15NRHC Recommendation - 03/25/2019 - 11:39

Strong evidence exists that a range of health interactions can safely and effectively be provided utilising Telehealth. Access for community members to quality care and future health models requires a fundamental shift in funding paradigms to support growth of Telehealth capability. It is recommended that the Telehealth modality be included in multiple MBS items (and other funding systems) for all Australian consumers.

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We definitely need more MBS items for Telehealth, but we also need more reliable telecommunications services. In one of the community health clinics we work with the phone (radio phone) and NBN Internet were down for months...this is clearly not good enough! We need more reliable, affordable and robust telecommunications for our rural, regional and remote areas. I also suspect that access to adequate internet would influence workers preparedness to work remotely.