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.

Panellists included:

  • Mr Martin Bowles PSM, Secretary of the Australian Department of Health
  • Professor Brian Schmidt AO, Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University
  • Mr Adrian Turner, Chief Executive Officer of Data61
  • Mr Barry Sandison, Director of the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW)
  • Mr Tim Kelsey, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham, GP and Chief Medical Adviser of the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Australian Digital Health Agency - Webcast 13 February 2017
Panellists about to commence the national webcast on Monday 13 February 2017.

The webcast explored a range of questions under the banner of health and digital health, including access, personalised medicine, data, standards, electronic messaging, education and training, workforce readiness, structural implications, responsibility, ownership and transparency.

The Agency's Chief Executive Tim Kelsey said, "The breadth of the topics discussed illustrate that digital health cannot be discussed in isolation. It needs to be part of a broader community discussion and based on partnerships and collaboration across communities. We heard this feedback clearly in our consultation.

"Over 1,000 people and organisations responded to our survey and provided submissions. They want more control and access over their health care. They want to trust in the health information and tools available to them. We have a real opportunity now to innovate and to instil confidence and convenience in digital health care for the Australian community."

When asked about how digital health could support health prevention during the webcast, Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham explained that "having access to my own health information and being informed, will go a long way to towards prevention."

Watch a recording of the webcast

The national consultation conducted since October 2016 has engaged with over 3,000 consumers, clinicians, health care providers, allied health, researchers, jurisdictions and industry towards informing a co-produced National Digital Health Strategy.

The findings from the national consultation are being used to develop a national digital health strategy for Australia. Further information on the consultation is at


Media contact: Tiffany King, Director Communications, 0428 772 421 [email protected]

About the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Australian Digital Health Agency commenced operations on 1 July 2016 and is tasked with improving health outcomes for Australians through the delivery of digital health services and systems.

Established as a statutory authority in the form of a corporate Commonwealth entity, the Agency reports to State and Territory Health Ministers through the COAG Health Council.