Melbourne universityResearchers at the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems continue to look for opportunities to collaborate with health organisations and NGOs in looking at the role and impact of information and communications technology (ICT) in the health and human services sector.

Previous research projects have included:

  • Prof. Karin Verspoor used computational linguistics to automate the analysis of triage reports recorded in the emergency department, which can provide the basis for faster detection of infectious disease outbreaks and possible bioterrorism events.
  • Assoc. Prof. Shanton Chang worked with the Burnet Institute in looking at the role of social media in public health information campaigns, with a focus on young people and men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM).
  • Assoc. Prof. Kathleen Gray sought to determine how digital health technologies add value, with criteria ranging from better patient experiences and improved health outcomes to more effective use of health professionals’ skills and time.
  • Assoc. Prof. Reeva Lederman and Dr Greg Wadley collaborated with Orygen (The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health) to provide much-needed support for young people recovering from mental illness, using internet technologies.
  • Dr Patrick Pang worked with MOVE muscle, bone & joint health to learn about their consumers, create behaviour models, use technologies for engaging consumers in medical research, and develop an online consumer research register.
  • Dr Jenny Waycott’s research aimed to learn about older adults' experiences with emerging technologies used for social and emotional enrichment, which informed the ethical design and the use of technologies in the human services area.
  • Mr Abdulaziz Murad looked at how health practitioners learn and share their knowledge among each other with social media technologies and used the findings to advance their knowledge in evidence-based medicine.

This range of projects may be of interest to researchers who seek to understand:

  • health information-seeking behaviour and human behaviour
  • design and development of health apps and websites
  • analysis and prediction of electronic health records and data
  • peer-to-peer support using ICT
  • needs of using ICT for a specific patient group
  • how to enable efficient and effective clinical work using ICT

You can learn more about their work at If you are interested in future collaborations and would like to discuss and explore possibilities, please contact Assoc. Prof. Shanton Chang.