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The Challenge

Australia’s health costs as a percentage of GDP are increasing dramatically. In the 10 years to 2013-14, health expenditure outstripped inflation, population growth and the rate of population aging.

In 2016-17  total healthcare spend was $180.7 billion –  (Source: AIHW)

In an age when people expect access to advanced healthcare and better health outcomes, public and private health organisations alike recognise that ‘STEM’ skills are crucial. As a result of this, and the rapid digitisation of health services around the world, the demand for health data scientists, health technologists and technology-literate clinical staff has never been greater.

Our Solution

We are developing a unique, multidisciplinary, collaborative taskforce of research, clinical, industry, government and educational organisations to focus research and development on combining individual and collective expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies.

We are also building a world-leading research and innovation centre, with all work designed to address identified industry issues. Over 80 organisations, including health funds, larger and small health and technology providers, and 16 universities, have joined this Australia-wide R&D consortium.

The Outcomes

This collaborative approach will deliver transformative outcomes:


Improve the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of Australians

Improve value of care

Reduce adverse drug-reaction events (currently accounts for 400,000 GP visits a year)

Save the Australian health system $1.8 billion

Create a new digital workforce through at least 1000 new jobs in digital health and related industries

Create new companies and products for Australian and global markets



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University Partners

Government and Industry Partners


Professor Christine Bennett AO

Professor Michael Aitken AM

Dr Steve Hambleton

Management Team

Dr Victor Pantano


Eve Martin

Director – Commercial & Operations

Lee-Ann Breger

Director of Partner Relations &
Program Office

Professor Tim Shaw

Director of Research and
Workforce Capacity

Associate Professor Federico Girosi

Chief Scientist and Director of

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