The 2016 Rural & Remote Telehealth Conference has four main aims with a particular emphasis on sustainably embedding telehealth enabled service delivery models in rural and remote communities:

  • Facilitate shared problem solving, learning and innovation
  • Identify opportunities to enhance and integrate the telehealth capability of both the public and private health systems.
  • Develop strategies to involve patients, carers, clinicians and policy makers to increase and sustain momentum for improved telehealth services.
  • Improve and embed telehealth enabling business processes and systems with a focus on service sustainability across the health sector.

A variety of workshops, oral talks, and electronic posters will be presented throughout the conference addressing the following themes:

  • Getting ready for the Technology Tsunami: How do we find clarity in the chaos.
  • Digital Literacy – what level does Telehealth require for health professionals and patients.
  • The great divide between primary care and acute care: Can it be bridged by Telehealth.
  • Is remote monitoring really the next big step.
  • Should we be preparing for full immersion healthcare environments eg Virtual reality.
  • Current telehealth research, implementation, technology, strategies to improve access, efficiency and safe quality healthcare.
  • The clinical opportunities of telehealth.
  • The business of telehealth.
  • The future of telehealth.
  • Innovative models for delivery in the home.
  • Consumer co-design of telehealth solutions.
  • Applied telehealth today.
  • Lessons learnt in Telehealth.
  • Telehealth on a budget.


Tuesday 4 October 2016

Armitage Centre Foyer, Empire Theatre
18:00 – 20:00 Registration & Welcome Reception


Wednesday 5 October 2016

Church Theatre, Empire Theatre
07:45 – 08:30 Registration, Trade Displays & ePoster Viewing
Armitage Centre, Empire Theatre
08:30 – 08:45 Conference Welcome
Shayne Stenhouse
Conference Convenor
Darling Downs Hospital & Health Service
08:45 – 08:55 Welcome to Country
Wakamilaroi Aboriginal Arts and Dance
09:00 – 09:15 Official Conference Opening – (Recorded video message)
Hon Cameron Dick
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Queensland Government
09:15 – 09:30 Presentation of the better practice award – Teledentistry
Mr Nick Ryan
CEO, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
09:30 – 10:00

Keynote Presentation

Times, they are a-changin
Anne Cahill Lambert AM
Patient & Consumer Advocate

10:00 – 10:15 Keynote Presentation
Ms Simone Finch
CEO, Darling Downs & West Moreton PHN
Church Theatre, Empire Theatre
10:15 – 10:45 Morning Tea, Trade Displays & ePoster Viewing
Armitage Centre Studio Room Supper Room
Current Telehealth research, implementation, technology, strategies to improve access, efficiency and safe quality healthcare The clinical opportunities of Telehealth Workshop
Chair Matt Page Dr Dan Manahan Joanne Gilbert
10:45 – 11:05 Telerheumatology – patient perspectives on using telemedicine for the management of inflammatory arthritis
Dr S Devadula
Pre-implementation phase: podiatry trial of store & forward technology
Sarah Jensen
Maintaining mature mouths utilising teledentistry
Debbie McKenzie
11:05 – 11:25 Support needs of rural and remote clinicians providing non-critical emergency care in Queensland
Pauline Calleja
The efficacy of Telehealth support for the Hospital in the Home
M. McCusker
11:25 – 11:45 Reducing the tyranny of distance for health professionals working in regional and remote Queensland
Pammie Ellem
Supporting Telehealth delivered allied health services
Melody Shepherd
Telehealth parenting counselling trial and research project
Nicole Owen, Stephanie Golden Roser 
11:45 – 12:05 Can Occupational Therapy hand assessment and treatment sessions be conducted via Telehealth?
Tess Worboys, Melinda Brassington
Tele-fracture clinic
Gemma Model
12:05 – 12:25 Reflections on using Telehealth in home modification practice with clients with newly acquired spinal cord injury in Queensland – the pros and the challenges
Jamie Matveyeff
OOTS – Orthopaedic Outpatient Telehealth Service
Christina McInally
Every referral is a patient with a problem and a doctor who needs assistance
Jane Connolly
12:25 – 12:45 What factors determine health care professionals (HCP’s) acceptance of mobile devices for Telehealth: a qualitative study conducted in Queensland
Vasundhara Rani Sood
Delivering virtual speech language pathology to school children in the Western Downs
Danette Langbecker
Church Theatre, Empire Theatre
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch, Trade Displays & ePoster Viewing
Armitage Centre, Empire Theatre
Chair Matt Page
13:30 – 14:00 Keynote Presentation

Hireup, an online platform revolutionising the Australian disability sector
Poppy Malone
Community Engagement Manager, Hireup
14:00 – 14:30 Keynote Presentation

Tele-stress testing to help our rural colleagues
Dr Adam Scott
Director of Cardiac Sciences, Cardiac Investigations Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
14:30 – 15:00

Keynote Presentation

Making Telehealth work in a Diabetes Clinic
Dr Sheila Cook
Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Toowoomba Hospital

Church Theatre, Empire Theatre
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea, Trade Displays & ePoster Viewing
Armitage Centre Studio Room Supper Room
The Business of Telehealth Innovative models for delivery in the home Workshop
Chair Rheana Blom Vanessa Lynn Joanne Gilbert
15:30 – 15:50 Think teamwork for Telehealth success
Shayne Stenhouse
Assistive Technology @ Home: using Telehealth to support collaborative service delivery
Chris Sweeney 
Current and Future Telehealth Technologies in Queensland Health
Daniel Best
15:50 – 16:10 Reporting and funding Telehealth activity: A Queensland Perspective
Stephanie Ferdinands
My Online Clinic: a novel solution for connecting patients to health care providers using mobile devices
Gillian Alexis
16:10 – 16:30 Telehealth & Outreach Service Model Tool
Linda Cuskelly
Telehealth Home Monitoring
Lay Yean Woo
Armitage Centre, Empire Theatre
19:00 – 23:00 Conference Dinner


Thursday 6 October 2016

Church Theatre, Empire Theatre
08:15 – 09:00 Registration, Trade Displays & ePoster Viewing
Armitage Centre, Empire Theatre
Chair Shayne Stenhouse
09:00 – 09:30

Keynote Presentation – (via videolink)

Moving Forward with Virtual Health Care
Dr Rob Williams
Chief Medical Officer, OTN

09:30 – 10:00

Keynote Presentation – (via videolink)

Telehealth – Bringing it home
Dr Ewen McPhee
President, Rural Doctors Association of Australia

10:00 – 10:15 Q & A Session
Church Theatre, Empire Theatre
10:15 – 10:45 Morning Tea, Trade Displays & ePoster Viewing
Armitage Centre Studio Room Supper Room
Clinical opportunities of Telehealth Current Telehealth research, implementation and technology Workshop
Chair Stephanie Ferdinands Vanessa Lynn Ans Van Erp
10:45 – 11:05 Telehealth supported rural stroke units – lessons from the pilot
Matt Page
Engaging community health nurses to facilitate a Telehealth chronic disease model of care
Carolyn Bourke
Only a click away: a workshop on best practice in telesupervision
Priya Martin
11:05 – 11:25 Telehealth for the Bush
Jodie Turvey
Telepractice and NDIS: remote service delivery as a valid intervention option
Tracey McCann
11:25 – 11:45 Challenges using Telehealth in East Timor
Daniel Manahan
The geographic distribution of patients seeking healthcare
Phil Greenup
TEMSU –  Our Expectations Are Infinite
Matthew Barneveld
11:45 – 12:05 Monitoring the Chronically Ill Elderly in the Community – User Perceptions and Compliance, and Organisational Challenges
Marlien Varnfield
What factors influence the quality and effectiveness of telesupervision? Findings from a systematic review of the literature
Priya Martin
12:05 – 12:25 TeleMapping for the Mater Cochlear Implant Clinic a hurdle rather than a sprint to the finish line
Janeen Jardine
Grow Your Own Telehealth
Janet Reid, Kim Butler

Oral Presentation

MECARE – Solution Overview of how West Moreton HHS Deployed the Technical Solution and a Discussion on our Technical Challenges and Successes
Nasa Walton, Dr Johanne Neill

Church Theatre, Empire Theatre
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch, Trade Displays & ePoster Viewing
Armitage Centre, Empire Theatre
Chair Ans Van Erp
13:15 – 14:00 Panel Session – Q & A
– Poppy Malone
– Anne Cahill Lambert
– Dr Dan Manahan
Facilitator: Ans Van Erp
14:00 – 14:30 Conference Close
Dr Jeannette Young
Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director-General, Prevention Division, Queensland Health
14:30 – 15:15 Closing Remarks & Announcement of the Innovation Telehealth Award winner
Ans Van Erp & Alison Kennedy
Conference Convenor
Darling Downs Hospital & Health Service

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