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Digital Health Week 2021 is a collaboration between the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne. It aims to create a space that brings together digital health researchers to share their work, build collaborations, and nurture graduate students and early career colleagues. In 2021 the conference program will be moving fully online with more opportunities to engage with a broader cross-section of researchers, consumers, clinicians, technology designers and students. The theme for Digital Health Week 2021 is Pushing the boundaries of health care.

Speaker bios

Tuesday 9th February | ‘In Conversation Keynote
Professor Leanne Togher, Director, Acquired Brain Injury Communication Lab, in conversation with Mr Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia. In the Keynote ‘In Conversation’ presentation, an academic and consumer have a conversation about the impact of digital health on their lives and work in traumatic brain injury. We hope that this conversation will re-centre our discussions as researchers, clinicians and technology designers to focus on the person.

Leanne TogherProfessor Leanne Togher is a full Professor at The University of Sydney, Australia, and Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow. Professor Togher is internationally recognised with more than 120 papers, 4 books and over 20 book chapters and over AUD$20 million in external grant funding and was awarded the 2018 NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn - Clinical Research Fellowship prize as the highest ranked female research fellow applicant in the field of Clinical Science and Medicine in the NHMRC Fellowships scheme. Togher’s work focuses on enabling access to healthcare for people with brain injury using digital health. Professor Togher is Honorary Professor at City University, London, UK, and Visiting Professor, Education University of Hong Kong, International Board Member for the Journals Board of ASHA (USA), member of the Board of Governors of the IBIA, and a Director on the Board of Brain Injury Australia.
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Nick RushworthNick Rushworth has been Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia - the national peak advocacy organisation representing the needs of the 700,000 people living with brain injury, their families and carers – since 2008. He was also President of the Brain Injury Association of New South Wales between 2004 and 2008. In 1996, Nick sustained a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a bicycle accident. Before joining Brain Injury Australia in 2008, Nick worked for the Northern Territory Government setting up their new "Office of Disability". Formerly a producer with the Nine Television Network’s “Sunday” program and ABC Radio National, Nick’s journalism has won a number of awards, including a Silver World Medal at the 2003 New York Festival, a National Press Club and TV Week Logie Award. He serves on a variety of governmental and research advisory committees, is a Director of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and is an Ambassador for the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and for the Queensland Brain Institute’s concussion research. Between 2017 and 2019, he facilitated a “Community of Practice” in brain injury for the National Disability Insurance Agency.
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Artist in residence
Our #DigitalHealthWeek21 artist in residence, Dr. Fereshteh Pourkazemi, will be present during the sessions and will develop art pieces based on the issues explored and solutions discussed. Two of these artworks will be auctioned after the event, with proceeds going towards selected charities.

Fereshteh PourkazemiDr Fereshteh Pourkazemi is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, with over 15 years of practice, teaching, and research in this field. Fereshteh is a self-taught artist who learned by exploring, drawing, and painting from the time she was old enough to hold a pencil. As a passionate artist, researcher, and educator, her research and practice aims to bring the Arts, Health and Education together and address different aspects of human pain with a holistic view of its complexities.

You can view Fereshteh’s artworks on her website Paintalogic
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