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What is the future of digital health in Australia?

The Australian Digital Health Agency launched a nationwide ‘Your health. Your say’ conversation to find out. 

The 'Your health. Your say.' consultation period closed on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 5PM AEDT. Thank you to the individuals and organisations who contributed to the future of digital health by responding to the survey, sending us a submission, or attending one of the national conversation events.

Our goal now is to produce a National Digital Health Strategy that reflects the needs and aspirations of Australians.

The Australian Digital Health Agency is currently reviewing all feedback. Stay tuned for further updates on the findings of the national conversation and the development of the National Digital Health Strategy, which will be available here on the conversation website.


National Digital Health Strategy Consultation – What have we learnt 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:

Quick Snapshot!

  • 15% experts in research, science, and technology
  • 31% Clinicians and healthcare workers
  • 53% Members of the general public

Over 3,100 people attended more than 100 meetings, forums, workshops, webcast and town halls, in the capital cities of every Australian state and territory, as well as in rural, regional and remote locations.

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?

Here is what people have been telling us...

  • Whilst it's recognised Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, 65% of people said... the Australian healthcare system is difficult to navigate.  People want to know the cost, quality and availability of services.

Clinicians:

"We need technologies talking to each and we need clinicians who know how to use these technologies effectively."
"Accuracy and completeness of records is essential for it to be of use to clinicians."

"I would like to reduce the amount of duplication that patients experience."
  • 45% of respondents had difficulty accessing healthcare when they needed it.

Healthcare consumers:

"I want to make decisions with my health team. I want to be informed, and know who to contact and understand the treatment options available."
"Being in control of my health means knowing where to go, who to see, what to ask, and what the costs will be."
"I need confidence that my information is securely held and that it is not going to be accessed by unknown people."
  • In fact, four times as many people want to access their personal health information on their smartphone than those who actually do.

Industry, science, technology sector:

"I want to see IT developers working closely with people within the health system, to develop software relevant to the needs of the health services."
"I want to know where I go and who to talk to if I have a good idea which I want to develop or need seed funding for."
"We need accepted national & international standards across the system, not different standards at each institution."

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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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