Researcher biography

Professor Anthony Smith is the Director of The University of Queensland's Centre for Online Health (COH), and Adjunct Professor at the Hans Christian Anderson Children's Hospital and University of Southern Denmark, in Odense, Denmark.

Professor Smith is also the Editor in Chief for the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (Sage Publishers, London; Impact Factor 6.344).

Professor Smith has more than 20 years of research experience involving the planning, implementation and evaluation of telemedicine applications for the benefit of clinicians and patients in regional and remote areas of Australia. Professor Smith has developed and sustained an exemplary international track record in the establishment and evaluation of telehealth, principally in paediatrics and more recently in the adult and aged care disciplines. Specific research interests include the evaluation of feasibility, cost-effectiveness and diagnostic accuracy of telemedicine applications. Major research achievements have included the evaluation of wireless (robot) videoconference systems in paediatric wards; and a community-based telemedicine health screening programme for Indigenous children in Queensland. Current projects include the evaluation of telehealth applications in primary care settings and Indigenous communities; the delivery of tele-rehabilitation services into primary schools; online mental health support services in remote locations; and discipline specific clinical telehealth services in Queensland.

Professor Smith chairs the annual International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference. He was the former President of the Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS) [2013-2015]; and remains an active ATHS committee member [2008-Present]. In the field of telehealth and virtual care, Prof Smith has over 220 publications, including 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, three edited books and 13 book chapters on related topics. Whilst the field remains highly specialised in comparison to other disciplines, his work is cited over 2000 times each year.

Professor Smith also provides an extensive range of consultancy services for government agencies and corporate industry partners in the field of telehealth, digital health and virtual healthcare.

Recent Awards:

1. Top Researcher in the field of "Medical Informatics"- for work involving telehealth, digital health and virtual care. The Australian Research Awards, 2023

2. Excellence in Indigenous Engagement Award - for "enhancing access to specialist health services through the use of telehealth for First Nations people. Engagement Australia Excellence Awards, 2021

3. Spirit of Reconciliation Award - for building research and community partnerships in Queensland. UQ Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards, 2021

Featured projects Duration
Australian Government, Department of Health: Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme Emerging Priorities grant
Evaluation of the Growing Resilience Program - Peer Support for Mental Wellness
Queensland Health
Telehealth for the delivery of cancer care in Australia: A rapid assessment of telehealth use and barriers and enablers to uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic
Commonwealth Government represented by Cancer Australia
Goondir Health Virtual Health Service
Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN
Palliative Care ECHO
Investigating the equity of access to telehealth and proposing strategies to reduce digital divide
The University of Queensland
First Nations Hepatitis C treatment
Queensland Health
Understanding the needs for digital health education for future Australian medical practitioners
Telepalliative Care and Gold Coast Hospital
Metro South Health
Telepalliative Care and Queensland Ambulance Service
Metro South Health
ePIMH Telepsychiatry
Children’s Health Queensland/Children’s Health Foundation
First Nations telediabetes
Diamond Jubilee Partnerships
Cherbourg ENT
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
State-wide Rural and Remote Supportive and Specialist Palliative Care Telehealth Service Evaluation
Queensland Health