Research Capabilities

Patient centred care

  • Use of technology to empower people with communication disabilities to correspond with medical staff and carers to prevent and manage patient safety incidents as well as convey their health needs
  • Development of medical devices such as the MobiDRIP, a mobile antibiotic device that allows patients requiring an intravenous drip to safely recover at homes, freeing up hospital beds
  • Development of multi-component mobile technology interventions for non-communicable disease eg (app for carers of people living with dementia, intervention to reduce recreational screen time in adolescents, treatments for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug problems)
  • Using smartphone technology to better understand memory loss
  • Bioinformatics

Integrated Health Care

  • Visual representations of data to increase translation, understanding and innovation
  • Big data and privacy
  • Neuroimaging applications

Preventative and population health programs

  • Community health behaviour interventions
  • Development of multi-component technology-based approaches to support fathers, mothers and families
  • Technology interventions to develop, deliver and evaluate targeted dietary interventions for specific population groups and settings
  • Implementation science relating to policy, best practice and cost effective interventions relating to risk factors across a large number of services and community settings
  • Building highly successful altruistically crowd-sourced health data (eg Flutracking, tracking adverse reactions to vaccines, tracking bioterror or contamination events)

Workforce Development

  • Advanced interactive technologies for training in hazardous environments including simulation for medical procedures and fire evacuation situations as well as gamification to explore m-learning to support literacy.

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

The 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) placed the University of Newcastle equal 7th for research and found 90% of our research to be world standard or above. We achieved ERA ratings of 5 (denoting 'well above world standard') for the following research areas relating to eHealth:

  • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Psychology and Cognitive Science
  • Human Movement and Sports Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Immunology
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
  • Applied Mathematics

UON was the only University in Australia to receive an ERA rating of 5 for Applied Mathematics.

Further Information

The Research Development team can coordinate communication between internal and external participants or answer any questions you have about the Global eHealth Research Innovation Cluster. Please contact the team for further information.