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Dr Mark Merolli

Academic Director of Digital Health & Informatics


Dr. Mark Merolli is our Academic Director of Digital Health & Informatics. His focus at Swinburne is to build and embed digital health and informatics capacity across the School of Health Sciences and wider university ecoysystem. He is driving curriculum development in digital health and informatics, undertaking research and helping to plan workforce advacement strategies. He is an active local and international leader in the discipline, and holds several high-level industry committee positions in digital health. Dr. Merolli is also a Physiostherapist, and prior to coming to Swinburne, was a lecturer and researcher in health informatics at the University of Melbourne (the institute where he gained his PhD). He developed a framework for generating evidence about social media use in chronic disease management. His particular interest was understanding the unique therapeutic affordances of digital platforms in generating and tailoring different health outcomes for users. His clinical background merged with digital health expertise, has advantageously placed him at the forefront of advances in healthcare.

Dr. Merolli’s personal research interests cover different fronts:

  • Firstly, technologies that enable active participation in healthcare and lead to translational outcomes - understanding how technology and data can engage people to be empowered participants in health management, change beahaviours, and influence health outcomes (e.g. internet, social media, apps, wearables, sensors, virtual/augmented reality and games). He has a active research in the areas of pain, chronic conditions, and injury rehabilitation
  • Secondly, improving healthcare efficiency and informed decision-making using informatics technologies in clinical practice settings
  • Thirdly, health informatics and digital health education and professional development - ensuring the health workforce of the future is skilled in working in an increasignly technological age
He is currently supervising PhD students across the discipline: e.g. examining person-generated health data using simulated rehabilitation in stroke rehabilitation, exploring the therapeutic affordances of social media in mental wellbeing of young adults, and digital marketing of health services. 

Dr. Merolli is heavily engaged in the health informatics and digital health community. He is a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) and was accepted into the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). He is also a member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) – Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, Victorian Branch Council, CXIO Governance Board, and CHIA examination committee. Internationally, he is the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Participatory Health and Social Media Working Group.

Research interests

Human Computer Interactions; Digital Health; Health Informatics; Participatory Health; Health Education; Social Media; Health Technology; Health Data Analytics; Quantified Self; Physiotherapy; Chronic Pain; Chronic Disease; Pain; Sensors; Health Outcomes; Chronic Ilness; Healthcare; health data

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Associate students as Masters & Doctoral Supervision.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Exploring the therapeutic affordances of mobile health applications in the management of chronic conditions: This study builds on research that developed a theory of the therapeutic affordances of social media for chronic disease management.  By exploring nuances of human-computer interaction and the way users perceive the different uses of mobile applications, we may be better able to understand their usage behaviours and resulting health outcomes

IT and Me: Technology use by people living with chronic disease: This study builds on an online survey of the relationships between people’s use of information technology and their health and wellbeing.  We explore perceptions of digital technologies as part of managing illness.  This project will build our understanding of what technologies people use to manage chronic illness, leading to more tailored management

User perceptions of digital monitoring technology to support low-back pain: This project is an investigation from a user needs analysis about the features of digital technology perceived to be useful by end users (patients and clinicians) in supporting management of low-back pain

Fields of Research

  • Health Informatics - 080702
  • Public Health And Health Services - 111700
  • Medical And Health Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified - 119999

Teaching areas

Human Computer Interactions;Digital Health;Health Informatics;Physiotherapy;Health Technology;Health Communication;Health Research Design

Further information



Also published as: Merolli, Mark; Merolli, M.; Merolli, M. A.; Merolli, Mark A.
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