Men­tal health help

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Peo­ple seek­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices in Wim­mera, Mallee and Mil­dura re­gions will be able to claim a Medi­care re­bate for on­line video­con­fer­enc­ing con­sul­ta­tions from Novem­ber 1.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will ded­i­cate $9-mil­lion to the ser­vice for the next four years as part of a com­mit­ment to bridge any city-coun­try di­vide in health-ser­vice ac­cess.

The re­bate will al­low peo­ple to have con­sul­ta­tions with med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als who might be hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres away, elim­i­nat­ing the in­con­ve­nience, time and ex­pense of travel for many re­gional pa­tients.

Mem­ber for Mallee An­drew Broad high­lighted the hard­ship re­gional peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced in seek­ing treat­ment in re­mote ar­eas.

“The de­mand for these ser­vices in the Wim­mera, Mallee and Mil­dura is great,” he said. “Some small towns in our patch don’t have a lo­cal psy­chol­o­gist or other health pro­fes­sional avail­able. With thanks to tele­health tech­nol­ogy re­gional peo­ple will be able to have an ap­point­ment with a health pro­fes­sional with­out trav­el­ling a great dis­tance.”

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