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Welcome to the official blog of Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd. More information about Medtronic in Australia and New Zealand can be found here:

This blog is intended for readers living in Australia and New Zealand only. If you do not live in these countries and want to find out more about Medtronic, see

What this blog is:

A place to discuss current events in our company, the medical device industry, or the healthcare sector in Australia and New Zealand.

It’s a complex industry.  It uses a lot of jargon.  Many things written about our industry assume a lot of knowledge on the part of the reader. We’re going to try to break through that and make it all a bit clearer to help you understand what changes to our industry ultimately mean to the patients who need our devices.  We might not always succeed, so if anything doesn’t make sense, just ask.

What this blog is not:

A forum for discussing Medtronic’s products, or answering medical queries.


In accordance with Australian and New Zealand laws we do not promote the majority of our products to consumers (including patients), so any discussion of products is off-limits.


What is a medical device anyway?

For the most part, use of the term ‘medical device’ in this blog equates to the Australian government definition of a prosthesis – a surgically implanted device that replaces a damaged body part. Prostheses include complex and sophisticated devices such as hip and knee replacements, cardiac stents, pacemakers, as well as more common items such as intraocular lenses.  However, our usage of the term ‘medical devices’ also includes insulin pumps and low pressure pulse generators, which are not surgically implanted.

About the Authors

DM1MDTANZ – I’m Donna McCann and I joined Medtronic to co-ordinate all things of a public relations and media nature in January 2009. The unique thing about our industry is that the story really isn’t about medical devices, it’s about the inspirational people – patients, families and healthcare professionals – we come in contact with.

I don’t have a medical background, but I do have an uncle who has undergone heart surgery, a grandmother who is about to have a hip operation and the father of one of my closest friends has type 1 diabetes. I am thankful for them all.


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