CSIRO Awarded an NBN-enabled Telehealth Grant – iiNet a Commercial Partner

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The CSIRO has been awarded two NBN-enabled Telehealth grants and iiNet is pleased to be a commercial project partner on the NBN Home Monitoring of Chronic Disease for Aged Care project.

What is Telehealth?

Compared with traditional face-to-face delivery of medical care and advice, Telehealth is a cost effective, real-time and convenient alternative. It provides three key advantages.

  • Remote access. Telehealth can reduce the need for travel, which is not only convenient but also helps patients who have mobility issues.
  • Timely information. Patients can receive reliable information and advice from medical professionals at a time that suits them.
  • Supporting healthcare workers. Telehealth can help the continued education and training of healthcare workers. This can also include support, communication and networking.

NBN Enabled Telehealth Pilot Program

The National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program aims to demonstrate how the NBN infrastructure can enable better access to high quality healthcare services. In particular, using Telehealth services in the home to support aged care, palliative care and cancer care.

The NBN has the potential to enhance the way that health services are delivered across Australia. It could allow homes, doctor’s surgeries, pharmacies, clinics, and aged-care facilities to connect to affordable, reliable, high-speed and high-capacity broadband – and each other. Imagine that.

NBN Home Monitoring of Chronic Disease for Aged Care Project

This project is a $5.47M trial to demonstrate an NBN-enabled Telehealth system for home monitoring of patients with chronic disease (a disease that is long-lasting or recurrent).  Monitoring chronically ill and elderly patients can reduce hospitalisations and improve health outcomes and quality of care.

The CSIRO has advised that the study will provide “in-home Telehealth services for 150 patients over six fibre and fixed-wireless NBN connected sites around Australia” and that it is “Australia’s first multi state, multi site randomised clinical trial of telehealth services”. iiNet will provide the connection to the NBN in each of the patient’s homes. The study will involve six sites connected to the NBN. Most sites will be connected by optical fibre with one site using fixed-wireless broadband.

We’ll update readers on the how the trial is going in the coming months.

For more information visit the NBN Telehealth website here.


  1. Craig says:

    Another example of the politicization of the once great and independent CSIRO. The taxpayer funded NBN giving away money for PR purposes. A $5.47M trial to monitor 150 patients doesn’t sound like an economical way to allocate health spending.

  2. Don Smith says:

    No doubt C.S.I.R.O also has people like Natalie whose task is to inform and re-assure. Not to mention the NBN Co. No doubt too that their press releases have gone to major news outlets both print and electronic. This ia a worthy and relatively inexpensive enterprise…why is it that I only get to know of it from my ISP’s newsletter?

  3. Dimitar says:

    I’m IT analyst & would like to follow TeleHealth – eventually involved in pilot trials.