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Positive computing in health sciences

Using technology to promote better health

Our collaboration between psychology experts and technology designers investigates how technology-based interventions promote motivation, autonomy and self-empowerment to support physical wellbeing.

Our research aims to study:

  • the role of dietary factors within real life settings
  • the influence of physical activity and exercise
  • societal contexts of dietary and physical activity patterns.

We see a future where all technologies, particularly health technologies, can foster psychological wellbeing through autonomy, self-empowerment and connectedness with others.

We aim to develop technological models that will inform existing Charles Perkins Centre projects. These models also have potential for wide application.

By engaging in participatory design with patients, we’re able to incorporate holistic design into these  technologies.  

For example, we’ve created a mobile phone app for adolescents diagnosed with asthma that supports self-management while meeting their psychological needs by combating isolation and anxiety.

  • Associate Professor Rafael Calvo, Engineering & Information Technologies, University of Sydney [Project lead]
  • Professor Louise Baur, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Phyllis Butow, Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Andrew Campbell, Health, University of Sydney
  • Professor David Cook, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Ian Hickie, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Emily Klineberg, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Abelardo Pardo, Engineering & Information Technologies, University of Sydney
  • Professor Kate Steinbeck, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Stephen Twigg, Medicine, University of Sydney