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This Australian Research Council Discovery Project examines how Australia responded to H1N1 2009 (Swine flu) and similar outbreaks. Using in-depth interviews with everyday Australians and policy-makers, document analysis, and policy research workshops, the Project investigates the conditions of...
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We propose to use highly innovative computational grammars to identify and discover complex multi-gene patterns called larger-than-gene structures. Evolutionary theory and anecdotal evidence show that known structures often have profound effect on cell behaviour due to the number of genes involved...
Ten percent of admissions to Australian hospitals are associated with harm to patients. Reporting of patient safety incidents is now widespread. Current methods, which rely upon humans to manually review incident reports, do not permit timely detection of safety problems and can no longer keep up...
The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in e-health commenced operation in 2012, and will run for an initial five years. Investigators in the CRE come from UNSW, Bond University, Sydney University and the University of South Australia. Prof Coiera directs the $2.5 million CRE, whose work...
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Internationally, patient safety is a growing concern. Patient harm occurs in 10% of hospital admissions. A million adverse events occur in general practice each year in Australia. Overseas data reports that patients receive recommended care only 50% of the time. We will significantly advance this...
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Information and communication technology’s (ICT) major strength is its ability to connect people, places and organisations in ways never before possible. For service organisations ICT is a powerful tool to manage client information and deliver co-ordinated and efficient services. Yet understanding...
The risks which e-health may pose to patient safety are widely acknowledged but largely unexplored. Little evidence has been published about the causes of harm or its consequences for service delivery and patient outcomes. Our program monitors e-health safety using reports of critical incidents and...

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