The Australasian Telehealth Society was formed in 2008 to fill a long-felt need to create a forum for all of those involved in telehealth in Australia and New Zealand. It is the National Member for Australia and New Zealand of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH).
Some of its roles include:
- Bringing together a community which was previously fragmented and did not have a single forum for sharing of issues. It brings researchers, telehealth practitioners, clinicians and industry partners together in a unique interdisciplinary grouping. It is the only -Australasian organisation specifically addressing the needs of the telehealth community.
- Creating a credible channel for bringing issues effecting TeleHealth to the attention of decision makers and encouraging the use of Telehealth models and services to address issues confronting the Australian and New Zealand health systems.
- Recommending guidelines and standards of practice for telemedicine services ensuring that Quality /Safety and optimal patient care are maintained.
- Assisting in resolving such issues as billing for telemedicine or the delivery of services across jurisdictional boundaries.
- Investigating and influencing policy /legislative opportunities to integrate telemedicine into mainstream healthcare.
- Keeping our members aware of developments in telehealth.
- Making Australia a part of the international telehealth community, through membership of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) and other relevant international organisations.
- Organising an annual peer-reviewed national conference.
The Australasian Telehealth Society is an Incorporated Assocation registered through the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading. Its Australian Business Number (ABN) is 42734632603.