Technologically-enabled healthcare services are needed now more than ever

The impact of bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of healthcare systems globally, and the ability of technology to assist us in times of unprecedented need. More efficient and effective methods of screening, monitoring and treatment are needed to deliver quality care to dispersed populations. The New England Virtual Health Network (NEViHN) is a solution to this problem.

The network will be coordinated from the Joint Virtual Care Centre (JVCC) and be supported by local hubs and staff in the regional, rural and remote (RRR) towns.

If you would like to make a donation to support this groundbreaking program please go to the New England Virtual Hospital donations page or contact the UNE Office of Advancement, Communications and Events and we will send you an information pack.

Our partners

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Key partners of the NEViHN with UNE are the Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW Health Pathology and Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network.

Enhancing the Student Experience

Students will be exposed to a rich array of physical, virtual and simulated clinical experiences, including digitally-enabled access to real-time clinical practices, patients and working environments. Students will graduate with a rich understanding of nuanced local health issues, a broad grasp of rural and Aboriginal health, community leadership, telehealth, and larger medical institutions. This will enable students to succeed in, and deliver, the future of healthcare.

Improving access to quality health care

Limitations in access to quality health care in rural communities is a leading cause of rural-urban health inequity and is responsible for at least 20% of premature morbidity and mortality1.

The NEViHN will facilitate the development of a sustainable regional, rural and remote (RRR) medicine and health workforce, and equip them to deal dynamically with tomorrow’s health issues and stimulate the development of telehealth infrastructure.

1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Rural, regional and remote health: indicators of health status and determinants of health. Rural health series no 9, Canberra, 2008.

Research

Researchers and organisations will leverage the NEViHN to connect into communities, improving patients’ access new drugs and therapies, and expose clinicians to cutting edge research through virtual participation. These research opportunities will bring prestige to the NEViHN and the region, helping to attract and retain clinicians.