Dr Annie Lau

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+612 9850 2436


Dr Annie Lau leads the Consumer Informatics stream at the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation. This is the most active and productive consumer informatics research program in Australia, investigating new approaches to improve consumer health and patient engagement through the use of eHealth. She has a national and international profile for her expertise in consumer eHealth. 

Her research interests lie in e-Health consumer informatics, health service engagement, social computing, and human behaviour modelling. 

Her research involves: (i) designing and evaluating ICT interventions to help people become engaged in their health; and (ii) analysing healthcare consumer behaviours using informatics and computational techniques. Her research in consumer eHealth systems have been spun off into a new start-up venture, which launched in Silicon Valley in 2015. Her research has been mentioned in several national and international media appearances including her work on the Healthy.me.

She is co-author of the national guidelines for the design and evaluation of electronic decision support systems, commissioned by the Australian Health Informatics Council

Dr. Lau continuously publishes her research in high ranking journals such as Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of Medical Internet Research among others. Her papers are repeatedly awarded in several national and international Medical Informatics conferences. Dr Lau was also awarded a fellowship to visit six major eHealth and health informatics groups in the UK .

She is on the editorial board for high impact medical journal (BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making), is an Associate Editor for the journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making and she regularly reviews for the peak international journals in her field.

Dr Lau was the winner of the 2016 Women in Research Citation Awards for the discipline ‘Health Informatics’. These awards honour the outstanding achievements of early to mid-career women researchers in Australia across all fields of research in science, social sciences and the humanities.

Broad Research Areas
Consumer Informatics,  Health Informatics

Specific Research Keywords:
E-health Consumer Informatics, Health Service Engagement, Social Computing, and Human Behaviour Modelling, Decision Support

Society Memberships and Professional Activities: 
International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)

University role
Senior Research Fellow