ehealth forum 2018

eHealth forum 2018

The fourth annual RACGP eHealth Forum was held on Thursday 20 September with great success. Each year, the forum brings together key stakeholders and leaders in eHealth to discuss issues affecting the general practice profession and industry. 2018 was the biggest forum yet.


The 2018 eHealth Forum provided an opportunity to reflect on the work of the outgoing REC–eHealth and Practice Systems (REC–eHPS) and to thank members for their efforts in advocating for the profession and developing resources that support general practice in the areas of eHealth and practice management.

Incoming members were welcomed to the now newly titled committee, RACGP Expert Committee – Practice Technology and Management (REC–PTM), by Dr Rob Hosking, new Chair of REC–PTM (previously Deputy Chair, REC–eHPS).

Data, data everywhere

Dr Rob Hosking, Chair of REC-PTM, presents on data in general practice.


RACGP Members, key stakeholders and attendees were invited to join the conversation on social media using #GPeHealth.

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eHealth Forum Panel 2018



This year, the forum focused on the role, and power, of data in general practice. Keynote speakers, panellists and attendees participated in lively discussion. Topics discussed ranged from data and My Health Record, improving data quality in general practice, including the collaborative methodology for measuring improvements that support mainstream general practices with delivering culturally targeted and responsive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.



My Health Record in general practice

The RACGP is delivering a national education and awareness program to support general practice in the use of My Health Record and to help them understand how the expansion to an opt-out model is likely to affect their practice and patients. The program includes face-to-face workshops, webinars and the development of resources on the use of My Health Record.

Dr Nathan Pinskier

Chair, REC–eHPS

Update from the Australian Digital Health Agency

A briefing on the current work of the Australian Digital Health Agency, including the expansion of the My Health Record system.

Mr Tim Kelsey

CEO, Australian Digital Health Agency

Data, data everywhere

Data, there is a lot of it and everyone wants it.

  • Who owns the data in general practice?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of patient access to their data?
  • What is the role, and power, of general practice data?
  • What does the future hold?

Dr Rob Hosking

Chair, REC-PTM

GP Clinical Software Data Quality

Australia is in its infancy in terms of finding effective collection mechanisms for general practice clinical data. A number of overseas countries including the UK, NZ, Canada and the USA have more developed systems.

Barbara Whitlock received a Churchill Fellowship in 2017 to look at how information can be better collected and used to support GPs and improve patient care and to investigate how lessons learned from overseas can be applied in Australia.

Ms Barbara Whitlock

Director, Primary Health Care Data Development, Department of Health

Implementing the National Guide

The National Guide to a preventative health assessment for Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander people (The National Guide) is a joint initiative between the RACGP and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Its purpose is to provide GPs and other health professionals with an accessible, user-friendly guide to best practice preventive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

Collaborative methodology is being developed for measuring improvements that support mainstream general practices with delivering culturally targeted and responsive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Ms Michelle Gonsalvez

Manager, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & National Manager, RACGP Policy & Advocacy, Policy, Practice & Innovation

Outgoing and incoming RACGP Expert Committee

The work of the outgoing RACGP Expert Committee – eHealth & Practice systems (REC–eHPS) was reflected upon and outgoing members were thanked for their work.

Members of the incoming PACGP Expert Committee – Practice Technology & Management (REC–PTM) were introduced and welcomed.

Dr Nathan Pinskier

Dr Rob Hosking

Chair, REC–eHPS

Chair, REC-PTM


About the REC-PTM

The REC-PTM (formerly REC–eHPS), chaired by Dr Rob Hosking, provides informed advice on eHealth developments, information management, eHealth standards and other areas of developing impacting on the future operation of Australian general practice. The REC-PTM provides advice in the form of position statements, standards, guidelines, business tools, and other resources.


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