DHW 2021 Contributors

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DHW 2021 Contributors 2021-02-15T09:48:35+10:00

Digital Health Week 2021 would not have been possible without the support, involvement and expertise of a number of contributors.


Twitterati /ˌtwɪt̬.əˈrɑː.t̬i/
People who use Twitter a lot:
The twitterati were quickly able to communicate news on the subject.

The Digital Health Week 2021 Twitterati is made up of four emerging researchers in digital health. Over the course of Digital Health Week 2021 they will be sharing their reflections, experiences and questions with the community on Twitter. We encourage you to learn more about them and from them! #DigitalHealthWeek21 

Anna Singleton@Anna_Singleton_

My name is Anna Singleton. I’m a PhD candidate (RTP Scholarship) at the University of Sydney and I’m passionate about using simple technologies to make health information accessible, fun and motivating. Over the past 3 years, I’ve collaborated with breast cancer survivors and health professionals to create two health support programs called EMPOWER-SMS and ‘Wellness after Breast Cancer during COVID19’ that are delivered 100% via text messages! More than 1000 Australian breast cancer survivors are now testing the programs to see how they impact their health. My goal is to help improve people’s mental and physical health and lower risks of cancer recurrence and heart disease. Seems like a big job for a text message, doesn’t it?

I’m looking forward to chatting with you on Zoom and via twitter (@Anna_Singleton_) during the DHIN Digital Health Week. See you there!
Milan Vaghasiya@MilanVa78604683

Milan is an enthusiastic researcher, a health informatician and a health manager. He is currently working as a Clinical Documentation Specialist in Western Sydney Local Health District. He is also doing his PhD at School of IT at the University of Sydney. He is studying IT system implementation and benefits in a hospital setting. Milan’s expertise/interests include the evaluation of IT system implementation, UX, electronic health records, data analytics, organisational efficiency and patient safety using Electronic Clinical Systems. He worked for more than ten years as a clinician in Westmead Emergency Department. He also has vast experience of research as well as a sound track record of publications in reputed international journals and conferences. Milan received Master of Health Management & Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Natasa Lazarevic@NataLazzzaHello, I am Nataša (pronounced Natasha). I have been fortunate enough to live in 5 different countries, but that also means that I find the concepts of my nationality, identity and sense of belonging hard to understand. According to my passports, I am both Australian (as of recently!) and Serbian but I was born in Germany, then lived in Serbia, grew up in Botswana for most of my childhood, then the United Arab Emirates for my teenage years and now I live in Australia. I’ve learnt that our sense of culture and identity is so much more than what our passports reveal.
I am a PhD student at the University of Sydney, and I work on an interdisciplinary project that combines the fields of digital health, machine learning and anatomy. The project is about applying our understanding of the human body to create technological solutions to monitor our bodies and our health remotely.
I am also passionate about promoting the equality of underrepresented groups in STEM so I co-founded Visibility STEM Africa (VSA @ViSTEM_Africa) with my dear friend Nathasia Mudiwa Muwanigwa (@Tasia1409). VSA promotes the visibility of Africans in STEM and provides them with opportunities to flourish.
Nic Straiton@NicStraiton

Hey, my name is Nic I am a registered nurse and currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney. My work focuses on heart disease and trying to understand how this condition impacts people’s lives, and how best we can support them and their families. In particular I conduct research with older people, often over 80 years of age, who are often underrepresented in clinical studies. Therefore, I am a passionate advocate for consumer involvement in research, especially partnering with diverse consumers to help design, conduct and disseminate research findings more broadly amongst the community.

Digital health offers an opportunity to further meet the needs of patients with chronic health conditions. This is why we embedded the use of wearables (e.g. activity trackers) into our study, to gain a more ‘real-world’ understanding about physical activity levels in older adults with heart disease. It has been really insightful, and I am excited to explore more of the digital health journey with patients and their families in the future.

Being part of the 2021 Digital Health Week Working Group, helping shape and design the conference, has been an awesome experience and I cannot wait to engage with you all during the event! #DigitialHealthWeek21

Dystopian Wednesday Discussion Facilitators

The Dystopian Wednesday Discussions are centred around a possible digital health dystopia (how the tools don’t live up to our expectations). These conversations will allow all of us (users, health professionals, researchers) to reflect on and interrogate whether we are using digital health for good.

The three (3) ‘citizen selected’ topic discussions will be facilitated by the following academics in the field:

ePoster Showcase

The ePoster Showcase provided poster presenters at Digital Health Week 21 an opportunity to network with attendees, and receive feedback on their research from senior academics. The showcase wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our academic facilitators who volunteered to chair the showcase sessions.

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