NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence

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NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Interactive Digital Technologies to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcome

Reducing the personal, societal and economic costs associated with chronic diseases is an urgent global challenge and a key priority for Australia’s health system. More than half of all Australians have a chronic condition and half of those have two or more chronic conditions. Interactive Digital Technologies (iDT) that utilise intelligent mobile apps, chatbots, wearable devices, sensors, social media, interoperable data platforms, decision support for practitioners and smart delivery systems are vital for curtailing the rising burden of chronic diseases globally. Challenges that can be addressed by iDT include inadequate access to resources and supports for chronic disease self-management, poorly coordinated care delivery and the lack of integrated and interoperable data and information systems for health consumers, providers and the health system.

Co-designed with end-users and stakeholders, our CRE for Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes will:

  1. optimise the user experience in order to significantly increase the impact and widespread use of iDT;
  2. enhance data linkage and the interoperability of platforms and systems integration to improve the utility and scalability of iDT; and
  3. produce frameworks and guidelines that enable uptake and adoption of safe and effective iDT by all Australians with chronic conditions and their carers, health practitioners, health services and NGOs.

Investment in this CRE program will create a national research capability in this emerging field of digital population health research and will generate evidence and methods that will significantly improve chronic disease outcomes for Australians now, and into the future. Our training program will also foster a new generation of expert digital population health researchers and will actively address the recognised gender imbalance in this field.

Media Releases

  1. https://www.nh.org.au/nhmrc-grant-for-interactive-digital-technologies/
  2. https://about.unimelb.edu.au/newsroom/news/2019/august/university-welcomes-almost-$10-million-for-centres-of-research-excellence


  • Professor Ralph Maddison - Deakin University
  • Professor Vassilis Kostakos - UoM Department of Computing and Information Systems
  • Associate Professor Douglas Boyle- UoM Department of General Practice
  • Professor Ron Borland- UoM School of Psychological Sciences
  • Doctor Annie Lau - Macquaire University
  • Associate Professor Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis - UoM Department of General Practice
  • Professor Paul Scuffham - Griffith University
  • Professor Charles Abraham - UoM School of Psychological Sciences
  • Professor Craig Barr Taylor - Stanford University & Palo Alto University
  • Professor Peter Brooks – Northern Health
  • Doctor Michael Kirk – Northern Health
  • Professor Donald Campbell – Northern Health
  • Ms Briana Baass – Northern Health
  • Mr Anthony Gust – Northern Health
  • Doctor Greg Wadley - UoM Department of Computing and Information Systems
  • Ms. Renza Scibilia - Consumer Voice, Diabetes Australia
  • Dr. Marlien Varnfield- CSIRO
  • Dr. Chris Moy - Federal Australian Medical Association Ethics and Medico-legal Committee
  • Dr Farah Maghrabi - Macquaire University
  • Associate Professor Josip Car - Imperial College London & Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Associate Professor Lijing Yan - Duke Kunshan University, China
  • Professor Pilvikki Absetz - University of Eastern Finland
  • Professor Sailesh Mohan – Public Health Foundation of India

Research Group

Non Communicable Disease Unit

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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