Tuesday, 18th August 2020
Telehealth and Digital Inclusion
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Post completion of the build of the NBN, a major component of the next phase of broadband network development in Australia will be an emphasis on realising the full social and economic benefits of such networks, fixed and mobile.
Many of these benefits have become clearly apparent in the time of COVID-19, the question becoming how to fully recognise and achieve them on a continuing basis. Early in 2019 the NBN Futures Group began a process of engaging with a variety of stakeholders via discussion papers and open forums, such as this, exploring key issues impacting social and economic benefits, in this case considering possible cross links between broadband applications such as telehealth, working from home, online learning, personal communications, small business processes – and digital inclusion/literacy.
This forum will explore what is needed in full programs to tackle digital inclusion in Australia, to achieve the full potential of Telehealth as a particularly important application.
Chair and Q&A: Dr Jim Holmes (NBN Futures Group)
Introduction: John Burke (NBN Futures Group)
Ishtar Vij (Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance) will explore the barriers to digital inclusion in Australia, including digital capability - the skills needed to make full use of technologies in an increasingly digitised society.
Professor Anthony Smith (Centre for Online Health, University of Queensland) will provide an overview of the status of Telehealth developments over the last 25 years and in particular during COVID-19.
Professor Peter Brooks (Centre for Health Policy, University of Melbourne) will outline the research and what is needed for a full program to achieve the potential of Telehealth, including Telehealth ecosystem, digital literacy and the introduction of 'digital health navigators'.
Participation in this Zoom event is free both for TelSoc members and others with an interest in Telehealth and Digital Inclusion. Please ensure that you register, as above, either via the TelSoc website (Book a Seat button above), or via Eventbrite. The Zoom meeting details will be dispatched to those registered to attend. To avoid disappointment, please consider booking early as Zoom numbers are limited.
TelSoc encourages new members to join. Membership is very reasonably priced and helps to support TelSoc fostering Telecommunications and the Digital Economy in Australia. For further details on becoming a member of TelSoc, please see: https://telsoc.org/membership
Given that this is a Zoom rather than live event the Q&A session following formal presentations will endeavour to respond to questions as equitably as possible - using the zoom 'Chat' facilities. However depending on audience size and logistics this could be limited. In any case please don't hesitate to raise questions via the Zoom CHAT facility. Questions will be recorded and if not addressed in the time available will be subsequently provided to presenters. The overall event will be recorded.
Access and Documentation
Subsequent to registration, Zoom access details will be provided to all registrants via an update 'newsletter' dispatch, together with a Summary Sheet for each presenter together, relevant references, and additional biographical details.
Date and Time
Tue, 18 Aug 2020
12:00 - 13:45 AEST