The University of Sydney and the School of Public Health’s will have a key role in a successful Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre bid, announced today by Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja, the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation. The Government will invest $55 million through its Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program, matching the $55 million that has been raised from industry partners such that The Digital Health CRC will have at least $111 million in cash funding, and $118 million in-kind funding to invest over its seven-year life. The Centre will operate through collaborative R&D programs involving multiple Australian and international industry and academic partners. Participants include 40 commercial and government organisations operating across the health, aged care and disability sectors, 24 established and start-up technology, advisory and investment companies, and 16 Australian universities.
The University of Sydney via the DVCR’s office is a major academic partner and two of USyd staff, Professor Tim Shaw (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Professor Adam Elshaug (Menzies Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health) are part of the small team of named Lead Investigators. Professor Shaw will be the Health System Lead for the program and also Director of Capacity building in eHealth for health professionals and the community. Professor Elshaug will have a governance role and both will co-lead one of the four interlocking research programs.