NHMRC has funded a new Centre for Research Excellence in Interactive Digital Technology to Transform Australia’s Chronic Disease Outcomes. The centre is led by Professor Brian Oldenburg from the Melbourne Population and Global Health along with other senior University of Melbourne researchers, including Professor Vassilis Kostakos from Computing and Information Systems (IDL), Professors Ron Borland and Charles Abraham from the School of Psychological Sciences, and Professor Douglas Boyle and Assoc Prof John Furler from the Department of General Practice. Greg Wadley from Computing and Information Systems (IDL) is an Associate Investigator of the Centre. There are also other senior researchers involved from Deakin University, Macquarie University, Griffith University and Stanford University, USA.
This centre aims to optimise user experience, increase integration and produce safety guidelines for interactive digital technologies – mobile apps, chatbots, and wearable devices – in order to increase the impact and widespread use of technology to reduce the personal, societal and economic costs associated with chronic diseases (2020–2025).