Centre for Health Analytics – Unleashing the power of data to improve child heath


We are unleashing the power of data to improve child health. The first such Centre in Australia is a hive of potential and ideas, realising the shared vision of our campus partners. We are using data to advance and humanise many different perspectives of paediatric patient care. From redesigning industry operations to applying collected information to reshape how we structure and deliver education and research. Growing every day into a global-leading paediatric campus, we interpret data into meaning to change and ease difficult moments in children’s lives.

Health analytics (or health informatics) is the digital meeting place of health care, information technology and science. Yes, we use computers to analyse the data, but we’re all about information. With a grand goal, health analytics seeks to strengthen all corners of paediatric patient care to make a big difference in little lives. Imagine what we can do using the right data, at the right time, presented in the right way.

Once we have the data, we can put it in front of clinicians, patients, researchers, managers, and other decision-makers. When current, relevant information informs action, health analytics can revolutionise how we prevent, treat and cure conditions. It also gives us tools to influence policymakers and guide public health management at a government level. From allergies to rare congenital and life-threatening illnesses – knowledge is power. We want to use that power to affect real change. Our research will be driven under 5 pillars: direct patient care; patient care processes; public health; population health and policy; and, engaged community.



Kate Lucas is the Director of the Centre for Health Analytics, commencing in February 2020. Kate specialises in digital health strategy and delivery, and in her last role delivered a shared clinical genomics platform for Melbourne Genomics. Kate has worked across the clinical and research sector, including consulting to the health industry with Deloitte on digital transformation projects.

Professor Jim Buttery is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and vaccinologist. He is the inaugural Chair of Child Health Informatics at the Centre for Health Analytics, Melbourne Children’s Campus, Chief Clinical Research Information Officer at RCH and head of the Health Informatics group at MCRI. He and his team aim to use all child health relevant data to inform care and improve outcomes.

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