Associate Professor Liam Caffery

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 3176 7704


Liam is an Associate Professor in Telehealth and Director of Telehealth Technology for the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health.

Liam has a PhD in Medicine. His research is centred on pragmatic trials of telehealth services. Liam has a special interest in the use of telehealth for Indigenous health and rural health care delivery. He is involved in telehealth service development, delivery and evaluation across a broad range of telehealth services. Liam uses implementation research principles to understand why telehealth services work well in some scenarios and not others. He evaluates the effectiveness of telehealth from multi-disciplinary perspectives including clinical effectiveness, patient perspectives, economic aspects, organisational aspects, and socio-cultural, ethical and legal aspects.

Liam also has an active research agenda in health informatics, in particular, in imaging informatics. Liam’s work focusses on skin imaging for melanoma detection. Liam chairs dermatology working group for the DICOM standards development organisation as well as the technology group for the International Skin Imaging Collaboration: Melanoma Project. This project is an academia and industry partnership designed to facilitate the application of digital skin imaging to help reduce melanoma mortality. Liam is technology lead for the Australian Centre of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis. Liam has previously been a member of the Standards Australia IT-014 Health Informatics technical committees for telehealth and messaging and communication.

Liam is Vice-President of the Australian Telehealth Society and an executive member of the International Teledermatology Society. He is a member of the Metro South Health Telehealth Advisory Group and a member of the Queensland Health mHealth Apps Working Group.

Liam has 25 years industry experience as a health informatician. His immediate past role was the Manager of Medical Imaging Informatics at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Previously, Liam had over a decade’s clinical experience as a diagnostic radiographer.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Diploma of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology, Queensland University of Technology


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Featured Publications


  • Gray, Len C., Smith, Anthony C., Armfield, Nigel R., Travers, Catherine, Croll, Peter and Caffery, Liam J. (2011). Telehealth assessment: Final report. Uniquest Project No: 16807 St.Lucia, QLD, Australia: UniQuest.

Book Chapter

  • Caffery, Liam (2020). Metadata and DICOM for medical photography. Photography in clinical medicine. (pp. 545-556) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-24544-3_33

  • Fatehi, Farhad, Taylor, Monica, Caffery, Liam J. and Smith, Anthony C. (2019). Telemedicine for Clinical Management of Adults in Remote and Rural Areas. Revolutionizing Tropical Medicine. (pp. 439-461) Hoboken, NJ United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119282686.ch26

  • Smith, Anthony C., Taylor, Monica, Fatehi, Farhad and Caffery, Liam J. (2019). Telemedicine for the Delivery of Specialist Pediatric Services. Revolutionizing Tropical Medicine: Point‐of‐Care Tests, New Imaging Technologies and Digital Health. (pp. 462-487) Hoboken, NJ United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119282686.ch27

  • Edirippulige, Sisira, Armfield, Nigel R., Caffery, Liam and Smith, Anthony C. (2016). Education and training for supporting practitioners in the use of clinical telehealth: a needs analysis. Telehealth and mobile health. (pp. 319-328) edited by Halit Eren and John G. Webster. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b19147-19

  • Caffery, Liam (2015). An analysis of DICOM and its use for image management and communication in store- and-forward telehealth. Telemedicine: emerging technologies, applications and impact on health care outcomes. (pp. 33-53) edited by Haider Khaleel Raad. Hauppauge, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Caffery, Liam (2015). Analysis of DICOM and its use for image management and communication in store-and-forward telehealth. Telemedicine: Emerging Technologies, Applications and Impact on Health Care Outcomes. (pp. 33-54) edited by Haider Khaleel Raad. New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Caffery, Liam (2015). Teleradiology. Telemedicine and Electronic Medicine. (pp. 489-510) edited by Halit Eren and John G. Webster. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b19210-27

  • Caffery, Liam J. (2012). Teledermatology PACS. Telemedicine in dermatology. (pp. 133-142) edited by Hans Peter Soyer, Michael Binder, Anthony C. Smith and Elisabeth M. T. Wurm. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-20801-0_16

  • Caffery, L. and Coulthard, A. (2005). Telemedicine and neuroradiology. Teleneurology. (pp. 79-94) edited by Richard Wootton and Victor Patterson. London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Fancis.

  • Caffery, Liam (2004). Teleradiology. Telepaediatrics: telemedicine and child health. (pp. 145-161) edited by Richard Wootton and Jennifer Batch. London, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Medicine Press.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision