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This page provides further information on video consultations and other telehealth programs.

Page last updated: 15 August 2011

You may wish to view the following documents when establishing telehealth capacity or considering other related programs.

AMA Position Statement on Online and Other Broadband Connected Medical Consultations



The Australian Medical Association has developed a position statement regarding online and other broadband connected medical consultations.
AMA Position Statement on online and other broadband connected medical consultations

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

National Digital Economy Strategy


The Australian Government’s aim is that by 2020, Australia will be among the world’s leading digital economies. Ensuring that Australia becomes a leading digital economy will contribute to Australia’s productivity, maintain our global competitiveness and improve social wellbeing. The Government’s commitment to build the enabling infrastructure for the digital economy, the National Broadband Network (NBN), is a key step towards this vision.

The National Digital Economy Strategy sets out a vision for Australia to realise the benefits of the NBN and position Australia as a leading digital economy by 2020. As part of the government’s digital economy goal for ‘improved health and aged care’, the government will aim to promote the use of individual electronic health records (through the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record system) and will promote the use of telehealth consultations, particularly for people in rural, regional or remote areas.

More information on the NBN initiatives and the National Digital Economy Strategy is available at National Broadband Network - Department of Communications and Department of Communications

Government of Western Australia, Department of Health



The Government of Western Australia, Department of Health has kindly provided access to material that has been developed for the delivery of video conferencing in the Western Australian public health setting. The principles discussed may be useful for private practitioners considering setting up video conferencing facilities.
Information from the Government of Western Australia, Department of Health

Medical Board of Australia Communique on Telehealth



The Medical Board of Australia has issued a communique from a meeting in April 2011 identifying important considerations for medical practitioners undertaking technology based consultations.
Medical Board of Australia communique on telehealth

NEHTA


The National EHealth Transition Authority has been established to accelerate the adoption of eHealth by supporting the process of reform.

NBN Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program


The National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program aims to demonstrate how the NBN infrastructure enables better access to high quality healthcare services, particularly aged care, palliative care and cancer care, using telehealth services in the home.

Quality Practice Guidelines for Telepsychiatry


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has developed Quality Practice Guidelines for Telepsychiatry as part of their Position Statement (number 44) on Telepsychiatry. Other Colleges are currently developing guidelines and standards and they will be referenced on this web site as they become available.
Quality Practice Guidelines for Telepsychiatry

Standards Australia


Standards Australia has several publications relating to telehealth which are available to download through the following link.
http://www.e-health.standards.org.au/Home/Publications.aspx

You may also wish to view the following documents:

Uniquest reports on Telehealth Implementations


Telehealth Business Case Advice and Options (PDF 1051 KB)
Telehealth Assessment Report (PDF 831 KB)

Information from these reports have been summarised into the following documents:

Guidance on Technical Issues
Guidance on Security and Privacy