People living in rural areas will now qualify for a Medicare rebate when accessing mental-health treatment.
The new telehealth rebate will be in place for regional Australians seeking mental-health consultations via online videoconferencing.
Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the new program meant many people across the Wimmera-mallee and Mildura would have an easier way of accessing care.
“Under the new Better Access program, seven out of 10 sessions can be available via telehealth. That is a huge weight off the shoulders of many regional patients who have always had to travel a great distance to their appointments,” he said.
Consultations with psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists will be available via telehealth.