New Centre Aims to improve health in sydney's west
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A major initiative of the University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), and delivered by WSLHD’s Capital Works team, the $5.5 million Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) was launched on Friday August 10 by Parramatta MP Geoff Lee.
 
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WARC is home to a team of multi-skilled researchers and clinicians, with expertise in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, smoking, nutrition, obesity and physical activity, led by Dr Clara Chow, a professor at the University of Sydney’s Westmead Clinical School and a cardiologist at Westmead Hospital.
 
WARC is focused on preventing ill health, while ensuring people with chronic health issues are well-supported to have as high a quality of life as possible.
 
“Health is affected by many factors, including income, information, education, lifestyle and the environment,” Dr Chow said.
 
“This is especially so in western Sydney, where chronic illnesses are more common and the population is more diverse and less wealthy than in other parts of greater Sydney.
 
“Our central idea is to provide personalised, high-quality support via mobile phone text messages to people with chronic diseases.
 
“This idea is backed by complex and sophisticated clinical algorithms to generate targeted messages and programs. Fusing digital technology and medical science in this way means we can create healthcare solutions that are affordable, scalable and capable of continuous evolution.”