To improve the quality of healthcare for all, through evidence.


The Industry Issues

Like much of the world, Australia’s health costs as a percentage of GDP are increasing at a dramatic rate. In the 10 years to 2013-14, health expenditure grew much faster than inflation, the population and population ageing. The share of the economy (GDP) represented by health reached 10% for the first time in that year (Source AIHW). Public and private sector health organisations are recognising 'STEM' skills as mission critical, resulting in a spike in demand for health data scientists, health technologists and technology-literate clinical staff. Simultaneously citizens expect access to advanced health care and better health outcomes. It is also true that in most developed economies, health services are rapidly becoming digitised.

Our Solution

The Digital Health CRC engages a unique, multi-disciplinary collaboration of research, clinical, industry, government and educational organisations to focus research and development on combining these expertise with data, information and telecommunication technologies.

We are building an internationally competitive research and innovation centre, and our work is driven by our industry partners. We will address the identified industry issues by

  • empowering consumers
  • improving understanding and management of health risks of individuals and communities
  • supporting clinical practice
  • improving system efficiency and access to quality care,building and enhancing businesses to provide
  • high value jobs and solutions in a growing global market, and
  • Developing Australia's future digital Health workforce.

The Plan

In July 2017, The Digital Health CRC applied to the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centre Programme (Selection Round 17), a grant of $55 million for a seven‐year period commencing in July 2018. Having now been shortlisted for further consideration, and we will know in March/April 2018 if our application will be successful.

Over 60 organisations have joined the R&D consortium, ranging from health funders and providers, to large and small technology providers to a range of universities, from across Australia.


Benefits to an industry partner

  • Research designed to address industry partner’s specific challenges & opportunities
  • Each industry partner research dollar is matched by Federal Government funding
  • Access to R&D findings from across the Digital Health CRC’s program
  • Affordable access to high quality PhD students or postdoctoral researchers who are ‘embedded’ with the industry partner.
  • Potential linkage to multiple universities managed through one organisation
  • Lifts capability of partner data analytics and digital technologies teams without increasing headcount, through access to in-house software development team of the CRC.
  • Generally, results in the development & deployment of partner specific software tools as legacy of the project Improved security/privacy management available with in-house hosting capability for sensitive data sets.
  • Eligibility for R&D tax allowance for contributions to Digital Health CRC**

**subject to meeting R&D tax concession rules

Benefits to university partners

  • Potential linkage to multiple industry partners through one organisation
  • CRC expertise to drive the translation and impact of university research
  • Cost effective, with a ROI of up 400% over the life of the CRC
  • Capacity to fund post-doctoral researchers
  • Potential for an active role in commercialisation
  • Model successful in attracting top local & overseas students
  • Students more likely to complete their PhD within the 3 year government funding period
  • Receive mentoring in addition to their university supervisor
  • Assistance with issue/problem formation
  • Better platforms to analyse structured & unstructured data to reduce time to completion
  • In-house training Industry placement increases employability, increasing university reputation
  • Cost effective access to data

Purpose & research themes

How would it work?

University partners

Universities (full alphabetical list)

Curtin University

Federation University

Flinders University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Queensland University of Technology

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

The University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Queensland

The University of Sydney

University of Canberra

University of South Australia

University of Technology Sydney

University of Wollongong

Western Sydney University

Government and Industry partners

Industry Participants (full alphabetical list)


Transport Accident Commission

Insurance Australia group IAG

Public Health – Ministries and Agencies

ACT Health

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Australian Digital Health Agency

Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA)

Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA)

Department of Health (Commonwealth)

Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)

Department of Health Northern Territory

NSW Health

Population Health Research Network

Queensland Health

Western Australia Department of Health

Public Health Local Health Districts and Health & Hospital Services

Alfred Health (Victoria)

Eastern Health (Victoria)

Metro North Hospitals & Health Service (Queensland)

Metro South Hospitals & Health Service (Queensland)

Western Australia Country Health Service

Primary Health Networks

Capital Health Network

Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

Gippsland Primary Health Network

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

WA Primary Health Alliance

Health Services Providers

Adventist Health Care

Cabrini Health Ltd

Healthe Care Australia Pty Ltd

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

St John of God Health Care Inc


Medium-Large Technology & Solutions Companies

Alcidion Corporation Ltd

Chappell Dean


Genome.One Pty Ltd


HAMB Systems Ltd



Lorica Health

Pen CS Pty Ltd


Telstra Health

Smaller Technology & Solutions Companies & Start-ups

Boundlss P/L

Connected Enterprises P/L (trading as HELPA)

eHealthier P/L

goAct P/L

Lone Alarm P/L

Mirus Australia

Outcome Health

SiSU Wellness P/L

Springday P/L

Wave Digital P/L

Aged Care & Disability

The Aged Care Guild

Bupa Foundation (Australia) Ltd

National Disability Services

Retire Australia Care and Services Pty Ltd

Sapphire Holdings Group Australia Ltd

Regulators and Colleges

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons


Amgen Australia Pty Ltd (pharmaceuticals)

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service

ANDHealth Ltd (incubator)

Deloitte Consulting Pty Ltd

Janchor Partners Management Ltd (investment house)

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