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Frank Smolenaers has extensive Public Health experience (over 36 years) initially as a Medical Laboratory Scientist & Lab Manager, then as a Health IT Engineer, consultant and CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for the last 21 years.

He is the Director of Technology at the Australian Centre for Health Innovation where he advises on the technology components of health research and operates a simulated Digital Health Design Laboratory for eHealth solution development and End User Experience.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC), to assist with eHealth research and to develop and deliver curriculum for the "IT Infrastructure in eHealth" elective for the "Master of Information Technology Specialisation in Health".

Additionally, Frank is an Adjunct Research Fellow, in the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University’s Central Clinical School, due to his extensive contribution to improving healthcare delivery by the appropriate use of technology.

As recognition for extensive applied experience and academic teaching, Frank has been awarded a Fellow to the Australasian College of Health Informatics (FACHI).

External positions

Sessional lecturer and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Jan 2014 → …

Director of Technology - Australian Centre for Health Innovation, Alfred Health

5 Dec 2005 → …

Research area keywords

  • Technology education
  • Technology development
  • Innovation Systems
  • Research translation

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Projects 2013 2017

Reducing the burden of injury in India and Australia through development and piloting of improved systems of care

Gruen, R., Cameron, P., Fitzgerald, M., Ivers, R., Joshipura, M., Misra, M., Mock, C., O'Reilly, G. M., Matthew, J., Varma, D., Smolenaers, F., Joubert, L. B., Mitra, B., Stephenson, M., Meadley, B., Cudini, D., Calthorpe, S., Kimmel, L., Farrow, N., Walker, T., Gupta, A., Howard, T., Fahey, M., Yadav, L. & Mok, M. T.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Comm), Monash University – Internal School Contribution, Victorian State Trauma Outcomes Registry and Monitoring Group (VSTORM)


Project: Research

Research Output 1985 2019

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Other Report
  • 1 Conference Paper

User centred development of a smartphone application for wayfinding in a complex hospital environment

Smolenaers, F., Chestney, T., Walsh, J., Mathieson, S., Thompson, D., Gurkan, M. & Marshall, S., 1 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume I: Volume I: Healthcare Ergonomics. Bagnara, S., Alexander, T., Tartaglia, R., Fujita, Y. & Albolino, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 383-393 11 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 818).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearch

1 Citation (Scopus)

Health Provider Broadband Connectivity: A review of technical requirements

Gilbert, C., Gray, K., Martin-Sanchez, F. J., Karunasekera, S., Bhakoo, V., Harrison, S., Smolenaers, F. & Egan, J., Jun 2013, University of Melbourne. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearchpeer-review

The use of test strips as a rapid screen for urinary tract infection

Smolenaers, F. B. M. & Pearce, C. T., 1985, In : Australian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science. 6, 1, p. 24-26 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review