Former Queensland public servant takes senior role at Australian Digital Health Agency

By Shannon Jenkins

Thursday January 21, 2021

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Dr Malcolm Thatcher will commence in his new role as chief technology officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency next month.

Most recently, Thatcher was Professor of Digital Practice in the QUT Graduate School of Business with a focus on digital transformation, risk and governance.

He has previously worked as chief health information officer for the Queensland government’s health department, as well as senior roles at Mater Healthcare Group in Brisbane, and eHealth Queensland.

Thatcher was also named one of the top 50 CIOs in Australia by CIO Magazine Australia in 2016.


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Newly appointed ADHA CEO Amanda Cattermole said Thatcher’s experience would support the key role of digital health in Australia’s ongoing COVID-19 response.

“Dr Thatcher will bring to the agency not only deep technical skills and a long history in a range of public and private health environments, but also a passion for leadership to help take the Agency forward at this exciting time in digital health,” she said.

“I look forward to his contribution to the National Digital Health Strategy and a better connected healthcare system that enables healthcare providers to access and share important patient information such as pathology and diagnostic imaging results, current and past prescriptions, and medical history.”

Digital health is “integral” to meeting Australia’s healthcare challenges, according to Thatcher. He said he has been impressed by the ADHA’s focus on “building the digital skills of healthcare providers and consumers so they can maximise the benefits of technology”.

The agency is currently working to modernise the national digital health infrastructure to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians.


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