Digital health and informatics live at the intersection of health, wellbeing, and healthcare, viewed through a socio-technical lens
About this theme
The field involves the application of information communication technologies (ICT) to complex health challenges to improve the efficacy and efficiency of care.
The World Health Organisation lists digital health as a key area of strategic importance. At a macro level, it describes various hardware and software applications (i.e. web, telehealth, electronic health records, mobile devices, wearables, apps, and more) to improve the way in which information is used in health (informatics). Furthermore, these technologies provide opportunities to innovate models of care by supporting access, better tailoring treatment, and greater engagement of stakeholders to participate in the healthcare process.
Our School’s researchers are conducting research across a variety of digital health and informatics fronts across allied health and nursing aimed to improve how health is assessed, treated, and managed across the continuum of care. This includes, but is not limited to: provision of online health information/education, remote consultation and treatment via telehealth, peer to peer social networking, development of clinical decision-support aids, as well as leveraging hospital big data sets from electronic health records to better identify patients in need of intervention and predict outcomes.
Meet our researchers in digital health and informatics
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Clinical Researcher | Research areas include language development, cochlear implants, hearing loss and health firstname.lastname@example.orgPrincipal Research Fellow, Director of Research | Listening experiences of people living with hearing loss, improving clinical management for people using hearing devices, and digital tool email@example.comDame Kate Campbell Fellow, Director or Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language | Research areas include child speech and language development and speech firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer | Research areas include child communication development, stuttering, epidemiological studies, implementation email@example.comLecturer | Research areas include global audiology: highlighting the need for prioritised public policies and interventions for the delivery of effective ear and hearing care services in low-and middle-income firstname.lastname@example.orgProfessor of Speech Science | Research areas include speech and language biomarkers, neurodegenerative disease, clinical trials, monitoring brain health through digital technologies, swallowing and mealtime email@example.com
Optometry and Vision Sciences
Professor | Research areas include improving the understanding and clinical assessment of visual disorder of the eye and brain (specific interests in glaucoma, migraine, and ageing).firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Professor and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include ocular diagnostics and therapeutics, tear biomarkers, clinical trials and research email@example.comOrthoptist, Clinical Vision Research Fellow | Research areas include Digital Health, Childrens Vision, Public Eye Health, Eyecare across the Lifespan, Binocular Vision.firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Fellow (Industry Engagement) and Optometrist | Research areas include neurodegeneration, diagnostics and therapies, research translation, improving health email@example.comAssociate Professor | Behavioural investigation of human vision, both in health and disease; Factors affecting decision-making processes in the firstname.lastname@example.orgPostdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow | Research areas include dry eye disease, blue light and ocular health, evidence synthesis and translational email@example.comAssoc. Professor | Research areas include preclinical investigation of vision and the retinal vasculature in healthy ageing; mechanisms of age-related susceptibility to firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Lecturer and Optometric Clinician | Research areas using the eye as a marker for brain disease (specific interests in Parkinsons and Alzheimers disease) in preclinical and clinical email@example.comSenior Lecturer | Research areas include digital technologies for feedback and assessment, inter-professional education, and inter-disciplinary object-based learning engaging with material firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer, optometrist and human visual neuroscientist | Research areas include understanding eye and brain changes with healthy and pathological ageing, childhood and adolescent development, vision anomalies in ophthalmic and neurological email@example.comClinical Research Optometrist | Research areas include management of dry eye disease, childhood myopia and developement of myopia control firstname.lastname@example.orgAssociate Professor, 4th year OD Coordinator | Evidence-based email@example.comSenior Clinical Research Optometrist | Research areas include anterior ocular disease, therapeutic clinical trials and research firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Research Fellow | Research areas include critical care recovery and rehabilitation, frailty and digital email@example.comPhysiotherapist, Senior Lecturer, Research Fellow | Digital Technologiesmerollim@unimelb.edu.auSenior Research Fellow | Research areas include the brain-behaviour nexus during rehabilitation after firstname.lastname@example.orgNHMRC Research Fellow | Research expertise includes anterior cruciate ligament injury and knee osteoarthritis outcomes and email@example.comChair in Physiotherapy at Austin Health | Research areas include sleep and breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease, health systems and data research, clinical trials of therapies and care firstname.lastname@example.orgSenior Research Fellow, NHMRC Emerging Leader, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow | Research areas include osteoarthritis. exercise, biomechanics; meta-analyses, clinical email@example.comResearch areas include improving the health of people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, especially osteoarthritis, implementation science, and increasing access to care, including telerehabilitation and digital firstname.lastname@example.orgDeputy Head of Physiotherapy | Research areas include exercise for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, hip & knee osteoarthritis, outcome measurement, email@example.comAssociate Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences | Her research interest include infant and child development, early intervention, parent well-being, consumer engagement and implementation firstname.lastname@example.orgLecturer | Research areas include stroke rehabilitation, balance training, falls prevention, motion-tracking technologies and email@example.comResearch Fellow | Research areas include early detection assessment and implementation of movement problems in high risk firstname.lastname@example.orgRedmond Barry Distinguished Professor, NHMRC Investigator Fellow and Dame Kate Campbell Fellow. Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine | Research focus is on the management of musculoskeletal conditions particularly email@example.comResearch Assistant | Areas of research include telehealth and implementation of health services to help improve the lives of those with chronic musculoskeletal pain (e.g. osteoarthritis)firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor in Social Work, Director of Learning and Teaching, MSHS | Research areas include impact of criminal justice system, trauma and mental health, alcohol and other drugs, domestic & family violence, children and families across borders and health/mental health in forensic email@example.com