Connecting through technology: Advances in telehealth

  • Connecting through technology’
    November 12, 2016
    13:00 - 17:00


Connecting through technology

Telehealth for Allied Health Professionals: Half day workshop

When: Saturday 12th November 1.00 – 5.00

Where: Rural Medical School, University NSW, Port Macquarie

Presenter: Professor Stuart Smith








Cost: $150 (non members), $130 (NCAHA Members), $45 (student rate with student ID card)

This workshop for allied health professionals is sponsored by the North Coast Allied Health Association. Professor Stuart Smith will explain the relevance of telehealth modalities and the possibilities for improving services for North Coast residents through telehealth innovations.

About the Workshop

This interactive workshop will cover the fundamentals of telehealth for health professionals. You will learn about:

  • How and why telehealth is more than just a video consultation
  • Examples of telehealth solutions
  • Disruptive innovation and how it will impact telehealth service delivery
  • Consumer electronic solutions with application for health monitoring and delivering interventions
  • Hands-on practice with setting up a client in a tele-rehabilitation solution designed by clinicians for clinicians and clients.
  • How digital literacy will be a requirement for allied health.

About the Presenter






Professor Smith is currently Professor & Business Development Coordinator at the Coffs Harbor campus of Southern Cross University.

He holds a PhD in Psychology (visual neuroscience) and a MSC qualification in vestibular research. He has worked for NASA and is a leading international researcher and thought leader in the development and evaluation of interactive digital technologies to transform the delivery of health, ageing and disability services. Most recently Prof Smith is a Chief Investigator on a European Horizon 2020 grant, My Active and Healthy Ageing. He is also inventor on a provisional Australian patent application, Systems and methods to monitor the step performance of a user.



Whether you work privately, with government services or in the NGO sector, if you are interested in innovative allied health practice to improve your connection with rural based clients, this Telehealth Workshop is not to be missed.

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This event has been made possible from a grant from the North Coast Allied Health Association. The North Coast Allied Health Association (NCAHA) is the peak body for allied health professionals across the North Coast region. It was established with the support of North Coast NSW Medicare Local and continues to be supported by North Coast Primary Health Network.


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26 Highfields Circuit Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444



The Campus

The Rural Clinical School campus at Port Macquarie is situated within the Port Macquarie Base Hospital precinct. The campus originally opened within the Base Hospital in February 2002, with the hospital having been involved in medical education for over 25 years. The campus moved to a new purpose-built facility in October 2007. The campus was extensively renovated and expanded in 2012 with additional teaching and common areas being added. It also features a 110 seat tiered lecture theatre. The building is a modern, highly functional medical training facility with lecture rooms, video-conferencing facilities, skills laboratories and computer/reading room for students. Students seeking attachments in Port Macquarie will have to find accommodation in the general rental market and should preferably have personal transport.

In November 2013, construction commenced on an additional building, the Joint Health Education Facility, adjacent to the present campus. This will provide facilities for UNSW Medicine and Allied Health programs to be conducted by University of Newcastle and North Coast TAFE.

The Location

The Rural Clinical School campus is located at 26 Highfields Circuit, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444.

Port Macquarie is on the Mid North Coast 420km north of Sydney (4 to 5 hours by car). Qantaslink and Virgin Blue have regular flights to Port Macquarie. Country Link rail stops at nearby Wauchope with a connecting bus to Port Macquarie. It is bypassed by the Pacific Highway and sits approximately half way between Brisbane and Sydney.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area has a number of small villages and the three main townships of Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton. The total population exceeds 70,000 with more than half living in the Port Macquarie precinct. The largest population group fall into the 25-44 age group, followed by the 45-64 and then the 10-24 group. Holidays are only one reason people come to Port Macquarie-Hastings from all over the eastern states of Australia. Large numbers are also recognising the excellent lifestyle and business opportunities.