UC partners in AUD200m digital health initiative
The Health Research Institute at the University Canberra has recently partnered in a new AUD200 million Digital Health CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) designed to focus on preventing chronic disease, improving health and well-being, and promote efficiency in the health system.
Over the next seven years, the centre will participate in a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving 24 commercial and 16 government organisations operating across the health, aged care, and disability sectors. This group will be made up of a mixture of established and start-up technology, advisory, and investment companies, as well as universities from across Australia.
Director of the University’s Health Research Institute, Professor Rachel Davey, will co-lead one of the four work streams ‘Consumer Empowerment and Positive Behaviour’ within the programme.
Professor Davey explained that the CRC would enable government agencies, primary health networks, state/territory health departments and industry to make use of the national geospatial health hub to survey and map disease, linking ‘big data’ on health risk, health outcomes and health care costs.
“Our collective success in this bid reflects our research strengths in areas of public health, disease prevention, health services research, information technology, data science, health econometrics and digital health. Using co-design approaches to increase patient engagement, we will develop novel ‘smart’ monitoring devices and digital technology to better engage people with chronic diseases and in putting the consumer at the centre of their own health and wellbeing,” Professor Davey said.
The University of Canberra also has a leading role in the development of the “Healthy Active Living Lab” under the ACT Minister for Health and Wellbeing’s new initiative to position Canberra as Australia’s centre of excellence for preventive health.