SFT-19 shines on the Gold Coast

1 Nov 2019

Gold CoastLast week, the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH) hosted the 19th International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth on the Gold Coast, in partnership with the Australasian Telehealth Society.  The three day conference attracted a record audience of over 220 delegates (from Australia and around the world) who all played a key role in sharing their telehealth experience through presentations and discussions throughout the conference.  Both clinical case reports, formal telehealth studies, and a panel presentation formed the main program, alongside three excellent keynotes, including Mark Saxon (Virtual Hospitals - Mercy Virtual, USA); Roberto Umpierre (teleconsulting to reduce hospital wait lists – Brazil); and Roland Balodis (Telehealth funding via Medicare – Department of Health, Australia). Telehealth workshops were also very popular – covering telehealth fundamentals, health economics evaluation, IT methods for behaviour health change, and artificial intelligence.  

Celebrating 20 years of SFT, the COH and ATHS are proud to announce plans for the SFT-20, which will be held in Brisbane on the 7-9 October, 2020.  

Best paper awards

Congratulations to the following presenters who were selected for best paper awards:

mHealth: Maximum adoption in the developing world: Development of a comprehensive model for patients and health workers
Michael Addotey-Delove, Maurice Mars and Richard Scott

Implementing a peer-support program by group videoconferencing for isolated dementia carers
Annie Banbury, Lynne Parkinson, Steven Gordon and Denise Wood

Does telehealth reduce costs to the health system?
Centaine Snoswell, Liam Caffery and Monica Taylor

Phase 1 Success, Phase 2 Flop!  Lessons from a failed spread of telehealth across different campuses
Karrie Long

Integrated telehealth assisted home-based specialist care: A feasibility study in an Australian rural community setting.
Peter Poon and Beisi Jiang