Research Programme

The Australian e-Health Research Centre conducts high quality, applied research that aims to improve the quality and safety of health care for individuals and communities through a research programme focused on applied outcomes and active adoption by the health system. It addresses the National Research Priority area "Promoting and Maintaining Good Health" and is aligned with priorities identified by Queensland Health in Smart State: Health 2020 and with the CSIRO National Research Flagship Strategy. The research programme also aligns with the four priority areas nominated in the National Chronic Disease Strategy, developed under the auspices of the Council of Australian Governments (CoAG) by the National Health Priority Action Council:

  • Prevention – the development of tools to build understanding of what prompts chronic disease and improve patient treatments through increased knowledge and understanding of chronic disease by better data linkage, data mining and data analysis; the development of personalized health-risk analysis for patients using biological and health data sets for obesity, cancer, diabetes, neurological disease, mental disorders and brain health will improve health outcomes;
  • Early detection and treatment – the work defining the natural history of T1 and T2 prostate cancer in Australian men using multiple linked datasets, and the work to improve sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tools used for detection of localised prostate cancer will lead to important breakthroughs in the treatment of this cancer.
  • Integration of care – enhancing the team-work and the networking of clinical expertise using ICT and by understanding Human Factors science issues will lead to development and deployment of tools to enhance communication, collaboration and knowledge, and to support community care, acute care and aged care workers.
  • Self-management – through providing a graphic representation of patient activity outside of the clinical care environment, the tools developed will enhance self care through the analysis of information from personal monitoring devices in sensor enabled environments.

In practical terms, research at the AEHRC focusses on the following areas of activity:

Biomedical Imaging

to deliver improved imaging for diagnosis, surgery, treatment planning and biomarker discovery, and an image analysis platform that supports these research activities.

Forecasting & Scheduling

including the use of data mining and artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of the health system.

Health Data Management & Semantics

including internationally recognised activities in medical terminologies, machine learning, privacy and data linkage, and tools for mining large clinical data sets and streaming data from medical equipment.

Tele & Mobile Health

combining the use of new communication technologies with clinical science and the study of human behaviour to to enable enhanced chronic disease management and rehabilitation services in the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 11:15

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