The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Digital Health in the School of Population Health is a leading centre for digital health education, research and evaluation in digital health practice. The centre supports the WHO Western Pacific Region in selected programs in improving the uptake and utilisation of digital health interventions in the member countries.
The WHO Collaborating Centre on Digital Health aims to:
The vision of our centre aligns with the WHO digital health strategy ‘to improve health for everyone, everywhere by accelerating the development and adoption of appropriate, accessible, affordable, scalable and sustainable person centric digital health solutions’.
The WHO Collaborating Centre for Digital Health provides academic and technical expertise and knowledge products (e.g., systematic reviews, technical papers) to:
This will assist member countries to harness digital health to strengthen their health systems to achieve universal health coverage and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Apps to support Individuals
Apps for communities
Elective course in Digital Health for the Master program at the UNSW School of Population Health. This course aims to provide an understanding of the key approaches and principles underpinning digital health especially in integrating design, methodology and evaluation tools. The course focuses on an in-depth understanding of the evaluation of the digital health tools by investigating into areas such as governance, structure, ethics and confidentiality. There will also be an exploration of the theoretical principles in evaluation of digital health interventions in this course.
Fellows / Interns / Students
Potential postgraduate research candidates, in the School of Population Health postgraduate are invited to submit expressions of interest to undertake research/internship at the WHO Collaborating Centre for digital health.
Toolkit - Improving ways of thinking and ways of doing (WoTWoD) Cultural Respect
Rationale: The majority (60%) of Aboriginal people live in urban Australia. Despite various strategies to “close the gap” in access to care and social services, health inequities and culturally inappropriate care persist. The WoTWoD program and the Toolkit aims to improve the delivery of clinically and culturally appropriate health care for Indigenous people who attend mainstream urban general practices.
The WoTWoD program and toolkit has been evaluated with a multicentre cluster RCT in Sydney and Melbourne in 2018. Outcome measures included cultural respect among general practice staff (measured by the Cultural Quotient), clinical care (measured as use of MBS Iitem #715) and cardiovascular risk factors (measured by practice records audit). Interviews of patients and practice staff conducted after 12 months to assess the feasibility, appropriateness, acceptability, and effectiveness of the WoTWoD. The WoTWoD improved all measures, but improvements did not reach statistical significance. The qualitative perceptions of the participants to the program and toolkit were incredibly positive.
The Toolkit is currently available for download. Alternatively, can download by using the following QR code. Please register and provide feedback so that the Toolkit can be improved over time and use in the field.