Eduroam is an authentication system that allows staff and students from Australian universities to connect to other institutions' wireless networks.
A collaboration between AARnet and the Queensland Regional Network Organisation has extended this arrangement to six Queensland hospitals and health facilities.
Eduroam now covers Princess Alexander Hospital, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Robina Hospital, Mackay Hospital, Townsville Hospital, and the Skills Development Centre at Herston.
Plans are afoot to for a further extension to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital and the Queensland Children's Hospital.
"This initiative is the first of its kind in Australia for the Health sector and was developed with the backing of the Queensland Government and the Higher Education sector," said AARnet CEO Chris Hancock.
"This is an important new service for the health sector that we can now be used as a model for health precincts across the rest of the country."
AARNET is also working with NSW Health and health institutions in Victoria to provide similar services, with provision for a national service.