This Consumer Reference Group is chaired by Russell McGowan and aims to

  • provide informed advice to the ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services, Calvary Public Hospital and Capital Health Network and to health consumer representatives, about eHealth proposals and projects, and
  • act as a reference group for ACT Health Directorate and other health bodies, which are seeking consumer input or comment on eHealth information initiatives.

HCCA contributed to the development of the ACT Digital Health Strategy 2019-2029. The Group was integral in maximising the benefits for consumers. Russell McGowan spoke at the launch of the Digital Health Strategy in May 2019.

One of the key elements of the Digital Health Strategy is the Digital Health Record. The record will provide a holistic view of the patient, covering both hospital and community care. There are also plans for a consumer portal, which will provide consumers with easier access to their own health information. The aim is to improve clinical decision support leading to better care and health outcomes. HCCA will be a member of the core evaluation team for the tender process and the ongoing program board. Consumers representatives will be needed on many associated committees.

Last updated: 27/6/2019