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New telehealth centre a boon for rural and remote Queenslanders

Date posted: 11 September 2014

Queensland (Qld) has claimed a knock-out blow against the tyranny of distance in health care with the opening of The University of Queensland's (UQ) Centre of Research Health Excellence in Telehealth.

Deputy Director Associate Professor Anthony Smith, from the QU Centre for Online Health, said the telehealth centre would focus on delivering health services to remote and regional areas, connecting city-based specialists with patients across the state.

Dr Smith said the telehealth centre will have significant focus on Indigenous Australian healthcare, working to improve the health status of Indigenous Australians. 'One example of highly effective telehealth is the mobile telemedicine program in Cherbourg, Qld, which delivers routine ear and hearing screening services and a visiting outreach program that delivers surgical services to the community,' said Dr Smith.

Aboriginal Health Worker, Cecil Brown, who manages the Cherbourg screening, said the telemedicine service started in 2009, and routine health screening had been carried out at 21 schools for about 1,250 children.

He said screening for chronic ear conditions had increased from about 38% to more than 85% of eligible cases, and the waiting time from referral to specialist appointments had reduced from 73 days in 2009 to 29 days in 2011.

Source: The University of Queensland UQ News


Last updated: 18 September 2014
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