Message from the CEO

People want to take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer. Many patients want to be more informed and involved with their own care and learn how to prevent illness and improve wellbeing. Clinicians and carers want to be able to securely share information so they can provide safe, high quality services that are better co-ordinated around a person’s needs.

This is an opportunity for the whole community to decide how it wants to engage with new technologies to support better health and care. It is not just about us – but for future generations as well".
Tim Kelsey - CEO, Australian Digital Health Agency

The Australian Digital Health Agency was created in July by the Australian Government to drive the development and delivery of Australia’s digital health.

Australia needs a new National Digital Health Strategy which will set out the priorities for national coordination and investment in the digital health solutions that will shape the future of our health system. We’re engaging with all areas of the community – including consumers, clinicians, healthcare providers, peak and advisory bodies, research and science, industry, and technology – to ensure the work we do is shaped around their needs, wants and aspirations. The findings from the national consultation will be used to develop a national digital health strategy for delivery to Government in 2017.

There are a number of ways you can get involved. We’ll be holding a series of community-based town halls, meetings with health and care stakeholders, providers and funders. The face-to-face events will be supported by this website and an online survey to help drive the development of the strategy.

I encourage you to have your say - what do you want from a modern healthcare system?

Tim Kelsey
CEO, Australian Digital Health Agency
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