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 health and economic burden of invasive fungal infections, antifungal stewardship,  and the role of data analytics in making surveillance of fungal infections feasible, sustainable and cost effective for hospitals.. She has led a project in collaboration with Monash University, 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 is being trialled across 7 Australian hospitals and one major site in Singapore. In 2019, she was awarded a TRIP (translating research into practice) fellowship by the Medical Research Future Fund for "fungalAi: breaking the mold of the traditional antifungal stewardship paradigm". Her research interests in general medicine relate to the impact of occupational violence and aggression in hospitals and the effects of hypothermia on the elderly which has attracted national media attention. In 2019, she was invited to join JAMA Network Open as a statistical and methods reviewer.

External positions

Statistical and methods reviewer, JAMA Network Open

6 Nov 2019 → …

Consultant physician general medicine & infectious diseases, Alfred Health

1 Jan 2009 → …

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2019 2024

Research Output 2004 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access

Closing the gap in surveillance and audit of invasive mold diseases for antifungal stewardship using machine learning

Baggio, D., Peel, T., Peleg, A. Y., Avery, S., Prayaga, M., Foo, M., Haffari, R., Liu, M., Bergmeir, C. & Ananda-Rajah, M., 5 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Medicine. 8, 9, 13 p., 1390.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

“Cold and lonely”: emergency presentations of patients with hypothermia to a large Australian health network

Forcey, D., Fitzgerald, M., Kuczynska-Burggraf, M., Nagalingham, V. & Ananda-Rajah, M., 9 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Internal Medicine Journal. 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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., 1 Jun 2018, In : Australasian Journal on Ageing. 37, 2, p. E37-E41 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

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: Other Teaching Engagements and non-HDR SupervisionsMentor/ Internship supervision

Press / Media

An alarming number of adults are being treated for hypothermia

Michelle Ananda-Rajah


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Profile/Interview


Michelle Ananda-Rajah


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Doctors have expressed concern over the rising energy bill

Michelle Ananda-Rajah


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature