WSU to play a key role in multi-million dollar digital health research and development Initiative

Chief Scientist Professor Federico Girosi

The Federal Government today announced it will invest $55 million through its Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program to further develop Australia’s growing Digital Health technology and services industry.  Western Sydney University academics are set to play a key role in this newly funded Digital Health CRC, with the University’s Associate Professor Federico Girosi named as Chief Scientist and Director of Research of the Centre, and Professor Athula Ginige named as research theme co-leader.

The Centre – which will have at least $111 million in cash funding, and $118 million in-kind funding to invest over its seven-year life – will engage a unique, multi-disciplinary collaboration of research, clinical, industry, government and educational organisations to focus research and development on combining their shared expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies.

Chief Scientist Associate Professor Federico Girosi says one of the main strengths of the Digital Health CRC is the broad range of stakeholders and industry partners involved as this: “creates a unique opportunity to explore more integrated models of care and to overcome the fragmentation problems characteristic of our health care system.”

“It will also allow our PhD students to enjoy unique advantages, including invaluable access to the expertise and real-world challenges of our partners – we’re producing the next generation of data scientists for the future of our industry,” says Associate Professor Girosi.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( Research and Innovation) Professor Deborah Sweeney says Western is extremely pleased to be a member of this vitally important collaboration – that builds on the experience of researchers such as Dr Kathy Tannous, Dr Evan Atlantis and Associate Professor Oliver Obst and their substantial involvement with the Health Program of Capital Markets CRC, of which Western is also a partner.

“We look forward to the exciting Digital Health innovations that will be generated over the life of the CRC and beyond for the benefit of the community and our partners in industry. The CRC model and our researchers’ involvement typifies Western’s commitment to working with our partners to achieve real impact with our research,” says Professor Sweeney.

While the research agenda of the consortium will be shaped around industry partners’ challenges and opportunities, it is expected that potential outcomes will focus on:

  • Improving health, welfare, quality of life, and wellbeing of citizens
  • Improving the efficiency & integrity of Health Services
  • Increasing the value of every health dollar spent

Digital Health CRC participants include 40 commercial and government organisations operating across the health, aged care and disability sectors, 24 established and start-up technology, advisory and investment companies, and 16 Australian universities.

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13 April 2018

Emma Sandham, Senior Media Officer.