Submission to the Australian Digital Health Agency on Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy

Audiology Australia has provided a submission to Australian Digital Health Agency on Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy. 

Key points in AudA’s submission include:

1. AudA’s strong support for the se of the My Health Record (MHR) as a core component of Australia’s national digital health service, and the need to improve system functionality of the MHR, particularly for allied health providers.

2. The importance of Indigenous data sovereignty in regard to the collection, storage and management of Indigenous identified data.

3. The importance of ensuring that telehealth systems are accessible to people who are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing impaired. This includes ensuring that telehealth systems accommodate for sign language and lip reading capabilities, the use of closed captioning abilities across all video platforms, and the accommodation of three-way sharing of information between the patient, health provider and an interpreter/care team if required.

4. The current need to strengthen the communication and digital literacy skills of the allied health workforce in order to effectively deliver telehealth services.

5. AudA’s recommendation that a strong focus be placed on providing practical guidance and assistance to health providers, and the development of appropriate governance, systems, and structures to support smaller primary care practices in the implementation or use of technology-related standards and new digital health technologies.

 To view the submission, click here.