Tēnā koutou katoa
I trust this newsletter finds you well and having a small respite from the huge amount of mahi that I know you are all doing. It has been a busy few months for the NZ Telehealth Forum with a growing membership and working groups settling into their groove. We had a great reception from the GP Conference in Wellington, which was a good opportunity to catch up with clinicians in-person and talk with them about concerns regarding privacy, security and perceived threats on workforce and income. We also had good news about the prescription waiver being rolled on until December 2021.
2021 Clinical Informatics Leadership Award
Voting is open to select the winner of the 2021 Clinical Informatics Leadership Award, and I am humbled to be nominated as one of the finalists but it's also important to remember that these awards are only possible with the increasing acknowledgement of the role of clinical informaticians and of course there is never one person who is responsible for the great mahi we have all been doing over the past decade. Voting closes at 5pm on 7 October 2021 (today), and the winner will be announced at Digital Health Week NZ 2021 in Wellington on 29 November 2021.
10 year anniversary
We are looking forward to celebrating our 10 year anniversary in 2022. This is a great milestone of the organisation and planning is underway.
The highlights of the past few months for me have been two particularly great webinars, one on telehealth and disability and the other on Zoom fatigue. Sadly, the Zoom fatigue webinar had a glitch in the recording so is not available to view but some of the things I think worth mentioning is that this is a tough time for everyone and although most of us are keen proponents of video we should be mindful that back-to-back meetings in video can be just as, if not more, tiring than in-person.
As we look forward to the end of the year, we are hoping to start meeting in-person again, both at our upcoming strategic advisory group meeting and also at the HiNZ Digital Health week in November. We look forward to seeing many of you at these events.
Once again, thank you for all that you do in improving access to healthcare for the population of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ka kite anō
Dr Ruth Large