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Laura Diment

Reading for a DPhil in Engineering Science

Research interests

  • Additive manufacturing for customised prosthetics
  • Prosthetic comfort in low-resourced settings
  • Training technicians in low-resourced settings to design, manufacture and maintain medical and assistive devices
  • Thermal imaging
  • Developing technologies that enable people with severe physical or cognitive impairments to participate in creative arts


Reading for a DPhil in Engineering Science, University of Oxford 2015-2018

BEng (Biomedical) with First Class Honours, Flinders University 2009-2012

Work experience

Research Associate, Medical Device Partnering Program, Flinders University 2013-2015

I designed, prototyped and tested novel medical and assistive devices.

Lecturer, School of Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics, Flinders University 2012-2015

I lectured in Biomedical Instrumentation and tutored Biomechanics, Engineering Design, Professional Skills and Electronics

Engineering On Country South Australian Rep, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) SA Chapter 2012-2015

My role was to build partnerships with Aboriginal community groups and plan cultural awareness events. I also had an advisory role for the Flinders University EWB chapter.

Biomedical Engineer, Motivation Australia 2013

I trained Papua New Guinean Mobility Technicians  in wheelchair assembly and fitting

Research Intern, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 2011

I developed a virtual art program for children with cerebral palsy and built communication switches for children who were non-verbal.

Awards and scholarships

2016 Best Oral Presentation at the RECOUP International Conference on Ergonomics

2016 Newton Bhabha Phd Placement Grant

2015 John Monash Scholarship, General Sir John Monash Foundation

2014 Best Presentation, Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference

2014 Best Business Plan (Postgraduate Category and People's Choice Award), Flinders University

2014 Engineers Australia Young Biomedical Engineer - Conference Paper prize

2014 New Venture Institute Enterprise Workshop Scholarship and 3rd place

2013 International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Student Design Challenge - 3rd place

2012 Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (SMBE) Outstanding Honours Project Award

2012 Flinders University Most Outstanding Engineering Honours Project Award

2012 Chancellor's Letter of Commendation, Flinders University

2012 Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Scholarship

Journal publications

Diment, L., Ruthenbeck, G., Dharmawardana, N., Carney, A., Woods, C., Ooi, E. and Reynolds, K. (2015), Comparing surgical experience with performance on a sinus surgery simulator. ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Dharmawardana, N., Ruthenbeck, G., Woods, C., Elmiyeh, B., Diment, L., Ooi, E., Reynolds, K. and Carney, A. (2015). Validation of virtual reality based simulations for endoscopic sinus surgery. Clinical Otolaryngology, 40(6); 569-579.

Diment, L. & Hobbs, D. (2014). A gesture-based virtual art program for children with severe motor impairments - development and pilot study.  Journal of Assistive, Rehabilitative & Therapeutic Technologies. 2: 23206 -

O'Brien, E., Mohtar A., Diment, L. & Reynolds, K. (2014). A detachable electronic device for use with a long white cane to assist with mobility. Assistive Technology. 26(4); 219-226. 

Conference publications

Diment, L., Bergmann, J., Thompson, M. (2016). 3D printed upper limb prosthetics are not backed by clinical evidence. In Trent International Prosthetic Symposuim. Glasgow, UK.

Diment, L., Bergmann, J., Moulic, S., Thompson, M. (2016). Temperature and prosthetic discomfort. In MEIbioeng 16. Oxford, UK.

Diment, L., Bergmann, J., Moulic, S., Thompson, M. (2016). Data-driven prosthetic socket design: using sensors to assess discomfort. In RECOUP International Conference on Ergonomics. Bangalore, India.

Diment, L. & Hobbs, D. (2014). Interactive Technologies that Engage Children with Disabilities in Visual Art – A Review. In the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference. Canberra, Australia.

Diment, L., Hobbs, D. & Chau, T. (2013). A Gesture-based Virtual Art Program for Children with Severe Motor Impairments – Development and Pilot Study. In the 7th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. Goyang, South Korea.