Launch of the National Digital Health Strategy Consultation

Your health. Your say.

How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve health and care? Many people 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.

The Australian Digital Health Agency was created in July by the Australian Government to drive the development and delivery of Australia’s digital health.  To help describe what digital health looks like now and in future, the organisation is launching a national consultation with the general public, clinicians, healthcare providers and funders. The findings from the national consultation will be used to develop a national digital health strategy for delivery to Government in 2017.

Formally launched today, the national consultation will be informed by a series of community-based forums, meetings with health and care stakeholders, providers and funders.  The face-to-face events will be supported by the website and an online survey to help drive the development of the strategy.

“We want to work with all areas of the community – including patients and the public, carers, healthcare providers, scientists and researchers, entrepreneurs and technology innovators – to ensure that what we do is always shaped around their needs, wants and aspirations,” said the Agency’s Executive General Manager for Clinical and Consumer Engagement, Dr Monica Trujillo.

“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,” said Chief Executive Officer Mr. Tim Kelsey.

Individuals and groups can attend the face-to-face events, or participate online via the survey at website: conversation.digitalhealth.gov.au.

The survey is open from Thursday 3 November 2016 until Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 5pm AEDST.

Submissions are also welcome at website conversation.digitalhealth.gov.au until Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 5pm AEDST.

Are you interested in having someone from the Australian Digital Health Agency come and speak at a community or professional event? 

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The following Australian Digital Health Agency representatives are available for interview.  
Mr Tim Kelsey, CEO
Dr Monica Trujillo, Chief Clinical Information Officer
Associate Professor Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Adviser

To request an interview please use the media contact details below.

Alison Sweeney
Senior Communications and Media Officer
Phone: 02 8298 2669
Mobile: 0414 187 350
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.digitalhealth.gov.au
Twitter: @AuDigitalHealth