Research & policy

Health technology report

Australia continues to be one of the healthiest nations in the world. However, Australia’s health sector faces challenges such as a changing national health profile, inequity in access and experience, consumer behaviour and trust, adjustment to an increasingly digital world, fragmented and inflexible health systems and unsustainable financing.

In 2018 it was estimated that 50 per cent of Australians were living with at least one common chronic condition. Over the past decade, healthcare expenditure on health goods and services and investment in equipment and facilities grew faster than population growth.

New and emerging technologies can assist in transforming Australia’s healthcare system to improve healthcare outcomes, for both consumers and health care professionals.

Developing, adapting and adopting new and emerging technologies will support our healthcare system to become more cost-effective, efficient and inclusive.

Australia is already a global leader in health, but it is critical that we continue to identify what we want for our society, what action government and the sector need to take and how this will translate to a health sector of the future.

In this context, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering is undertaking a project to assess the readiness of the Australian health industry sector to develop, adapt and adopt new technologies over the next decade to address these challenges and achieve positive health outcomes for Australia.

The Academy has identified a number of key megatrends and additional challenges facing the health sector over the next decade. Within the framework of these megatrends and challenges the project will highlight new and emerging technologies within the areas of prevention and wellness, diagnosis and treatment.

The final report is expected to be launched in early 2020. The report will provide guidance for policy-makers and research organisations by identifying jobs of the future and future skill needs, key research areas to address knowledge gaps and policy actions to facilitate industry readiness.

If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the project, please contact the Academy Policy Team at policy@atse.org.au.