A/Prof. Paul Turner PDF Print E-mail

Prior to moving to Australia in 1999, Paul was a research fellow at CRID (Computer, Telecommunications and Law Research Institute) in Belgium where he worked on a variety of European Union contracts in the technology domain. Paul also worked as an independent information and telecommunications consultant in a number of countries in Europe and was for three years editor of the London-based monthly publication Telecommunications Regulation Review.

Paul joined the School of Information Systems at the University of Tasmania in 2000 and for his first 12 months held a concurrent post as research manager for the Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre (TECC). For the TECC Paul was responsible for refining the advice, products and services it provided to Tasmanian small-to-medium sized enterprises to support them to engage in electronic business practice.

Paul is active in conducting and coordinating information systems research at basic, applied and strategic levels across a range of industry sectors with a particular focus on e-health and e-business. In Australia, Paul has built a strong reputation for his capacity to make original and innovative contributions to information systems research and is particularly well-known for his involvement in multi-disciplinary research teams, most notably with the medicine, pharmacy and nursing. Paul has a strong research focus on human-centred approaches to the design, implementation and evaluation of information systems.

Since 2001, Paul has published more than 175 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, books and conferences and has been directly involved in raising research grants, consultancies and scholarships to a value of more than AUS $5 million. Paul has also successfully supervised to graduation 13 PhDs and 17 Masters adn 14 honours students. Alongside his research activities Paul has been very active in research management, industry collaboration and community engagement and is regularly interviewed by print, TV and on-line media.

Paul has also been active in his service both to the University and the Tasmanian community including having been research coordinator for the University of Tasmania’s involvement in the Smart Internet Technology CRC and currently participating in the Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (www.seafoodcrc.com). Paul has also served terms on the Tasmanian executive committee of the Australian Computer Society and Information Systems Steering Committee (ISSC) of GPTAS. Paul is a Honorary member of the Menzies Research Institute (www.menzies.utas.edu.au) and associate investigator with the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre at UTAS.

In late 2003 Paul established the eHealth Services Research Group (eHSRG) that now employs 8 part-time research fellows. Paul’s research activities currently include his role as a chief investigator on 3 NHMRC national grants and primary CI on a 16 month Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing project providing training in Inter-professional learning for health professionals working with chronic disease (will be completed by August 2010)

Further information on Paul’s  research activities is available here:


MACS (Member of the Australian Computer Society)
HISA (Member of Health Informatics Society of Australia)
Menzies Research Institute (Honorary Member: Researcher)
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre (Associate Chief Investigator)
Scientific Committee Member for:
Health Informatics Society of Australia Conference, HIC, 2010
European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR) Conference, Paris 2010

2000 - Present
Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Information Systems,
School of Computing & Information Systems, University of Tasmania

2003 – Present
Director, eHealth Services Research Group (eHSRG),
School of Computing & Information Systems, University of Tasmania

Current Research & Consultancy in Health Informatics (2010 + )
The eHSRG is currently collaborating on the following grants:

  • NHMRC – Improving health and Well-being in the Tasmanian State Service workforce (commenced in 2010) in collaboration with Clinical colleagues in Menzies Research Institute, UTAS (Value $856,250 – 5 year);
  • NHMRC - Mechanism of exacerbations in cystic fibrosis lung disease (commenced in 2009) in collaboration with Clinical colleagues in Menzies Research Institute, UTAS (Value $245,750 – 3 year);
  • NHMRC - Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the Community (commenced in 2008) in collaboration with Clinical colleagues in Menzies Research Institute, UTAS (Value $375,375 – 3 year);
  • Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing – Inter-professional Learning Chronic Disease Self-Management Demonstration Project (Commenced in 2009) eHSRG, UTAS (Value $631,157 incl GST 16 months)
  • Tasmanian Community Fund - Tasmanian community network of mentors and smart information technology solutions (SITS) for families affected by cystic fibrosis (commenced in 2008) in collaboration with Clinical colleagues in Menzies Research Institute, UTAS (Value $130,000 – 3 year);

The eHSRG is also a participant in a number of applications for funding including: an NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) - Chronic respiratory disease: using information technology to support health outcomes from paediatric to adult care led by a team in Queensland and Paul is CI on a current NHMRC application - Climate Change Health Impact Assessment (CCHIAT): A tool to help rural communities adapt to the health effects of climate change led by Professor Bell. Paul has also collaborated as a CI on an ARC Linkage Grant application entitled: Strategic IT investment for Aged and Community Care: an evidence-based methodology and toolkit (Value $385,000 – 3 years).