Michelle Ananda-Rajah


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Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah

Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah is a consultant physician in general medicine and infectious diseases at Alfred Health, Melbourne who completed her PhD on the clinical epidemiology of invasive fungal infections, antifungal stewardship, the economic burden of fungal diseases and the role of data analytics in making surveillance of fungal infections feasible, sustainable and cost effective for hospitals. Her interest in machine learning began during her PhD ("Re-imagining the surveillance of invasive mold diseases", 2014). She has led a project in collaboration with Monash University Faculties of IT and Engineering, to develop a world first  platform technology  based on AI (fungalAi) that can facilitate real time monitoring of fungal diseases in hospitals. The platform includes natural language processing, deep learning based image recognition of fungal diseases on chest imaging and an expert system that integrates clinical data to improve fungal prediction. The platform will be trialed across multiple hospitals in the near future. Further research and quality improvement activities are likely to arise from this work. Her research interests in general medicine relate to the impact of occupational violence and aggression in hospitals. 

External positions

Consultant physician general medicine & infectious diseases, Alfred Health

1 Jan 2009 → …


  • invasive fungal diseases
  • digital health
  • Machine Learning
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • immunocompromised hosts

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Projects 2019 2020

  • 1 Not started

Research Output 2010 2018

Geriatric Psychotropic Stewardship Team to de‐escalate inappropriate psychotropic medications in general medicine inpatients: An evaluation

Pellicano, O. A., Tong, E., Yip, G., Monk, L., Loh, X., Ananda-Rajah, M. & Dooley, M., 23 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Australasian Journal on Ageing. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Ananda-Rajah, M., Chang, C. C. & Slavin, M. A., 2018, Kucers’ The Use of Antibiotics: A Clinical Review of Antibacterial, Antifungal and Antiviral Drugs. Grayson, M. L., Cosgrove, S. E., Crowe, S. M., Hope, W., McCarthy, J. S., Mills, J., Mouton, J. W. & Paterson, D. L. (eds.). 7th ed. Boca Raton FL USA: CRC Press, p. 2858-2869 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Renal safety of short-term empiric gentamicin therapy in aged patients

Sia, C. S., Ananda-Rajah, M. R., Adler, N. R., Yi-Wei, B., Liew, D., Tong, E. Y. & Aung, A. K., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Australasian Journal on Ageing. p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Leveraging linguistic resources for improving neural text classification

Liu, M., Haffari, G., Buntine, W. & Ananda-Rajah, M., 2017, Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop, ALTA 2017: 6–8 December 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Proceedings . Wong, J. S-M. & Haffari, G. (eds.). 2017 ed. Melbourne Victoria Australia: Australian Language Technology Association (ALTA), Vol. 15. p. 34-42 9 p.

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

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Mentor/ Internship supervision

Supervision Bachelor Medical Science Student-achieved rank 1 in cohort

Michelle Ananda-Rajah (Speaker)
1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

Activity: Teaching EngagementsMentor/ Internship supervision

Press / Media

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Michelle Ananda-Rajah


1 media contribution

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