The Australasian Telehealth Society has developed a draft document Towards a National Strategy for Telehealth in Australia 2013-2018, based partly on a Workshop held at the Global Telehealth 2012 Conference held in Sydney in November 2012.
Health systems worldwide face sustainability pressures and challenges, leading to widespread reform agendas including ‘new models of care’ and ‘enabling technologies’. Australia must deliver health care to a varied population spread from dense urban and regional settings to sparse rural or remote areas, creating access and quality differentials. With appropriate high level direction driven by a National Strategy, Telehealth can play a significant role in enabling the changes required to respond to these needs. In this discussion paper we argue that the directions to be set by a National Strategy for Telehealth should be targeted, purposeful and efficient in nature. Based on input obtained from a multi-sector roundtable discussion, we propose a set of key strategies and corresponding operational plan elements, which we believe can help advance the development of a full National Strategy for Telehealth in Australia.
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