Establishment of the Australian Digital Health Agency Board

The Australian Government has taken a further step towards its commitment of ensuring our world class health system benefits from digital innovation.

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21 April 2016

The Turnbull Government has taken a further step towards its commitment of ensuring our world class health system benefits from digital innovation.

Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, Sussan Ley today announced the appointment of the Chair and Board members for the Australian Digital Health Agency.

“Australians need a high quality and interconnected health system - they also want their health information to be where they are, when they need it”, Ms Ley said.

“In this age of instantaneous information sharing, right now we can share health updates with our friends more quickly and easily than we can with our doctors.

“Today’s technology is constantly evolving or superseded by new innovation, so it is important the Agency leads and provides direction in developing digital health, bringing our health system into the digital century”, Ms Ley said.

The Board will commence immediately in this new role, to position the new Agency for commencement on 1 July 2016, replacing the current National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA).

It will be chaired by Mr Jim Birch AM who has extensive current and past experience on boards across the health sector.

“I am honoured to lead this exciting Agency and to Chair a board of talented and innovative people”, Mr Birch said.

“The Board has a strong involvement with health consumers and digital innovation, bringing the right skills mix to drive the innovation needed to meet the ongoing and future health needs of Australians”

The Agency’s board, selected in consultation with State and Territory Health Ministers, comprises:

Mr Jim Birch AM, Chair. Mr Birch has extensive current and past experience on boards across the health sector.

Dr Eleanor Chew is a specialist general practitioner and medical educator, and a member of many health advisory groups, committees and Boards.

Ms Lyn McGrath is executive general manager in a large financial institution and has demonstrated extensive consumer knowledge.

Dr Bennie Ng is a general manager of a leading healthcare provider. He has previously held advisory roles to government and general manager in the public hospital sector.

Dr Elizabeth Deveny has experience in healthcare delivery and innovative uses of technology. She is the Chief Executive Officer of a Primary Health Network.

Professor Johanna Westbrook is currently Professor of Health Informatics at Macquarie University and holds positions on several advisory committees and boards.

Ms Stephanie Newell is the consumer member on a number of healthcare councils and has held similar positions particularly around safety and quality standards.

Mr Robert Bransby is the chief executive officer and managing director of a private health insurance fund and a director of a number of financial companies.

Mr Paul Madden is the Strategic Health Systems and Information Management Special Adviser with the Commonwealth Department of Health.

The following appointments have been nominated and agreed by State and Territory Governments:

Mr Michael Walsh is the Director-General of Queensland Health. He has managed and delivered digital health systems in state and territory health facilities.

Mr Stephen Moo is the Chief Information Officer with the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families.

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