27 - 28 March, 2019 |
ICC, Sydney, NSW

Australian Healthcare Week 2019 Blog


Pushing the Needle on Digital Health Innovation

At the intersection between innovators, providers, insurers and health industry professionals is DigitalHealthX, a shared platform to connect the ecosystem and push forward healthcare —  by improving technology awareness, education, and opportunity.

By: Australian Healthcare Week HQ

The Great Debate: Who is the Client of the Hospital? The Patient, or the Clinician?

Over the past decade, the way hospitals are designed, built and operated has evolved with many projects exploring new ways to deliver innovative and cost effective models of care.

But despite such progress, one question has remained constant: whose voice should be prioritised when funding and designing hospitals and health services? The Patient, or the Clinician?


Video Marketing in Health Care

Video is no longer an additive piece of advertising, it is a vital digital asset that is as defining feature of twenty first century marketing strategy. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of video content for your healthcare business. 


Positioning Australia as a global digital health hub

Australia could become a global centre for healthcare technologies, with the sector uniquely placed to boost health and economic outcomes for Australia, but home grown companies are choosing to head overseas thanks to red tape and challenges in attracting investment.

By: Australian Healthcare Week HQ

NSW Liberals promise to boost healthcare funding


Mitigating alarm fatigue and improving clinical productivity – the role of intelligent middleware in delivering efficient care

Much has been written about the danger of alarm (or alert) fatigue as it relates to patient safety. Often overlooked, however, is the extent to which productivity is negatively impacted when caregivers are overwhelmed by unending alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable events. This paper looks at the ways in which alarm fatigue impedes efficient care. It also offers a solution in the form of intelligent middleware—easily integrated software that can overcome those challenges and promote optimal caregiver productivity


Australia's Digital Health Revolution: Q&A with ANDHealth Chief Operating Officer Grace Lethlean

ANDHealth is an industry led national digital health initiative established by a consortium of commercial and government partners to facilitate and support the development & commercialisation of clinically validated digital health technologies across Australia.

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to ANDHealth Chief Operating Officer, Grace Lethlean about the digital health revolution. 


A five-year change management road map to improve the patient experience

When one of the largest local health districts in NSW embarked on a transformation project designed to make it the safest in the state, it had to bring a lot of people along for the ride.

With over 15,000 staff serving a population of about one million residents, South Western Sydney Local Health District’s ambitious ‘Transforming Your Experience’ (TYE) is a culture change program at scale.



NSW Government announces Rouse Hill Hospital site

Thousands of residents across north-west Sydney are closer to having world class health services on their doorstep with the site for the Rouse Hill Hospital announced today.

By: Australian Ageing Agenda

Calls for inquiry to look at Aged Care sector’s tech-related issues

The uptake of technology among providers, digital literacy of staff and resident mental health are among key areas the royal commission needs to address on technology, a forum hosted by the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council has heard.


Food services of the future: Using technology to improve service efficiency and patient experience

The poor state of food served in hospitals is often the most critiqued of the hospital experiences and can be a sore point for patients. In an effort to improve quality and streamline services, NSW Health is harnessing technology as the special ingredient in improving food delivered to patient bedsides.

Since its pilot program in 2014, the state’s My Food Choice has overturned 30 years of practice and streamlined meal production processes, changing the stereotype about hospital food along the way. 


Forecasting the future of self-driving vehicles in healthcare

Imagine a time when an ambulance will respond to a Triple-0 call-out and drive itself. Satellite imagery and artificial intelligence will calculate the fastest path, paramedics will work in the back performing life-saving interventions, other cars on the road will be alerted of its approach, collision avoidance technology will reduce the risk of an accident along the route, and essential patient data will be distributed to clinicians, all before the vehicle parks itself at the emergency department door.

That time isn’t far away and health systems, governments, regulators, insurers and even urban planners are being urged to prepare now for the disruption autonomous vehicles (AVs) will create.


Transitioning to Digital: Change Management Top Tips from Peter MacCallum’s Chief Nursing Officer

In 2016 the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre transitioned operations into a new building which brought with it a number of new technologies that have changed the environment and overall workflows, especially for nurses. 

Now, a year and a half down the track, staff and patients are finally settling into their new environment, with digital systems being utilised to their best advantage to actually improve processes and experience for both nurses and patients, not hinder them. 


The Trends and Innovations Shaping the Future of Hospital Development Delivery

Ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 we chat to Damian Gould, CEO at Building Queensland  who shares his insights into the biggest trends and innovations shaping the future of hospital design and care delivery.

By: Co-authors*: Allana Bryan, Greg Doran, Clare Flakelar, Julia Howitt, Michael Oelgemöller, Linda Shields - Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin Australia

Clinical waste — a major environmental burden

When we examine the effects of waste on our lives and the environment, one type of waste is often overlooked: hospital waste confers a huge impact on the environment and a potential threat to human health. This study examined the volume of waste from an Australian hospital’s operating theatres.

By: Healthcare IT News Australia

What are the digital healthcare predictions for 2019?

MedicalDirector CEO Matthew Bardsley recently shared his top digital healthcare predictions for medical professionals, going into 2019.

Rethinking Aging and Aged Care with Dan Levitt

An age-friendly hospital is a hospital promoting health, dignity and participation of persons of older ages, valuing health, humanity, and human rights. In this video, and ahead of Australian Healthcare Week 2019 Dan Levitt, MSc. CHE. Executive Director at Tabor Home Society in Canada explores rethinking and innovating aged care, and the importance of creating age friendly hospitals and health serivces.

Learn more here

State of the Australian Healthcare Industry Report: The Top Trends Driving Australia’s Healthcare Sector in 2019 and Beyond

2018 has been a year of rapid development and change for the Australian healthcare sector. With healthcare faring well in a number of State Budgets, and the Federal Budget announced earlier this year, we’re seeing billions of dollars injected into designing, developing and modernising healthcare nation-wide. 

Overcoming Mounting Pressures: Meeting Modern Needs with Aged Care Innovations

Anyone working in Aged Care and Home Care would agree that times are changing and changing quickly and aggressively. Some things will remain constant: it’s still all about delivering quality services and caring for people. However, a number of major challenges are either here right now or on the horizon.

By: Rod Sprenger

From the ground up: Incorporating technology into the fabric of a new digital hospital

Like the light of Florence Nightingale’s lamp, digital hospitals are beginning to light the landscape of healthcare in the Information Age.

As terms such as “smart hospital”, “hospital of the future” and “paperless hospital” become commonplace with every new hospital build, design needs to evolve to keep pace with this technological revolution.

By: Healthcare IT News Australia

ACT Health replaces outdated bedside whiteboards with digital bedside technology

ACT Health will soon implement real-time digital bedside technology that replaces outdated bedside whiteboards.

The Australian health system “will fail” if the pace of change is not met: KPMG

A major new report has raised fears that Australia's healthcare is not adapting to technological change quickly enough, and could soon fail to meet population needs.

JCI WHITE PAPER: Communicating clearly and effectively to patients: How to overcome common communication challenges in healthcare

Effective communication between healthcare providers and patients and their families is essential to safe, quality care. 

Northern Beaches Hospital — a new model of health care

The first hospital in NSW to achieve a 4 Star Green Star rating, the much anticipated Northern Beaches Hospital combines practicality and elegance.

The Northern Beaches Hospital is a new state-of-the-art tertiary hospital that navigates the requirements of sophisticated clinical services delivery while providing an environment that fosters dependability, security and optimism for patients, a positive and encouraging workplace for staff, and a meaningful and connected new civic building for the local community.

By: Dr Catherine Cosgrave, Research Fellow, Rural Health Workforce, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Attracting (and keeping) Australia's rural health workers

Supporting more health workers to remain in rural and remote Australian communities is about helping them settle in socially, as well as professionally.

By: Healthcare IT News

How Australia’s Princess Alexandra Hospital became digital ready

When Queensland's Princess Alexandra Hospital developed an integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) system, it was more than a trailblazer – it was a template for the rest of the state.

By: Judy Skatssoon, Community Care Review

Workforce report recommends social change campaign for ‘undervalued aged care workers’

The creation of a social change campaign to promote a workforce that currently feels “persecuted and undervalued” is among the recommendations of a key aged care workforce report released by the federal government.

By: Australian Healthcare Week

Ageing Japan: Robots role in the future of Aged Care

Allowing robots to help care for the elderly - a job typically seen as requiring a human touch - may be a jarring idea in the West. But many Japanese see them positively, largely because they are depicted in popular media as friendly and helpful.

By: Australian Healthcare Week

Dementia Australia virtual reality and computer games to bring a positive change in dementia care

In this video, presenter Stephen Claney explores Dementia Australia’s Virtual Forest, Virtual Dementia Experience, EDIE and Dementia-Friendly Home App with Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe speaking about the benefits of the technology.

By: Dan Levitt, Executive Director, Tabor Home Society

Rethinking Aging and Aged Care Delivery

How are global trends in aged care changing and how can aged care leaders best respond? Dan Levitt, Executive Director at Tabor Home Society explores the shifting attitudes towards aged care and Tabor Home Society’s innovative new approaches to senior residential living.