The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has urged the new Federal Government to address some of the issues which have surfaced since the rollout and expansion of telehealth services in Australia.
Telehealth was a vital alternative to in-person medical consultations during the COVID lockdowns, but recent changes to the Medicare Benefits Scheme and a lack of high speed, wireless internet connections that are accessible to aged care residents and their families has resulted in a poor uptake of telehealth in the sector. BIANCA ROBERTS chatted with CEO and founder of Coviu, Australia’s leading telehealth service provider, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer.
A new “Enhanced Telehealth Capabilities” project is set to deliver user-centred and research-based software solutions to enhance telehealth services for the elderly and Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Telehealth will become a permanent fixture of Australia’s healthcare system as the Federal Government has committed $103 million over the next four years to subsidise access to the service through Medicare.
More than 400,000 Australians are estimated to suffer chronic wounds at any given time, with the condition costing the system more than $3.5 billion. Coviu, the Federal Government's video telehealth platform of choice, is being funded to develop an innovative digital solution for wound care. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Dr Annie Banbury, clinical research lead at Australian telehealth software company Coviu, says role-playing is a vital aspect of quality training, especially for sensitive conversations, including arrangements around advanced care directives.
The Heart Foundation will close its telephone helpline service from next Friday, October 22, and callers will now be referred to alternative medical services including Health-direct, Nurse-on-call and their doctor for immediate support.