Australia to provide $20.6 million funding for telehealth pilot projects

Australia is providing up to $20.6 million for innovative telehealth pilots over the next two years.

The NBN-enabled telehealth pilots program is expected to benefit older Australians and people in need of palliative care at home.

“Imagine a cancer patient in Mandurah, Western Australia, speaking with her oncologist in Perth. She can remain in the comfort of her own home with family and careers, while her specialist collects real time vital statistics such as blood pressure or heart rate via the NBN,” said Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek.

“We want patients to get the health care that they need, when they need it and where they need it," she added

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy added that the program also aims to provide coaching and healthy living support in the  home to improve overall health outcomes for older Australians or those living with serious illness.

Australian organizations, especially those that specialize in the delivery of telehealth, aged care, cancer care or palliative care services, are encouraged to apply for the funding.