More communities benefit from Rural Telehealth Service

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The Telehealth network has been expanded further across Queensland, making health services more accessible to people in rural and remote locations.

By using videoconferencing, patients in rural and remote locations can talk to and see a health professional from any hospital in Queensland, without the need to travel too far from home.

Alpha, Eidsvold, Moura, Kowanyama, Normanton, Roma and Bedourie will now be able to share in this technology.

Queensland has one of the largest managed Telehealth networks in Australia with more than 1,500 systems deployed in over 200 hospitals and community facilities.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the Rural Telehealth Service would give local residents in participating facilities access to specialist doctors in Queensland’s best hospitals without the need to travel.

“Telehealth will feature strongly in the future delivery of healthcare in regional and rural Queensland, and that is why this government has invested so strongly in the network,” he said.

 “Utilising and expanding this network will transform the way some services are delivered in these communities and will create a new generation of care.”

“These seven new sites are just the first step in ensuring Queenslanders, regardless of where they live, can access high quality healthcare in a more timely fashion.”

For more information, visit the Queensland Health website.

Last updated
24 March 2014