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The DARE Centre

The Data Analytics Research and Evaluation (DARE) Centre brings the expertise of data scientists together with top clinical researchers to analyse and interpret large and complex health data sets held at Austin Health.

The DARE Centre is co-funded by Austin Health and The University of Melbourne, and opened in May 2018.

Researchers at the Centre published their first research paper in August 2018 in the Journal of Critical Care. That research showed that it is possible to identify which patients presenting to the Emergency Department with a suspected infection (sepsis) are at higher risk of mortality and a long stay in the Intensive Care, using three pieces of data: blood pressure, respiratory rate and mental functioning.

The study is now being expanded to cancer patients.

The DARE Centre is collaborating on research with a number of the other departments at Austin Health, including Oncology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia, Spinal, Endocrinology and Cardiac Surgery.

Projects underway include:

  • Predicting the outcome of major surgery in the very elderly (people over the age of 80);
  • Determining the significance of having anaemia for people having abdominal surgery (in collaboration with Anaesthesia);
  • Using data available on admission to identify which patients will be in hospital for longer than a week, so as to identify interventions that may reduce these patients' hospital stay; and
  • Using natural language processing to identify cancer and Intensive Care patients with delirium from doctors' patient notes, and following up the treatment that they receive.

Data science greatly accelerates the rate of clinical research findings, allows for the analysis of more complex datasets than traditional research, and provides clinicians with information that allows them to make data-driven decisions.

The field of Big Data analytics is developing quickly, and the establishment of the DARE Centre places Austin Health and the University of Melbourne at the forefront of this new area of research.

The DARE Centre is currently able to collaborate in research projects with other research departments at Austin Health, and within a small number of other healthcare organisations.

For more information or to make an enquiry, please contact:

Professor Rinaldo Bellomo

Dr. Natasha Holmes

Senior Research Fellow