School of Public Health and Community Medicine

WHO CC eHealth People

Image - Teng Liaw


Prof Teng Liaw

Professor of General Practice UNSW
Director, WHO CC for eHealth, UNSW
T: +61 (2) 9616 8520

Teng Liaw is Professor of General Practice (UNSW) and Director of the Academic General Practice Unit in Fairfield, where he cares for patients and teaches registrars and health professional students and supervises Masters and PhD students from Information, Computer and Health Sciences conducting translational, informatics and data analytics research.

He is a recognised general practice and eHealth practitioner, educator and researcher as indicated by his election to Fellowship of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and Foundation Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Informatics; peer-reviewed publications and invited conference keynote presentations, consultancies, professional committees; editorial boards; and peer-review panels for competitive grants and scientific conferences.

He has an excellent track record in winning competitive funding for his research in EHR-based data analytics and eHealth and clinical research. Professor Liaw’s international collaborative research examines EHR data for their fitness for patient care, quality improvement and research; and quality of software applications to collect, aggregate, link, analyse and display data. He has made sustained contributions to primary and integrated care and informatics research with a focus on cross-cultural health and disadvantaged populations. He has published 140+ peer-reviewed publications and 17 book chapters in the past 5 years.

He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and Journal of Innovations in Health Informatics in Primary Care. He chairs the RACGP National Research & Evaluation Ethics Committee and sits on the RACGP Research Committee. He has enduring relationships with Commonwealth and state departments, professional organisations such as the RACGP, health services organisations such as the Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks, Non-government organisations such as the NPS and NHF, Aboriginal Health organisations, and international networks in eHealth and integrated care research.


Image - Padma Narasimhan


Dr Padmanesan Narasimhan

Assistant Director, WHO CC for eHealth, UNSW
T: +61 (2) 9385 3944

Dr Padmanesan Narasimhan is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He completed his PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia in the area of tuberculosis transmission among household contacts in south India. His area of research includes health management, international health systems, understanding and application of ehealth models and disease management. He is also involved in teaching health services management, communicable disease emergencies and infectious disease epidemiology. He has published his research in leading international journals and conferences.

As well as clinical duties, Padma was involved in research, particularly in the areas of TB and HIV/AIDS, which included travel to the USA and France to present his research with colleagues. After completing his MPH with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Padma was awarded the UNSW - University International Postgraduate Scholarship for a PhD at the School. Padma joined the School as a teaching and research academic this year. His contacts in his home town of Vellore at the Christian Medical College (CMC), one of the top medical schools in India, have given rise to a number of collaborations and benefits to the SPHCM. In 2013, Padma was integral in coordinating a link between the SPHCM and the Apollo Hospitals, India and arranging a series of infectious disease and biostatistics training programs. He also supervised e-health research projects in collaboration with the WHO collaborating centre for eHealth based at the SPHCM, UNSW. He has been recently been appointed as the Program Director of the MPH International program, an UNSW initiative to promote public health training in developing countries.


Image - Mahfuz Ashraf


Dr Mahfuz Ashraf

Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney
T: +61 (2) 9385 8273

Dr Mahfuz Ashraf is an early career researcher with a strong interdisciplinary background across social issues of information technology and health focused social business/enterprise for marginalised communities in resource poor settings. He has collaborated with Noble Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus since 2011 and has conducting evidence based ‘action-to-knowledge’ research on social business- an innovate way of conducting business for solving social problems at global level.

Mahfuz convenes ‘social business for public health’ course which focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship for social/health impact in resource-poor settings. This is the first ever social business course offered in Australia to adopt Professor Yunus’ seven principles of running social businesses ( He is a mentor and coach for start-up companies and supports students led ‘idea competition’ for social impact. His mentorship enabled a start-up (Water Democracy, Australia) winning Young Social Pioneers FYA program award in 2017 for piloting a renewable energy project in Australia and Bangladesh. He supervises research/project on innovation and entrepreneurship for social impact in resource-poor settings. He is the Associate Editor; Australia and New Zealand Journal of Social Business, Environment and Sustainability; ISSN:2206-4346.


Image - Jitendra Jonnagaddala


Dr Jitendra Jonnagaddala

Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney
T: +61 (2) 9385 8153

Jitendra is a Research Fellow with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) under the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Sydney. Jitendra’s research interests are in the secondary usage of routinely collected data. His focus is also on using social media data to detect disease outbreaks. He is also the main organiser of the International Workshop on Digital Disease Detection using Social Media (DDDSM). Jitendra has vast experience working in various ehealth and informatics roles. Jitendra leads a number of research projects working with diverse stakeholders such as UNSW, NSW Health, NSW Pathology and Cancer Institute NSW.  Prior to that he worked in Singapore for Singapore Health Services where he was primarily responsible for developing informatics solutions to enable translational research.   He is also a WHO international consultant on eHealth and Health information systems. As part of his consulting assignments he worked with various funding agencies, health ministries, and technical assistance agencies and not for profit organisations.


Myron Godinho


Dr Myron Anthony Godinho

Scientia PhD Scholar, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney
T: +61 (2) 450 693 161

Myron is a Scientia PhD Scholar at the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, where he is currently developing a conceptual framework that incorporates Global eHealth, Social Business and Citizen Engagement for delivering Integrated, Patient-Centred Health Services (IPCHS). This interdisciplinary project bridges the WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth, and UNSW’s Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH).

A medical doctor passionate about Global Health Policy, Myron has organised and chaired a number of Model UN & WHO debate simulations throughout his career. With three years of work experience in evidence synthesis and qualitative research, he has multiple peer-reviewed publications in the areas of health policy & systems, health economics, and epidemiology. Myron also enjoys traveling, cycling, playing squash, cooking, photography, and playing the guitar.