Building back better: ICT and global health post-pandemic

Friday 26 November, 4pm IST / 9.30pm AEDT

We will explore what we have learnt from the role played by information and communications technology during COVID19. How do we now scale-up virtual health care whilst promoting equity and quality? What role can universities, businesses and governments play in building back better virtual health systems?

Session speakers

Professor Nathan Grills (MBBS, MPH, DPHIL, DPH) 

Professor Nathan Grills is a Public Health Physician at the Nossal Institute for Global Health Senior Research Advisor at the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. He works on non-communicable diseases, public health and disability largely in the context of community settings.  He has been a regular Covid19 commentator in all forms of media.  In global health, he has established a number of community health and development projects in rural India. He has undertaken community health work in India,  PNG, Fiji, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Thailand and Mozambique.  Nathan researches disability measurement and inclusion and has a personal experience of disability.  In the past, Nathan has extensively researched faith-based organisations in health, HIV and disability (DPhil, Oxford University).

A/Professor Cathy Said 

A/Professor Said [PhD, B App Sci (Physio)] is the inaugural Associate Professor Physiotherapy, Western Health & The University of Melbourne and a program director with the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science.  She has combined research with a clinical career and has over 25 years of experience working in neurological and aged care rehabilitation. Recently she has been involved in a number of projects exploring the delivery of exercise and rehabilitation to people with stroke via telehealth.

Professor GVS Murthy - Vice President-South, Public Health Foundation of India and Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad

Dr Murthy completed his MBBS in 1979, MD in 1985 & MSc in Community Eye Health in 1995. He has published more than 300 papers. He has contributed chapters to 15 books. He has guided 30 PhD/MD/MSc students to date. He has been ranked among the top 2% research scientists of the world in ophthalmology in 2020

He has worked as faculty at AIIMS, New Delhi and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram prior to joining PHFI. He also holds the position of Professor in Public Health Eye Care and Disability at LSHTM, London, UK.

He has been a Principal or Co-Investigator on 62 projects over the past 30 years and has been the recipient of many awards.

Dr Erin Watson

Dr Erin Watson is an academic and board director who has worked on the bilateral relationship with India for the past decade. Erin is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, a Sessional Academic at the University of Melbourne and runs her own international relations consultancy with clients including the United States Government, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the United Nations. She is a delegate to the G20 Women Summit and represented Australia during six presidencies. Erin’s current research interests are in gender, international policy, digital, and the economy. In 2021 her PhD was awarded by Monash University.

Dr Emma George

Dr Emma George is an occupational therapist, Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, and an Australian delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Emma’s clinical experience includes primary health care, community and international development, paediatrics, and mental health. In her research, she is exploring health inequities, policy implementation, occupational injustices, and how to promote equity, culturally safe practice and trauma-informed care. She is leading a new project to explore how telehealth can potentially enhance access to a wide range of healthcare for people unable to attend services due to geographical distance, costs, comorbidities, stigma and discrimination, or socioeconomic status.

Professor Dorota Gertig - Medical Director, Population Health Services, Telstra Health

Professor Gertig is Medical Director of Population Health Solutions and the National Cancer Screening Register at Telstra Health. She is a public health physician and senior epidemiologist, who completed her medical training at Monash University and has a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Professor Gertig has an international profile in cancer research, including the epidemiology of cervical, breast and ovarian cancers. With more than 100 scientific publications, her primary research focus has been on policy-relevant research and the impact of the HPV vaccine, as well as improving participation in cancer screening.  She is committed to improving quality, safety and digital innovation in population health programs.

Dr Oommen John

Dr Oommen John is a physician researcher and digital health expert. He has extensive field level experience in the area of designing, implementing and evaluating innovative solutions and its applicability in health service delivery. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy of Health Science Informatics. He is a conjoint lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney and a Professor at Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

He serves on the expert advisory panel for the Market Access Programme of National Health Authority, India that is implementing the world’s largest health insurance programme towards achieving universal health coverage.

He serves on the International Advisory Board of Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health and on the scientific advisory committee at Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics (FIND). He is a member of the WHO Digital Health Guidelines Development Group and ITU-WHO focus group on Artificial Intelligence for Health. He currently leads a project for evaluating telehealth delivery models in member countries in WHO South East Asia region on behalf of WHO.

This event is presented in collaboration with Study Melbourne.

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