RACP supports expansion of telehealth

March 29, 2020

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians supports today’s announcement by the Federal Government to expand access to telehealth.

Telehealth will no longer be restricted to patients with COVID-19 or vulnerable patients and doctors, which will allow patients to access a wider range of health services, including from tomorrow some consultation services provided by specialists in a safe environment.

Professor John Wilson, President-elect of the RACP and Respiratory Physician said, “We have long campaigned for the removal of telehealth distance requirements to make it easier for patients - many who find it difficult to attend face to face appointments.

"Telehealth expansion is important because it allows doctors to continue providing specialist care, while eliminating any unnecessary face-to-face contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It will also be important to ensure that those patients who do need a face to face consultation are able to do so.

“We look forward to working with the Government on the further expansion of telehealth services by physicians over the coming week.”

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