Telehealth in mainstream practice at broadband for bush forum

Telehealth's journey from trials to its use in mainstream practice today is up for discussion by a panel of experts at the upcoming Broadband for the Bush forum, being held in Darwin next month.

The panel is one of a number looking at how to unlock the digital potential of the bush at the forum, the fourth organised by the Broadband for the Bush Alliance.

The organisers say the forum will seek to explore and find practical outcomes that promote digital inclusion, using both fixed and mobile technologies, and explore better and innovative infrastructure in the bush.

Panellists include the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory's (AMSANT) eHealth project manager Greg Henschke, head physician at Katherine Hospital Simon Quilty, the University of Queensland telehealth technology director Liam Caffery, and Medicare Local NT clinical and public health advisor Bernie Westley.

The forum is being held in Darwin from July 15 to 16.

It comes as an independent regional telecommunications review committee has opened calls for public submissions on how governments, industry and the community can support access to telecommunications services that meet the needs of people living in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia.

The committee is considering the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia, whether people in these areas have equitable access to telecommunications services that are significant to them, the effect of infrastructure and service improvements, including what will be delivered by the rollout of the NBN and the mobile black spot program, and the relevance of the current universal service obligations.

In terms of healthcare, the committee is interested in the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional local health districts compared to their urban counterparts. The committee would also like to hear about innovations and best practice in using telecommunications to improve care in regional Australia.

Submissions to the committee close on July 15.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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