School of Population Health

WHO CC eHealth Education


Digital Health Course (PHCM9790)

Elective course in Digital Health for the Master’s program at the UNSW School of Population Health. This course aims to provide an understanding of the key approaches and principles underpinning digital health especially in integrating design, methodology and evaluation tools. The course focuses on an in-depth understanding of the evaluation of the digital health tools by investigating into areas such as governance, structure, ethics and confidentiality. There will also be an exploration of the theoretical principles in evaluation of digital health interventions in this course.



Asia eHealth Information Network ‘AeHIN Hour’ series by the WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth (AUS-135).


Fellows / Interns / Students

Potential Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates, 6UOC School of Population Health postgraduate students are invited to submit expressions of interest to undertake research/internship at the WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth.


Toolkit - Improving ways of thinking and ways of doing (WoTWoD) Cultural Respect

Image Cultural RespectRationale: The majority (60%) of Aboriginal people live in urban Australia. Despite various strategies to “close the gap” in access to care and social services, health inequities and culturally inappropriate care persist. The WoTWoD program and the Toolkit aims to improve the delivery of clinically and culturally appropriate health care for Indigecnous people who attend mainstream urban general practices.

The WoTWoD program and toolkit has been evaluated with a multicentre cluster RCT in Sydney and Melbourne in 2018. Outcome measures included cultural respect among general practice staff (measured by the Cultural Quotient), clinical care (measured as use of MBS Iitem #715) and cardiovascular risk factors (measured by practice records audit). Interviews of patients and practice staff conducted after 12 months to assess the feasibility, appropriateness, acceptability, and effectiveness of the WoTWoD. The WoTWoD improved all measures, but improvements did not reach statistical significance. The qualitative perceptions of the participants to the program and toolkit were very positive.

Publications on the WoTWoD program and Toolkit:

  1. Liaw ST and Wade V. Cultural respect in general practice: a cluster randomised controlled trial (Letter in Reply). Medical Journal of Australia. 2019; 0. DOI: 10.5694/mja2.50214.
  2. Liaw ST, Wade V, Hasan I, Furler J, Lau P, Kelleher M, Wei X, Harris M. Ways of Thinking and Ways of Doing (WoTWoD) Cultural Respect in general practice: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Med J Australia. 2019; 210: 263-268.
  3. Liaw S-T, Wade V, Lau P, et al. Safe and effective cultural mentorship in general practice. Aust Fam Physician 2016; 45: 431-436.
  4. Liaw ST, Hasan I, Wade V, Canalese R, Kelaher M, Lau P, Harris M. Improving cultural respect to improve Aboriginal health in general practice: a multi-methods and multi-perspective pragmatic study. Aust Fam Physician 2015; 44(6): 387-392.
  5. Liaw ST, Lau P, Pyett P, Furler J, Burchill M, Rowley K, Kelaher M. Successful chronic disease care for Aboriginal Australians requires cultural competence. Aust NZ J Public Health 2011: 238-248.
  6. Burchill M, Lau P, Pyett P, Kelly S, Waples-Crowe P, Liaw ST. Reflections on Aboriginalising the Research Process. Int J Critical Indigenous Studies 2011; 4(2): 29-38.

The Toolkit is currently available for download here. Alternatively, can download by using the following QR code. Please register and provide feedback so that the Toolkit can be improved over time and use in the field.

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