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Digital Health Week 2022 | 7th-9th February, 2023

In 2023, we will again be bringing you a joint event between the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is joining us!

Digital Health Week is an opportunity for anyone interested in digital health to participate in a program of virtual events and share research and ideas. It is designed to be both informative, provocative, and a showcase of the innovative work being undertaken in digital health across the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, UNSW, and beyond. Digital Health Week 2023 will bring together researchers, health services, industry, and the community to build person-centred eHealth collaborations.

“Hope not hype”

Our ongoing vision for the Digital Health Week events is to have diverse speakers who challenge us and spark discussions that can help us all to create and use technology in ways that promote more inclusive healthcare and wellbeing.

This year’s theme will have a focus on exploring several concepts centred around hope for a better future:

Harnessing the disruption – what have we learnt from recent rapid changes, challenges, and chaos that can be used to improve digital health systems and outcomes?

Inclusive and collaborative – how can we nurture value-based, person-centred, and connected digital health care, ensuring living experience voices guide digital health initiatives?

Functional, ethical, and sustainable – how do we build diverse, considered, and ethical technologies that work and are equitable, now and into the future?

#DigitalHealthWeek2023 Program (released January 2023):

Accessibility note: For the three keynote sessions, Auslan interpreters will be present and a live typist will be providing closed captioning on Zoom. Please contact digital.health-week@sydney.edu.au if you need additional accessibility support.

Meet our Speakers

Tuesday 7th February | Keynote sessionDigital Health through a Socio-Technical Lens

We all want Digital Health solutions that are human-centric, reflective of user’s needs, financially and socially viable, and environmentally sustainable. Achieving good Digital Health solutions requires a deep understanding of the human experience as well as the socio-technical aspects surrounding their development and use. In this talk, Rashina introduces Socio-Technical Grounded Theory as an approach to careful Digital Health solution research and design and shares her experiences of viewing Digital Health through a socio-technical lens.

Meet the keynote speaker

Associate Professor Rashina Hoda, Monash University
Rashina Hoda is an associate professor in software engineering in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Melbourne. She is the group lead of software engineering and the deputy director of the HumaniSE Lab. She is a leading international expert on agile methods and has introduced socio-technical grounded theory for qualitative research based on over 15 years of practice. Her research focuses on human and socio-technical aspects of software engineering applied to a variety of domains including Digital Health, Education, and IT. Rashina leads a $2M Digital Health CRC project on enhancing telehealth in collaboration with the Victoria Department of Health, Health Direct Australia, Monash Health, North Western Mental Health, and the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about girls and women in STEM and was selected a Superstar of STEM (2021-22 cohort) by Science and Technology Australia. She enjoys presenting to public, industry, and academic audiences alike, for example, at TEDx Auckland, Agile Australia, Agile New Zealand, Agile India, Agile Middle East, among others. To access her talks and research, please visit www.rashina.com. You can also find her on Twitter (@agileRashina) and LinkedIn.
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Wednesday 8th February | Keynote & Panel discussionAI: Hope not Hype

This session explores recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and how AI can be used to improve care delivery and patient outcomes. The panel examines how we can accelerate the translation of AI to real-world clinical settings. 

Meet the keynote speaker & panel

Professor Farah Magrabi, Macquarie University (keynote & panel speaker)
Farah Magrabi is a Professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. She has a background in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and has worked as a health services researcher for 20 years. At the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, she leads a research stream in patient safety informatics investigating the clinical safety and effectiveness of digital health and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for clinicians and consumers. Professor Magrabi leads the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Digital Health's Safety research stream; is co-chair of the Australian AI Alliance’s Working Group on safety, quality and ethics; and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (2020-present).
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Associate Professor Beena Ahmed (panel speaker)
Beena is founder of Say66, a start-up that is revolutionising the way children with speech difficulties can access affordable and engaging speech therapy exercises. An international leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and signal processing, Beena is an Associate Professor in Signal Processing with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.
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Professor Kim Delbaere (panel speaker)
Kim is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA and Director of Innovation & Translation at the Falls, Balance & Injury Research Centre, supported by the Australian NHMRC, and Professor at UNSW. Her multidisciplinary approach incorporates elements from physiotherapy, psychology, brain imaging and software engineering towards preventing falls and promoting healthy ageing.
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Dr Ian Goon (panel moderator)
Ian has a background in scientific research, developing nano-materials for biosensing applications and subsequently spent 4 years in a commercially focused-role as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Southeast Asia. Ian co-founded a health technology startup focused on building digital tools for healthcare research projects, prior to joining Tyree IHealthE. His work included leading the development and implementation of technology platforms for the South Asia Biobank (South Asia and UK) and the SG100K population health study in Singapore. Ian holds a BEng (Chemical) and Ph.D from UNSW and obtained an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge as a Chevening scholar.
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Thursday 9th February | Keynote & Panel discussion “At the table, or on the menu? On disability access, inclusion and other such buzzwords

What do we really mean when we talk about diversity, access, and inclusion in digital health? What does this look like through a disability justice framing?

Meet the keynote speaker & panel

Gillian Mason (keynote & panel speaker)
Gillian Mason is a physiotherapist with 17 years' clinical experience, and a clinician-researcher. She is also a proudly disabled and chronically ill healthcare consumer advocate and science communicator; she brings a dual patient-clinician perspective to the design of clinical trials in community-based rehabilitation approaches and digital health. She provides strategic advice, training and mentorship around consumer and community involvement in healthcare research for stakeholders 'on both sides of the bedside', and students. Gillian is passionate about improving access, inclusion and equity in healthcare for consumers and the workforce. In 2021 she was one of 25 Australian women to be awarded the inaugural Telstra Health Brilliant Women in Digital Health Award.
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Jen Morris (panel speaker)
Jen Morris is a patient safety advocate with qualifications in science, humanities, science communication, governance, healthcare quality and safety and consumer engagement. She brings her patient perspective expertise to roles as a patient safety investigator, researcher, patient experience educator, board member and patient perspectives advisor for numerous health sector organisations. Jen also champions patient safety through writing, media appearances, public speaking, government and institutional inquiries, and as a founding member of the Australia and New Zealand Affiliate of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. She has particular interests in ethics, governance, disability and diagnostic error.
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Professor Kathleen Gray, University of Melbourne (panel speaker)
Kathleen Gray undertakes research at the intersection of health science and information science. Kathleen is interested in how the Internet and its associated technologies are reshaping society’s expectations of health system performance.
Her aim is to broaden and deepen critical understanding - among patients, clinicians, health service managers and health information specialists - of the ways that digital health affects their roles and responsibilities. Kathleen holds a joint appointment in the Melbourne Medical School and the School of Computing and Information Systems and is based in the University's Centre for Digital Transformation of Health.
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Associate Professor Rashina Hoda, Monash University (panel speaker)
Rashina Hoda is an associate professor in software engineering in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Melbourne. She is the group lead of software engineering and the deputy director of the HumaniSE Lab. She is a leading international expert on agile methods and has introduced socio-technical grounded theory for qualitative research based on over 15 years of practice. Her research focuses on human and socio-technical aspects of software engineering applied to a variety of domains including Digital Health, Education, and IT. Rashina leads a $2M Digital Health CRC project on enhancing telehealth in collaboration with the Victoria Department of Health, Health Direct Australia, Monash Health, North Western Mental Health, and the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about girls and women in STEM and was selected a Superstar of STEM (2021-22 cohort) by Science and Technology Australia. She enjoys presenting to public, industry, and academic audiences alike, for example, at TEDx Auckland, Agile Australia, Agile New Zealand, Agile India, Agile Middle East, among others. To access her talks and research, please visit www.rashina.com. You can also find her on Twitter (@agileRashina) and LinkedIn.
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Dr Mahima Kalla, University of Melbourne (panel moderator)
Dr Mahima Kalla is a digital health researcher, focused on translation of patients’, carers’ and professionals’ lived experience into the co-design, development, and implementation of digital health interventions. She has a particular interest in digital health equity, and digital determinants of health. With a background in management consulting, she is also passionate about facilitating successful industry-academia-community partnerships to drive evidence-based, translation-ready digital health solutions.
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