HISA Victoria Branch held its first event for 2015 taking members out of Melbourne for some regional hospitality in Geelong.

The successes and challenges of introducing telehealth into the aged care environment drew an engaged audience of around 25 attendees to the event hosted at Barwon Medicare Local. Tablets and iPads, cameras and technology are slowly but surely infiltrating residential aged care, the audience was told.

Two pilot projects involving aged residents in the Barwon Health area were presented by key speakers Heather Cameron (Project Officer Telehealth in Residential Aged Care, Aged Care, Barwon Health) and Jo Stevens (Manager Information and Access and Personalised Health Care, Community Health and Rehabilitation Programs, Barwon Health.)

Heather Cameron discussed the project to bring aged care residents into telehealth consults with specialists, such as endocrinologists and dermatologists. She said the project was now embedded across 16 Residential Aged Care Facilities, housing 1400 people.

Jo Stevens gave a presentation around personalised healthcare and home monitoring through an innovative pilot program supporting patients to manage their chronic disease using a telehealth solution.

Aged Care

Victoria branch committee member Dr Jeff Urquhart thanks Heather Cameron (centre) and Jo Stevens after their presentations. .