseases, by containing and filtering the infectious air expelled by a patient, while also improving patient outcomes.
ATSE recognises outstanding senior and emerging innovators with national awards each year and the 2022 awards were recently presented in Sydney.

“In March 2020, Forbes contacted Jason asking for assistance in protecting the safety of healthcare workers attending to patients infected with COVID-19. Dr McGain’s idea was for something like a pram’s rain hood that could be placed over the head and torso of an infected patient to contain the virus particles,” according to ATSE.

"The Medihood is the result of this unique collaboration….Despite the timeframe of less than 12 months, the scientific rigour expected of high quality technological science and engineering research projects was maintained.”

The research was profiled in the  Spring 2020 edition of the ANZCA Bulletin.

Last updated 16:34 7.11.2022