Associate Professor Duncan Babbage
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Duncan Babbage is Director of the Centre for eHealth and an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation in the Centre for Person Centred Research at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Based on broad base of practice in clinical psychology, Duncan’s research examines the use of technology in healthcare, particularly mobile technologies, as well as neuropsychological rehabilitation after brain injury. His focus is on implementation science and translation of research into practice.
The eHealth Revolution: Health and Wellness in the Century Ahead.
Health and wellness are fundamental to quality of life. As a society we are putting an increasing proportion of our resources into formal health services, but these continue to follow essentially they same model they have for many decades—just supported by new and more expensive technologies and procedures. Despite this, at least in high income countries many health statistics are getting worse, not better, raising the question of whether we’ve been focussing on the wrong things. A change is required from centring our focus on health services, to creatively use our resources to support people, families and communities to pursue their own health and wellness. A fundamental part of this is to embed a broad understanding that the primary function of nearly all health professionals, regardless of discipline, is to support behaviour change in individuals, families, and communities. Recognising the barriers and facilitators to this will be underpinned by technology that provides much clearer data on what happens outside of the consultation room, in the much more important 167 hours of the remainder of the week. The most radical change will not be driven by high technology, but by talking to the experiences of end users, and rethinking what health services are trying to achieve in the light of an understanding of how and why people take the steps they take to achieve health and wellness.
Watch Associate Professor Duncan Babbage’s Sci21 webcast, The eHealth Revolution: Health and wellness in the century ahead.