Australian Healthcare Week preview

12 March 2019: The 9th annual Australian Healthcare Week (AHW) expo and conference in Sydney will cover the full spectrum of health and care in Australia, including dedicated sub-conferences on digital healthcare, aged care, and health facilities design and development.

The Australian Healthcare Week expo and conference is one of the largest healthcare events on the Australian calendar, and will include an expo of over 250 exhibitors and three sub-conferences addressing digital healthcare, aged care, and health facilities design and development.

The Australian Digital Health Agency will be located at Booth #66, supported by staff who can help expo attendees with any questions they may have about the Agency’s work on fostering progress on digital health in Australia.

Agency speakers

Rodney Ecclestone, the Agency’s General Manager of Clinical Governance, will speak at 11:40am on 27 March, the first day of the digital healthcare stream. He will paint the vision for digital health in Australia and he will provide a progress update on how implementation of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy is improving patient health outcomes through integration of digital health services.

Key pillars in the strategy include the national expansion of My Health Record, and the development of secure messaging and an interoperable health system.

Rodney Ecclestone

Rodney Ecclestone, General Manager of Clinical Governance

According to a recent review of the Australian health system by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, there are as many as 250,000 medication misadventures each year that result in hospital admissions. In addition to the human cost, these events cost the health system an estimated $1.4 billion annually.1 My Health Record, along with other digital health innovations, are helping to reduce this toll, and to improve Australians health outcomes.

Agency Patient/Consumer Advocate and Consumer Reference Lead Harry Iles-Mann will also speak on the first day of the digital healthcare stream at 10:10am as part of the panel debate on artificial intelligence and doctorless hospitals. He will speak again on day two (28 March) at 3:20pm on co-design with consumers to achieve patient-centred care.

Harry is ideally placed to speak about these issues, as his lifetime of personal engagement with the health system has led him to become a patient/consumer advocate at the Agency, and a consumer reference lead.

Harry Iles-Mann, Agency Patient/Consumer Advocate and Consumer Reference Lead

Further information on the 9th Annual Australian Healthcare Week is available here.


  1. Medicine Safety: Take Care 2019, page 4, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.