Digital health: 2018 Research Week lunchtime talk

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Learn more about the effects of technology on our health.

Monday 27 August 2018 01:00 pm until Monday 27 August 2018 02:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Research Community
Presented by:
Dr Dana Wong, Associate Professor Tony McGillion, Ms Ashley Ng, Associate Professor Miranda Rose (moderator)
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Community Event; Public Lecture

Digital Health is becoming more and more important in today’s society. Join us as La Trobe researchers explore the impact of technology in improving our health.


Dr Dana Wong

Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation after stroke: Its efficacy and clinical implementation.

Memory difficulties affect around half of stroke survivors, impacting functional outcomes and quality of life. Memory skills programs training use of compensatory strategies have been found to improve everyday memory function, however mobility issues and geographic location can limit access to these programs. Telehealth delivery of memory rehabilitation may overcome these barriers; however, evidence of equivalent effectiveness is needed. In this presentation, Dana will describe her program of research evaluating the comparative efficacy of a memory skills program delivered face-to-face (F2F) and via telehealth (internet-enabled videoconferencing). She will report results demonstrating that telehealth delivery was at least as effective as F2F delivery in improving everyday memory function. She will also briefly outline the results of a qualitative study of clinicians’ experience in delivering memory rehabilitation via telehealth. This research has significant implications for improving access to effective memory rehabilitation for survivors of stroke.

Associate Professor Tony McGillion

Opening the virtual telehealth door to the enabling of a future nursing workforce - one byte at a time.

Tony McGillion is an Associate Professor in Nursing Practice. Together with Karrie Long (Telehealth manager at Melbourne Health), Tony will speak about the successful partnership between Melbourne Health and La Trobe University.

Many of the current undergraduates in Nursing have grown up with technology and the paradigm of ‘one click to get there or do not bother’.  The advent of knowledge found through internet sources is changing the way we learn and teach. We have been talking about these ‘digital natives’ for some time but the ‘way we do things’ is now beginning to gain digital momentum.

Currently, there is a sense of divergence between what we know about the near (and far) future demands on how we deliver healthcare in Australia and how we prepare our workforce to meet the demand.  Only if we remove our blinkers can we imagine what healthcare may look like in 50 years – we are currently constrained by our own imagination.  Embedding our undergraduate nursing students into the telehealth environment is a logical step as they can be active contributors to the evaluation of how we are using technologies to promote more patient-focused and cost effective care for the whole system.

At Melbourne Health we are piloting a study where a small number of Year 3 La Trobe University students will rotate through the telehealth area as part of their Primary Health Nursing subject.  We hope this approach will provide a parallel mentoring context where technology-savvy students can contribute to the placement as opposed to the oft one-way information exchange where students feel less confident to proffer their own opinions.

Evaluation is planned through a qualitative approach, probing into the opinions of the students and the staff they work with through a phenomenological approach.

Ms Ashley Ng

Thinking outside the box – using social media as an mHealth tool

Ms. Ashley Ng is a lecturer from the School of Allied Health in Dietetics and Human Nutrition,  She will share her recent PhD project which shows how social media can play a role in mHealth.  Supporting young adults with diabetes during life transitions using MHealth will be the focus of her talk.  Come and listen to how technology can be used to improve our lives.

Associate Professor Miranda Rose (moderator)


The talk will be video-conferenced from these campuses:

  • Bendigo: ARTS-403
  • Albury Wodonga: AW-4-4101
  • Shepparton - please note that owing to shortage of teaching space, the lunchtime talks are unable to be video-conferenced

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