Australasian Telehealth Society
ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 8 - 2nd September 2013

SFT-13 Conference Update – Brisbane 11-12 November
Early bird registration is now available until the 30 September. Take advantage of the reduced rate and save $110 on the full cost.
Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth at UQ
Four telehealth research groups, in geriatrics, rehabilitation, dermatology, plus the Centre for Online Health, have come together with a $2.5M grant, and are partnering with other organisations to conduct research to address the major challenges facing telehealth expansion. The research will have a focus on increasing access to health services in rural areas, residential aged care and home care. See more at:
Mental Health Internet Pioneer Honoured at The MHS Conference
Prof Helen Christensen, the Executive Director of the Black Dog Insitute, was given a special award at The Mental Health Services conference last week for her longstanding work in developing online psychological interventions for depression and anxiety. The MHS Conference had a parallel session about on-line interventions, and the Country Southern SA Medicare Local gave a paper about a rural telepsychology service in South Australia. Broadly speaking, however, there is great potential for the expansion of telehealth in this area.

Indigenous Health Conference Emphasises Telehealth
The NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) Summit heard last week that telehealth has potential to make a huge difference to patients. A recent survey showed that only 30 of 100 services were involved with telehealth, but NACCHO is providing infrastructure grants to help all ACCHs to get started with telehealth. See more at:
Telestroke Project Victoria
I (Tori Wade) recently spent a day visiting the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. They are conducting the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program, which is being set up on a hub-and-spoke model. The aim is to increase access to
thrombolysis for patients with stroke presenting to rural and regional hospitals, which should potentially reduce deaths and disability caused by stroke. It involves both videoconsulting with a roster of neurologists and access to brain imaging, which together allow a decision to be made about offering thrombolytic treatment in rural areas. See at:
Amusing Corner
An occasional feature of this newsletter will be pointing out some amusing or ironic features in the world of telehealth and/or e-health. Today we suggest you watch this one for a good laugh: If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care; go to:
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