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Health eTowns

Funded under the Digital Regions Initiative National Partnership Agreement.

Funding recipient

Organisation: Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health 
States/territories: Northern Territory, Western Australia
Sector(s): Health, education 

Project partners

NT Department of Education and Training; NT Department of Business and Employment.

Project overview and objectives

The Health eTowns project delivered improvements in health and education outcomes for predominantly Indigenous populations in 20 towns, 41 remote communities and five hospitals across the Northern Territory, and six sites in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The project delivered specialist healthcare services to some of the more remote Indigenous communities by the implementation of a telehealth network across the NT. This network enabled patients and clinicians to access specialised clinical services remotely using video-based technologies. These technologies consisted of video, audio and data-sharing facilities to assist doctors and health professions with remote monitoring, consultation and treatment of patients. In particular, the NT telehealth network has enabled the delivery of remote clinical services in areas such as trauma, critical care, burns, endocrinology, paediatrics, psychiatry, pre-admission, and post-surgery review.

In addition to this, Shared Electronic Health Records and Advanced Shared Electronic Care Plans were also introduced. The introduction of shared electronic health records across the NT now enables secure electronic storage and sharing of electronic health records. Within this project, pregnancy and hearing health care plans were developed and are being used.

The project also deployed an eLearning system that provides self-managed professional development, interactive online education and training programs that allow students, trainees and staff to access mainstream education programs that were previously only available to students in larger cities.

A Telehealth Connection Service was also introduced allowing clinicians to securely and easily connect across jurisdictional boundaries using video-based technologies and desktop sharing through a cloud based model.

Using high-speed broadband, Health eTowns has worked to help close the healthcare and education gap currently experienced by regional communities, particularly remote Indigenous communities.


Australian Government

$  9 400 000

Other contributions (includes cash and in-kind)

$ 15 105 216


$ 24 405 216


Document ID: 130686 | Last modified: 3 October 2013, 6:45am