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Digital Health in Ballarat Inaugural Open Mic Night

  Some of the attendees at the digital health in Ballarat inaugural open mic night.

Some of the attendees at the digital health in Ballarat
inaugural open mic night.


World class digital research can enhance Ballarat health care with the growth of a digital health research ecosystem linking universities, health care providers, start-ups and the community. The Inaugural Open Mic Night, was launched by Federation University (Federation University) with support from Ballarat Innovation and Research Collaboration for Health, Ballarat Health Services and the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre.

Federation University’s Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation organised the event, held at the Stables of Ballarat’s iconic Pub with Two Names. The Open Mic night will provide a regular forum for strengthening and expanding on digital health networks across the region, providing scope for collaborative projects as well as a platform for new ideas and discussion of digital health needs for the sector.

The launch of the open mic night attracted a diverse audience who heard presentations from four local speakers innovating in digital health.

Ms Sadaf Khurram, computer scientist, Founder and Manager of Ballarat-based Cybergenie Solutions, took the audience through the company’s latest medical app GenieCanHelp.  The app is designed to assist patients going through cancer treatment and allows users to track medical appointments, store medication information, medical contacts and to track moods.  Further information can be found at

Federation University’s Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation researcher Dr Daniel Morales presented his findings on comparison of medical providers from his PhD with Medibank. Daniel will extend this work with a new industry partner to develop a tool that will allow comparison of medical providers for use by the general public.

Dr Sattar Seifollahi, from Fed Uni’s School of Science, Engineering and IT presented on “Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing in Digital Health” highlighting how these can be used to improve health outcomes and health services, and the development of healthcare vocabulary and taxonomy.

The final presenter for the evening was Ballarat Health Service’s Decision Support Manager, Paul Basso.  Paul took the audience through news and research development ideas from Ballarat Health Services, with a particular focus on Hospital Acquired Complications and Predicting Emergency Department Presentations.

Ballarat Digital Health Open Mic Night will be held every two months in central Ballarat.  Each open mic session will be followed by networking drinks and (optional) dinner. 

Those interested in presenting or who would like further information can contact Digital Health Cooperative Research Centres Project Support Officer Helen Hunter on

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