Deputy Director

Qualifications 

PhD (Medicine), MEd. (Adult & Workplace Training), BNurs., RN

Biography 

Dr Anthony Smith is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH) at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).  He also holds an affiliate Associate Professor appointment at the Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute as a research theme leader.

Dr Smith has more than 14 years of research experience based on investigations of new telemedicine applications for the benefit of clinicians and patients in regional and remote areas of Queensland.

In 2004, he completed a doctorate degree in the field of medicine, by examining the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a novel telepaediatric service in Queensland.

Over the last decade, the COH has earned international recognition as a pioneer in the field of telepaediatrics (i.e. the delivery of paediatric health services at a distance).  In collaboration with the RCH, the COH provides routine telepaediatric services for children all throughout Queensland – involving a broad range of specialties including burns care, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopaedics and psychiatry.

Specific research interests include the evaluation of feasibility, cost-effectiveness and diagnostic accuracy of telemedicine applications in the context of paediatrics and child health.  Current research includes the evaluation of wireless (robot) videoconference systems in paediatric wards; home telemedicine consultations for children with chronic health conditions; email-based telemedicine support; and a community-based telemedicine health screening programme for Indigenous children in the South Burnett region of Queensland.  

Dr Smith has made a significant contribution to the literature on telepaediatrics publishing more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals, three edited books and 12 book chapters on telemedicine related topics.  Dr Smith continues to present his work through publication, national and international conferences and local meetings.

Dr Smith has a lead role in the delivery of the International Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT) conference; and chairs the scientific program for the Global Telehealth Conference in Australia.  He has the role of Queensland representative of the Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS) and was elected as President of the ATHS in November 2013.  He was also appointed as an Associate Editor for the BMC Health Services Research journal in 2009.

Previously, Dr Smith has had over ten years’ clinical experience as a Registered Nurse specialising in paediatrics and child health.


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Publications  

Book chapters

  • Wurm EM, Soyer HP and Smith AC.  Introduction to Teledermatology.  Telemedicine in Dermatology.  Eds. Soyer HP, Binder M, Smith AC and Wurm EM.  Springer Press, Germany, 2012; 1-8
  • Bensink ME, Scuffham PA and Smith AC.  Health economics.  Telemedicine in Dermatology.  Eds. Soyer HP, Binder M, Smith AC and Wurm EM.  Springer Press, Germany, 2012; 167-186
  • Jakowenko J, Smith MJ and Smith AC.  Photographic imaging essentials.  Telemedicine in Dermatology.  Eds. Soyer HP, Binder M, Smith AC and Wurm EM.  Springer Press, Germany, 2012; 143-146
  • Edirippulige S, Smith AC.  Telepaediatrics in Queensland: evidence for quality, reliability and sustainability in A Moumtzoglou and A Kastania (Eds) e-Health Systems Quality and Reliability: Models and Standards, IGI Publishers, 2011
  • Smith AC and Edirippulige S.  Extending Health Services to Rural Communities: Telepediatrics in Queensland.  Healthcare and the Effect of Technology: Developments, Challenges and Advancements.  Ed. Kabene SM.  IGI Global, USA, 2010; 101-111   
  • Conrick M and Smith AC.  Chapter 22: Using informatics to expand awareness. Context of Nursing 3rd Edition.  Elsevier, London, 2009; 330-350
  • Edirippulige S, Smith AC, Bensink M, Armfield NR and Wootton R.  Nurses and Telehealth: Current Practice and Future Trends, Nursing and Clinical Informatics: Socio-Technical Approaches. Eds. Staudinger B, Hob V and Ostermann H.  IGI Global, London, 2009; 94-109
  • Smith AC and Pelekanos J.  Telemedicine in Paediatric Neurology. Teleneurology. Eds. Wootton R and Patterson V.  Royal Society of Medicine Press, London, 2005; 117-135
  • Smith AC.  Telepaediatrics in Queensland. Telepediatrics: Telemedicine and Child Health. Eds. Wootton R and Batch J.  Royal Society of Medicine Press, London, 2004; 25-39
  • Batch J and Smith AC.  Diabetes and telemedicine. Telepediatrics: Telemedicine and Child Health. Eds. Wootton R and Batch J.  Royal Society of Medicine Press, London, 2004; 89-104
  • Kimble R and Smith AC.  Post-acute burns care for children. Telepediatrics: Telemedicine and Child Health. Eds. Wootton R and Batch J.  Royal Society of Medicine Press, London, 2004; 111-118
  • Smith AC and Wootton R.  Chapter 38: Telemedicine and Surgery, Textbook of Tropical Surgery.Eds. Kamel R and Lumley J.  Westminster Publishing Ltd., London, 2004; 149-153   

Books

  • Smith AC, Armfield NR and Eikelboom RH.  Global Telehealth 2012, Volume 182, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2012; 216pp.  ISBN 978-1-61499-151-9   
  • Soyer HP, Binder M, Smith AC and Wurm EMT (Eds).  Telemedicine in Dermatology, Springer Press, 2012, Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-20800-3
  • Smith AC and Maeder AJ. Global Telehealth, Volume 161, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2010; 216pp.  ISBN 978-1-60750-658-4 

Research thesis

  • Smith AC.  The feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a novel telepaediatric service in Queensland.  The University of Queensland, Australia, PhD Awarded - November 2004. 

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Invited keynote presentations

  • Smith AC.  The implementation and evaluation of a mobile, Indigenous telehealth screening service.  ASOHNS ASM 2014 – Modern Approaches to ENT:  Indigenous Ear Health Satellite Meeting.  Brisbane, Australia. March 2014.
  • Delivering Specialist Healthcare to Remote Communities: Telehealth Developments in Queensland. Australian e-Health Research Colloquium. Brisbane, Australia. March 2013.
  • Kinecting patients with telehealth.  2012 SHRS Postgraduate Research Conference - Kinecting Technology with Research Symposium.  Brisbane, Australia.  21 November 2012.
  • Telehealth in Australia: Distributing paediatric health services to regional and remote locations. eHealth Conference. Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Via videoconference, 15 November 2012.
  • Telehealth in Australia: emerging trends and challenges. New Zealand Telehealth Forum, Auckland, New Zealand. 23 February 2012
  • Specialist paediatric health services for patients in remote areas: the role of telemedicine in Australia.  5th Asia Telemedicine Symposium, Kyushu Hospital University, Fukuoka, Japan.  16-17 December 2011
  • The establishment and development of telepaediatric services in Queensland – experience and practical guidelines. Lessons Learned from Previous Oncology Related Capital Works Symposium – Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, Australia. 14 July 2010
  • A case study of telepaediatrics in Queensland – from concept to routine service. Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine & The Australian Biomedical Engineering College Conference. Canberra, Australia. 12 November 2009
  • Telepaediatric Services Delivered at the Bedside – a Review of Experience in Queensland. International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth. Brisbane, Australia. 10 November 2009
  • The delivery of specialist health services for remote communities – the role of telepaediatrics in Queensland. APEC Workshop for Innovation in Telecare. Taipei. 14 October 2009
  • Telepaediatrics. Delivering ICT Capabilities with Healthcare Services, Rydges World Square, Sydney. 3-5 February, 2009
  • Improving access to specialist services: the role of telemedicine in paediatrics and child health. 10th International Paediatric and Child Health Nursing Conference. Darwin, Northern Territory. 30 April 2008
  • Roy the Robot and other marvels – technology for remote specialist health care. Rural e-Health Forum, Information Technology Public Forum and Exhibition, Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, Western Australia, 18 May, 2006
  • Telemedicine – Educational and Clinical Services.  Australian Rheumatology Association, 46th Annual Scientific Meeting, Cairns 22-26 May 2004
  • Providing innovative solutions through telehealth technology.  mHealth - Providing excellent in quality of care through wireless, tele and mobile technology integration conference, The Sydney Boulevard, Australia, 30-31 March 2004

Recent conference presentations (2009-present)

  • Smith AC.  Reengineering Health Service Models: The Value Of Telemedicine For People Living In Indigenous Communities.  American Telemedicine Association Conference, ATA Annual International Meeting and Trade Show 2014.  Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 18-20 May 2014.
  • Smith AC.  Round Table - Meet the Experts: Telepaediatrics.  Service Management, Business Processes, Evaluation and Models of Care.  Concurrent Paediatric Colloquium.  American Telemedicine Association Conference, ATA Annual International Meeting and Trade Show 2014.  Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 18-20 May 2014.
  • Smith AC.  An update on Telepaediatric Services in Queensland.  Paediatric Meeting, University of California, Davis.  Sacramento, California, USA. 22 May 2014.
  • Smith AC. Telemedicine successes in Queensland: improving access to specialist services – closer to home.  What’s New in Children and Young People’s Health Care Technology? Australian College of Children and Young People's Nurses.  Queensland Chapter Meeting.  Brisbane, Australia.  27 March 2014.
  • Smith AC.  The value of telemedicine in Indigenous communities.  What’s New in Children and Young People’s Health Care Technology? Australian College of Children and Young People's Nurses.  Queensland Chapter Meeting.  Brisbane, Australia.  27 March 2014. 
  • Smith AC. CRE Theme overview: Telehealth in small rural hospitals and Indigenous communities.  Inaurgural CRE Seminar Series.  Brisbane, Australia.  7 March 2014.
  • Smith AC. Changes in paediatric hospital ENT service utilisation following the implementation of a mobile, indigenous health screening service.  Successes and Failures in Telehealth 2013 (SFT-13). Brisbane, Australia.  11-12 November 2013.
  • Smith AC. PAH Telehealth Update.  Princess Alexandra Hospital Clinical Senate Meeting. PAH, Brisbane, Australia.  6 November 2013.
  • Smith AC. Introducing specialist telehealth services in residential aged care facilities.  Better Practice 2013, Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency. Brisbane, Australia. 8 November 2013.
  • Smith AC and Saunders R.  Health-e-Regions: Introducing Telehealth Services through a Whole of Community Approach. Geriatric Medicine Seminar Series. Brisbane, Australia. September 2013.
  • Smith AC. Retrospective Review of Medicare Reimbursement for Telehealth in Australia.  American Telemedicine Association Conference, ATA Annual International Meeting and Trade Show 2013.  Austin, Texas, USA. 5-8 May 2013.
  • Smith, AC. An introduction to the PA Telehealth Centre; and overview of telehealth services in Queensland – paediatric, adult and geriatric support for regional and remote hospitals. Medicare Local Greater Metro South Brisbane Telehealth Workshop, Brisbane, Australia. April, 2013.
  • Smith, AC. Telehealth design and principles for Indigenous communities (Indigenous ear health workshop – making a difference). The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth, Australia. Via videoconference, March 2013.
  • Smith AC. A mobile telemedicine-enabled ear screening service for Indigenous children in Queensland: activity and outcomes in the first three years.  Global Telehealth 2012 (GT2012).  Sydney, Australia.  26-28 November 2012
  • Smith AC. Enhancing outcomes through innovations in telehealth. The Journey: Towards Excellence in Children’s Healthcare. Sydney, Australia. 22-24 October 2012 [Invited
  • Smith, AC. Telehealth and Medicare in Australia. Telehealth: From Practical Evidence to Virtual Care Workshop. HIC 2012. Sydney, Australia. 1 August 2012 [Invited].
  • Smith AC. Introduction to telemedicine: examples and strategies to develop new clinical telehealth services. Staff Forum, Whangarei District Hospital, Northland, New Zealand. 24 February 2012 [Invited]
  • Smith AC, Armfield NR, Croll J, Gray LC. A retrospective review of Medicare expenditure in Australia for psychiatric consultations delivered in person and via videoconference. International conference on successes and failures in telehealth (SFT-11). December 2011. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Smith AC. The role of telemedicine in the context of new models of care for children and families: strategies which have led to the development of a safe and effective telepaediatric service in Queensland.  Joint Conference of the Society For Paediatric Anaesthetists in New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA) and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons (ANZAPS).  'Safe Practice in the Age of Technology'.  Coolum, Australia, 20-23 October 2011 [Invited]
  • Smith AC, Armfield NR. Telemedicine in the NICU and PICU - Experiences from Queensland. ANZICS / ACCCN Intensive Care ASM 2011. Brisbane, Australia, October 2011 [invited]
  • Smith AC. Emerging health applications and mobile delivery.  CeBIT - eHealth Conference.  Sydney, Australia.  1 June 2011 [Invited]
  • Smith AC.  Telepaediatrics: The Ten Year Journey from Pilot Project to Mainstream Health Service in Queensland.  3rd Annual National Telemedicine Summit.  Sydney, Australia.  21-22 March 2011 [Invited]
  • Smith AC.  Telepaediatrics: Virtual Ward Rounds and Remote Critical Care (The Virtual PICU).  6th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care.  Sydney, Australia.  17 March 2011 [Invited]
  • Smith AC.  Telepaediatrics: Establishing New Models of Care for Specialist Paediatric Health Services in Queensland.  6th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care.  Sydney, Australia.  17 March 2011 [Invited]
  • Smith AC.  Clinical services and professional support: a review of mobile telepaediatric services in Queensland. Global Telehealth 2010. Perth, Australia. 12 November 2010
  • Smith AC. Telepaediatrics – Robots and Mobile Clinics in Queensland. APAN Conference (Remote Medicine Session). Hanoi, Vietnam. 11 August 2010 [via videoconference]
  • Smith AC. The establishment and development of telepaediatric services in Queensland – experience and practical guidelines. Lessons Learned from Previous Oncology Related Capital Works Symposium – Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, Australia. 14 July 2010 [Invited]
  • Smith AC.  Telepaediatrics in Queensland. Victorian District Health Paediatric Advisory Group (Chair: Dr Andrew Lovett), Melbourne. 29 April 2010 [Videoconference]
  • Smith AC. Ten years of telepaediatrics – lessons learnt in Queensland. Geriatrics Beyond the Boundaries 2009: e-Health and Technology in Aged Care Conference. Brisbane. 9 October 2009 [Invited]
  • Smith AC. Ten Years of Telepaediatrics: Supporting Children in the Australian Outback.  American Telemedicine Association Mid-Year Meeting - 4th Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium, Palm Springs California USA. 24 September  2009
  • Smith AC. Telepaediatrics in Queensland / Remote Medicine. Asia Pacific Advanced Networking (APAN) Conference. Taiwan. 4 March 2009 [via videoconference]
  • Smith AC. Telepaediatrics in Queensland - an overview of experience and lessons learnt. Queensland Pharmacy Directors Conference. Ballymore Conference Centre. Brisbane, Queensland. 27 February 2009 [Invited]

    All COH conference presentations
     

Teaching

Consultancies

  • Smith AC, Armfield NR, Edirippulige S and Gray L.  Telehealth education and support program.  Department of Health and Ageing.  Commonwealth Government; 2012
  • Gray L, Smith AC, Armfield NR, Travers C, Croll P, Caffery L. Assessment of telehealth implementations and associated requirements for the Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government. Reports available via the MBS Online website: Telehealth Business Case Advice and Options and Telehealth Assessment Report; 2011
  • Gray L, Smith AC, Travers C, Armfield NR. Telehealth co-ordination Function for  Queensland Health, Queensland Government; 2011
  • Smith AC, Armfield NR, Gray L. Review of: RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition) Addendum: Standards for general practices offering video consultations for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP); 2011
  • Bensink ME, Smith AC and Scuffham PA.  Economic evaluation of telehealth follow-up care for adult plastic surgery patients in Western Australia.  Western Australia Health Department; 2009.

Contact information

Centre for Online Health
Level 3, Foundation Building
Royal Children's Hospital
Herston Qld 4029 Australia

Email: asmith@uq.edu.au

 

 

 

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