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Innovation from Pandemic

In the face of uncertainty and a global pandemic, the Ballarat community came together to back the locally created “GeVentor” project. The GeVentor is an Australian designed and manufactured ventilator developed as a response to COVID-19. The unit is easy to use, has simple start-up procedures but with additional, more sophisticated functionality. It’s highly robust which means it can be transported and used in regional and remote environments.

Our Community Bank worked with the Committee for Ballarat, Ballarat Health Services, Gekko Medical (Gekko Systems) and the broader community to provide the gap needed to secure additional Government funding. “Gekko Medical is extremely thankful for the investment - without investors none of this would have been possible. The new med tech would not been born. The initial investment helped us get further Government support. Thanks to the Community Bank we were able to put Ballarat on the map”.

Impact Achievement: Innovative Life-Saving Equipment for Covid-19 Patients Community Investment Category: Society

If your community group or organisation may be interested in applying for Community Investment project funding, ask in Branch for more information, eligibility criteria and/or visit


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