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On behalf of the Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS) we welcome all of our members and guests to the ATHS website.

The ATHS has been formed purposely to educate, support and simplify access to useful resources and information for the planning and delivery of telehealth services. Our society has a membership representing all states and territories in Australia and cities throughout New Zealand.  The ATHS was formed in 2008, with a vision to deliver a united ‘voice’ for telehealth advancement and covering a broad range of domains including the health sector, academic institutions, government and industry partners.  While the society is still relatively young, we have already established an impressive track record by drafting various telehealth strategy documents, hosting the inaugural Global Telehealth conference in Perth during 2010 and co-hosting the Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conferences in Brisbane, during 2011 and 2013.

ATHS membership benefits are specifically designed to bring together people and to disseminate information which will ultimately help with the establishment and diffusion of telehealth within our society. With the support of the Australian Government, which has introduced a range of funding opportunities through the Medical Benefits Scheme, it is important that we develop new models of care which include (where appropriate) telehealth as a mode of service delivery.  While telehealth activity is generally increasing over time, there remain many barriers to the uptake of telehealth.

2014 will be a year of continued growth for the ATHS. As our membership will continue to increase strongly, we have exciting plans in place to deliver regular member updates through our ATHS eNewsletter, provide a website with the latest telehealth news items and links to relevant activities, advance notices of the forthcoming conference, Successes and Failures in Telehealth  2014, and convenient links to our corporate members.

The success of the ATHS is a reflection of its membership.  The ATHS is an evolving group with a motivated executive team and valued membership of over 200 people.  The time is right to combine efforts and work through the challenges we face in sustaining telehealth services in the healthcare industry.  We strongly encourage you to participate in the events held by the ATHS and always welcome your feedback.

Thank you for your interest in the ATHS.

Dr Anthony Smith, ATHS President

(Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland)

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Thank you to all that came to the 2013 Australasian Telehealth Conference (SFT-13).  To view the photos of the event please click on this link:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/AusTelehealth