IFIC Australia Webinar – Digital health solutions that support and engage older people and their carers

IFIC Australia Webinar - Digital health solutions that support and engage older people and their carers


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Type

Digital health solutions that support and engage older people and their carers

Digital health has a central role to play in tackling Australia’s many healthcare challenges, especially to support the health and wellbeing of older people and their carers. Technologies including telehealth, electronic health records, wearable devices, mobile health applications and digital therapeutics are increasingly being embedded in the health and aged care system. These provide an opportunity to improve care outcomes and reduce costs by increasing the availability of relevant information, allowing better diagnosis, treatment and care.

Drawing on expertise from Scotland and Australia, this webinar seeks to examine how data sharing with older people and their carers can lead to a transformational impact on service delivery, and examines the future potential for technologies that support older people in the home and aged care environments.

This session covers the following topics:

  • Person-centred data sharing: a catalyst for service transformation?
  • Advancing digital health for older people: reflections on the Medical Technology Association of Australia’s Digital Health Report 2023
  • Digital health and the aged care industry: what does the future hold?


Professor Nick Goodwin
Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care
Director of Research
Central Coast Local Health District


In July 2019, Professor Nick Goodwin was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care and also as Director of Research for Central Coast Local Health District.

Nick has long been at the forefront of a global health policy trend towards integrated care that seeks to better coordinate and deliver health services around people’s needs. Throughout his impressive career, Nick has held leadership roles for globally-renowned organisations such as the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), which he co-founded, and spearheaded integrated care programs for the likes of The King’s Fund — the UK’s leading health charity.

Amongst his many career achievements, Nick co-wrote and edited the World Health Organization’s Global Framework on People-Centred and Integrated Health Services that was ratified by the World Health Assembly in 2016 and adopted by countries worldwide. In an advisory capacity, Nick has also helped contribute to national government policy reforms in Belgium, Spain, England, Finland, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Nick has also provided support at a regional and local level. For example, in 2016, he was chief investigator on a translational project that enabled the metropolitan region of Salvador, Brazil, to design and implement a new model of intermediate care for older people. In Australia, Nick leads the IFIC Australia collaborative centre that has supported the delivery of webinars, conferences, research initiatives and accelerated learning programs across at least 10 LHD and PHNs across Australia.

In 2016, Nick’s tireless advocacy for the adoption of integrated care in policy and practice worldwide led him to be awarded the prestigious Avedis Donabedian International Award for his contribution to Healthcare Excellence.

Keynote Speakers

Chaloner Chute
Chief Technology Officer
Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre


Chal leads on digital strategy for DHI and a range of partners and initiatives. He is an expert in leveraging digital technology to support service transformation and in applying systems thinking in these activities. He is devoted to the idea that citizens can be empowered to take an active role in their own care and wellbeing. Chal believes that digital health and care offers the tools to achieve this, and the DHI has the fresh perspective necessary to reconceive the relationship between the citizen and those who might care for them. He brings a range of skills including a Master’s in Healthcare Management & Leadership and a Master’s in Public Health Policy: Health Systems. He has spent nine years working in digital innovation, seven years working in Scottish Government public policy and health and care service delivery and has led the design, development, integration and roll out of many digital health and care services with several now in use at scale across Scotland.

Lyn Davies
Managing Director
Tunstall Healthcare Asia Pacific


Lyn was appointed as Managing Director of Tunstall Healthcare for Asia Pacific in 2011. Tunstall Healthcare is a world-leading provider of Connected Care and Connected Health solutions. Tunstall operates in 18 countries around the world, with 235 Monitoring Centres supporting over 5 million people. Their products and solutions play a key role in helping older people, and those with long-term health needs, to live safely and independently in a place of their choice. Lyn joined Tunstall in 2004 with 20 years’ of experience in 24/7 operations and service delivery across the public and private sectors. Prior to working for Tunstall she held leadership positions for the Qld Mater Hospitals and for CITEC, the information technology division for the State of Queensland.
Lyn is a strong advocate for consumers and industry and an active member and director on key industry groups. She is currently a Director on the Board of the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) and Chair of the MTAA’s Digital Health Advisory Group (CHAG). Lyn is also a Director and Deputy Chair of the Personal Emergency Response Service Limited (PERSL) and Vice Chair of the Australian Silver Industry Group (ASIG).

George Margelis
Independent Chair
Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council


Dr George Margelis is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as an optometrist, he started tinkering with computers in 1981 when he bought his first PC, a Sinclair ZX80 before going back to medical school to complete his training at the University of Sydney.

He was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team that produced a personal health record for Australians 10 years before the PCEHR. He joined Intel in 2005, and then Intel-GE Innovations as they tried to radically transform healthcare and has some amusing stories he can share about that time.

In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL) and is also currently a member of Ignition Labs a start-up incubator in the health space as well as a number of advisory roles.

In 2014 he was appointed to the IT in Aged Care Hall of Fame for his work in the use of technology in aged care. He is a board member of Multicultural Care, an aged care provider in Sydney and also acts as their medical adviser.

Catherine Oates-Smith
MedTech Theme Leader
NSW Smart Sensors Network


Catherine Oates Smith is the MedTech Theme Leader at the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN).

Joining the NSSN in October 2022, Catherine is responsible for engagement with university, government and industry stakeholders in MedTech. She also leads the NSSN Aged Care Grand Challenge. In previous roles, Catherine was the Executive Director of a cancer charity and has co-founded gene therapy and microbiome start-up charities.

She has extensive experience in senior management roles in the legal and not-for-profit sectors, was formerly a television journalist in the UK, and has a long track record in PR, branding and strategy. Her industry experience includes finance, banking, property, women’s and children’s health (in public hospital settings), and most recently microbiome health in digital platform consumer contexts.