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National Telehealth Summit

20-21 April 2021 | Swissôtel Sydney & Delivered Virtually

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The National Telehealth Summit will take place as a face-to-face event on the 20-21 of April 2021 at the Swissôtel Sydney. It will also be available virtually.

Telemedicine in Australia is not new, but there is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has catalysed an unprecedented shift toward virtual care across the country. Moreover, the Australian Government’s announcement to inject $669 million to expand Medicare-subsidised Telehealth services for all Australians, whilst also providing extra incentives to general practitioners and other health practitioners was a game changer. The funding for telehealth has made it more accessible, affordable and appealing to health services and consumers alike.

As we begin to look beyond the pandemic and into the future, now is an important time to discuss what place telehealth will have in Australia’s healthcare system now and into the future?

This event will be about exploring the key areas of opportunity for telehealth beyond COVID, recognising and debating the challenges and realities of widespread sustained adoption of telehealth and showcasing latest and greatest innovations. Some key topics to be covered include:

  • The drivers, uncertainty, and the appetite in the market for telehealth
  • What role and place will telehealth have post-pandemic? Addressing concerns and finding the hard evidence to weight the benefits and risks
  • Funding realities of telehealth and debating the most effective measures, models and reforms needed
  • Greatest opportunity areas for telehealth applications e.g. mental health & wellbeing
  • Infrastructure requirements – ensuring right technology, network connection, and ensuring human resources/trained staff
  • Lessons learnt, experiences and insights from best practice case studies across the country
  • Identifying and adopting successful telehealth models
  • Embedding telehealth into current hospital practices
  • Addressing knowledge and capacity gaps within the current health workforce
  • Consumer perspectives- understanding and harnessing expectations and building partnerships
  • Medico-Legal protections for GPs and healthcare professionals providing on-demand telehealth services
  • Data security and privacy with telehealth and medical records
  • Trusting providers- what they do with your data and addressing misconceptions about data breaches
  • Development of AI in telehealth. Where are we now?
  • Redesigning healthcare in Australia as expectations on how care can be provided change


Dr Karen Price

President, RACGP

Professor Glen Maberly

Director of Western Sydney Diabetes & Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist, Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD)

Danny Vadasz

CEO, Health Issues Centre

Shannon Nott

Rural Director of Medical Services, Western NSW Local Health District & Clinical Director – Virtual Care Accelerator, NSW Health

Professor Richard Harvey

Consultant Psychiatrist, Founder of & Clinical Professor, Deakin University

Julian Nolan

Mental Health Clinician / Clinical Psychology Registrar, Aged Persons Mental Health Service – APAT, Peter James Centre

Dr Rahul Gupta

Clinical Lead, NMHEC-RAP Telepsychiatry Service, Hunter New England Local Health District & Conjoint Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Associate Professor Tam C. Nguyen

Deputy Director of Research, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Associate Professor Jill Benson AM

Medical Director, Spinifex Health Service, Tjuntjuntjara, Senior Medical Educator, GPEx, South Australia, Clinical Associate Professor, Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide

Dr Sarah Farrand

Neuropsychiatrist, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Wendy Kelso

Senior Neuropsychologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Amandeep Hansra

GP & Chairperson, Committee on Systems & Technology for AMA and Clinical Reference Lead for ADHA, Bondi Doctors

Dr Melissa Naidoo

Group Executive Health & Chief Medical Officer, NIB

Alice King

Telehealth Program Manager & Strategic Lead, Regional Telehealth Program, Barwon South West, Victoria; Coordinator, Telehealth Victoria Community of Practice

Peter Yellowlees MBBS, MD

Chief Wellness Officer, UC Davis Health and Alan Stoudemire Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, UC Davis, California

Professor Sabe Sabesan

Director of Medical Oncology, Townsville Cancer Centre, Co-Chair, Australian Teletrial Consortium, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia

Kim Hill

A/ Outpatient Operational Manager, Royal Perth Hospital

Nandhini Natarajan

Telehealth Coordinator, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Rocky Ruperto

Solicitor - Medico-Legal Advisory Service, Avant Mutual

Paul McBride

First Assistant Secretary, Medicare Benefits Division, Australian Department of Health

Brett Holmes

General Secretary, New South Wales Nurses and Midwives' Association

Dr Silvia Pfeiffer

CEO & Co-Founder, Coviu

Jennifer MJ Isautier

Trial Coordinator, Sydney Health Literacy Lab, Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney

Dr Carlos Garcia-Esperon

Staff Specialist in Acute Stroke and Neurology | Director of Hunter Stroke Services and Stream, Division of Medicine, John Hunter Hospital

Jen Beer

Head of Segment - Health & Education, Regional & Remote, NBN

Ella Cannon

Associate Principal, Hive Legal

Peter Birch

Podcast Host, Founder & CEO, Talking HealthTech

Raelene Donovan

Emergency Staff Specialist, Metro South Health

A/Prof Shamasunder Acharya

Director of Diabetes Services, John Hunter Hospital & Clinical Lead, Hunter and New England Diabetes Alliance services

Dr Kevin Yap

Senior Lecturer in Public Health (Digital Health) & Course Coordinator (Digital Health Suite), Department of Public Health, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University

Angie Corbo

Head of Innovation Hub APAC, Roche

Kulbir Sandhu

Regional Head of Informatics APAC, Roche

Professor Jennifer Watts

Head of School, School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Stephanie Ferdinands

Principal Program Officer. Telehealth Support Unit, Clinical Excellence Queensland - Queensland Health

Ian Schrader

Program Director, Virtual Care Accelerator, Clinical Engagement & Patient Safety, eHealth NSW

Regina Osten

Stream Manager Integrated Care and Aboriginal Health, CATALYST, Agency for Clinical Innovation

Dr Nanda Kumar Sakaleshpura Chandrashekar

Medical Administration Registrar, Royal North Shore Hospital

Penelope McMillan

Chair, ME/CFS South Australia



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20 - 21 Apr 2021

Swissôtel Sydney
Address: 68 Market St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 (02) 9238 8888

Swissotel Sydney Special Accommodation Rate: 10% discount off best available rate at the time of booking. In order to qualify, please call the Reservations Team on 02 9238 8888 between 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday or email and quote INFORMA


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