Category: Guidelines/ Standards

Telehealth and Australia’s Mental Health Care Transformation

Australia continues to rapidly integrate telehealth as an accepted and much desired element of health care delivery, in particular within the mental health space. Recent activity by the Federal Government has signalled continued growth in this area. Notably, the House Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention has now released its final report into this critical and complex issue (the Report). In addition to the Report, the Australian Federal Government has also recently commenced a period of consultation on its Primary Health Care Plan 10 Year Plan, noting the acceleration of telehealth’s role in the usual course of health care in Australia.

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Data Protection Is a Mental Health Issue For Young People

In 2018, a Melbourne high school mistakenly released the personal digital records of hundreds of students. Among the records were details of students’ “mental health conditions, medications, learning and behavioural difficulties”. This was bad enough but globally breaches of privacy like

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Ethics Guidelines For Trustworthy AI

The human-centric approach to AI strives to ensure that human values are central to the way in which AI systems are developed, deployed, used and monitored, by ensuring respect for fundamental human rights. These include the ones set out in

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How do Digital Health Standards Assess Evidence?

As the uptake of digital health technologies increases, so too does the need for robust digital health assessment methodologies. Evaluations of impact enable healthcare professionals and the public to make informed decisions about which technologies to use to best support

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Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health

The WHO guidance on Ethics & Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health is the product of eighteen months of deliberation amongst leading experts in ethics, digital technology, law, human rights, as well as experts from Ministries of Health.  While new technologies that

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Perspectives on Digital Technology in Mental Health

In this plenary lecture, Professor Pierre Michel Llorca (France) offers his perspectives on digital technology use in psychiatry thus far, the potential barriers to adoption and the ways that such technology might offer value for psychiatrists and patients in the

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‘Creating Spaces for Children and Young People’s Voices in Mental Health Research and Services During a Pandemic’

In their blog, Dr Aislinn Bergin and Dr Joanna Lockwood from MindTech (UK) discuss how they have been working with mental health and addiction service Samaritans to involve young people in developing and producing guidelines for safe online conversations around suicide and self-harm. Face-to-face workshops for

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