Clinical Leaders to join Digital Health Agency

The Australian Digital Health Agency has today announced the appointments of Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham and Dr Steve Hambleton.

Leading patient safety advocate Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham takes on the role of Chief Medical Adviser in which she will lead the development of initiatives to ensure that digital health services are designed, built and evaluated in partnership with the research community in Australia and internationally.  Clinical Professor Makeham, a practising GP, will be a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s executive leadership team and will provide advice in her areas of expertise including patient safety, clinical governance, risk management, and digital health and safety research.

“It’s a great honour for me to join the Australian Digital Health Agency.  As a clinician and a researcher, I see first-hand the immense value that digital health technologies can offer people and their care professionals, and their fundamental importance in our aims to deliver better health outcomes to Australians”, she said.

Clinical Professor Makeham is also a member of the WHO Safer Primary Care working group and a member of the Representative Expert Committee for eHealth and Practice Systems with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 

Dr Steve Hambleton, former president of the Australian Medical Association and one of this country’s most respected authorities in digital health, has agreed to become Senior Responsible Owner for a number of clinical priority programmes for the Australian Digital Health Agency. This role, which is not executive, will provide programme oversight and leadership so that the patient and professional benefit is assured and delivered. Other Senior Responsible Owner appointments will be announced over the coming weeks. 

“I am very positive about the future of digital health in Australia and I look forward to working with the Agency on the best ways data and technology can be safely used to help Australians live healthier, happier and more productive lives”, he said.

Announcing the appointments, CEO Mr Tim Kelsey said: “I am delighted that Meredith and Steve are joining the team.  Their experience across their respective fields is invaluable. The Australian Digital Health Agency is committed to co-design with the clinical community – and the citizens they serve.”


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