The CRCSI Health Program brings together expertise in spatial and health sciences to form collaborative partnerships with research institutions, government agencies, health service providers and clinicians, the private sector and the community. We exist to improve efficiency of health resource management and increase knowledge of disease cause through spatial technology. We can assist your organisation through a number of services and opportunities.
To explore how we can work together to apply spatial technologies please contact Paula Fievez.
Spatial information describes the physical location of either people or objects, and the measured relationships between them. In this article, we offer the view that greater utilisation of spatial information and its related technology, as part of a broader redesign of the architecture of health information at local and national levels, could assist and speed up the process of health reform, which is taking place across the globe in richer and poorer countries alike. In making this point, we describe the impetus for health sector reform, recent developments in spatial information and analytics, and current Australasian spatial health research. We highlight examples of uptake of spatial information by the health sector, as well as missed opportunities. Our recommendations to spatially enable the health sector are applicable to high- and low-resource settings.
Written by Dr Tarun Weeramanthri and Dr Peter Woodgate. Download the article here.
TURNING PEOPLE-CENTRED SPATIAL INFORMATION INTO POLICY
The CRCSI together with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the Australian Institute for Health & Welfare (AIHW) convened a Roundtable discussion to explore the challenges and actions outlined in a recently released paper, Location Matters – realising the value of people centred spatial information to inform policy. The Roundtable brought policy and spatial data experts together to determine how best spatial expertise can be accessed to meet the needs of policy development. Participants from the Roundtable worked together to modify and prioritise the actions highlighted in the report.
Their feedback was incorporated into the final report and recommended actions are being considered in both the future research priorities of the new CRCSI entity as well as for inclusion in the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda. Download the final report and Roundtable Communique here.
Read about the Roundtable jointly hosted by United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Peace Program and the CRCSI, held in Sydney on World Health Day, 7 April 2017. The purpose of the Roundtable was to test the viability of an Australian led proposal to develop and pilot a digital solution aimed at reducing attacks on healthcare in war zones. The Roundtable's Communiqué can be read here.
On Tuesday 11 April 2017, health experts launched an Australian-first research study to understand national patterns in cancer incidence, survival and screening practices based on where people live.The Atlas of Cancer in Australia will, for the first time, allow health agencies, policy makers and the community to understand the location and resource requirements for the most common cancers in Australia. The 18-month research project is a partnership between Cancer Council, Queensland University of Technology, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australia and New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). Read more about the project here.
Read more about the CRCSI's new Hepatitis B research project and AURIN's involvement here.
Preparation is almost complete for a roll-out of a Swedish Sensing City, while in Christchurch a grid of high grade sensors is in place and collecting real-time environmental data with medical data for 50 patients and health tracker app proof of concept syncing data in the New Zealand based Sensing the City project. Project outputs will be practical methodologies and processes.
The 3D-FAST tool automatically detects landmark facial features from a 3D scan of a patient, accurately measures these features and provides a visual output for clinical review, a process that up until now was very manual and invasive. Researchers are now developing the analytic capability of 3D-FAST to detect the nature of facial characteristics that are likely to be suggestive of some underlying genetic condition thus significantly improving upon existing methods of automated facial analysis for assisting in syndromic diagnosis.
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.
The CRCSI Health Program brings together expertise in spatial and health sciences to form collaborative partnerships with research institutions, government agencies, health service providers and clinicians, the private sector and the community. We exist to improve efficiency of health resource management and increase knowledge of disease cause through spatial technology.
We can assist your organisation through:
To explore how we could assist your organisation to apply our spatial technology to solve your needs please contact our Health Program Manager, Paula Fievez.
Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, Department of Health WA and CRCSI Health Program Board Chair
Professor Peter Baade, Cancer Council Queensland
Rob Freeth, Independent Consultant
Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Marcus Tan, HealthEngine
Melanie Taylor, Department of Social Services
Peter Somerford, Department of Health WA
Tony Wheeler, Akuna Consulting
International: Professor Clive Sabel, Institut for Miljovidenskab, Denmark
National: Professor Jim Codde, Institute for Health Research, The University of Notre Dame, Australia
Prof Jim Codde
Health Program Science Director (National)
Health Program Manager
The Health Program brings together partners to co-invest in spatial health research across five priority areas. These areas are: