The $9 million rebate which begins from November 1, will allow for consultations with medical professionals from right around Australia to occur from people’s home town.
Member for Mallee Andrew Broad has highlighted the hardship regional people experience in seeking treatment in remote areas; saying the government commitment was greatly needed.
“The demand for these services in the Wimmera, Mallee, Mildura region is great and it’s only getting greater, and 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,” he said.
“Compared to our urban counterparts there is a big reduction in access to health care in regional Australia and I’m happy to see this support become available to the people of the Wimmera, Mallee, Mildura region,” Mr Broad said.