UQ telehealth receives funding boost

A University of Queensland-led consortium has been awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant of $2.5 million to bring together a team of telehealth researchers into a new Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth.

The CRE in Telehealth will bring together four telehealth research groups from UQ – the Centre for Online Health, the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, the Telerehabilitation Research Unit and the Dermatology Research Centre – along with researchers from Brisbane's Inala Indigenous Health Service, Griffith University and UQ's School of Business.

Led by well-known telehealth researcher and geriatrician Len Gray, who is also head of the centres for online health and research in geriatric medicine, the new CRE in Telehealth will be supported by technical experts in health economics, IT, engineering, health informatics, workforce planning and management.

In a statement, Professor Gray said the centre aimed to accelerate telehealth research into healthcare delivery and increase the cohort of telehealth researchers and practitioners.

“The CRE in Telehealth will focus on health service settings where access is currently challenging, such as small rural hospitals, residential aged care facilities, people's homes (particularly for disabled and older people), and indigenous communities,” Professor Gray said.

“The telehealth team has extensive research and translation experience in telemedicine in paediatrics, geriatrics, speech pathology, physiotherapy and dermatology.”

Posted in Aged Care


0 # Catherine Groenlund 2013-08-21 23:39
I do hope this telehealth includes oral health and there is Liason with U Q Faculty of Dentistry. Please contact Prof L Walsh current dean. Within the health field it always seems that oral health is left out of health. Please consider that elderly people retain their teeth now so that there's a greater challenge to oral health especially from the periodontium. There are so many useful self care practices which can be encouraged with usefull knowledge and simple practices. Most people are not aware including general medical practitioners and general nurses.

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