Autumn Research Day – May 2021

PDH invites all of our researchers and collaborators to join us for our biannual Research Day on Friday 21 May 2021.


PDH researchers and students, collaborators, commercial partners, management, advisors, and board members. Note this is not a public event.

Agenda (as of 20 May)

9:00 AM30 minSession 1:
Welcome – Kevin Ross
Health system transformation – Chad Paraone
9:30 AM45 minSession 2:

* 15 minutes – Thomas Adams – Improved surgical scheduling software
* 15 minutes – Simon Hartley – Greater engagement of mental wellbeing solutions
* 15 minutes – Nathan O’Donnell – Psychosocial support (RECLAIM)
Including feedback and discussion
10:15 AM30 minSession 3:
PDH progress report – Kevin Ross
10:45 AM15 minMorning tea (provided)
11:00 AM45 minSession 4: themed around research using Natural Language Processing

* 15 minutes – Enno Huang – Semantic search
* 15 minutes – Ning Hua – Predicting GP referral triage
* 15 minutes – Zhenqiang Wu – Decision support for ED triage
Including feedback and discussion
11:45 AM30 minSession 5:

* 15 minutes – Rosie Dobson – Consumer views on health information
* 15 minutes – Pieta Brown – Health sector algorithm scan
Including feedback and discussion
12:15 PM15 minAdditional discussion across all sessions
12:30 PM30 minLunch (provided)
1:00 PMFinish


Bruce McLaren room
Orion Health house, 181 Grafton Road, Auckland
Public transport options are numerous, and pay parking is available in several nearby locations.

For Speakers

When preparing your presentation, please aim for a general audience. Use lay terms as much as possible. Explain specific concepts. Schedule pauses to check the audience’s understanding.

Regardless of length, each project presentation should cover:

  • What problem you are trying to solve and why / what the research questions are. Why is this important for NZ? Why is it important commercially?
  • What you have done/achieved so far and key points of interest.
  • What you plan to do next.
  • A demonstration and/or commentary on pathway to “real world” application (where suitable).
  • What help you need / what you would have done differently.


Please contact Kelly.