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.
In 2020, the Society was renamed the Australian Telehealth Society, in recognition of the focus of activities being in Australia and the activities of the NZ Telehealth Forum in New Zealand.
It is the National Member for Australia of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH).
Some of its roles include:
- Bringing together a community of researchers, telehealth practitioners, clinicians and industry partners in a unique interdisciplinary grouping. It is the only Australian 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 health system.
- Recommending guidelines and standards of practice for telehealth 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 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.
- Participating in an annual peer-reviewed national conference.
The Australasian Telehealth Society is an Incorporated Association registered through the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading. Its Australian Business Number (ABN) is 42734632603.
The ATHS Constitution was updated in October 2020, along with the change of name to the ‘Australian Telehealth Society’.