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Launch of Australia's National Digital Health Strategy!

4 August 2017 - Health Ministers approve Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy.

To support the uptake of digital health services, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council today (4 August 2017) approved Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy (2018-2022).

Digital information is the bedrock of high quality healthcare. The benefits for patients are significant and compelling: hospital admissions avoided, fewer adverse drug events, reduced duplication of tests, better coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, and better informed treatment decisions. Digital health can help save and improve lives.

The Strategy – Safe, seamless, and secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia - identifies seven key priorities for digital health in Australia including delivery of a My Health Record for every Australian by 2018 – unless they choose not to have one.

More information - Media Release and Strategy

National Digital Health Strategy Consultation – Update

Thank you for helping shape the future of digital health in Australia.

Find out more about the themes that have emerged from the national consultation on the National Digital Health Strategy and how they have informed the Strategic Priority Areas.

We have analysed feedback received from 973 online survey responses, 85 written
submissions and over 100 consultation events to identify what Australia wants as the
Strategic Priority Areas for digital health.

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National Digital Health Strategy consultation: What have we learned so far?

Over 1,050 online submissions have been received and more than 3,100 people have attended meetings, forums, workshops, webcasts and town halls across Australia – watch the video!

Upcoming Events

Find out what is happening in health and medicine around Australia.

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Friday 17 February 2017: The Future of Digital Health

On Monday 13 February, more than 1,000 people tuned in to the Australian Digital Health Agency national webcast on the future of digital health.

Facilitated by Ellen Fanning, the webcast marked the final stage of the consultation towards a co-produced National Digital Health Strategy, due for delivery to the Australian Government in mid-2017.

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Tuesday 14 February 2017: National Digital Health Strategy consultation – Emerging themes on the future of digital health

What are we hearing from the Australian community on what makes the ideal health service? What are the key priorities we should focus on?

Over 1,000 people completed our online survey and sent us submissions, along with over 3,000 attended workshops, meetings, town halls, forums, and webcasts to share with us their thoughts on where they see the future of health and care.

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Thursday 9 February 2017: National webcast on digital health – Findings so far

On Monday 30 January, the Australian Digital Health Agency hosted a national webcast as part of a national consultation on digital health.

Facilitated by Ellen Fanning, the webcast featured Agency representatives Tim Kelsey, Chief Executive; Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Adviser; Dr Steve Hambleton, Senior Responsible Owner for a number of clinical programs, and Leanne Wells, Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia.

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Friday 13 January 2017: National Digital Health Strategy consultation – What have we learned so far?

Over 1,050 online submissions have been received and more than 3,100 people have attended meetings, forums, workshops, webcasts and town halls across Australia – what are we hearing from the Australian community about how to take advantage of the opportunities that new digital technologies offer to improve health and care?

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Monday 21 November 2016: Listen to the national webcast on digital health – then have your say!

More than 650 online viewers tuned it to a national webcast hosted by the Australian Digital Health Agency as part of a national consultation on digital health.

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Friday 18 November 2016: Dr Monica Trujillo and starting the conversation on digital health.

Dr Monica Trujillo, Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Australian Digital Health Agency, talks about how putting data and technology safely to work for patients, consumers and the healthcare professionals who look after them can help Australians live healthier, happier and more productive lives.

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Message from the CEO Tim Kelsey

Read a message from the CEO about the launch of a nationwide conversation which will shape the future of digital health in Australia.

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