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We are not educating the future clinical health professional workforce adequately for e-health competence: Findings of an Australian study

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Dattakumar, A and Gray, K and Butler-Henderson, K and Maeder, A and Chenery, H, We are not educating the future clinical health professional workforce adequately for e-health competence: Findings of an Australian study, Studies in Health Technology Information, 178 pp. 33-38. ISSN 0926-9630 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 The authors and IOS Press

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-078-9-33

Abstract

This paper reports on a national study of the present approaches in Australian tertiary education, to preparing future clinical health professionals to work competently in an increasingly e-health enabled healthcare sector. The argument for increasing clinical health professionals’ knowledge about e-health and health informatics has been advanced repeatedly over past decades in Australia and elsewhere. However, peer-reviewed accounts of good practice in implementing and evaluating e-health education in health profession degrees anywhere are scarce. Our study reports on surveying approximately 100 degree coordinators in 40 clinical health professions in 30 universities across Australia. It finds that currently, teaching and assessment of future clinical health professionals does not ensure that Australia will have a clinical workforce that is adequately professionally empowered to work with e-health. This paper provides important baseline data for planning improvements to e-health education for Australia’s future clinical health professionals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health, health professional workforce, e-health, Australia, clinical
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and Information Studies
Research Field:Health Informatics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Education and Promotion
Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
ID Code:100986
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2015-06-04
Last Modified:2017-10-17
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