Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Medical minds shine at Science on the Swan

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LOCAL scientists will ponder medical advancements such as how to diagnose and monitor the treatment of rare chronic diseases in West Australians, simply by taking a 3D photo of their face at the 2016 Science on the Swan conference this week.

The three-day international conference started today in Perth and runs in parallel with Perth Big Data Week and will focus on how research and data application can improve public health outcomes.

“The conference will also include a two-day 'Health and Well-being Ideation' hackathon, where secondary and tertiary student teams will target solutions to important health challenges through collaborative computer programming,” Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnet says.

The hackathon will tackle three key issues including better burns patient management and charting of blood test results to encourage people to take better care of themselves.

The Hackaton will also focus on improved Body Mass Index systems to tackle the $253 million annual cost of managing overweight or obese West Australians.

Meanwhile WA’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken will lead a high-level review of WA’s data linkage capabilities.

Data linkage refers to connecting pieces of information from a variety of sources in order to analyse health trends and promoting preventative medicine.

“WA has been a leader in population health data linkage for decades, with other jurisdictions taking the State's lead, particularly on systems to protect privacy,” Mr Barnett says.

Prof Klinken will chair an advisory group which will report to the Premier in August.

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