20 May 2014

The country’s largest online health directory and booking service, HealthEngine, has its sights firmly set on rapid national expansion providing greater access for Australians to find and book health appointments online.

A year on from Telstra and Seven West Media announcing a $10.4m investment in the HealthEngine business, the online directory and booking service has fast tracked its growth and clear leadership position in the market. HealthEngine currently has more than 3,000 practitioners at over 1,000 health practices across Australia and is looking to more than double that figure in the next 12 months.

HealthEngine’s CEO and Medical Director, Dr Marcus Tan, said, “We are committed to bringing even more health practices onto the HealthEngine platform to give Australians everywhere the greatest selection of available appointments possible.”

The Seven West Media and Telstra partnership has enabled HealthEngine to acquire a formidable board of heavy hitters who have strong experience in big business, new ventures and start-ups, including Pat O’Sullivan, HealthEngine Chairman and non-executive director of Carsales.com.au, Nick Chan, Group COO of Seven West Media and Matthew Koertge, Managing Director of Telstra Ventures Australia.

“The strength and calibre of these partners will give current and future investors confidence that they have chosen a long-term market leader,” said Dr Tan. In preparation for this next stage of aggressive expansion, HealthEngine has strengthened its board with the appointment of Telstra’s Group Managing Director, Media and Marketing, Mark Buckman.

Pat O’Sullivan, HealthEngine Chairman, said, “Mark brings a great deal of value to the business as we focus on growing market share.” “Armed with such a talented board of directors, HealthEngine is proud to be the Australian leader in the provision of health directory and booking services and we are eager to continue our success,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

Dr Tan added, “To accelerate growth and reach more Australians, HealthEngine will also be raising further capital in the near future.”

With more than 600,000 Australians already visiting the HealthEngine website every month to find and book over 500,000 available appointments from health practitioners around the country, HealthEngine is on track to become Australia’s online health equivalent of wotif.com and seek.com.

Dr Tan said, “HealthEngine understands the importance of trust and professionalism in the delivery of healthcare. As the market leader in the provision of online health services, we are best positioned to provide the most reliable platform in Australia for both patients and practices.”