1985 …2020

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Adjunct Professor Frank Smolenaers has extensive Public Health experience (over 40 years) initially as a Medical Laboratory Scientist & Lab Manager, then as a Health IT Engineer, consultant and CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for the last 25+ years.

In January 2020, Frank was appointed as an adjunct “Professor (Research) – Department of Design, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (MADA), Monash University”

Professor Smolenaers and the MADA Design Health Collab have a reciprocal relationship exploring design interventions, creating prototypes and conducting in-situ activities in health.

The Design Health Collab at MADA is building knowledge, collaborations and ambition to become an influential partner shaping future of healthcare delivery and wellbeing of people. Undertaking design led research, exploring human centred innovation and generating revenue streams though commercialisation of IP.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow (Learning and Innovation) and was the Director of Technology at the Australian Centre for Health Innovation, a Division of Alfred Health. Frank continues to advise on the technology components of health research and eHealth solution development through co-design and experiential End User Experience.

He is an Associate Professor (Digital Health Simulation and Architecture) and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s "Centre for the Digital Transformation of Health" (was HaBIC), to lead the Digital Health Validitron "SimLab" design and build and to develop and deliver curriculum for the "IT Infrastructure in eHealth" elective for the "Master of Information Technology Specialisation in Health".

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Human Factors Short Course , Certificate of Completion, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 May 2020

Implementing Innovation in Healthcare, Certificate of Completion

Award Date: 30 Nov 2019

Applied Science, Bachelor, University of Ballarat

Award Date: 8 Feb 1989

Applied Science, Certificate of Applied Science, School of Mines and Industries Ballarat

Management, Diploma, Swinburne University of Technology

Novell Certified Network Engineer, Certification

Foundation, PRINCE2 Foundation, Certification, Office of Government Commerce (OGC)

IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundations, Certification, Office of Government Commerce (OGC)

Novell Certified Network Administrator, Certification

External positions

Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

1 Jul 2021 → …

Sessional Lecturer and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Jan 2014 → …

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

5 Dec 20053 Sep 2021

Honorary Research Fellow, Alfred Health

30 Sep 2004 → …

Research area keywords

  • Digital Health
  • Research translation
  • Innovation Systems
  • Design and co-design
  • Technology education
  • Health information systems
  • Technology development
  • Simulation


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