The Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) has received a $55 million commitment from the Australian Government, supported by a further $56 million in funding and $118 million in in-kind contributions from industry partners.

Participants include 40 commercial and government organisations operating across the health, aged care and disability sectors; 24 established and start-up technology, advisory and investment companies; and 16 Australian universities.

The centre has the support of both the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals industry growth centre (MTP Connect).

Professor Shaw is the Health System Lead for the DHCRC and will also oversee education and training programs in his role as director of capacity building in eHealth.

“This is an exciting grant as it brings industry and provider partners together to allow us to transform many aspects of healthcare delivery at scale, and improve health outcomes by improving the efficiency of the health system,” said Professor Shaw.

“There is substantial overlap between the DHCRC and the eHealth and informatics activities of Sydney Health Partners and the other Advanced Health Research Translation Centres around Australia.

“We hope to align the thinking and activities of all parties to create digital health projects of large scale and national impact.”

Professor Shaw, who is also the University of Sydney’s inaugural Professor of eHealth, is joined as lead investigator by the Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Professor Adam Elshaug. Together they will drive research into better value care, quality, access and safety.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney Dr Michael Spence said the University was pleased to be a lead partner in the DHCRC and at the forefront of such an exciting development.

“Multidisciplinary research collaboration is at the core of what we do and industry is vital to seeing these successes, particularly in areas like digital health which encompass all players from governments through to service providers and consumers,” he said.

In addition to advancing the health of Australians, the DHCRC aims to advance the economy through collaborative research and development programs involving Australian and international industry and academic partners.

The global market for digital health products and services is expected to grow by more than 25 per cent per annum to $379 billion by 2024.