We hope that you are managing well during the current COVID-19 pandemic and are in good health. The global health crisis is certainly highlighting the importance of telehealth – and in doing so has helped raise unprecedented awareness of telehealth all throughout our health system. Telehealth activity is growing exponentially – mainly due to necessity, promoting access to health services and respecting social distancing requirements.
On behalf of the SFT conference organisers, we are writing to you in regards to the 20th Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference (SFT-20) – which was scheduled for October this year. We have taken much time to consider our position on the conference and have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the SFT-20 conference until a similar time in 2021. The 2021 SFT conference will be held in Brisbane. We acknowledge the current uncertainties related to interstate and international travel, availability of funding for conference attendance, and industry willingness to invest in conference activities at this time, but expect these pressures to ease over the next 6-12 months.
Information regarding the 2021 Successes and Failures in Telehealth conference will be released later in 2020. In the meantime, the Centre for Online Health and the Australasian Telehealth Society have joined forces to offer a monthly telehealth webinar, which will be focussed on practical telehealth related topics, and panel discussions about frequently asked questions (FAQs) on telehealth. Experts from the COH and the ATHS will be presenting in each forum and members are encourage to participate – with free access to every webinar.
On behalf of the SFT organising committee, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support of the SFT conference. We look forward to seeing you online in our monthly presentations, and out of isolation at our SFT 2021 conference in Brisbane.
Stay safe and keep up the excellent work you do in the telehealth space!
Prof Anthony Smith
Director, Centre for Online Health
Centre for Health Services Research, The University of Queensland
President, Australasian Telehealth Societ