#InThisTogether with Ravini Abey
Citizen of the world
After living as a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, moving schools
four times and living in cities including Colombo, Melbourne, Sydney and
Brisbane, I am not new to major life changes.
My parents first migrated to Australia back in 1996. Since then I've moved
back and forth before settling in Melbourne in 2012 for my undergraduate
Studying through a pandemic
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), I am now completing
a PhD in Psychology at the University of Melbourne. I am also a 2020 Study
As someone who thrives on staying on-the-go, having to adjust to a 'working
from home' environment was an entirely new challenge. I believe that the
changes from COVID-19, in healthcare and education, will have lasting
positive impacts in the future.
Three years ago, I was diagnosed with chronic pain. It was such a difficult
time in my life. I couldn't walk, I had to take leave from my PhD degree
and I became depressed. Living away from home definitely did not help.
But after surgery, many physiotherapy sessions, tears, pilates classes,
pain medications and counselling sessions I am now 90% better. This
experience has been life-changing for me and for the last year I have been
debating whether to create something to help more patients like myself.
Right in front of my eyes, I was able to see the changes COVID-19 was
making to the healthcare industry and how I might fit into this 'new
normal'. This was the catalyst for launching my startup venture PhysiVoice which is
expected to go live in August.
COVID-19 was the turning point in deciding to launch my startup as it
showed me the true potential of technology to provide remote access to
healthcare services. I went full-speed early this year and was part of
multiple competitive startup programs including the
SBE E3 program
for female founders, the
Catalysr pre-accelerator for first generation migrants
, and the
PhysiVoice is an online support tool for allied health clinicians to
diagnose chronic pain patients faster. What our tool does is support
clinicians meaning they can spend up to 50% less time on finding out the
history of their patients and spend more time doing what they love -
treating and educating patients.
Our mission is to create change and to heal by bridging the patient