ACTNomineeAustralian of the Year2014
Matt Darling lost his beloved daughter, Jem, to a rare cancer when she was just nineteen months old. During the time that Jem spent in hospital, Matt observed overworked nurses struggling to administer drugs on time and maintain accurate records while meeting the other needs of their patients. After analysing contemporary nursing care, and with extensive input from healthcare professionals, Matt designed a system that generates real-time records, reduces errors in treatment, improves safety and enables nurses to spend more time with patients. Driven by a determination to make a difference to healthcare, Matt established SmartWard with the help of a small group of private backers and grants from Commercialisation Australia. Today SmartWard employs 12 dedicated staff who are working together to realise Matt’s vision. SmartWard has already been trialed in two hospitals and Matt hopes Jem’s legacy will be the humanitarian and economic benefits that SmartWard could spark around the world.