Telehealth

The telehealth initiative is about facilitating patient access to specialists. It provides many patients with easier access to specialists, without the time and expense involved in traveling. Telehealth also enables health professionals to communicate more easily and improve continuity of care.

The technology required to participate in telehealth is as basic as a webcam and existing computer, with no overhaul required.

GPs, specialists, aged care facilities and Aboriginal health services are encouraged to ask those they already consult with if they are ‘telehealth ready’, or check the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) eHealth Provider Directory (free registration required).

ACRRM has developed support materials and support services.

Rebates and Incentives

Medicare rebates are available for video consultations between specialists and patients in all areas of the Northern Territory (provided they are at least 15km apart), in eligible aged care facilities and Aboriginal medical services.  Rebates are also available for clinical services provided by a health professional located with the patient during the video consultation.

Resources

Department of Human Services – Telehealth for Health Professionals
Summary of MBS Telehealth Item Numbers and Budget Changes
RACGP Telehealth Resources