Rosanna says the idea for an iron on patch was sparked last year when she took her son to a local Show.
“When we arrived, young children were being given fluorescent coloured wristbands to wear, and parents were being encouraged to write a contact number on them in case families became separated,” she says.
“But this seemingly easy system became a challenge with my son. How will someone know he’s lost if he won’t speak to them? And how will I keep this wristband on him?”
The synthetic plastic material the wristband was made from irritated her son’s skin, so Rosanna attached it to his collar.
“This then caused me to be constantly concerned it was going to fall off,” she says. “The patch eliminates these issues because it can’t be removed.”
For now, Rosanna is using the Mario and friends prototype for her son. She hopes to distribute it to a larger audience in the future.
“I have the intention of creating more characters for my son soon, and I eventually want to make the product accessible for other people. I’d like to make it available online, or create an app so that it can reach more people in need,” she says.
“Not only do I think it will benefit carers and parents of children who are unable to communicate, but I also think it could help people with other health issues, like dementia for example.”
Creativity and innovation can help to bring individuals together to provide solutions and increase opportunities for everyone. Rosanna says improving the lives and safety of others is what connects us and encourages us to strive for a better future together.
“I hope this innovation will improve the lives of those caring for our most vulnerable; whether that’s a parent or carer, or a police officer reuniting a separated family. I want it to help others the same way it has helped me.”
JCU STUDENT ROSANNA KARMICHAEL
“I think the most amazing ideas should be shared, to help create positive impacts in the world: today and in the future.”