Social and Healthcare Network Effects on Delivery and Quality Of Care


This project will study the role and influence of social and health care networks on individual outcomes in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease.


Professor Stephen Simpson, Professor Max Bennett, Professor Ian Caterson, Associate Professor Michael Charleston, Associate Professor Timothy Gill

Research Location

Charles Perkins Centre – the Judith and David Coffey Life Lab

Program Type



The novelty of this research lies in how it draws on structural properties of individuals in a social and health care network to explain health outcomes. With the pervasive growth of information and communication technologies (ICT), social network studies now encompass computer supported cooperative networks, online communities and virtual teams in its realm of explaining the link between the various social and healthcare networks that support individual recovery and or treatments for chronic disease and mental health. Aligning with the social network perspective of perceiving individual outcomes as the consequence of network structure, this research constructs a theoretical framework for understanding individual performance in the domain of integrated care and general practice.

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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social networks, health care networks, public health, public health policy, chronic illness, mental health, integrated care, health care delivery

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1697

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