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Telehealth Support for Wimmera & Mallee

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People in the Wimmera, Mallee and Mildura regions requiring psychological services will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for any online video-conference consultations, from later this year.

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.

The Federal Government investment is set to cut down travel time and eliminate the inconvenience and expense for many regional patients seeking support services.

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.

Up to 7 of the 10 session currently available under rebate mental health plans will be available via telehealth.

“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.