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About the Network

Health in the 21st century is increasingly being reshaped by developments in neurosciences, health technologies, digital transformations, shifting demographics including ageing populations, questions of sustainable development, and concerns around healthy and secure food systems and lifestyles. With the increase of digital technologies in everyday life, interdisciplinary realms such as digital health provide many opportunities and challenges for the future of society.

The HEALTH Network brings together the social sciences, humanities, design, creative arts, health, medicine and science and technology. It aims to ignite creative connections and collaborations among members. To that end, the HEALTH Network will draw on various contributions from a wide range of academic researchers, health practitioners, health service users and policymakers.

HEALTH provides a space for people engaged in interdisciplinary research to share ideas, present their work and discuss pressing topics of research methods and theory, impact and engagement. In order to set a transformative agenda for health research in the 21st century, HEALTH will foster an open dialogue aimed at developing innovative approaches to contemporary health concerns and advancing inquiry in interdisciplinary health research.

Through a participatory approach, HEALTH will explore how different kinds of evidence and modes of inquiry might promote effective, grounded research on the health of individuals and communities. A key aim is to foster the development of interdisciplinary groups that critically engage in research on (but not restricted to): mental health and illnessneurodiversity; life limiting illnessesageing; and digital health.

Our Goals

  • Transgress conventional boundaries between theory and method, and foster a creative space to interrogate lived experiences of health and illness;
  • Expand understandings of the possibilities of interdisciplinary health research, and generate or enhance a reflective openness in health research and practice;
  • Foster strong connections with creative arts methods to inform our thinking and practices of doing health research;
  • Meaningful engagement with individuals, communities and organisations involved in health research and advocacy;
  • Develop linkages and collaborative partnerships between academic researchers, government, and not for profit and community organisations;
  • Facilitate research dissemination, information sharing and expand communications about research interests and opportunities.

Our cross-sectoral groups critically engage
in research on, but not restricted to

Mental health and illness

Neurodiversity

Life limiting illnesses

Ageing

Digital health

Please join us in building the HEALTH Network.

Become a member. Tell us about your work. Share your commentaries, insights, questions, interventions, and suggestions. Send us notices about events and publications for posting on our website. Propose new HEALTH Network activities. Get involved.

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