We are not educating the future clinical health professional workforce adequately for e-health competence: Findings of an Australian study

Ambica Dattakumar*, Kathleen Gray, Kerryn Butler Henderson, Anthony Maeder, Helen Chenery

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

13 Citations (Scopus)
13 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

This paper reports on a national study of the present approaches in Australian tertiary education, to preparing future clinical health professionals to work competently in an increasingly e-health enabled healthcare sector. The argument for increasing clinical health professionals' knowledge about e-health and health informatics has been advanced repeatedly over past decades in Australia and elsewhere. However, peer-reviewed accounts of good practice in implementing and evaluating e-health education in health profession degrees anywhere are scarce. Our study reports on surveying approximately 100 degree coordinators in 40 clinical health professions in 30 universities across Australia. It finds that currently, teaching and assessment of future clinical health professionals does not ensure that Australia will have a clinical workforce that is adequately professionally empowered to work with e-health. This paper provides important baseline data for planning improvements to e-health education for Australia's future clinical health professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information - Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2012
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherIOS Press
Pages33-38
Number of pages6
Volume178
ISBN (Print)9781614990772
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2012 - Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 30 Jul 20122 Aug 2012

Conference

Conference20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2012
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period30/07/122/08/12

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'We are not educating the future clinical health professional workforce adequately for e-health competence: Findings of an Australian study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Dattakumar, A., Gray, K., Henderson, K. B., Maeder, A., & Chenery, H. (2012). We are not educating the future clinical health professional workforce adequately for e-health competence: Findings of an Australian study. In Health Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information - Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2012 (Vol. 178, pp. 33-38). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-078-9-33