Positive Computing in Health Systems

Future technology designed to foster wellbeing has the potential to affect population-wide positive change on an unprecedented scale. Thanks to new research, health professionals are now increasingly turning to technology-based interventions to promote physical and psychological wellbeing.

The Positive Computing in Health Systems project node draws on expertise across the disciplines of medicine, psychology and technology to explore how design strategies and technology use affect user behaviour and health. This will enable the development of new knowledge and strategies that support wellbeing and more sophisticated technologies to promote better health outcomes.

Using the Charles Perkins Centre themes of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Exercise and Energy Expenditure as a knowledge base, the collaboration between psychology experts and technology designers allows for investigation of how psychological factors such as motivation, autonomy and self-efficacy support wellbeing in relation to nutrition and physical activity.

The node will contribute to a key aspect of the domain: Solutions: design, implementation and efficacy. In the first instance, the project node aims to develop technological models that can inform existing Charles Perkins Centre related projects. Technological models developed from this study will also have wide potential for application to other health and wellbeing research.


The project leader

Associate Professor Rafael Calvo


The collaboration team

Name Centre/Faculty
Dr Abelardo Pardo  Engineering and Information Technologies
Professor Kate Steinbeck  The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Dr Emily Klineberg  The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Professor Stephen Twigg  Sydney Medical School
Professor David Cook  Sydney Medical School
Dr Andrew Campbell  Health Sciences
Professor Ian Hickie  Brain and Mind Research Institute
Professor Phyllis Butow  Science
Professor Louise Baur  The Children's Hospital at Westmead