What we're doing about health technologies and digital health
We develop policies and programs to support the development and adoption of health technologies and digital health capabilities. We also support research to ensure data and technology work safely for patients, consumers, and healthcare professionals.
Policy and strategies
National Digital Health Strategy
Our portfolio agency, the Australian Digital Health Agency, manages the National Digital Health Strategy on behalf of the sector. The agency focuses on the delivery of national infrastructure that enables data and technology to safely work for patients, consumers, carers and healthcare professionals.
Governance of My Health Record data use
We support the agency to deliver My Health Record, including its policy and governance. We work on governance of use of My Health Record data for research and public health purposes. Our framework will guide the use of My Health Record data for research and public health purposes in the future.
Initiatives and programs
We have several initiatives and programs that support health technologies and digital health.
Our Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive (ePIP) program encourages general practices to use the latest developments in digital health technology. This helps them improve their administration processes and patient care.
Consultation and engagement
We consult the public about matters related to health technologies and digital health. See our consultation hubs to have your say on:
- Health’s consultations related to health technologies
- Therapeutic Goods Administration consultations
- Office of Health Technology Assessment consultations for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).
Grants and tenders
You can search AusTender for tenders related to health technologies or digital health.
Australian researchers can apply for research grants through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
See GrantConnect for grant opportunities related to health technologies.
The Administrative Arrangements Order sets out the laws that ministers are responsible for administering.
- National Health Act 1953
In 2020 we published a review of the My Health Records legislation. The review ensuresd that the legislation underpinning the My Health Records system enables it to work as well as it can for all Australians.
Regulation and compliance
Our portfolio agency, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, regulates therapeutic goods such as prescription medicines, vaccines and medical devices.
We conduct health technology assessments (HTAs) to assess new technologies for safety, quality and cost-effectiveness.
We are working to digitise and simplify the processes to support regulation and reimbursement of health-related products and services. We are modernising these systems through our Health Products Portal.
Research and clinical trials
Research into new medicines, treatments and devices helps improve the health of Australians.
Clinical trials can give people access to emerging health technologies that have not yet received market authorisation in Australia.
We fund medical research and clinical trials that test the safety and efficacy of emerging health technologies. The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is an ongoing research fund set up by the Australian Government in 2015. Researchers can apply for funding opportunities every year.
The MRFF is already supporting many research initiatives.
Who we work with
We work with many organisations on health technologies and digital health.
- Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
- Australian Digital Health Agency
- Medical Services Advisory Committee
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee
- Prostheses List Advisory Committee
- Therapeutic Goods Administration.