Dr Peter Summons University of Newcastle Australia

Peter Summons, PhD, MComp, BE, DipEd(Math) holds interest and researches in areas of Information Systems education, and the application of Information and Knowledge-Based Systems for business, medicine, and health. With a diverse history as an educator, Peter has development and teaching experience in Tertiary, TAFE, and Secondary educational environments. He was on a panel setting the 2009 and 2010 HSC Computing exams, consulted as an accreditor to the Department of Education (2009-2011) and is an external accreditation expert for TEQSA (2013-present). His professional career includes experience as a Systems Engineer at BHP, Newcastle, numerous consultations to business and industry as a business and systems analyst.

His PhD research was in modelling individual knowledge interpretations of clinical guidelines in the areas of pain assessment and management (“A methodology to facilitate knowledge acquisition and maintenance for decision support in the medical domain: interpretation of clinical guidelines”). An active health informatics researcher, Peter collaborated locally with researchers in the Acute Pain Service at the John Hunter Hospital. He consulted to the Hunter Area Pathology Service (HAPS) and Pathology North from 2001-2013. He has an interest in the health outcomes of persons in vulnerable situations and older persons in acute and chronic pain. He worked with teams of health practitioners and researchers investigating the experience of education mechanisms for the pain management of older persons in John Hunter Hospital, and for experiences of older persons with Consumer Directed Care. He has supervised students working with industry partners, some recent supervisions include. In conjunction with the CSIRO, a PhD student using deep learning to detect Black Lung from X-Rays, and two students working with RestInEssence Pty Ltd to develop a health-related mobile app for young persons. His current research is in deep learning in health and medicine; the use of dialogue with virtual patients in pain (researchers at The University of Newcastle, the University of Tasmania, the University of South Australia, and the University of Le Havre, France); and comparative research in the use of wearables for older persons’ personal health in Australia and Saudi Arabia.