[ASC-media] CSIRO: $20 million for ICT innovation in healthcare

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Mon Jul 21 06:32:33 CEST 2008

21 July 2008 
Ref 07/119
$20 million for ICT innovation in healthcare
CSIRO today welcomed the launch of the Australian e-Health Research
Centre (AEHRC) as a national venture, supported by $20 million in
funding from the Federal and Queensland governments.
Established in 2003 as a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland
Government, the AEHRC is a key delivery point into the health system for
CSIRO health research based on information and communication
technologies (ICT).
CSIRO ICT Centre Deputy Director, Dr Darrell Williamson, says the
Brisbane-based AEHRC has established research nodes in Adelaide and
Melbourne and already made significant progress in realising the
potential of ICT for improving health outcomes.
The AEHRC research program delivers to CSIRO's Preventative Health
National Research Flagship, which seeks to improve the health and
wellbeing of Australians through research into prevention, early
detection and intervention.
Research undertaken at the AEHRC is leading to the development of
simulated training tools (enabling colonoscopists, for instance, to
become more skilled), home monitoring systems for patients recovering
from heart attack, and improved imaging techniques to facilitate early
diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. 
Advanced software tools are also being used to link and analyse large
and complex data sets to help improve cancer care, better understand the
risks associated with anaesthesia and enable secure and ready access of
electronic medical records for healthcare professionals.
CSIRO and the Queensland Government announced today that $20 million
would be provided to fund the Centre's operations until 2012. Today's
announcement also celebrates the AEHRC's new premises at the University
of Queensland's Centre for Clinical Research at the Royal Brisbane and
Women's Hospital.
Eminent clinician and AEHRC Medical Director, Professor Bruce
Barraclough AO, said: "It is an exciting time to be working with AEHRC
scientists and engineers who are making great progress in addressing
important health issues.
"Their research is starting to fulfil expectations that health
information technology can make a real difference to the delivery of
AEHRC CEO Gary Morgan said the Centre has a strong focus on seeing
research innovation translated into outcomes for patients and healthcare

"The funding renewal will allow us to complete some major projects as
well as initiate some new projects with a national focus. They will be
undertaken with some of the best practitioners and hospitals across
Australia - ensuring we have the critical mass to apply technology to
make a real difference to health outcomes", Mr Morgan said.
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Further Information:
Gary Morgan, AEHRC
07 3253 3600 or gary.morgan at csiro.au 
Media Assistance:
Jo Finlay, CSIRO ICT Centre	0447 639688 or joanne.finlay at csiro.au 
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