Brief report: Victoria, Washington launches initiatives to support local digital health innovation, more summaries

Victoria invests in a new hub that supports digital health innovators

The Victorian government has invested A$2.4 million ($1.6 million) to create a center to support digital health innovators.

The Victorian Connected Health Marketing and Innovation Center will support up to 500 local businesses each year by connecting them with healthcare professionals, investors and other innovators who can help quickly track the development of their new digital health products.

It is funded by the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Center and the state’s Biotechnology Fund and is provided by ANDHealth Digital Health Accelerator.


Clinical Entrepreneurship Support Program launched in Washington

A new program to support clinical entrepreneurs has been launched in Western Australia.

According to a media release, the Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program will equip healthcare professionals with the skills to translate their ideas into products and companies that enhance patient care.

The 12-month program is run by the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne in collaboration with healthcare industry partners.

This new entrepreneurship program is supported by funding from the Federal Government’s Future Fund for Health Research and Innovation and the Federal Government’s Future of Medical Research Fund.


New Zealand will create a Clinical Consumer Council for Data and Digital

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand is creating a national medical and consumer health design council for data and digital.

according to news reportThe council will advise on clinical data and digital projects being planned and implemented across the country.

Stuart Bloomfield, interim head of data and digital at Te Whatu Ora, said there are about 470 clinical system-related projects in the pipeline across New Zealand. He stressed the importance of listening to and engaging medical staff and consumers in the design and development of digital tools.


Ambulance Victoria enlists my emergency doctor in secondary triage

Telehealth provider My Emergency Doctor has contracted with the Tasmanian government to support the secondary triage service by providing an alternative healthcare pathway for those seeking emergency care consultations.

Since launching the service in February last year, Ambulance Tasmania has seen an increasing demand from people who triple the number but don’t need an emergency ambulance response.

Through this latest partnership, calls from patients who do not require emergency care will be diverted to a MED emergency specialist for direct evaluation. They will be provided with medical advice, prescriptions and assistance in escalating an emergency if needed.


$1.5 million project to install a new CT scanner in Torres Strait

The Queensland government has announced a A$2.14 million ($1.45 million) project to install a new CT scanner at Thursday Island Hospital early next year.

“We know how important it is for First Nations communities to receive healthcare as close to home as possible. Once this machine is installed, people living in the Torres Strait and the Northern Peninsula region will not have to travel to Cairns for CT scans,” Prime Minister Anastasia Pallaschuk said at statement

The said CT scanner will be installed in the medical imaging department, which is being enhanced as part of the hospital’s ongoing redevelopment. Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette Dath said she is in the process of procuring the scanner unit and an advisory team to operate it.


Elderly Care Jobs in Eldernet

The latest residential care family vacancy numbers can now be accessed through The Eldernet Group’s website.

Te Whatu Ora Taranaki has partnered with an information services provider for the elderly to provide the free service, which would help free up clerical work for health staff in the area.

Aside from family vacancies, Eldernet now also displays the levels of care offered by each comfort homes and homes that offer short stays.

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