Research presented at Falls Prevention Conference

fallsDetails of a HaBIC joint research project to test non-contact sensors for falls detection were unveiled at the 7th Australian & New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference in late 2016.

The Conference attracted researchers and practitioners specialising in falls prevention for older people. Many of the conference papers discussed person-based interventions, for example risk assessment, balance improvement and exercise. Technological options – such as sensors and ‘virtual’ monitoring – have previously been tested in laboratory environments with healthy volunteers. Our pilot study contributes data from a trial with elderly participants at higher falls risk who live in a care setting.

Industry partner Semantrix has worked with investigators based at HaBIC, Austin Health and the Australian Centre for Health Innovation (Alfred Health) to conduct the pilot study at an aged care home in Melbourne. The prototype Semantrix 3D privacy-preserving sensors were fitted in residents’ bedrooms and bathrooms, to monitor residents’ movement and detect abnormal patterns, or fall-like events. The study aimed to test the feasibility and acceptability of an ambient non-wearable technology with older participants in their residences.

In this “real-life” setting, the pilot revealed some important feasibility, environmental, and technical factors, which influenced network integration and the positioning and utility of the sensors in the residents’ rooms.

The research team comprises Dr Cathy Said (Austin Hospital and University of Melbourne), Mr Michael McGrath (Semantrix), Dr Ann Borda, Dr Kathleen Gray and Cecily Gilbert (HaBIC), and Mr Frank Smolenaers (Australian Centre for Health Innovation, Alfred Health and University of Melbourne). Funding for the project was provided by the Melbourne Networked Society Institute.


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HaBIC Seminar Series 2016

Digital From Bench to Bedside – Free Public Seminar


Free Public Seminar – Thursday November 17 2016 at 12 pm – Theatre 3 – Alan Gilbert Building – The University of Melbourne.

Places are limited. Please RSPV at

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Learn about Health Level 7 and FHIR

3rd Australia Working Group Meeting

reminder-clipartThe Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC) is hosting HL7 Australia’s third annual Work Group Meeting (WGM) on 7 & 8 November 2016.

University of Melbourne staff and students can attend at no charge.

Following the format of past WGM, the event will include presentations from key speakers, work group meetings and a FHIR Connectathon.Expanding on the desire to build a collaborative community, this WGM will include a new element with a ClinFHIR session aimed specifically at clinicians. The importance of supporting engagement between clinicians and developers cannot be refuted and it forms a key point of the Standards Development Initiative.


Date: 7 & 8 November 2016
Time: 9:00 to 5:00 pm
Where: Theatre 1 – Level 1 – Alan Gilbert Building – The University of Melbourne


  • FHIR Connectathon – Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2016. This WGM FHIR Connectathon will have two concurrent streams – Introduction to FHIR and Medications. Both the Patient Administration and Medications Work Groups have identified the need to progress the work undertaken to date in the FHIR community around medications and will use the FHIR Connectathon to address this area. Who should attend? IT students, developers, vendors, clinicians
  • ClinFHIR – Monday 7 November 2016. A key success point for any health informatics standard, including FHIR, is the understanding of clinical use cases and scenarios. This involves active collaboration between developers with clinicians across a range of disciplines.  Internationally, this is an area being supported by HL7 International, and HL7 Australia is following this position on a local level. Who should attend? Clinicians and other healthcare providers, medical students.
  • Work Group Meetings.

For enquires or more information, please contact the HaBIC team at



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Study Health Informatics and Digital Health in Semester 1, 2017

Enrolments are open now until 30 November for the new Health specialisation in the Master of Information Systems.


Q: How is it different from our Master of Information Technology (Health)?             A: You don’t need computer programming for entry to this degree; you can learn it within this degree if you choose.

Enrolments will open soon and will run until 30 January for the new Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health, offered in the School of Population and Global Health. This Grad Cert can be used for credit toward a Master of Information Systems (Health) or a Master of Public Health.
Course details:

Semester 1 starts on 27 February 2017.

For further information and enquiries please email:

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Wearables for Healthy Ageing

RESEARCHAre you 55 years or older? Do you use a smart watch (e.g. Fitbit) or other wearable to keep track of your health and fitness? Do you have 20 minutes to fill an online survey?

If you answer Yes to any of the questions below, you are eligible to participate in our survey “Wearables for health monitoring by independent living seniors.”

If you are interested in participating please click on the link below to start the survey:

For further information and / or enquiries, please send us an email:

Researchers in the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre at the University of Melbourne would apreciate your participation.

Thank you for your support.

The HaBIC Team.

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HaBIC Newsletter August 2016

The HaBIC August Newsletter is out.


You can read it by clicking this link.

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Please visit our website for more information and previous newsletter issues:

The HaBIC Team

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HaBIC new Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health

New medical concept of computer interfacing with doctor

Information and communication technologies are transforming healthcare all around the world. The rise of Digital Health, E-Health, Mobile Health and Teleheatlh are giving new importance to Health Informatics knowledge and skills. In order to enable safe and effective change in health systems, standards, and strategies.

Why study for a Graduate Certificate in Informatics and Digital Health?

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health is designed for people now working, or planning to work, in the health sector who aspire to management and leadership roles as digital enabled healthcare professionals, health service providers, health policy-makers or health researchers.

How do I apply?

Visit for more information on the application process.

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HaBIC Seminar Series 2016

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HaBIC Newsletter July 2016

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