Future Health Today: Pilot project at Altona North Medical Group and Shepparton Medical Centre

Project Details

Most Australians visit a GP; 2 million people visit a GP each week. Information is constantly being collected that can be analysed to identify patients at risk of developing chronic disease. Future Health Today is a research project being undertaken by The University of Melbourne and Western Health, in partnership with participating general practices, that analyses information from general practices to develop technology that can enable the automated detection of chronic disease and chronic disease risk. This will provide new information about how chronic conditions should be treated, and new opportunities for earlier treatment.

Future Health Today is initially focusing on cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. The technological platform and tools integrate decision-support and pathways of care into a GP's everyday workflow. It is being developed to include other chronic diseases in the future.


The Chief Investigators, from University of Melbourne and Western Health are nationally and internationally regarded researchers in conduct of radomised controlled trials, with expertise in general practice, nephrology, computer and data engineering, statistics and health economics.

Associate Professor Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis

Associate Professor Craig Nelson (see the Western Health Chronic Disease Alliance)

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, AC (Clinical Chief Investigator)

Professor Jon Emery

Professor Jane Gunn

Professor Douglas Boyle

Dr Patty Chondros

Dr An Tran-Duy

Professor Edward Janus

Dr Karyn Alexander (MACH Fellow)

Associate Investigators

Associate Professor Mark Taylor

Ken Clarke

Dr Julia Jones

Dr Natalie Lumsden

Future Health Today is being undertaken with help from a team of people at the University of Melbourne, Western Health, and staff at general practices - we thank them all.


Future Health Today has been made possible by philanthropic funding, and support from University of Melbourne and Western Health. If you are interested in being a partner so that this important work can continue, contact Research, Innovation and Commercial Engagement at The University of Melbourne.

Future Health Today is supported by a 2019 Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant and Fellowship (Dr Karyn Alexander).

Research Group

Data Driven Quality Improvement

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

General Practice and Primary Care

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