As a kick start to the new calendar year, The George Institute, China held a ‘big data analysis in healthcare workshop’ on 2 January 2018. The aim was to facilitate new ideas and modes of cooperation and development in healthcare arena through open dialogue and sharing of experiences in the application of the new analytics of big data in various fields. By integrating new and existing data resources, we hope to create opportunities for research to improve the quality and outcomes of healthcare services in China and other countries. Experts and scholars from a wide range of disciplines covering public health, epidemiology, biomedical engineering and clinical medicine, participated in the workshop.
NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, The Honourable Brad Hazzard MP, visited The George Institute, China on 7 December with a health and medical delegation led by the Minister in China as part of the NSW-Guangdong Joint Economic Meeting (JEM) on 5 December. The Secretary of NSW Health, Elizabeth Koff, and Special Envoy to China, Dr Jim Harrowell AM also attended.
The George Institute for Global Health today received a landmark investment of $24 million from the Australian Government to undertake research to prevent and treat cardiometabolic diseases, which affect seven million Australians and hundreds of millions globally.
To celebrate 10 years of The George Institute for Global Health being established in China, the 2017 John Yu Oration celebratory event was hosted by The China-Australia Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) in Beijing on 3 November. Over 130 distinguished guests, including policymakers, members of the health and business sectors, and diplomats, academics and scientists participated.
On 3 November 2017, on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of The George Institute, China (GI China), a symposium entitled ‘Innovations in Research and Health Care’ was successfully held in Beijing, organized by Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) and UNSW Sydney, with the technical support of GI China.
The George Institute (GI) for Global Health China has been invited by UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales) to participate in a mini-roadshow on 1 November, organized as part of the Torch High Technology Development Centre of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, to discuss innovations in digital health to improve the health of older people.
In October 2017, INTERACT3, the third in a series of INTERACT studies, has been launched. This time called the INTEnsive care bundle with blood pressure reduction in Acute Cerebral haemorrhage Trial, it was successfully launched across a network of more than 80 hospitals in China.
On September 13, 2017, the world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE published a study “Cost and cost-effectiveness of a school-based education program to reduce salt intake in children and their families in China” from The George Institute, China, which demonstrated that the School-EduSalt intervention program for salt reduction is of low cost and highly cost-effective.