Health Research and Data Analytics Hub
Funded by Curtin’s Senior Executive Team, the Health Research and Data Analytics Hub has been established to extend Curtin’s ability to utilise large-scale health datasets from a variety of administrative and clinical settings to better understand care practices associated with positive health outcomes and help train a future workforce in health data analytics.
The hub complements established research areas in health systems and health services, population health and data linkage research, clinical trials and the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvements.
Find out more about the groups comprising our hub:
The following trends in healthcare and research demand innovation in the collection, storage, integration and analysis of “big data”:
- An increasing ability to collect large volumes of data within IT systems is driving a rapid increase in the provision of health-related data.
- Greater requirements to provide evidence of the effectiveness and long-term safety of medical and surgical interventions.
- A growing emphasis on financial incentives to hospitals, primary care and general practice, with funding focused on the prevention of illness.
- Evidence of the effectiveness of preventive interventions is dependent on the data from large-scale trials.
- An increased emphasis on measuring and benchmarking the quality of healthcare through data from disease and procedure registries.
- Increased concern about the long-term hazards of medical and surgical interventions, as evidenced by the rise of long-term surveillance programs (pharmacovigilance).
Our vision is to improve health outcomes and health service delivery in Western Australia through the effective application and integration of our skills in clinical trials conduct, data capture and management, data linkage and analytics, digital health, and health systems and health economics research.
Drawing on current and future infrastructure, analytical capabilities, domain expertise and strategic relationships with the Western Australian Health Translation Network, primary care, the health industry and government, we aim to:
- lead clinical trials and outcomes research capabilities for Western Australia
- better understand patient pathways and care practices associated with positive health outcomes
- improve research translation and solutions development through access to and use of large data sets
- develop capabilities in health (“big”) data analytics, including training of future workforce in data analytics)
- promote translation and commercialisation opportunities for Curtin University.
- Hub researchers were actively engaged in 16 peer reviewed research grants (NHMRC and ARC) during 2017, which have attracted in excess of AUD$21 million of competitive research funding.
- Research funded through other avenues totalled more than AUD$2.8 million in 2017.
- 84 published articles were published by our researcher staff.
Awards and prizes
- Professor Christopher Reid was awarded the John De Laeter Award for Research Leadership, Curtin University.
- Professor Suzanne Robinson was shortlisted for the Curtin Impact and Engagement Award 2017.
Higher degree students
- Our research and teaching staff supervised over 30 PhD and masters candidates in 2017. Three students completed their studies in 2017 and were awarded doctorates.