ACRRM Accredited

Rural and Remote Telehealth Conference is accredited with ACRRM for 13 Core PDP Points.


Key dates

Early Bird Registration to 8 April 2011
Standard Registration 9 April 2011





Sunday 29 MAY 2011
3.00pm Registration opens
5.00pm - 6.30pm

Welcome Reception Cairns Convention Centre
Welcome: Dr Louise Schaper CEO HISA
Telstra ignites cross-jurisdiction EHR
Jon Hughes Director, Smart Health Solutions Telstra

Monday 30 MAY 2011
7.30am Registration opens
8.30am Welcome to Country Jeanette Singleton recognised Tribal elder of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Cairns land the Yirrganydji people
8.40am Opening Address and Welcome: Michael Gill Chair, Rural and Remote Telehealth Conference
8.55am Plenary 1: Julie Hartley-Jones District Chief Executive Officer, Cairns and Hinterland Health Service District Qld
9.15am Plenary 2: James Ferguson NHS Telehealth Grampians, Scotland
10.00am Plenary 3: The promise of telemedicine in the 21st century Prof John Wilson Head Cystic Fibrosis Service, Alfred Hospital Melbourne
10.30am Morning tea & Exhibition
11.00am Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

Concurrent 1 - Chair: Dr Trevor Lord

Innovations in Post-Disaster Care - The Sichuan Experience
John Grant Director, Connected Health, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems Inc

Virtual Care: Providing High Quality Care at a Distance
Dr George Margelis General Manager, Care Innovations Australia, NSW

Connecting primary care: a view on telehealth from General Practice Networks
Craig Szucs Principal Network Adviser eHealth Australian General Practice Network, ACT

Concurrent 2 Chair: David Ryan
'War Stories' - Lessons Learnt

Telehealth applications accross the Grampians region, Victoria
Sharon Tonkin Campus Manager Donald Campus East Wimmera Health Service

Virtual Health - Myth or Reality
Bruce Winzar CIO London Mallee Health Alliance

Virtual critical care clinician outreach and support in medical retrieval
Tim Gray Medical Advisor, Adult Retrieval Victoria

Barriers to Telehealth

New ways of approaching telehealth
Jackie Plunkett Director, Health eTowns Project, NT Department of Health

Health:electronic and the cloud? Some perspectives from ground level.
Dr Leif Hanlen Senior Researcher, E-Health Business Management, NICTA

12.30pm Lunch & Exhibition
1.30pm Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4

Concurrent 3 - Chair: Dr Jenny May

This is the business end of telehealth, dealing with day to day clinical care. Various aspects of technology and clinical requirements to provide efficient health care to patients and demonstartions of a few scenarios will be highlights of this session.

Dr Sabe Sabesan Director of Medical Oncology Townsville Hospital, Qld

Dr Michael Williams Director Child & Adolescent Health Service, Mackay Base Hospital, Qld

Concurrent 4 - Chair: Dr Trevor Lord

Telehealth - an Occupational Medical Experience
David Allen Managing Director Telehealth Solutions Australia and Quality Occupational Health NSW

Making sense of telemedicine and EHR in the workplace
Prof John Wilson Head Cystic Fibrosis Service, Alfred Hospital Melbourne

Combining web based classrooms and E-learn tools; Increasing access to nursing education in the Kimberley
Sally Clark
Associate Dean University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus, WA

Connecting Critical Care: Enhancing Clinical Decision Making at the Point of Care
Angela Ryan Statewide Services Development Branch NSW Health

Telepathology in the Northern Territory
Merrianne Wardle Network Supervising Scientist - Haematology, Northern Territory Government Pathology Service

3.30pm Afternoon Tea & Exhibition
4.00pm Concurrent sessions 5 & 6

Concurrent 5 - Chair: Jackie Plunkett

Considering Clinical Consultations via Video Conference?
Heidi Warkill Facilitator Statewide Telehealth Services, Qld

Telederm National: vision for its future
Dr Jim Muir
Director Department of Dermatology, Mater Hospital Qld

Implementation of Statewide Video Remote Interpreting Service to Improve Access to Interpreters Within Queensland Health, Australia. A Telehealth Success Story.
Libby Sterling, Principal Interpreter Quality Officer - Northern, Queensland Health Multicultural Services

Concurrent 6 - Chair: Louise Schaper

Virtual Maternity
Michael Gill, Director Internet Business Solutions Cisco and
Helen Timms, Assistant Director of Nursing, Caboolture Hospital

The Changing Role of Telehealth
Prof Mukesh Haikerwal AO National Clinical Lead, National E-Health Transition Authority

Telehealth and the Power of Proximity
Dr Jenny May Chair National Rural Health Alliance

5.30pm Day 1 Close
7.00pm Conference Dinner
Prof Mukesh Haikerwal
AO "The Doctor in 2030"

Tuesday 31 MAY 2011
8.00am Registration desk opens
9.00am Plenary 4: Chair - Michael Gill
Senator, The Hon. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
9.45am Plenary 5: The future of telehealth in Canada
Dr Ed Brown CEO The Ontario Telemedicine Network, Canada
10.45am Morning tea and Exhibition

Plenary 6: Chair - Dr Sabe Sabesan
Dr Jon Linkous CEO American Telemedicine Association, USA


Plenary 7:
Health Care in an NBN World - A hypothetical
Moderated by Michael Gill Chair, Rural & Remote Telehealth Conference

Kerri Burden Director, E-Health Branch, Department of Health and Ageing
Sylvia Spaseski Assistant Secretary, Digital Initiatives, Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy
Prof Mukesh Haikerwal AO National Clinical Lead, National E-Health Transition Authority
Moya Sandow Health Consumers of Rural and Remote Australia, Director Consumer Health Forum of Australia, National Rural Health Alliance Council Member
Bernadette Gibbons National General Manager, Telstra Health
Dr Trevor Lord Senior Medical Officer, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council
Dr Jenny May Chair, National Rural Health Alliance

12.45pm Lunch & Exhibition

Plenary 8 : Chair - Dr Trevor Lord

Telehealth in India: An Overview
Prof K Ganapathy President, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, India


Plenary 9:

Improving access to specialist services through Medicare rebates for video consultations
Jennifer Campain - Director of Medicare Eligibility, Medical Benefits Division Department of Health and Ageing, ACT

3.00pm -3.30pm Conference Conclusion Dr Louise Schaper CEO, HISA
Summary presented by Session Chairs