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:
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.
Professor Rinaldo Bellomo
Dr. Natasha Holmes
Senior Research Fellow