4.4 Health

Spatial Health answers the key question 'Does my location affect my health', we help to map disease, find causes (find what it is related to) and improve service delivery.

Spatial Information has long been used in the Health sector to pinpoint areas of risk for specific diseases. This information helps identify contributing factors to the disease and populations at risk.

The challenge today is to ensure that the significant progress in spatial information and technologies is used to its full potential.

All stages of new policy development and decision-making require timely access to information. Spatial information allows diverse risk factors, such as smoking, physical activity and the wider environment, to be considered in a common framework.

What we have achieved 

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Tarun Weeramanthri, WA Dept of Health
Clive Sabel, Science Director
Geoff Jacquez, Science Director
Peter Baade, Qld Cancer Council
Peter Somerford, WA Dept Health
Kerrie Mengerson, QUT
Mel Taylor, National Health Performance Agency
Rob Freeth, Independent
Moyez Jiwa, Clinician


WA DHealth Tarun Weeramanthri smlDr Tarun Weeramanthri
Program 4.4 Board Chair

ori gudesDr Ori Gudes
Health Program Research Fellow

geoff jacquezDr Geoff Jacquez
Science Director P4.4

clive sabelProf Clive Sabel
Science Director P4.4

4.42 Spatio-Temporal Modelling

Qld health regions This research Project investigates the best way to represent the spatial disparity of diseases, to enable decision makers the best access to localised spatial health data. The initial focus of the Project is on...

4.44 Health Geovisualisation E-Research Tools

PROJECT AIM Simon and Andrew at Brisbane2012 The project will build a data service providing access to the Department of Health WA[] Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System data collection; re-implement an existing epidemiological data analysis service (HealthTracks) using open source technologies...

4.45 Geographic Variations in Natural Disaster Impact

This research will test whether there is a spatial relationship between the extent of physical damage from natural disasters and non-injury psycho-social stress related health outcomes that while not acute, may significantly impact...

4.402 Place as a Vital Sign of Health

Obesity is now considered to be the number one chronic health problem in Australia. Among Australians aged 25 years and over, 60% are over-weight or obese. This is forecast to rise to 80% by 2025. It...

4.404 3D Fast

This exploratory project will address the question asked by the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) research staff to improve the current workflow by reducing the time needed to produce image analysis input files from the raw scan...