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Standards & Frameworks

Standards & Frameworks

The Institute works with practitioners and organisations to build digital health capability in the healthcare workforce.

The Digital Health Blueprint 2023-2033

 “Trusted, timely and accessible use of digital and data underpins a personalised and connected health and wellbeing experience for all Australians.”

The Blueprint is about the design of digital and data reforms to:

  • ensure health information follows patients through the health system, so they can actively participate in, and make informed decisions about, their care;
  • enable healthcare professionals to access a joined up, real-time view of their patients’ health information at the point of care;
  • make the health system more responsive to emerging technologies, while ensuring the safe and secure use of health data.

The Digital Health Action Plan

Building on the Blueprint, the Action Plan:

  • explains the initiatives that are being invested in to meet target outcomes
  • identifies how these initiatives align to the action areas from the Blueprint
  • outlines the key delivery partners (including AIDH) and progress

Clinical E-Safety Guidelines

“E-safety is all about patient safety. Help us reduce the risk from incorrect, missing, incomplete and delayed health information.”

This three part series (A, B, and C) assures patient safety in the implementation of e-health. Part A is an Information Paper that provides an overview of the topic and establishes the rationale for the professional practice standard.  Part B is the Professional Practice Standard, which sets our requirements for both organisations and individual health informaticians. Part C, Supporting Resources, provides a substantial set of tools and guides for implementers and auditors.

The Australian Digital Health Capability Framework

Australian Digital Health Capability Framework Diagram

Figure 1: Australian Digital Health Capability Framework

The ADHCF consists of five (5) domains:

Domain A – Digital Professionalism
Domain B – Leadership and Advocacy
Domain C – Data and Information Quality
Domain D – Information Enabled Care and Services
Domain E – Technology


The framework provides a national approach for standardising digital health capabilities across a broad range of healthcare roles and settings.


If you want further understanding of the framework, we have created a video which highlights what the framework is and how it works. The video opens as a pop-up.

Digital Health Career Pathways Model

The Digital Health Career Pathway Model provides a structured approach to map and highlight: career options and opportunities for individuals; formalised industry standards on skills and qualification; and ways to attract, retain and support individuals working towards and specialising in digital health.

Map to a Professional Career Matrix

Includes 5 career levels, across a range of specific domains, aligned to roles, and competency descriptions. The Australian version is based on the Digital Health Canada version.

Matrix reference point to map roles and levels to inform career pathways.

Incorporate skills

Includes skills as well as competencies. i.e., what are the in-demand skills for digital health, matched to roles identified in the matrix.

In that matrix model incorporate skills (align to skills and education agenda).
Career streams
Career streams rather than detailing pathways or specific domains. i.e., clinical, IT professional, research, management, streams.
Reduce complexity and allow flexibility within career streams.
Entry points
Focus on entry points and where people are in their digital health career journey.
Find where people are in their journey and tailor approaches to match.
Qualifications | Education
Identify any pre-requisite qualifications and education for specific roles from a profession, industry, and employer perspective.
Find where people are in their journey and tailor approaches to match.

This page is being dynamically updated. We will provide practical examples of career pathways and options, with associated training or education identified to support you in your own career journey. Please provide us feedback on what you would like to see here: [email protected]

Nurses and midwives in a digital health future

The Institute collaborated with nursing and midwifery peak bodies, supported by the Australian Digital Health Agency, to build a capability framework for digital health.

Australian nursing and midwifery organisations continue to collaborate on progressing their capability framework to support nurses and midwives in the digital workplace). Building on the release of the National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework in late 2020, and uptake more broadly across the sector.