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Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland

The Centre for Online Health (COH) is a part of the School of Medicine within the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Queensland. Since 1999, the COH has been recognised internationally for its role in research, service delivery and education and training in the fields of telemedicine, telehealth and e-Healthcare. The COH’s multidisciplinary team of clinicians, academic researchers, educators, technicians, engineers and administrators brings together a broad mix of skills.


The centre’s keys areas of activity are:

  • Clinically focussed research with an emphasis on examining the feasibility, efficacy, clinical effectiveness and economics of telehealth and telemedicine in a variety of settings
  • Academic and vocational education and training in e-Healthcare and clinical telehealth
  • As a service provider of clinical telemedicine services


These three synergistic activities provide a unique environment in which telemedicine within the modern health service may be explored and understood.


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The Australasian Telehealth Society

The Australasian Telehealth Society was formed in 2008 to fill a long-felt need to create a forum for all of those involved in telehealth in Australia and New Zealand.


Some of its roles include:

  • Bringing together a community which was previously fragmented and did not have a single forum for sharing of issues. It brings researchers, telehealth practitioners, clinicians and industry partners together in a unique interdisciplinary grouping. It is the only Australasian organisation specifically addressing the needs of the telehealth community.
  • Creating a credible channel for bringing issues effecting TeleHealth to the attention of decision makers and encouraging the use of Telehealth models and services to address issues confronting the Australian and New Zealand health systems.
  • Recommending guidelines and standards of practice for telemedicine services ensuring that Quality /Safety and optimal patient care are maintained.
  • Assisting in resolving such issues as billing for telemedicine or the delivery of services across jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Investigating and influencing policy/legislative opportunities to integrate telemedicine into mainstream healthcare.
  • Keeping our members aware of developments in telehealth. Making Australia a part of the international telehealth community, through membership of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) and other relevant international organisations.
  • Organising an annual peer-reviewed national conference.

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Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth

Funded in 2013 by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the CRE represents a world first by bringing together a large concentration of nationally and internationally recognised telehealth researchers. Specifically, the CRE brings together leading research academics from six Australian universities (The University of Queensland; Queensland University of Technology; University of Melbourne, Flinders University, University of Western Sydney and Griffith University). Their telehealth expertise is ably complemented by specialists in the fields of health economics, information technology, engineering, health informatics, workforce planning and management.


The CRE will focus on accelerating telehealth research and implementation in areas where access to equal health care is currently challenging. Working in partnership with health and technology stakeholders, the CRE expects to increase telehealth awareness as well as propose models of service delivery that provide organizational solutions. Although the research is complex, using an array of research methodologies will create an overall body of knowledge to understand how known effective telehealth strategies can become part of the mainstream health care delivery system. Results of any research findings will be published in scientific literature, and the CRE will focus on translating these findings into clinical practice, education and training programs and promoting general patient awareness.


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