The future of digital health in Australia: a social policy discussion

By Julian Bajkowski

Friday February 3, 2017

Emerging technologies are changing the global economy and Australian society. This is largely being driven by consumers who are demanding personalised wrap around services, most notably in banking, shopping and social networking. In healthcare the demand for consumer-centred services is driving the demand for new digital models of care – which follow patients, their carers and family through the health system.

On Monday 13th February from 2.00pm – 3.30pm (AEDT) the Australian Digital Health Agency is delivering a national webcast which will inform Australia’s next Digital Health Strategy.

The open Q&A webcast is especially relevant to all government agencies with an interest in digital health and an important next step in advancing discussions between the public, stakeholders, industry and those developing and implementing policy.

Digital Health Agency chief executive Tim Kelsey wants to know what you think.

As digital health traverses all jurisdictions, communities and a myriad of stakeholder and professional groups, this up-front online discussion is a pivotal opportunity to find out more and ask questions about developments that will soon touch all Australians.

It follows an extensive community consultation that has received over 1050 online submissions and attracted 2,500 people to meetings, forums, workshops, webcasts and town halls across Australia.

Facilitated by Ellen Fanning, the webcast and discussion will be focused on digital health, including trends, public policy considerations, emerging technologies and overarching themes.

Key public sector leaders and experts at the coalface of delivering digital health will also be actively be participating and answering questions.

Panellists include:

  • Secretary of the Australian Department of Health, Martin Bowles
  • Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt
  • Chief Executive Officer of Data61, Adrian Turner
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Tim Kelsey
  • Chief Medical Adviser of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Professor Meredith Makeham

To view the webcast you will need a browser and internet connection. To view or participate in the webcast, head to:

Information on the National Digital Health Strategy consultation is at:

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