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NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Digital Technology

Our NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in digital technology to transform chronic disease outcomes (Connected Health CRE) aims to transform Australia’s digital health ecosystem.

We leverage the widespread availability of smart devices and with digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of populations, particularly those with different chronic and complex conditions. We are developing and validating new research methods and paradigms to advance this new field of digital population health. We aim to educate and develop digitally enabled health consumers, health practitioners and public health researchers. We also aim to develop a digital health research workforce.

The CRE is funded by the NHMRC (2020–2024). Our research program aims to optimise user experience, improve the integration and production of safety guidelines for interactive digital technologies. These include devices such as mobile applications, chatbots, and other wearable devices to increase its impact on the widespread use of technology. This will also help reduce the costs to individuals, society, and the wider health systems with the high economic costs associated with chronic and complex diseases.

Our program aims to create a national research capability workforce in this emerging field of digital population health research and to generate evidence-based research with methodologies that will significantly improve the chronic disease outcomes in Australia and globally; now, and into the future.

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