Dean's Seminar Series: Meredith Makeham

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Event Details

1 Nov 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room G12A,14 Rainforest Walk (Blg 26), VC to H7.84 Caulfield


Building the evidence for the benefits of Digital Health Services and Technologies – an update on our National Digital Health Strategy and the My Health Record System for all Australians

Meredith Makeham

Abstract: Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham will speak about the international evidence supporting the way digital health services and technologies can help people lead healthier and happier lives. She will also provide an overview of our recently released National Digital Health Strategy, the plans for all Australians to have access to the My Health Record system by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to, and the way the Australian Digital Health Agency is building a structured and integrated approach to its collaboration with the University and broader research sector.

Speaker bio: Professor Makeham leads the development of initiatives to ensure that digital health technology in Australia is designed, built and evaluated in close collaboration with the research community, so that the foundations of digital health in Australia incorporate the best available evidence and are maintained on the cutting edge of discovery in Australia and internationally. She is a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency's executive leadership team, providing advice on patient safety, clinical governance, risk management, digital health and safety research, and the delivery of primary care services.

Professor Makeham is a general practitioner and practices in Sydney. She has had a long association with her professional college and numerous Primary Care representative and educational organisations, and was appointed as a member of the Clinical Advisory Council for the Sydney North Health Network (PHN) in 2015. She has a background and ongoing interest in medical education, having formerly been the Course Coordinator for the medical program at UNSW in Primary Care, and was appointed to the Australian Medical Council's Board of Examiners as Chair of the Population Health and Ethics group. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and was awarded the College Medal. She was a former board director of the RACGP and is currently a member of their Representative Expert Committee for eHealth and Practice Systems. She regularly acts as an examiner for the RACGP Fellowship examinations and UNSW final year medical student examinations. She has also held numerous appointments in a philanthropic and honorary capacity, providing support to a number of not-for-profit health organisations. These currently include the Medical Advisory Committee for Family Planning NSW, and she is a board member and the Chair of the Research Subcommittee for the Alport Foundation of Australia, a charitable foundation supporting genetic renal research.

She has a Bachelor of Medicine (Honours), a Masters of Public Health (Honours) and a PhD in Patient Safety from the University of Sydney.

Event Contact

Jon Whittle