Workshop on Technology and Wellbeing in the Top End

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Everyday consumer technologies, including mobile and wearable devices, are shaping the ways Australians access information, communicate and perform daily tasks. However, the application of these technologies for improving health and wellbeing has been slow. We are seeking to initiate new collaborations that span computing, health, education, engineering, and other disciplines. Of particular interest is the experience of immigrant and indigenous communities in the Top End. This two-day workshop will bring together researchers, app developers, and leaders from community organisations, for presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  • state-of-the-art in mobile technology for health and wellbeing
  • technology for sharing narratives of personal resilience
  • designing and evaluating apps for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations
  • needs assessment for self-management of chronic health conditions
  • methods for connecting across languages, cultures and worldviews

The program will consist of presentations, discussions, and working groups, and we expect to produce recommendations that will guide new initiatives in technology and wellbeing. Click here to view list of participants


  1. Technology for mental health and wellbeing by Greg Wadley, Melbourne School of Engineering
  2. The Touch Pad Body: A Generative Transcultural Digital Device by Michael Christie and Helen Verran, Charles Darwin University
  3. iTalk: stories that overcome literacy barriers, making information accessible to all by Michael Roseth, iTalk Library, Darwin
  4. When talking fails: Technology for hearing loss and chronic disease by Damien Howard, One Phoenix, Darwin
  5. Multilingual storytelling with Aikuma by Steven Bird, Melbourne School of Engineering
  6. Myth or Reality: New digital technologies can really help people improve their health and wellbeing? by Brian Oldenburg, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  7. Apps for Reconnecting Indigenous People by Chris Lawrence, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  8. App for monitoring heat stress by Elspeth Oppermann, Charles Darwin University
  9. Explaining your idea – Important considerations for commercialisation by Andrew Wylie, Web Oracle, Melbourne

The workshop organiser, Professor Steven Bird is an Adjunct of Northern Institute.  Read his BIO


When           Friday, 29 April 2016, 1.00pm to 5.30pm
                    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Where         Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University - Casuarina Campus


Registration is free and meals will be provided. However places are limited and preference will be given to people who are involved in relevant activities.

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For further information, please contact :  Professor Steven Bird (Adjunct Northern Institute)
T: 03 8344 1361 or 08 8946 7468