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A zoom seminar on the Impact of Digital Health on Rural Communities will be held on Thursday, August 26, 4pm to 5pm. COVID-19 has accelerated the use of digital health and new models of care which has transformed care delivery and individuals’ interaction with the healthcare system. Discover how initiatives such as My Health Record and electronic prescriptions can improve patient outcomes.

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This seminar will include a discussion panel where we will hear from several key leaders and stakeholders in digital health and primary health care. There will be a discussion around identifying key issues that prevent rural communities accessing digital health as well as identifying barriers and enablers to allow us to work better with industry, local and national agencies, service providers, program designers and our communities. It will be facilitated By: Frances Barraclough, a lecturer (Academic Coordinator Interdisciplinary Education), University Centre for Rural Health, Rural Clinical School, Northern Rivers, University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Panellists will include:

• Professor Meredith Makeham | Associate Dean, Community and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney

• Melissa Baysari | Associate Professor in Digital Health, The University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health

• Marwa Osman| Provider Adoption Lead – Australian Digital Health Agency

• Michelle Gray, Senior Clinician, Intellectual Disability, Northern NSW LHD

• Andrew Johnson, Pharmacy Academic, Broken Hill, UDRH

• Luke Elias, Director Operations and Engagement, Healthy North Coast

The intended audience is those who have an interest in improving access to services for people due to COVID-19 or those living in rural communities, anyone involved in developing and designing digital health strategies, curriculum developers and rural health service providers.

Frances has over 30 years’ experience living and working within the rural health care setting as a nurse, educator, and researcher. In her current role at the University Centre for Rural Health as the Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Education, Frances leads the development and implementation of the interdisciplinary curriculum supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students from a variety of universities and health disciplines.