Boost for mental health services in the bush

1 November 2017

People living in rural and remote regions of Australia will get improved access to psychological services, under a new telehealth initiative.

Under the new expanded arrangements of the Better Access program, up to seven of the ten sessions currently available through Medicare mental health plans will be available via telehealth. 

Many rural people will now have an easier way to receive appropriate care as a result.

From 1 November 2017, people in rural and regional Australia will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for timely and convenient online videoconferencing consultations with psychologists and other allied mental health professionals.

People interested in using telehealth psychological services are encouraged to speak to their GP.

People can check if they are in an eligible rural or remote location by entering their address or general location on the Doctor Connect website

To find out more read the full media release.

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