Modeling Complex Coordination of Public Health Care


This project will apply social network theory to the optimization of individual care pathways in public health delivery.


Professor Manfred Lenzen

Research Location

Charles Perkins Centre – the Judith and David Coffey Life Lab

Program Type



We are interested in exploring the effects of social networks on coordination of individual care pathways. We are working on number of projects which deals with modeling dynamic coordination through social networks. Traditionally, within studies of multi organizational coordination, there has been a discounting or neglect of social networks as a source of exploring the inherent relationships among actors, their activities, shared goals and interdependencies. Coordinating operations requiring more collaborative problem solving involving officials and local communities are underscored in recent studies. Our aim is to develop social network-based theoretical perspectives for the study of coordination structures in public health care systems. We apply theories and methods from network centrality to model the dynamic coordination structure and process.

Additional Information

The Life Lab creates a new kind of graduate and postgraduate training environment at the interface between life, social, economic and physical sciences. Its focus is to address the significant challenges we face from an unsustainable food system that degrades the environmental services it depends on, and creates significant societal health problems. A better understanding of the complexity of the environment-food-health nexus is critical. It is fundamental to building a sustainable society, and one that is more robust to future uncertainties. Our unique approach will be a world-first in shifting research on these growing challenges from treating symptoms to prevention.Life Lab will challenge existing paradigms and university models to create a research training environment in which traditional disciplinary boundaries do not apply. Our ambitious vision is to create an ‘innovation hub' where researchers from disciplines spanning physical, life and social and economic sciences will interface with business, government and agency leaders. It will develop integrated approaches to the challenges that threaten societal wellbeing, and train the next generation of experts with the skills required to find solutions.

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public health, coordination, social network theory, integrated care, modeling, optimization

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1700

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