Our NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Digital Technology to Transform Chronic Disease Outcomes aims to transform Australia’s digital health ecosystem. We leverage the ubiquitous availability of smart devices and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of the population, particularly those with different chronic conditions. We develop and validate new research methods and paradigms to advance the new field of digital population health and to create digitally-enabled health consumers, practitioners and researchers. We also develop a new digital health research workforce.
The CRE is funded by the NHMRC (2020-2024). Our research program aims to optimise user experience, improve integration and produce safety guidelines for interactive digital technologies – mobile applications, chatbots, and wearable devices – in order to increase the impact and widespread use of technology to reduce the personal, societal and economic costs associated with chronic diseases.
Our program aims to create a national research capability in this emerging field of digital population health research and to generate evidence and methods that will significantly improve chronic disease outcomes in Australia and globally now, and into the future.
Optimising the reach and widespread use of digital technology by users, including health consumers and health practitioners in order to complement current traditional approaches to health care delivery which face considerable challenges currently, due to the lifelong disease burden of chronic diseases
Enhancing the integration and interoperability of data and platforms to increase the scalability of digital technology to underpin better decision and clinical support for health practitioners and program delivery to health consumers
Producing frameworks and guidelines that support and facilitate the uptake and adoption of safe and effective digital technology by Australia’s health practitioners and patients with chronic conditions and enable their integration into routine health care delivery