Telehealth boost for rural areas on way
PEOPLE living in rural and remote regions of Australia will get the same access to psychologists as those living in our major cities, under a new telehealth initiative set to roll out later this year.
A major barrier to rural residents accessing vital mental health treatment will be removed with the introduction of a new Medicare rebate for online videoconferencing consultations with psychologists.
Under the new arrangements, up to seven of the 10 sessions currently available under Medicare rebatable mental health plans will be available via telehealth.
Many rural people who were likely going untreated will now receive appropriate care as a result.
From November 1, people in rural and regional Australia will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for timely and convenient online videoconferencing consultations with psychologists and other health professionals.