Telehealth is the "delivery of health care services, where patients and providers are separated by distance. Telehealth uses Information and communications technologies (ICTs) for the exchange of information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health professionals. (WHO)
This Special Collection brings together Cochrane Reviews that address using telehealth to support clinical management of various conditions, including asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, reproductive health, and skin cancer. It includes reviews of using telehealth to provide carer and parent support as well as empowering patient self-management of their long-term conditions.
Finding the Right Tools to Integrate and Expand Your Services Through Telehealth.
This website collates and indexes a wide range of resources that have been shared and recommended by members of Australia’s health community, in order to support their colleagues, professionals, and consumers to access and deliver telehealth services effectively. Available here.
New guidance on the use of telehealth to deliver allied health services - This guidance will help health professionals understand how telehealth can be used to deliver allied health clinical services in public health settings, and the associated benefits. Developed with the Department of Health and Human Services, the new guidance includes considerations for best practice application, as well as practical examples of how telehealth can be used for allied health services. Download from here.
Telehealth - coronavirus (COVID 19) - advice for heath services and professionals on the use of telehealth for patient care.
Telehealth: what you need to know now - As the COVID-19 Crisis unfolds, it is paramount that Allied Health service provision remains possible. Many services are well underway to making the transition to online service platforms. SARRAH have collated some useful resources as a quick reference guide to support this process. Available here
COVID-19 telehealth guides - The Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) have released two guides to getting started with telehealth to help manage the COIVD-19 outbreak. ATHS and ACRRM have provided a quick guide to getting started with telehealth, using video conferencing or the telephone. There is also a comprehensive guide that offers advice on managing appointments and conducting remote consultations.
Additional TeleHealth Resources:
Webinar Recording 21 April - Providing virtual care in allied health: the possibilities and potential of telehealth during the pandemic and beyond. The arrival of COVID-19 has pushed the fast forward button on the rollout of telehealth in Australia. In this webinar, the panel will offer their perspectives on telehealth and discuss their personal experiences of providing virtual care in allied health and interprofessional settings.
Webinar Recording 9 April - How to prepare for and implement telehealth: critical success factors for clinicians. Hosted by Suzanne Robinson, professor of health systems and health economics at Curtin University and rural and remote Education and Research Director of digital health, this webinar follows on from the previous Telehealth webinar that was hosted on 24th March (below).
Webinar Recording 24 March - COVID-19 and digital technology: The roles, relevance and risks of using telehealth in a crisis - Digital Health. Aired Tuesday 24 March (6-7.30pm) Set against the backdrop of the current COVID-19 crisis, our webinar panellists will discuss the role telehealth can play in primary and secondary care. The panel will present practical strategies for healthcare professionals and outline the risks and rewards of telehealth for practitioners and patients alike.
This course is designed to facilitate learning and understanding about telehealth services so clinicians can begin to include it in their provision of healthcare and learn more about best practice in telehealth service delivery. Further information on the course content and registration can be located at Three Rivers Telehealth.
Three Rivers also have other excellent online courses:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing use of telehealth to deliver physiotherapy services in Australia, the Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine (CHESM) at the University of Melbourne has fast-tracked the release of our PEAK (Physiotherapy Exercise and physical Activity for Knee osteoarthritis) program training modules. The program is available free-of-charge at this time to all users (e.g. physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, educators, researchers). More information and Registration
The Clinician Role in Health Care Delivery and Innovation : A Powerful Voice for Transforming Care - New eBook available to download
Chapters in ClinicalKey Books:
Gray Leonard C., 130 - Telemedicine Applications in Geriatrics, Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (Eighth Edition), edited by Fillit Howard M. MD,Rockwood Kenneth MD FRCPC FRCP,Young John MBBS(Hons) FRCP, 2017, Pages 1082-1086.e1,
Reddy Sandeep, Chapter 16 - Digital health and the divide, Understanding the Australian Health Care System (Fourth Edition), edited by Willis Eileen PhD MEd BEd,Reynolds Louise PhD GradCertEd BHSc (PHC) FPA,Rudge Trudy RN PhD BA(Hons), 2020, Pages 263-275,
‘Be Connected’ aims to support all Australians in the development of digital skills and offers both online learning resources as well as links to a network of community partners able to provide face to face assistance
The Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS) was formed in 2008, with a vision to deliver a united 'voice' for telehealth advancement and covering a broad range of domains including the health sector, academic institutions, government and industry partners. ATHS recommends guidelines and standards of practice for telehealth services ensuring that Quality /Safety and optimal patient care are maintained.
(Onsite access only) Pulse+IT aims to assist GPs and Specialists to better understand the technology they confront in their practices. Pulse+IT now features an editorial platform and digital circulation that reflects the importance of holistic and comprehensive Health IT education and reporting.