About the CRE

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in digital health commenced in 2018 and builds on the work of a previous Centre of Research Excellence in e-health directed by Professor Enrico Coiera (2011-2017). Investigators in the CRE come from Macquarie University, Bond University Limited, the University of Melbourne, UNSW Sydney, University of South Australia, The University of Sydney and CSIRO.

The Centre for Research Excellence in Digital Health (CRE) brings together the major Australian centres of health informatics research, with the support of the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Australasian College of Health Informatics. Together this community of researchers and front-line service providers will tackle the fundamental challenges that impede the creation of truly safe, efficient and effective e-health services for both clinicians and consumers.

The CRE is administered by the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Major aim

The CRE targets major evidence gaps that exist in our understanding of how to successfully implement and monitor digital health in Australia.

A targeted research program addresses critical evidence gaps that that limit our national capacity to exploit digital technologies in healthcare.

Research streams:
  1. Safety and quality of digital health systems
  2. Advanced clinical analytics
  3. Consumer digital health

A translational program including a rapid-response function (link to Rapid response function page) will provide independent evidence-based recommendations on crucial policy and practice issues to government including the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), health services, consumers, clinicians and industry.

A workforce development program will address the skills and experience gap in the health informatics workforce and build urgently needed capacity in the workforce. It includes an Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program, public workshops and international and national visiting fellow programs.

Chief investigators

The CRE Chief Investigators (CI’s) have exceptionally strong international reputations for their research, and its translation into policy or practice, with many examples of collaboration with each other in recent years.

Professor Enrico Coiera, Macquarie University
Professor Paul Glasziou, Bond University Limited
Professor William Runciman, University of South Australia
Dr David Hansen, CSIRO, Australian e-Health Research Centre
Professor Teng Liaw, UNSW Sydney
Associate Professor Farah Magrabi, Macquarie University
Associate Professor Vitali Sintchenko, The University of Sydney
Professor Karin Verspoor, The University of Melbourne
Dr Blanca Gallego-Luxan, Macquarie University
Dr Annie Lau, Macquarie University

Collaborate with us

We welcome research scientists with a background as clinicians, computer scientists and engineers to join our team. We invite industry to partner with us to create business opportunities through research and innovation.

Project sponsor

National Health and Medical Research Council - Centres of Research Excellence, APP1134919