Berlin – UoM collaboration

We are pleased to announce the receipt of a collaboration grant between the University of Melbourne, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The joint funding from the University of Melbourne and the Berlin University Alliance allows the creation of an international graduate program around digital technologies to measure and support sustainable health behaviour change. By bringing together medical research, behavioural psychology, and computing science, the joint graduate program aims to develop a new generation of interdisciplinary experts developing solutions for measuring and promoting behaviour change for patients with chronic and acute conditions and testing their effectiveness in both the Australian and German health context. The research will focus on the in-field deployment of technologies to create and monitor health behaviours related to hygiene, nutrition, physical activity, medication adherence and self-management of chronic conditions. The initiative is led by Dr Tilman Dingler and Dr Dominika Kwasnicka from the University of Melbourne and Dr Jan Keller from the Freie Universität Berlin with the support of our NHMRC Center for Research Excellence (CRE) in Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes. More details will be circulated in the coming weeks.

An Experience- Driven, Technology-enabled Health Care System- How do we get there?

The event will showcase a selection of remarkable speakers, who will generously share their expertise in this area, including 

  • Leanne Wells (CEO of Consumers Health Forum of Australia)
  • Dr Rebecca Jessup (Allied Health Research Lead, Northern Health)
  • A/Prof Victoria Palmer (Lead, Integrated Mental Health Research Program & Co-Design Living Lab, The University of Melbourne) 

Facilitated by Renza Scibilia, Manager, Type 1 Diabetes & Communities, Diabetes Australia, this panel discussion will provide you with professional insights into co-design and working with people with lived experiences

You can register for the event here

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Psychological Insights for Understanding Covid-19 and Health

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CRE Symposium- Northern Health Research Week

 Hot on the heels of Professor Keith McNeil’s insightful vision for virtual healthcare delivery in Australia, please join CRE members Prof Brian Oldenburg, Dr Dom Kwasnicka, Dr Tilman Dingler, and A/Prof Jo-Anne Nankervis for a Northern Health Research Week symposium to discuss how digital technologies can transform chronic disease management by accelerating across the current KNOW-DO gap.

For more information and recordings view here

2020 REDI Menteeship winner

Congratulations to PhD student Enying Gong for becoming a 2020 REDI Mentee with the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering’s flagship one-year mentoring program that connects PhDs with industry leaders.

Enying Gong is a PhD candidate at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne and trainee representative at the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Digital Health. Her research focused on global public health interventions for cardio-metabolic diseases through interventional trials and cohort studies.

You can view her projects here.

Majority of Australians support mandatory face masks in public places, survey reveals

In “Majority of Australians support mandatory face masks in public places, survey reveals” ,Dominika Kwasnicka, Research Fellow at University of Melbourne elucidates that “wearing masks is not yet ingrained in our culture”. She supports this view by pointing out the behavior change in using seatbelts. For more information you can view the featured article here.

NHMRC Grant for Interactive Digital Technologies

In partnership with University of Melbourne, Northern Health has received a $2.5 million NHMRC grant for research focused on patient-developed digital technology for treating chronic disease.

Brian Oldenburg is Professor of Non-Communicable Disease Control in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne and has been working together with Professor Peter Brooks on the application for this grant.

“This is a new five year grant funded by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council – Centre for Research Excellence which aims to research and understand more how new technology and digital health programs can improve chronic disease outcomes in Australia,” Professor Oldenburg said.

Together, Northern Health and University of Melbourne are looking to help people with heart disease, diabetes and other conditions to better manage their health.

“We have already been working with Northern Health for a couple of years now, with Professor Peter Brooks and others on this program. We have projects that have already started. Over the next five years, we’ll have 10-12 doctoral students training here, as well as post-doctorates and other research staff,” Professor Oldenburg said.

Professor Peter Brooks, Northern Health Research Lead, said this grant is important for Northern Health because it fits absolutely into the clinical program and the service delivery program that Northern has.

“This will help Northern Health in our Staying Well initiative which keeps people well in the community. Chronic disease is a big burden in the community and the exciting thing about this program that it actually engages with patients to design new technologies,” he said.

For example, researchers will try to co-design a new app that measures blood glucose levels or food intake. They will also work on things like using Telehealth, which means patients would be able to have a virtual consultation with the doctor, rather than coming to hospital.

“That would save so much time for patients. The key thing is that if we want technology to work, we have to design it with the patients, so that we get immediate feedback on what works for them,” he added.

“This is the first really big grant of this type for Northern Health, and the application was co-developed with Melbourne University over the last 3 years. I am really excited to see how the research will impact the health outcomes of the northern population,” he said.

Centre for Research Excellence in Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes is led by Professor Brian Oldenburg from the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. This centre will optimise user experience, increase integration and produce safety guidelines for interactive digital technologies – mobile apps, chatbots, and wearable devices – to increase the impact and widespread use of technology to reduce the personal, societal and economic costs associated with chronic diseases.

Digital Health Futures @ Northern 2020

Digital Health Futures @ Northern 2020 brings together health professionals, policy makers & health system leaders, with digital health researchers internationally & from the new National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Digital Technology to Transform Chronic Disease Outcomes.

This forum will identify technology solutions to some of our biggest health challenges including diabetes, heart failure, musculoskeletal disorders & mental health. It will highlight exemplars of how new technologies can improve outcomes through the optimisation & enhancement of data linkage, interoperability of platforms & systems integration.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Mr Siva Sivarajah: Chief Executive, Northern Health
  • Professor Wendy Chapman: Associate Dean, Digital Health & Informatics | Director, Centre for Clinical & Public Health Informatics, University of Melbourne
  • Mr Neville Board: Chief Digital Health Officer, Victorian Department of Health & Human Services
  • Professor Peter Brooks: Research Lead, Northern Health
  • Associate Professor Clair Sullivan: Chief Digital Health Officer, Metro North Hospital Brisbane
  • Mr Matiu Bush: Deputy Director, RMIT Health Transformation Lab | Founder, One Good Street
  • Professor Charles Abraham: Professor of Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Don Campbell: Clinical Director Staying Well, Northern Health
  • Professor Brian Oldenburg: Principal Investigator, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence ‘Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Chronic Disease Outcomes’, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Leanne Wells: Chief Executive, Consumers Health Forum Australia
  • Professor Mark Armstrong: Practice Professor, Industrial Design | Eva & Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design, Monash University
  • Professor Ralph Madison: Professor of Physical Activity & Disease Prevention, Deakin University
  • Dr Sharmila Mande: Chief Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services Research
  • Mr Nikhil Bhardwaj: Health, Pharmaceutical & LifeSciences Sales Director, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Professor Len Gray: Director, Centre for Health Services Research, University of Queensland
  • Professor Vassilis Kostakos: Professor of Human Computer Interaction, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Nilmini Wickramasignhe: Deputy Director, Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute | Professor, Digital Health, Swinburne University
  • Associate Professor Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis: Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Jussi Pihlajamaki: Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland
  • Ms Isobel Frean: Senior Consultant Digital Health, Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (Digital Health CRC)
  • Dr Peter Del Fante: Clinical Lead, Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Dr Rob Grenfell: Health Director of the Health & Biosecurity Business Unit, CSIRO

Join us to witness experts who will address methods to improve scalability & population impact, frameworks, guidelines & policies that will enable the future uptake and effective adoption of safe & effective digital technologies by Australians with chronic conditions, their carers, health professionals and the wider community.

Enying Gong

Enying Gong

  • University of Melbourne