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New Health Informatics Fellowship Program opens in November 2017.News
MCATS team member and Biostatistics expert Sabine Braat explains clinical trials to us in the ConversationNews
Our work seeks to facilitate and collaborate, with our partners to ensure resources are visible and mechanisms are in place for accessing the core research methods of biostatistics, health economics and health informatics as applied to good research design and governance in order to generate research findings that lead to improved health care and informed health service reform.View
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Biostatistics underpins the sound application of statistical methods in clinical research and encompasses the design of clinical trials and other quantitative research studies, as well as the analysis and reporting of data from such studies including inferences and the interpretation arising from them.Our MCATS statisticians provide expertise in these areas.View
Economic evaluation is widely used to assess many new health care interventions and technologies and is routinely used to allocate scarce health care resources. Over recent years there has been an expanding wealth of cost and outcome data that can inform evaluations.Meet our MCATS health economist early in the design of your research study for more information.View
Health informatics is the application of informatics in the clinical and biomedical realm to aide in the optimal use of information. MCATS provide support to data acquisition, data collection, data governance, linkage, privacy as well as expert consultation in new methods to conduct and evaluate eHhealth interventions. Contact us for access to health informatics tools, such as RedCAP™ (web-based research data collection), GRHANITE™ (privacy-protection data extraction and linkage tool).View
Research Quality and Integrity
Educational workshops, Studio workup, GCP training, resources and templates as well as seed funding to support grant applications and linking experts all contribute to embedding research quality and integrity into University of Melbourne supported research. Our objective is to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships and resources that allow the University and partners to work together, sharing resources and knowledge.View
The MCATS Biostatistics, Health Economics and Health Informatics team of experts offer one-on-one or group consultations and training. To see how MCATS can support your research view these explanations summarising MCATS, Biostatistics, Health Economics and Health Informatics.
Consultation through MCATS, University of Melbourne academics (incl. honoraries) have access to an initial free research planning consultation, up to 1½ hours. Subsequent research funding applications are anticipated to include funds for ongoing MCATS collaboration. MCATS can also provide services on a fee for service basis including: expert Studio* workups; one-on-one consultations; and ongoing research support and collaboration per the University of Melbourne pricing policy and MCATS MOU (available on request). More information on MCATS consultation can be found here, or please complete the MCATS contact form.View
Training and short courses
Our program of courses and seminars covers study design, protocol development, data management, health economics and basic statistics. Courses and seminars are designed for researchers involved in any type of clinical and public health research, and are taught by subject matter experts. The Health Economics courses are run in conjunction with the School of Population Health at The University of Melbourne.View
Research governance and ethics
There are a number of internationally recognised resources developed to support research. MCATS recommends adopting these tools in order to optimise the establishment of your research and sustaining Quality by design.View
The Research Journey
The MCATS team has been developed to support high quality multidisciplinary research in basic science, cohort and epidemiological studies, clinical trials and health services research. This is enables through the provision of fundamental research components including Biostatistics, Health economics and Health informatics. MCATS also provides managment and networking capacities to coordinate and guide you through your project needs.
- Professor David Story
Director of MCATS
Professor Story is the Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne; and Head of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit. His clinical work involves perioperative care for all surgical specialties including liver transplantation. David is a senior investigator with the Clinical Trials Network of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), sits on the ANZCA Research Committee, and is Deputy Chair of the ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee. His research is focused on effective approaches to reduce short term and long term perioperative risk, complications, disability, and mortality. He is committed to integrating research evidence and methodology into safety and quality in health care.
- Professor Philip Clarke
Professor Clarke holds a Chair in Health Economics at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. His health economic research interests include developing methods to value the benefits of improving access to health care, health inequalities and the use of simulation models in health economic evaluation. He has also undertaken policy relevant research for the World Bank, OECD and AusAID.
- Professor Julie Simpson
Professor Simpson has over 20 years experience as a biostatistician contributing to clinical and population health research. Previously she has worked at St Thomas's Hospital, London, Mahidol-Oxford Research Programme in Thailand, University of Aberdeen, and Cancer Council of Victoria. Her main research areas are: the integration of biostatistics and mathematical modelling to improve the control of infectious diseases and statistical methods for handling missing data in observational cohorts. Julie is Head of the Biostatistics Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and a Chief Investigator of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Biostatistics.
- A/Professor Kathleen Gray
A/Professor Gray is the Acting Director of HABIc Dr Gray’s research interests include Public participation in health through new technologies: Patients’ and consumers’ use of web-based health information and communication, related health behaviours and health outcomes. Kathleen also has a keen interest in professional education for e-health including educational strategy and policy development involving building health informatics knowledge, skills and attributes required to improve e-health competence in the health workforce. She is involved in research impacts arising from new technologies and the integration of emerging high capacity broadband technologies in healthcare and biomedicine, and their potential influence on health literacy, health services and research communication.
- Associate Professor Douglas Iain Ross Boyle
A/Professor Boyle is the Director of the Research Information Technology Unit (R2). Since 2006 Doug has been researching, developing and implementing systems for the ethical acquisition of record-linkable data for audit, research and health surveillance. Consent management, security and privacy-protecting record linkage are key components and research areas. The software systems (GRHANITE™) are now responsible for the largest collections of record-linkable primary care data ever accumulated in Australia. Prior to emigrating from Scotland in 2006, Doug worked in a similar capacity to develop and implement technologies for wide-scale data acquisition. His system SCI-DC Network is internationally recognised and is playing a continuing key role in the support of population-based diabetes health service provision across Scotland.
- Dr Tanara Vieira Sousa
Dr Sousa is an MCATS Health Economist and Research Fellow at the Health Economics Unit from the Centre for Health Policy. She joined MCATS in July 2017. She has completed her PhD in Economics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil specialising in Health Economics. Tanara worked as a Researcher at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research/Brazil for ten years, where she gained experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of alcohol and drugs related interventions, design analysis and reporting of observational studies in alcohol, drugs and road safety.
- Ms Sabine Braat
Ms Braat is research fellow (biostatistics) at MCATS. She is the primary contact and facilitator for MCATS biostatistics enquiries, contributes to grant applications and presents short courses related to biostatistics. Sabine joined MCATS in June 2015. She worked as a biostatistician at several pharmaceutical companies for over 15 years during which she gained a deep knowledge of the design, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics
Dr An Duy Tran
Dr. Tran's research interests includes the development and use of new methods and tools to simulate progression of chronic diseases and perform economic evaluation of disease interventions. He has considerable experience in building simulation models to predict the long-term impact of complex treatment strategies for rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis on total national health and societal costs, and estimate the cost-effectiveness of these treatment strategies.
Ms Sandra Henley-Smith
Ms Henley-Smith provides Health Informatics expertise to MCATS. Currently undertaking a Masters in Information Systems, Sandra has experience within the health industry and skills and experience in data collection methodologies, data collection tools and Case Record form design. Sandra also conducts the introduction to data management training workshops and has intricate knowledge of the REDCap data management system.
Dr Ronelle Welton
Dr Welton is the MCATS Manager. With a background in nursing, a PhD in Biochemistry working with animal venoms' and a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, her work within both research and industry (international public health programs), gives Ronelle a strong track record in health program design, monitoring and evaluation, project management and governance.
Please use the MCATS project form to provide us with your research project needs. Based in Parkville, Melbourne additional MCATS contacts are below:
University of Melbourne
- +61 3 8344 3802
- Postal Address
- c/o Melbourne Medical school, The University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Victoria, 3010