Doctor holding smart phoneThe Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster was launched in March 2014 by eHealth NSW Chief Executive and Chief Clinical Officer Michael Walsh.

The aspiration of the Cluster is to facilitate collaboration between innovators from the fields of health and medical sciences, engineering, design, communication, information technology, education, mathematics, business, humanities, physical, environmental and social sciences.

Cluster participants include academic and professional staff of the University of Newcastle (including clinical and non-clinical conjoints), representatives from across the relevant industries, industry bodies, non-government organisations and government.

In support of its aspiration, the Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster regularly holds events which include opportunities for networking.

A multidisciplinary leadership team drives the Cluster alongside participants from the University, Local Health District, NGOs, agencies and health and technology industries.

Cluster Vision

The cluster vision is to lead a multidisciplinary approach to research, development, translation and commercialisation of health technologies for clinicians, teachers, educators, and the general public.


Research and Innovation Clusters rely on a dynamic leadership team. There are regular opportunities for a rotation of leadership.

The current leadership of the Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster is:

Professor Clare Collins
Nutrition and Dietetics
University of Newcastle
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley
Speech Patholgy
University of Newcastle
Dr Shamus Smith
Software Engineering
University of Newcastle
Conjoint Professor Kichu Nair
Senior Staff Specialist Geriatric Medicine
Hunter New England Local Health District
A/Prof Frances Kay-Lambkin
University of Newcastle
Mr Ashley Young
Clinical Business Analyst, Clinical Telehealth
Hunter New England Local Health District

Further Information

The team at Newcastle Innovation can coordinate communication between internal and external participants or answer any questions you have about the Global eHealth Research Innovation Cluster. Please contact Newcastle Innovation via email or phone +61 2 4921 8777 for further information.