Fellows of the Institute
Institute Fellows form a distinguished group of senior thought leaders within the Institute. As experts in their fields, they are called upon to assist the Board in delivering on the Institute’s Vision and Mission of healthier lives, digitally enabled.
A/Prof Farah Magrabi, FAIDH, Macquarie University
- Are involved in the scientific program of the annual conference
- Mentor members wanting to become Fellows
- Host a dinner of Fellows at the annual conference
The Institute encourages outstanding health informatics and digital health practitioners to apply for Fellowship.
Meet some of our latest Fellows! This page is being regularly updated as all Fellows are being progressively contacted so they can be added to this important record and acknowledged for their contribution to the field and to the foundation of the Institute.
It is a genuine privilege to be appointed a Fellow and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Institute.
Looking forward to future interactions.
I have been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Over this time, I have progressed to Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) and most recently awarded a PhD in Digital Health and Informatics. I have had the opportunity to work on three continents, learning (personally and professionally) to deliver appropriate health and care needs in different societies and cultures. As a life-long advocate for people using health and care systems, my interest and beliefs developed in digital health, and its potential to deliver person/community-centred care. My research remains focussed on facilitating this. I remain passionate about preparing future, and facilitating current, health and care professionals for their role in digitally enabled person-centred care (breaking down the traditional silos); ensuring we equip all health and care professionals with capabilities to become the future leaders.
It was gratifying to have it confirmed by my eminent peers on the AIDH’s Fellowship and Membership Committee that my qualifications and experience were in excess of the minimum criteria for Fellowship status and I encourage other members to check their eligibility for FAIDH status.
I am currently working with a group of organisations to develop a primary health/Telehealth business model for rural and remote Australia. In the past few years, I have also developed an interest in the mechanisms and economics of the Medicare system. It continues to challenge the logical part of my brain why a well-researched and proven technological innovation like videoconferencing (eg Zoom) is not in greater use throughout the health system for isolated patients (ie remoteness, disability, age, etc).
The opportunity of the temporary COVID-19 Telehealth MBS items represents the best chance for our research to help those normally isolated through geography – not pandemic. I am working with Simbani Research, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine , Broadband for the Bush, NBN, the Northern Australia Cooperative Research Centre, the Australian Digital Health Agency, Laynhapuy Aboriginal Health Service, Puntukurnu Aboriginal Health Service, Synapse Medical, Visionflex, eMerge, Biz365 and Asia Pacific College of Business and Law to expand access to digital health services.
My Fellowship offers me a further opportunity to extend my network of collaborators to include members and other Fellows of the AIDH to build the case for permanent Medicare Telehealth Items Numbers to service isolated people.
It’s an absolute honour to be recognised as a Fellow of the Institute in 2020, and join an inspiring group of digital health professionals.
I hope to be able to bring some of the experiences and learnings I’ve gained from working on large scale implementations and programs for digitalhHealth solutions across Australia, and continue to work alongside other like-minded professionals in turning vision into reality.
Digital (or electronic) health is very hard. It is hard partly because the technologies required to support complex health care management and coordination is still evolving very slowly, and also because health care knowledge and management are fuzzy, and more Importantly – the sector itself is tribal, achieving agreement on digital health standards is always very difficult.
That said, I believe in digital health. I believe that it is a powerful enabling tool that can maximise interoperability among people, information and intelligence to help achieve optimal health and wellbeing of people.
Years ago, when I was an academic, I used to tell students that ehealth was 30% about technology, 30% about health, and 40% about people, cultural and social dynamics. Success in ehealth depends not so much on resolving the technology challenges, but on understanding healthcare practices, and more importantly on successfully managing the people, cultural and social dynamics when developing and implementing ehealth standards. I believe that this formula to success still holds true today.
The AIDH, its members, Fellows – all have key roles in using this formula to maximise the power of digital health and interoperability to help achieve optimal health in our population.
As a member and Fellow of AIDH, I seek to be inspired and to inspire. I hope that as a community, we can collectively maximise the knowledge and power of digital health and interoperability.
My first research was in 1960, 60 years ago, recording sequential blood pressures over 24 hour periods, demonstrating a previously undescribed link between a lack of night-time fall in blood pressure and early death. We commissioned and used pre-digital prototype equipment that recorded and provided the output. This blood pressure research generated my life-long interest in the relevance of body rhythms to clinical medicine and therapeutics and this contributed to my involvement in the use of computers to replace paper records, present clinical data graphically and analyse time-line data generated, potentially in real-time. A collaboration with Professor Adrian Smith and several doctoral students utilised Bayesian statistics to detect and quantify rhythms and change points in time-series data. We applied this AI to laboratory results after renal transplantation to detect and time rejection. We anticipated these techniques would be incorporated into the systems then evolving towards paperless medical records.
In the last 2 decades my clinical work was in regional Australia, including several locations with substantial Aboriginal populations. I incorporated the use of graphical presentations of data to individuals to explain deterioration and demonstrate benefits from intervention and of compliance. The statistical methods for time series analysis were utilised to make projections and demonstrate benefits from effective interventions in individual patients and on health service budgets, postponing or preventing progression towards the expense and inconvenience of renal dialysis.
Progress towards a paper-based record, providing interactive graphic presentations of progress and real time analysis of individual patient data was exciting in the 20th century. But the full potential is yet to be realised in the 21st century; my hope is that as a Fellow of the AIDH I will be able to create awareness among members and fellows of my past experiences developing and using clinical applications of informatics. Perhaps this may motivate those in a position to further progress the application of effective clinical informatics in the COVID-19 and, hopefully, in a post-COVID-19 era.