ehealth and health service delivery

Our researchers are using mobile devices and health data to transform health and wellness, working across a wide variety of areas including cardiology and cancer.

We look at a range of eHealth applications including consumer-facing programs and how we can develop sophisticated clinical-decision support systems and link clinical performance with improvement and professional development using health data.

We work closely with the Australian government and industry internationally. We were recently awarded the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre - a transformative $229 million (including in-kind contributions) investment to improve the health of Australians and advance the economy in a first-of-its-kind digital health partnership.

In addition to researching the impact of eHealth on health care delivery, we are also working with state and federal governments to increase the capacity of the health workforce to operate in a fully digital health care system.

Meet our researchers

Tim Shaw

Professor Tim Shaw
Research leader

As one of the first professors of eHealth in the world, I am focussed on improving how eHealth can be used to transform health and wellness. I am inspired by working with clinicians and IT specialists at the coalface of care to improve performance and systems. I strongly believe that researchers need to work within the system to ensure their research has lasting and sustained impact.

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I am particularly excited by the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre, which provides unparalleled opportunity for the University of Sydney to be at the forefront of national eHealth programs delivered at scale.

Meet our research students

Genevieve Johnsson

Genevieve Johnsson

Aboriginal health disadvantage is prominent in chronic lung disease with a much higher prevalence in Indigenous Australians than in non-Indigenous Australians, and with a five times higher rate of hospitalisations. The latter is significant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to dislocation from family, especially if hospitals are distant from the communities in which they live. Pulmonary rehabilitation has strong evidence of effectiveness in improving health-related quality of life and reducing hospitalisations.

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In my current research, funded by an NHMRC Global Alliance of Chronic Diseases grant, I am working with Aboriginal communities to better understand how to provide evidence-based care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic lung disease. The project is using a culturally specific program, Breathe Easy Walk Easy Lungs for Life (BE WELL) which aims to upskill Aboriginal health workers in their understanding of chronic lung disease and increase their ability to assess patients, and to help implement culturally appropriate pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

As Chair of the Australian Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network for the Lung Foundation Australia, I am advocating for pulmonary rehabilitation to be provided in primary care settings to enable much greater access for all people with debilitating chronic lung disease, including those in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.