$3.1 million Australian Government investment in explainable machine learning to improve youth mental health care

The Morrison Government is investing $19 million in transformative medical research projects using game-changing applied artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, to improve the ways we prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions.

Dr Frank IorfinoProfessor Sally CrippsProfessor Ian Hickie and Associate Professor Jo-An Atkinson from the University of Sydney will receive more than $3 million to improve youth mental health care through the development of new tools to guide clinical decisions about the appropriate interventions and treatments for individuals presenting for care.

This project will use AI to test and quantify the impacts of youth mental health interventions and as a result support the development of an ethical clinical decision-support tool that identifies how to target assessment and interventions to optimise outcomes for individuals presenting for mental health care.

AI is critical to the future of health care. Funding is over three years from 2019–20.

This funding from the Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Applied Artificial Intelligence Research in Health grant opportunity has the potential to lead to significant health benefits for Australians including:

  • improved efficiency of research
  • more informed clinical decision-making
  • new approaches for health care delivery, and
  • empowering people to help manage their health.

Further information on the MRFF is available at www.health.gov.au/mrff.

Media release from the Department of Health