Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster Launch

Thursday, 6 March 2014, 04:00 pm — Thursday, 6 March 2014, 06:00 pm

Location Haggerty Space, HMRI Building (John Hunter Hospital), Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights
Contact Kate Hayes - E: T: +612 492 15287
RSVP Friday, 28 February 2014

Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Newcastle, has the pleasure of inviting you to the official launch of the University of Newcastle Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster.

The vision of the Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster is to lead research, development, translation and commercialisation of health technology to the benefit of patients, clinicians, teachers, educators, and the general public.

The Cluster aims to facilitate collaboration between our world leading researchers and industry, government and community partners.

The launch will provide an opportunity to learn more about the initiative, meet with participants and
hear speakers discuss the benefits of engaging with the University.

Guest speakers include Professor Thomas Baranowski, Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Nutrition Center, Baylor College of Medicine (USA) and Mr Michael Walsh, Chief Executive, Health Support Services (HealthShare NSW).

About the Speakers

Professor Tom Baranowski Professor Tom Baranowski

Tom Baranowski, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics (Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity) with the USDA funded Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Tom received his undergraduate degree in Politics, Princeton University ('68) and masters ('70) and doctorate ('74) in Social Psychology, University of Kansas. 

Tom is principal investigator for three currently funded grants: an image-based software system for dietary assessment for children; a casual videogame to train effective vegetable parenting practices; and evaluating the effect of two videogames on obesity and diabetes risk.

He is author or co-author of over 320 peer-reviewed articles, 40 non-peer reviewed articles, 30+ book chapters, two editions of a textbook on methods of evaluation for health promotion programs and editor of four special issue volumes.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Games for Health Journal, and on the editorial advisory board of 11 other professional journals. 

Michael WalshMr Michael Walsh

Mr Michael is Chief Executive HealthShare NSW providing eHealth, ICT and shared services to NSW Health System.  Michael has extensive experience at the Government Senior Executive level in both NSW and Queensland and has worked in the private sector including two years as a Principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Michael has led large organisational change programs including major departmental integrations; significant ICT programs including the recovery of the Queensland Health HR/payroll system following a problematic implementation; large hospital infrastructure programs such as the $10billion Queensland Hospital rebuilding program including the Gold Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Queensland Children's Hospital.

Michael has a strong background in portfolio, program and project management, public private partnerships, public sector contestability, business case development and implementation for major government initiatives, and executive leadership of large and complex organisations.

Commencing his career as a maths and science secondary teacher, Michael subsequently qualified as a psychologist.  Following completion of an MBA, Michael has worked extensively in a range of policy, service delivery and leadership roles. 


Drinks and canapés will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kate Hayes, Research Development Officer by Friday 28 February 2014.

T: +61 2 4921 5287

For further information regarding the University of Newcastle Research and Innovation Cluster, visit our Clusters and Hubs page or contact the Research Development Team.