Good news story about Roy and an update on Telehealth- the New Bush Telegraph


Staff changes NACCHO ehealth and Telehealth

Roy Monaghan (pictured above) began work with NACCHO as the National Telehealth Delivery Officer in October 2011.

Roy will shortly be taking over the role of ehealth program manager as Rachael Giacarri moves on from this position.

While there have been some challenges to the program progression and the E Health rollout nationally, the project will continue to forge ahead in the coming months.

NACCHO wishes to thank Rachael Giacarri for her work on this project and wishes her well on future endeavors

Real stories of real people who are working to deliver better health outcomes for Aboriginal people

Prior to NACCHO, Roy worked since 2009 for the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting Degrees and has a passion for improving Indigenous health through Aboriginal self determination and well functioning community controlled organisations delivery effective primary health care to the people.

He firmly believes that ‘closing the gap’ is something that will be achieved with, and though the hard work and perseverance of the people working in Aboriginal community controlled health services throughout the country and is something that he wants to be part of.

Roy looks forward to supporting a regular Ehealth/Telehealth Newsletter

The New Bush Telegraph: Telehealth for Rural and Remote Practice

The Rural Health Education Foundation will be broadcasting a live panel discussion and a documentary on telehealth next Tuesday, 29th January.

 The documentary will showcase stories from clinicians and patients who have been using telehealth for a while and the impact this technology is having for patients in rural and remote Australia accessing treatment and the primary healthcare teams involved. Two key stories include:

Spanning the Torres Strait: A Telehealth Story – how the Diabetes Centre at the Cairns Base Hospital QLD runs telehealth consultations across Far North Queensland, Cape York and the Torres Strait.

The case study features Prof Ashim Sinha, Debi Deans, Dr Samuel Jones and a number of other interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and patients.

Townsville linking with Mt Isa – Mt Isa in north west Queensland is one of the regions connected to Townsville via telehealth.  Without these links, patients have to travel sometimes for days, to see the specialist.

Shaun Solomon, Head of Indigenous Student’s Network at MICRRH shares his story of his mother’s oncology treatment through telehealth consultants and how the reduction of travel whilst undergoing treatment has had such a positive impact on her and her family’s well-being.

The panel will discuss myths and misunderstandings; what they wish someone had told them when they were starting and the difference it is making to their practice and to their patients.

The panel include: Ms Carol Bennett – CEO, Consumers Health Forum; Prof Isabelle EllisProfessor of Nursing: Rural and Regional Practice Development, University of Tasmania; Dr Ewen McPhee – General Practitioner, Emerald QLD; Dr Sabe Sabesan – Director of Medical Oncology, Townsville Hospital QLD; Ms Di Thornton – Director of Nursing, Pinnaroo Hospital SA; and Dr Angus Turner – Ophthalmologist, Lions Eye Institute, Nedlands WA (via video teleconference).

Tuesday 29th January 2013
Rural Health Channel (VAST Channel 600) OR
Register to view the online webcast

NSW, ACT, TAS & VIC; 7.30pm SA, 7.00pm QLD, 6.30pm NT; 5.00pm WA

Stories from The New Bush Telegraph: The Impact of Telehealth documentary will be broadcast half an hour prior to the live panel discussion.

CPD Accredited: RACGP Cat 2 (2 points), ACRRM (1 point)

Visit the Foundation’s Telehealth webpage for more detailed information.

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