Australasian Telehealth Society

ATHS “This Week in Telehealth” Number 2 – 06 May 2013


ATHS Annual Meeting
The Australasian Telehealth Society 4th Annual Meeting will be held at the Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference, at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square in Brisbane on the 11th and 12th of November 2013.

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Strategic Directions in Telehealth: Discussion Paper Launched Today!
Telehealth has suffered from a lack of a clear and well articulated national strategic direction in recent years, yet is frequently acknowledged as a major component on Health services reform which would be readily enabled by the national rollout of the NBN.  The Australasian Telehealth Society has moved to address this gap by producing a new discussion paper launched today, suggesting three key strategic directions which should be followed:
-          Focus on national priority groups for receipt of heath care (e.g. aged and chronic disease)
-          Apply fit for purpose models of telehealth services and delivery (e.g. primary care based)
-          Choose the locus of implementation for optimal effect (e.g. regional and peri-urban sites).
The discussion paper can be read in full on our web site
Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth
This new journal is now online!
Both Anthony Maeder and Laurie Wilson are authors in the inaugural issue. To view and download papers from this journal, readers need to register (free) at
Also consider submitting a paper; they are looking for original research, work in progress, short reports, reviews, and country profiles.

Innovation Award to RDNS Victoria
Victoria’s Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) Healthy, Happy and at Home telehealth project, has won the Outstanding ICT Innovation award, which was presented on the opening day of the 4th Ageing Asia Investment Forum in the Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards 2013 in Singapore. The telehealth project allows nurses to make “virtual visits” to patient’s homes using high-speed broadband technology, with the objective to help patients remain in their homes and avoid difficult hospital visits.

SFT Conference announces venue
This year’s Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference (SFT-13) will be held at the Pullman Brisbane (previously the Sebel) Hotel on King George Square; in the heart of the CBD, on the 11-12 November.
The conference committee particularly welcomes abstracts (due July 8th) on the clinical use of telehealth across a range of settings, including hospitals, general practice, residential aged care facilities, home and community health services.See
Telehealth in the diagnosis and treatment of autism
Adelaide Unicare e-Health has a telehealth evidence service; we take enquiries from the field and will review the evidence for the effectiveness of telehealth in various areas; we recently had an enquiry about the use of telehealth for the diagnosis and treatment of autism. The short answer is that this area is promising rather than well researched, but we have collected what there is and posted it at
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Has just updated their ehealth website This includes a telehealth provider directory, plus information about telehealth technology, education, standards and lots more.
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