Summary: Victoria, WA launches initiatives to support local digital health innovation and more in brief

Victoria invests in new hub supporting digital health innovators

The Victorian government is investing A$2.4 million ($1.6 million) to create a hub to support digital health innovators.

The Victorian Connected Health Innovation and Commercialization Center will support up to 500 local companies each year, connecting them with health professionals, investors and other innovators who can help fast-track the development of their new digital health products.

It is funded through the government’s Australian Medtech Manufacturing Center and Biotechnology Fund and delivered by digital health accelerator ANDHealth.


A program to support clinical entrepreneurs launches in Washington

A new program to support clinical entrepreneurs has launched in Western Australia.

According to a media release, the Australian Clinical Entrepreneurs Program will provide healthcare professionals with the skills to turn their ideas into products and businesses that improve patient care.

The 12-month program is administered by the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne in collaboration with healthcare industry partners.

This new entrepreneurship program is supported by funding from the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund and the federal government’s Future of Medical Research Fund.


New Zealand to establish clinical, consumer data and digital technology council

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand is establishing a national clinical and user health design council for data and digital technologies.

According to a news report, the council will consult on clinical data and digital projects being planned and implemented across the country.

There are about 470 clinician systems projects in the pipeline across New Zealand, said Stuart Bloomfield, Te Whatu Ora’s interim head of data and digital. He emphasized the importance of listening to and engaging clinical staff and users in the design and development of digital tools.


Victoria Ambulance uploads My Emergency Doctor to its secondary triage service

Telehealth provider My Emergency Doctor has contacted the Tasmanian Government to support its secondary triage service by providing an alternative healthcare pathway for those seeking emergency consultations.

Since launching the service in February last year, Ambulance Tasmania has seen increasing demand from people who dial a triple zero but do not require an emergency ambulance response.

Through this latest partnership, calls from non-emergency patients will be transferred to a MED emergency specialist for direct evaluation. They will be provided with medical advice, prescriptions and help with emergency escalations if needed.


A $1.5 million project to install a new CT scanner in the Torres Strait

The Queensland Government has announced a A$2.14 million ($1.45 million) project to install a new CT scanner at Thursday Island Hospital early next year.

“We know how important it is for First Nations communities to receive health care as close to home as possible. Once this machine is installed, people living in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula region will no longer need to travel to Cairns for a CT scan,” Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk said in a statement

The said CT scanner will be installed in the imaging department, which is being upgraded as part of the ongoing remodeling of the hospital. Health and Ambulance Minister Yvette D’Ath said the scanner and a consultant team to operate it were currently being procured.


Eldernet care vacancies

Current residential care bed vacancy numbers can now be accessed via The Eldernet Group website.

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki has partnered with the elderly information service provider to deliver the free service, which will help free up clerical work for health staff in the region.

As well as available beds, the Eldernet website now also shows the levels of care that each respite home offers and the homes that offer short stays.

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