The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers and those with an interest in healthcare consumer affairs. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems.
Following the establishment of the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) in July 2016, CHF has been working closely with the Agency on a range of digital health issues. The Agency has funded CHF to undertake a number of projects to build consumer capacity to be involved in policy development and implementation.
As part of this effort, we are now seeking expressions of interest from people/organisations who are interested in registering to be part of a Digital Health Special Interest Group (SIG). The group will focus on the future of digital health, with an initial focus on electronic prescribing and uptake of My Health Record.
CHF’s SIGs are a mechanism through which consumers with an interest in an issue/particular policy area can work more intensively on them. These are informal networks of consumers who have self-selected to work more intensively on policy issues. We have four special interest groups operating at the moment: safety and quality in health care, rural and remote health, data & research and primary health care.
All CHF members, consumer representatives and other interested parties are welcome to nominate to be part of the Digital Health SIG. Initially the maximum number of people within the group at any time will be 25. This number includes the co-facilitators. This cap helps keep the group manageable while assuring diversity. Applicants will be chosen through an expression of interest process.
The group is co-facilitated by a CHF Secretariat member and a consumer, selected by a nomination process. The group is advisory to CHF, with final decisions remaining with the CHF Board.
Meetings will take place on the third Thursday of each month at 16:00 (AEST/AEDT). At this stage, the group will not generally meet face-to-face. The intention is to use a mixture of online forums (SharePoint) and videoconferencing (Microsoft Teams). Training and support for people not familiar with either of these will be offered.
The time commitment is to attend monthly meetings via videoconference, read documents and contribute to discussion during and between meetings. Initially the group will operate for 12 months. Membership is free. No sitting fees or reimbursement is offered to participants.
To register please complete the form below.
More information about the purpose and operation of the SIG can be found here. Any questions, please contact our Digital Health Policy Officer, Julia Nesbitt, on email@example.com