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Working Group 2021 2020-11-11T10:20:54+10:00

Digital Health Week is supported by a Working Group with member representation from the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne. The Working Group is a valued group, responsible for providing guidance across the scientific program and event organisation. The group members’ expertise include consultation on the scientific program, input from early career researchers and HDR student representatives, and large event and project management experience. If you would like to contact the Working Group, please email your questions or comments to

Ann BordaDr Ann Borda is an academic, Senior Lecturer and Participatory Health Lead at the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health at the University of Melbourne. She is a certified health informatician and has held the role of PI in numerous research grant funded collaborations in assistive health technologies, health and biomedical citizen science and emerging participatory practices in digital health. Among recent projects, Ann is involved in co-establishing a healthcare professional research registry with the Co-Design Living Lab at the Centre, co-developing ethical and equitable guidelines for community engaged research with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and co-producing a community research resource with health stakeholders on unregulated DIY technology to manage diabetes in children and youth. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health. Ann is enthusiastic about the wide-ranging conversations that Digital Health Week 2021 will support and the opportunities for advancing dialogue across digital health practices, inclusive participation, and innovation.
Deputy Chair
Dr Melissa ‘Liss’ Brunner is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Acquired Brain Injury Communication Lab at the University of Sydney. She is an early career researcher and certified practicing speech pathologist with clinical and research expertise in acquired neurologic disorders. With research experience and collaborations that extend across interdisciplinary health care contexts, Liss has specialist skills in qualitatively driven social media and digital health mixed methods research. Her doctoral research laid the necessary groundwork in understanding the complexity of the issues surrounding people with TBI using social media and how it may (or may not) be addressed during their rehabilitation. Liss strongly believes in using social media for research translation (in particular on Twitter) and is super excited to join the Digital Health Week 2021 team as Deputy Chair – she sees this as a fantastic opportunity to continue building meaningful connections and inclusion for all stakeholders in the Digital Health space.
Dr Daniel Capurro is a MD, general physician, and PhD in Biomedical Informatics. He is an academic in the School of Computing and Information Systems and the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health, both at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Capurro has over 10 years of experience in advanced clinical data analytics. His work includes implementation of electronic medical records, clinical informatics, digital phenotyping, and clinical data mining. He founded the Chilean National Centre for Health Information Systems and was Chief Medical Information Officer where he implemented a network-wide Electronic Health Record and other health information systems. He currently leads a team of researchers in the area of digital phenotyping, clinical data analysis, and process mining. Dr. Capurro obtained his MD and Internal Medicine specialty from P. Universidad Catolica de Chile, his PhD from the University of Washington, USA and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health and Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Capurro believes building collaboration networks sits at the core of health informatics research and practice. Having the chance to help organise Digital Health Week 2021 is an opportunity to contribute to these networks in Australia and beyond. Daniel can be found on Twitter
Technology Lead
Dr Anna Janssen is a health technologist and digital health researcher in the Research in Implementation Science and eHealth Group. She has also undertaken industry research fellowships through the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre and the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre. Anna has a broad interest in the design and use of digital technologies in healthcare, and their effect on health in general. Her research looks specifically at attitudes of health professionals towards electronic data, harnessing electronic health data to change behaviour, the use of disruptive technologies such as virtual and augment reality in healthcare, the scalability and sustainability of digital health technologies and the design of health technology. She has been involved in a number of eHealth research projects, including investigating methods for engaging health professionals in online forums, and exploring the impact of technology on oncology MDTs in Western Sydney. Anna is Technology Lead for Digital Health Week 2021, and aims to help realise the conference vision of bringing together eHealth researchers across faculties, disciplines and institutions to share their experiences.
Conference Chair
Dr Melanie Keep is a Senior Lecturer in eHealth and Director of Academic Education at the Sydney School of Health Sciences of The University of Sydney. With a background in psychology and a PhD in telehealth, she is interested in exploring the ways digital technologies connect people, and the impact of this. Specifically, her research has investigated how social media use influences well-being and women’s health, and how digital health tools such as apps, and online health information can be used to improve patient-practitioner relationships. Mel is very excited to be co-leading Digital Health Week 2021 with an energetic, innovative, and creative team across The University of Sydney and The University of Melbourne. She is particularly looking forward to finding ways to share research and build relationships and mentoring in eHealth in the brave new COVID-19 world. For more information about the mischief Mel gets into, please see her profile page on The University of Sydney’s website or follow her on Twitter
Jessica Orchard is an early career researcher and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. She is also a final year PhD candidate and Research Coordinator at the Heart Research Institute, with a background in public health and law. Jessica’s research aims to improve the quality of cardiac screening programs to prevent sudden cardiac death and catastrophic disability from stroke. These projects have used novel eHealth tools and have made best practice recommendations to address legal and ethical responsibilities which arise during the process. Jessica’s research aims to improve the quality of screening programs to reduce the tragedy of sudden cardiac death in athletes and prevent the devastating impact of stroke. Jessica joined the Digital Health Week 2021 Working Group to foster collaboration across disciplines in digital health research and help discover the potential applications of innovative technology to improve health. She is on Twitter
Nicola Straiton is a PhD student within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney. She also works as a Project Manager at the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA), the peak body advancing the investigator-led clinical trials sector across Australia. Her clinical and academic career centres on understanding and supporting cardiovascular disease patients and their families, as demonstrated in her PhD ‘exploring patient reported outcomes post contemporary heart valve surgery’. Nicola is particularly interested in consumer engagement, digital health, and clinical trials. Being part of the 2021 Working Group is a fantastic opportunity, at an academic level it will increase my knowledge and exposure to the broader digital health ecosystem. More importantly this event will hopefully continue to expand the reach of digital health opportunities to improve patient outcomes, enhance consumer awareness, and foster a growing community of practice. Nicola is on Twitter
Dr Zerina Tomkins is a clinician-scientist with strong interest in rare diseases and impact of digital health technologies on patient empowerment to improve their own health outcomes. She is a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences and a Senior Research Associate at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, she was a Head of Vascular Anomalies Research Laboratory. Zerina has a broad interest in cell biology and clinical care pathways for children with vascular anomalies, including the application of eHealth education for parents and children with rare diseases. She is also involved on developing digital health education platforms for healthcare professionals. As a member of the Digital health Week organising committee, Zerina is keen to highlight the role of interdisciplinary, patient-centric approach to resolving urgent challenges facing healthcare today. Zerina can be found on Twitter
Event Lead
Jacqueline Wells manages the Digital Health and Informatics Network (DHIN) at The University of Sydney. With a background in Social Sciences and International Studies (Spain) and a Masters in Marketing (Comms) Jacqueline is interested in the social impact of digital health and the potential for better communication around its uses and benefits. Managing the DHIN, over the last three years, she has seen the enormous benefit the network has had in bringing together people working in digital health and eHealth who want to promote their work, gain connections and just generally have a space. Jacqueline is pleased to be working on Digital Health Week 2021 and she is very excited about the potential it has to bring so many innovative projects, minds, and stories into the same room. With a focus on event management and comms, for Digital Health Week 2021, she is aiming for the event to once again trend on Twitter! Follow all of the news and updates on Twitter
Dr Ling Zhang is a clinical researcher and a practicing registered nurse. She is currently employed as a research associate in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney University. Dr Zhang has a strong research interest in understanding and supporting patients who have cardiovascular disease (CVD) throughout their recovery, encouraging and enabling good self-management and reducing cardiovascular events recurrence through secondary prevention. She is passionate about determining the role of digital technology in supporting disadvantage CVD patient groups including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those with inadequate health literacy.
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