School of Population Health

WHO CC eHealth People

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Prof Teng Liaw

Professor of General Practice, UNSW
Director, WHO CC for eHealth, UNSW

Dr Liaw is Professor of General Practice at UNSW Sydney and an internationally recognised practising clinician, informatician, educator and researcher as indicated by his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP 1989); election to Founding Fellowship of the International Academy of Health Science Informatics (FIAHSI 2017), Fellowship of the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI 2012), Foundation Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Informatics (FACHI 2002); invited conference keynote presentations and consultancies; invited participation in professional committees, editorial boards, and peer-review panels for competitive grants and scientific conferences; and peer-reviewed publications. He is Associate Editor of International Journal of Medical Informatics and BMJ Health & Care Informatics. He chairs the RACGP National Research & Evaluation Ethics Committee (2009-current). His bilateral and multilateral international relationships are nurtured through the WHO Collaborating Centre, International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), IAHSI, and Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN). He co-leads the research and capacity building in AeHIN.

Professor Liaw’s digital health research covers global eHealth, optimising the use of real-world data from electronic health records, and implementation and evaluation of digital health, especially mHealth, tools in clinical and managerial practice. He has won in excess of $20M research grants, with $5M as lead investigator. His international collaborative research is focused on the quality and interoperability of EHR data and their fitness for decision support, patient care, quality improvement and research. He has published widely in his research domains. He supervises PhD and Masters students in health and informatics from the Computer Science, Information Systems and Health disciplines.


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Dr Padmanesan Narasimhan

Assistant Director, WHO CC for eHealth, UNSW
T: +61 (2) 9385 3944

Dr Padmanesan Narasimhan is a Lecturer at the School of Population Health. He completed his Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia in the area of tuberculosis transmission among household contacts in south India. His area of research includes infectious diseases transmission, health management, international health systems, understanding and application of e-health models and disease management. He is also involved in teaching health services management, communicable disease emergencies and infectious disease epidemiology. He has published his research in leading international journals and conferences.

Padma joined the School as a teaching and research academic in 2014. His contacts in his home town of Vellore at the Christian Medical College (CMC), one of the top medical schools in India, have given rise to a number of collaborations and benefits to the School. In 2009, Padma was integral in coordinating a link between the School and the CMC and arranging a series of infectious disease modelling workshops. He also supervised e-health research projects in collaboration with the WHO collaborating centre for eHealth based at UNSW and has been serving as the assistant director of that Centre, to help promote their research and training activities in developing countries.


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Dr Myron Anthony Godinho

Scientia PhD Scholar, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney
T: +61 (2) 450 693 161

Myron is a Scientia PhD Scholar at the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, where he is currently developing a conceptual framework that incorporates Digital Health, Social Enterprise and Citizen Engagement for implementing Integrated, Patient-Centred Health Services (IPCHS). This interdisciplinary project bridges the WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth, and UNSW’s Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH).

A medical doctor passionate about Global Health Policy, Myron has organised and chaired several Model UN & WHO debate simulations on issues of global relevance in health.  Having worked in evidence synthesis and qualitative research, Myron has published in the fields of global health policy & systems, health professions education and clinical epidemiology.


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Dr Sameera Ansari

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Sameera is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth (AUS-135) based at the UNSW School of Population Health. A cardio-respiratory physiotherapist by background, she completed her PhD on self-management of COPD in the context of multi-morbidity at the School in 2018. Sameera has managed several research projects and contributed to teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate public health courses. Her main research interests are chronic disease prevention and management, health services, health systems, implementation science, digital health and primary health care. Through her research, Sameera has collaborated with various organisations such as NSW Health, Lung Foundation Australia, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Pacific Health Information Network and the World Health Organization.


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Dr Jitendra Jonnagaddala

Research Fellow, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney
T: +61 (2) 9385 8153

Jitendra is a Research Fellow with the School of Population Health (SPH) under the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Sydney. Jitendra’s research interests are in the secondary usage of routinely collected data. His focus is also on using social media data to detect disease outbreaks. He is also the main organiser of the International Workshop on Digital Disease Detection using Social Media (DDDSM). Jitendra has vast experience working in various eHealth and informatics roles. Jitendra leads a number of research projects working with diverse stakeholders such as UNSW, NSW Health, NSW Pathology and Cancer Institute NSW.  Prior to that he worked in Singapore for Singapore Health Services where he was primarily responsible for developing informatics solutions to enable translational research.   He is also a WHO international consultant on eHealth and Health information systems. As part of his consulting assignments he worked with various funding agencies, health ministries, and technical assistance agencies and not for profit organisations.


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Dr Mahfuz Ashraf

Early Career Researcher, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney
T: +61 (2) 9385 8273

Dr Mahfuz Ashraf is an early career researcher with a strong interdisciplinary background across social issues of information technology and health focused social business/enterprise for marginalised communities in resource poor settings. He has collaborated with Noble Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus since 2011 and has conducting evidence based ‘action-to-knowledge’ research on social business- an innovate way of conducting business for solving social problems at global level.

Mahfuz convenes ‘social business for public health’ course which focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship for social/health impact in resource-poor settings. This is the first ever social business course offered in Australia to adopt Professor Yunus’ seven principles of running social businesses ( He is a mentor and coach for start-up companies and supports students led ‘idea competition’ for social impact. His mentorship enabled a start-up (Water Democracy, Australia) winning Young Social Pioneers FYA program award in 2017 for piloting a renewable energy project in Australia and Bangladesh. He supervises research/project on innovation and entrepreneurship for social impact in resource-poor settings. He is the Associate Editor; Australia and New Zealand Journal of Social Business, Environment and Sustainability; ISSN:2206-4346.


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Dr Rabeya Sultana

Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr Rabeya is a Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at the WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth and an Associate Professor at the Department of MIS IN the Faculty of Business Studies at Dhaka University, Bangladesh. She obtained her PhD in information systems from the School of Business at Yonsei University, South Korea and MS degree in Strategic IT Management from Stockholm University, Sweden. Earlier, she obtained her MBA with major in MIS from Dhaka University, Bangladesh.

Dr Rabeya has research interests in various areas of MIS, including e-government, e-commerce and strategic IT management with a special focus on the application of ICT for maximizing welfare in developing countries. With multidisciplinary research interests and background, Dr. Rabeya has contributed to the research of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the government of Bangladesh under its Capacity Utilization Program. She is one of the members of the consulting body at the Faculty of Business Studies, Dhaka University that collaborates with the a2i – an initiative of the ICT Division of Bangladesh government. Dr. Rabeya is currently working on developing a conceptual framework to understand how digital applications can support the real-time monitoring, reporting and dissemination of water quality information of pipe water systems in rural Bangladesh. This project aims at applying ICT to ensure safe drinking water in the rural areas of Bangladesh at a low cost.


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Mr Jason Guan Guo

Research Assistant, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Jason is a Research Assistant at the School of Population Health (SPH) responsible for the operations of the electronic Practice Based Research Network (ePBRN) program. He has a neuroscience and vision science background and research experience in early diagnosis of autism and visual motor control, and health informatics research experience in Terminology Mapping standards, Health service utilisation and opioid use in Primary care. He was involved in the conversion of ePBRN data into OMOP - Common Data Model and coordination the data extractions with the GP clinics and South western Sydney Local Health District. Jason has strong interest in the evaluation and improvement of data quality and standardization of routinely collected data for secondary use, and data linkage of existing and emerging data sources for research in health.






  • UNSW Centre for Primary Healthcare and Equity (CPHCE)
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD )
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health network (SWSPHN)
  • UNSW electronic Practice Based Research Network (ePBRN)
  • Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH)
  • George Institute for Global Health, Australia
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI)
  • University of Melbourne


  • World Health Organization, West Pacific Regional Office (WHO WPRO)
  • World Health Organization, South East Asian Regional Office (WHO SEARO)
  • Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN)
  • International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
  • Yunus Social Business Centre, Bangladesh
  • George Institute for Global Health, India
  • University of Philippines, Philippines
  • University of Surrey, UK
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Malaysia
  • Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
  • Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • SRM University, India
  • VIT University, India