07 February 2017

Fancy a salary over half a million?

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The newly appointed CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Tim Kelsey, will receive a $522,000 annual salary in his role taking on the troubled My Health Record System.

Around 4.4 million Australians have signed up for the system, despite teething problems.
To address the issues, ADHA last week completed their three month public consultation on the new National Digital Health Strategy to be released later this year.

The importance of supporting and involving carers through the transition was stressed by ADHA CEO, Mr Tim Kelsey.

“One of the most important things I am hoping to develop in this strategy is some meaningful ways to use digital technology to enable and empower carers so they are able to work, care and access digital services at no cost,” Mr Kelsey said.

The government is supporting the transition to digital healthcare, with the Queensland Government injecting $1.26 billion over 20 years to overhauling the health sector’s ICT strategy and the NSW Government last year allocated $400 million to support advances in technology in our hospitals.

The importance of engaging with clinicians has been stressed from eHealth NSW’s inception with the agency then saying the system was “developed by clinicians for clinicians”.

Just one of the benefits the strategy will offer consumers is the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) which will put an end to filling out forms on each medical visit. Your GP, specialists and clinician will be able to access your medical history quickly and easily, meaning shorter wait times, easy referrals and more comprehensive care.

Written by: Claire Dowler

Claire Dowler is a Conference Producer with Akolade. She recently graduated with a double degree: a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Media and Communications Studies majoring in International Communication. Claire minored in sarcasm and puns.


A ballroom-dancer who collects salt and pepper shakers and volunteers for animal rescue, you might say Claire has eclectic interests.

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