On Tuesday 19th February approximately 130 eHealth experts and enthusiasts packed out the vintage Carslaw Lecture Theatre to attend the inaugural eHealth@Sydney Conference. The keynote for the day was Professor Neil Coulson, Professor of Health Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK. Professor Coulson spoke on coping with illness in the digital age and the role of online support communities. His talk focused on the future research of online support communities and explored the processes of engagement, along with some of the positive and negative outcomes.
The day also served as a showcase for the diverse eHealth research and activities happening @Sydney, with 14 short but impactful presentations on some of the research that is happening across the broad spectrum of health services. The full program for the day can be viewed here. Attendees on the day were also able to get a look into the future of eHealth when a number of very brave and outstanding HDR students presented on their research. Topics ranged from mindfulness meditation to melanoma post-treatment care, and from disability training and support in rural service providers to the affects of Instagram behaviours.
The day ended with a really fantastic and lively panel discussion on Apps and devices: Friend or foe of traditional healthcare? Panel members included Professor Tim Shaw, Tracey Davenport, Dr Leanne Hassett and Dr Anna Janssen.
A few images from the day can be viewed below or via Twitter here