After a few years of data compiling, and analysis – a further paper is now published supporting urban planning – for integrating a 20min neighbourhood strategy. It ensures that people have the aility to meet most of their daily needs within a 20-minute walk/non-motorised trip from their home. It is already part of the planning policies of some city councils. See the article in the Int. Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity of the project lead by Deakin University (IPAN).
Another publication of our collaborative work with spatial and multi-level analysis has been accepted. This research applied geospatial techniques to explore small area geographic variation, spatial clustering, and spatial convergence in medication adherence to diabetes medication. This enabled an examination of where populations at high risk of non-adherence are concentrated. It is available here.
Our paper is finally out. We examined whether Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (paricularly, the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage – IRSD) should be based on a more locally sensitve indicator, in contrast to the existing national and state-based rankings. This aims to develop more suitable rankings, esp. for regional areas. Please see our article in the Journal of Australian Population Studies.
Chronic diseases have a widespread impact on health outcomes and medication adherence is one main factor to improve the health status. Based on medical claims data hold by medical insurers or management services, adherence patterns of members with chronic diseases, such as type2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease can be identified based on their diagnosis claims (ICD codes), and related prescription claims with their days-of-supply information for fills of a given drug in a particular time period. Assessing these prescription claims, the adherence to a specific drug or drug-class can then be calculated through the proportion of days covered (pdc). We generated a python based programming solution, computing pdc medical adherence on a patient basis, per drug and per year. The data is plotted using the python library bokeh – also allowing for the generation of interactive displays (bokeh server). Some outputs are shown below.
Further, python bokeh is employed for producing a web-based interactive map output, illustrating aggregated medical adherence data (pdc) per drug-class on a census unit level: The application below enables the user to select a specific drug-class, and setting the year of analysis with the time-slider.
Zoom into the feature map is possible, and census units reveal feature information when hovering over.
We have created a 3D Model of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB), based on 10 hydrostratigraphic formations- 6 Aquifer and 4 Aquitard units – using open-source tools such as paraview; see this link – on our website.
Spatial Ventures conducted an environmental and groundwater suitability study – for the establishment of a fish hatchery in Northern Victoria. A project the Victorian State Government is keen to get finalised under the guidance of the Victorian Fisheries Authority.
Adb announced the launch of the Afghan GeoPortal in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Initially, Spatial Ventures’ national GIS feasibility study had been a first step to leading to this result.
See the announcement here.
The Management Committee in New Caledonia approved the management plan of the Coral Sea Park (28/02/2018).
The 2018/19 agenda includes the designation of several MPAs around pristine reef & seamounts as well as a tourism policy design. Spatial Ventures supported Conservation International and the French Marine Protected Area Agency producing geomorphology mapping, benthic environment and habitat/biologic classifications.
A corresponding bounding-box is returned through an additional Postgis request, querying st_extent of the features’ geometries.
The Afghan Government agreed on new policies on the use of geospatial data – the launch date was 6th September 2017. https://www.adb.org/news/adb-afghanistan-launch-new-gis-policies-improve-geospatial-data
This process is in-line with a larger project establishing a GIS online system across government and other institutional sectors – initially supported by Spatial Ventures and Alcis (UK) through a feasibility study and needs assessment for implementing a GIS-based information platform.