Innovation in Australia

The AHHA is pleased to present the 42nd World Hospital Congress with a uniquely Australian flavour. While Australia is known for our wonderful wildlife and natural attractions, our still young nation is also home to high levels of innovation. Just a few examples of the technological innovations that have originated in Australia which have had a significant impact on the medical community are:

  • Electronic pacemaker (1928)
  • Plastic disposable syringe (1949)
  • Ultrasound (1961)
  • The cochlear implant (1979)
  • CPAP mask (1981)
  • Gene shears (1986)
  • Multi-focal contact lens (1992)
  • Spray on skin (1992)
  • Long-wearing contact lenses (1999)
  • Anti-flu medication – Relenza (1996)
  • Cervical Cancer Vaccine (2006)

Australia has also pioneered health delivery services including our famous Royal Flying Doctor Service which flies medical professionals across the country to deliver medical services to isolated communities and individuals and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre – an entire self-contained hospital packed in shipping containers which can be transported to the site of a natural disaster anywhere in Australia or South East Asia within hours. In more recent times, Australia and particularly Queensland has extensively used telehealth and other remote service delivery methods to make quality health services available across our vast continent.

Australia also has a strong current focus on integrated health care, working on ensuring a seamless continuum of care from primary care settings through to acute care needs. This is being supported by changes to practice, use of technology as well as policy and regulatory settings.

Australia continues to innovate and AHHA is proposing that the 42nd World Hospital Congress will explore much of the innovative service delivery that is being pioneered and explored including focusing on digital health and integrated health care as well as exploring topics on tropical medicine and delivering quality health services in rural and remote areas including the use of technology to facilitate this.