Connecting with communities across the Goldfields through the digital health roadshow

In early November, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) staff from Perth, Kalgoorlie and Esperance joined together to deliver a digital health roadshow across the Goldfields, covering topics including virtual consultations, HealthPathways, electronic prescribing and My Health Record.

WAPHA Digital Health Team Leader, Simon Benge, said that the digital health roadshow travelled more than 1600km through Esperance, Norseman, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Leonora and Laverton, and included 15 events spread over five days.

“The roadshow, themed Digitally Connected Communities, provided a chance for members of WAPHA’s Perth-based Digital Health and HealthPathways teams to meet with regional healthcare providers and explain how digital tools can support clinical practice, strengthen communication and improve access to services for remote communities,” he said.

With attendees from general practice, hospitals, allied health and other community organisations, the roadshow events provided a forum for providers to learn from each other and share their ideas about further opportunities for improvement with ongoing support from WAPHA.

In addition to events for providers, the roadshow also facilitated sessions with local community members to educate and empower them to support their own health by using My Health Record and electronic prescriptions.

“The roadshow events provided the WAPHA teams with valuable insight into how digital tools are already benefitting communities. Whether it was hearing about virtual consultations being provided across state boundaries or a paperless general practice, the roadshow demonstrated just some of the innovations made possible by digital health,” Mr Benge said.

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