Our clinical experts are clinicians who are passionate about improving health outcomes through digital health.
More than 45 healthcare professionals are working with us through our Clinical Reference Lead (CRL) program. You can view their biographies via the following links:
- Nurses in community, practice, hospitals and informaticians
- General practitioners, informaticians and administrators
- Hospital doctors, specialists, informaticians and juniors
- Pharmacists in hospital and community
- Allied health professionals
- Managers in medical, private health insurance and informaticians
Who are our Clinical Reference Leads?
The CRL are healthcare professionals with contemporary clinical practice experience and digital health subject matter experts from across the healthcare sector.
The CRL program comprises a diverse range of backgrounds, skills, experiences and perspectives, to reflect the diversity of the Australian health sector.
The CRL program is an essential part of the Australian Digital Health Agency's (the Agency) clinical governance and supports the delivery of high quality, safe, useful and usable products and services, and their work is embedded into our product development lifecycle. This includes the My Health Record system and other Agency initiatives.
The CRL's are an important link between the technical, strategy and policy teams delivering the Agency’s work program, and the wider digital health experiences of healthcare professionals. The CRL's who work with the Agency:
- Are experienced, knowledgeable healthcare providers and digital health subject matter experts.
- Represent the perspective of their profession and bring their skills, knowledge and experience into the development of the user requirements and detailed design work.
- Have extensive background in advocating for digital health, both within the Agency and in their own communities of interest, and understand the history and key technical decisions that have driven clinically important design.
- Are well connected within their professional associations and have extensive networks.
- Have recognition and standing in the community that engenders trust in the functionality and usability of the product, system or service in the healthcare setting.
The Clinical Reference Group
Senior CRL's also play a key role in the function of the Agency’s Clinical Reference Group (CRG).
The primary objective of the CRG is to review and provide clinical assurance, advice and recommendations for digital health products and services. The clinical assurance function aims to ensure that the Agency’s digital health systems, products, services and programs are quality assured to be user-friendly, clinically safe and provide what users need in ways that are clinically usable and useful. This, in turn, should facilitate improved patient care and an improved consumer experience when interacting with the healthcare sector. Clinical assurance advice includes, but is not limited to issues relating to safety, usability, quality and functionality.
Invitation to express an interest in participating in the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Clinical Reference Leads program
In late 2017 the Agency undertook an expression of interest to seek suitably qualified and interested clinicians from across the healthcare sector to inform implementation of key priority areas of work and programs of activity outlined in its work plan and implementation of the National Digital Health Strategy.
An EOI evaluation panel, chaired by Dr Monica Trujillo - Chief Clinical Information Officer and Executive General Manager, Clinician and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, was established to formally assess each applicant against the EOI criteria. Referee checks were also completed to ensure each applicant’s suitability to not only bring their clinical skills and experience to the role but to also advocate and undertake a leadership role on behalf of the Agency to drive digital health adoption and use within their peer cohort.
The Agency continues to seek Expressions of Interest to join the Clinical Reference Lead Program.
The EOI evaluation process will continue to be followed as new applications are received.