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Expressions of Interest for the new Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health.

Expressions of Interest for the new Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health.

Due Friday 29th April, 2020. 

The Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health (BIDH) is a newly established discipline in the School of Medical Sciences (SoMS). The School is now accepting expressions of interest from academics in FMH schools who may wish to transfer into this new Discipline.

What the Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health will look like:

The mission of BIDH is to pursue a future in which health data and information are seamlessly integrated into biomedical discovery and used in the continuous improvement of health and healthcare. The Discipline will be a home for the full spectrum of health and biomedical informatics research from clinical informatics, through health services and population informatics, to the translation of digital health interventions into practice and the community; and all levels of health informatics education from undergraduate students to executive training.

The new Discipline will build on existing capabilities in the university and strong partnerships with state and local health organisations. It will not be a silo for experts but a centre of excellence with deliberately designed porosity to enhance collaboration across various faculties of the University and allow the staff and students to draw on the strengths of all relevant areas, such as science, engineering, mathematics, engineering, law, policy, ethics and the humanities.

The structure of the Discipline will include a core team of leading researchers and educators with established programs of relevant research and/or education, and a broad community of collaborators, including other University academics and clinicians drawn from the more than 700 members of the Digital Health and Informatics Network (DHIN).

Who the core team of researchers and educators will be:

Expressions of interest will be considered from academics in the Faculty with demonstrable experience in health informatics research or education who wish to transfer from their current academic school to join the new discipline in SoMS. Biomedical informatics and digital health benefit from their inherent interdisciplinarity, and the Discipline values the diversity of experience and skills that discipline members will bring.

Academics in this discipline are expected:

  • As research-focused members, to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a relevant area of biomedical informatics or digital health as evidenced by external grant funding and impactful research outputs;
  • As teaching-focused members, to develop and deliver educational programs for students enrolled in health programs, professional entry-level students, higher degree research students as well as for health system managers and executives;
  • To maintain and establish collaborative relationships across FMH and the University as evidenced by joint funding proposals and co-authored manuscripts, the delivery of educational programs across Schools, and positive changes to policy and practice;
  • To foster links with external stakeholders embracing regional, national and international interests to improve the competitiveness and benefits of the research undertaken; and
  • To be available to deliver and attend fortnightly seminars and support skills development across the community of affiliated researchers and clinicians.

These roles report to the Head of School of Medical Sciences through the Head of Discipline, Associate Professor Adam Dunn. Academics seeking to move schools should discuss with the current supervisor/Head of School before submitting an EOI. Please contact Adam Dunn at for further information about this opportunity.

How to respond to the expression of interest call:

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Jacqueline Wells at by COB 29 April 2020. These should include a current CV and a brief statement (less than a page) outlining the reasons for your interest in joining the discipline and highlighting the specific qualifications and experience that would make you a suitable candidate.

Zoom Q & A with Associate Professor Adam Dunn and Professor Heiko Spallek:

Please join Associate Professor Adam Dunn and Professor Heiko Spallek on Wednesday 22 April, 9-9.45am to learn and ask questions about the Discipline of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health (BIDH). Save this Zoom link to your calendar:


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