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Tackling the fundamentals of Western Sydney health with Professor Clara Chow

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posted by Research Admin 1 on 2019-02-12 15:09:29.994

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Professor Clara Chow, Academic Director of the Westmead Applied Research Centre, is adamant that collaboration is the key to improving western Sydney’s chronic health challenges.

“Health is multifaceted,” says Professor Chow, who is also a cardiologist at the University of Sydney’s Westmead Clinical School  at Westmead Hospital.

“It’s affected by many factors, including income, information, education, lifestyle and the environment. Our research focus is on digital health and working with various disciplines and across industries on mhealth (mobile health) technologies, which are a novel, exciting, and expanding field in medicine that will potentially transform healthcare delivery by improving access to treatments that would otherwise require frequent clinic or hospital visits.

"It’s an exciting time to be part of the University’s Westmead campus and its Living Lab strategy, which allows us to work together to create scalable solutions to address real world problems.  Almost half of Australians have chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes and in western Sydney these chronic illnesses are more prevalent and its diverse community presents a range of complex health needs and social circumstances that need to be considered in designing treatments.

 “At WARC we are conducting several mHealth interventions, personalized text messages targeting lifestyle measures which are designed to deliver secondary prevention to patients with cardiovascular disease and which target multiple risk factors simultaneously.  We know from our global research that this support makes a real difference to people’s health following treatment for heart disease,” explains Professor Chow.

To read more about her work, click here