CCRE CIs and AIs win 2011 NHMRC Partnership Grant
Telehealth facilitation of diabetes and cardiovascular care in Australia
Diabetes Centre of Clinical Research Excellence chief
investigators, Alicia Jenkins, Kerin O'Dea and Hugh Taylor, and
associate investigators, Sven-Erik Bursell, Kevin Rowley, David
O'Neal, Danny Liew, Anthony Keech, Ecosse Lamoureux and Tien Wong,
were recently awarded a 2011 NHMRC Partnership Grant providing $1.2
million over 3 years for 'Telehealth facilitation of fiabetes and
cardiovascular care in Australia'.
The project will be led by an international
telehealth expert, Associate Professor Sven-Erik Bursell,
director of the Diabetes Telehealth Program at the John A. Burns
School of Medicine in Hawaii.
Head of the Centre for Indigenous
Vascular and Diabetes Research at the Baker IDI Heart &
Diabetes Institute, Dr Alex Brown, is also a chief
investigator on the project. The Aboriginal Medical
Services Alliance of the Northern Territory is another partner.
Teleretinal imaging will be used to
assess risk for diabetic retinopathy and cardiovascular disease and
will be part of a suite of ehealth services providing a holistic
health care program. It is expected to reduce the impact of
chronic disease in indigenous communities in rural and remote areas
in a cost-efficient manner and to reduce the health care disparity
Teleretinal imaging takes retinal images with a portable
system that does not require the eye pupil to be dilated with
drops. The images are then securely transmitted via internet for
specialist assessment of retinal disease. The reports are
securely sent back to the originating site, and the patient is
provided with health care management and a reduced risk of
developing diabetic or cardiovascular complications.
For more information visit http://www.diabetesccre.unimelb.edu.au/events/pastnews.html