Tele­health boost for ru­ral ar­eas on way

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.

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