New NHMRC grant on Smarthomes for heart failure

4 March 2021

Researchers from our group have been been awarded a new grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The grant is awarded $1.1 million under the NHMRC-Ideas track, and will run between 2021–2024.

The project is led by Deakin University in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, and will develop smarthome technology to help heart failure patients manage their chronic condition. The project will use co-design/participatory research methods, which will integrate existing technologies into a single ecosystem. The work will also integrate key behaviour change techniques, gamification, and tailored information to maximise effectiveness and facilitate empowerment, uptake and engagement, thereby leading to improved self-management and health outcomes

The project brings together Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Institute for Applied Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Melbourne’s Human-Computer Interaction group at the School Computing and Information Systems. The investigators at the University of Melbourne include Prof Vassilis Kostakos and Dr Tilman Dingler. The project closely aligns with our NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Digital Technology to Transform Chronic Disease Outcomes.