Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Watch Rob and Sandra's story, and find out about the "Health is in your hands conference" in Perth.

Rob and Sandra

Rob and his wife Sandra are Torres Strait Islanders who use My Health Record when they travel, to give their healthcare providers a convenient snapshot of their health.

Rob and Sandra

Rob and Sandra tell us how My Health Record helps them to manage their health.

Health is in your hands conference

Digital health was a hot topic at the “Health is in your hands” Aboriginal health conference in Perth, with a keynote presentation by Dr Samuel Goodwin on the positive impacts that digital services can offer.

It took place on July 7th and 8th, the start of NAIDOC week, and provided an opportunity for rural medical and health practitioners to share in ways they can educate and empower their Aboriginal patients to take control of their own health.

The Agency was represented by Kathy Rainbird, Digital Health Programme Manager, and Vickey Hill, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer.

Kathy Rainbird and Jamie Rankin

The Agency’s Dr Kathy Rainbird (right) talks My Health Record with Perth cardiologist, Dr Jamie Rankin (left), at the Aboriginal Health Conference 2018

Nicolle Marchant, from the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), presented a session on My Health Record – use, benefits and legislation. The Agency has been working closely with the state peak bodies for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health, including the AMSANT, and Nicolle has been delivering education to AMSANT's member services in the Northern Territory. Her presentation highlighted the experience of healthcare providers in the Northern Territory who have been using a shared electronic health record for some time and how it is now used extensively throughout the Territory.