This Week in Telehealth December 2, 2014
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SFT-14 Conference a Great Success
A record number of delegates attended SFT-14 in Adelaide on the 17-18 November, and we were delighted with the comments we received:
  • great sessions
  • good poster presentation session; and
  • very well organised.
The conference dinner was held at a the Glen Ewin Estate Winery in the Adelaide Hills and was enjoyed by all.  Next year, SFT-15 will be held in Brisbane in November.  Photos of the conference can be accessed here.
Notification:  ATHS Executive Committee was re-elected

The Executive Committee was re-elected via the voting process outlined in the ATHS constitution at the Annual General Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society at the AGM during the SFT-14 Conference.
President:  Dr Anthony Smith, University of Queensland (Qld)
Vice-President:  Dr Victoria Wade, University of Adelaide (SA)
Honorary Secretary:  Dr Laurie Wilson, University of Western Sydney (NSW)
Honorary Treasurer: Prof Colin Carati, Flinders University (SA)

Congratulations to the Committee.
TeleDerm Celebrates 10 Years of Operations
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine has now been operating TeleDerm for 10 years. This store-and-forward teledermatology service not only provides quick turnaround clinical advice for rural doctors, it is also a great educational resource. For more information please click here

Telehealth in the Australasian News

A story about the NSW Rural Health Plan, is calling the telehealth services ‘controversial’. The issue of whether or not telehealth would replace some existing in-person services was raised.
Minister won't rule out replacing doctors with Telehealth

From New Zealand, a story about lower than expected uptake of a video service between Dargaville Hospital and Auckland Hospitals in its first year of operations.
Telehealth service not so popular
Telehealth Grows in Europe
A report that 4.7 million people in Europe are using connected care to monitor their health. Whilst we have been mainly conducting video consulting in Australia, this is a timely reminder that Europe is at the forefront in telemonitoring.  To read the article click here.
2015 Global Telehealth Conference - Deadline extended
Toronto, Canada May 29-30. Keynote speaker: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director of the Dept of Knowledge, Ethics and Research, WHO. 

Following repeated requests, the call for papers deadline has been extended to Dec 15.

Visit the website here.
Academic Corner
A randomised controlled trial in the US has reported that telemedicine-based collaborative outreach care was superior to usual care for treating posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans, most of whom lived in rural areas. This looks like something that could be considered for Australia. See further information here.

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