DDI organized and hosted a scientific GeoHealth workshop in collaboration with experts from the Australian University of Canberra.

This one-day seminar highlighted the importance of ‘place and health’ research in application to diabetes. Our collaborators from the University of Canberra presented the spatial epidemiology of chronic diseases including cardiometabolic risk and showcase a prototype spatial-health indicator framework and geographic information system (GIS).

These themes will address the relevance and utility of a GeoHealth Laboratory applying GIS to provide a holistic understanding of chronic disease and better management and prevention programs for the State of Kuwait. The DDI GIS pilot project being developed to achieve spatial understandings of diabetes will be highlighted. This collaboration is also exploring the delivery of a Geo-Health course with details to be discussed at the seminar.

Managers, key leaders, clinicians, research staff and others involved or interested in GIS applications were invited to attend and participate.

The seminar  was introduction by Dr. Saad Alsharrah, Dasman Diabetes Institute.

Professor Mark Daniel from the University of Canberra discussed the Apocalypse Where: GIS and Population Health.

Associate Professor Neil Coffee, University of Canberra, discussed GIS for Public Health – Why “Place” Matters

Dr. Saad Alsharrah, Dasman Diabetes Institute, introduced the DDI GIS Pilot Study – Using a Spatial Lens to Understand Diabetes.

Professor Mark Daniel, University of Canberra, talked about the Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of Diabetes Prevention Programs.

Professor Jaakko Tuomilehto, Dasman Diabetes Institute, discussed the Geographic Analysis of the Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in Finland.

Dr. Dari Alhuwail, Kuwait University, Dasman Diabetes Institute, talked about Powering GeoHealth: The Role of Health Informatics.

Associate Professor Neil Coffee, University of Canberra, gave an Overview of Future Workshop/Postgrad Certificate.

Details of the Workshop are attache below.