May

06

2020

Media Release: Telehealth Uptake High on North Coast

Health services across the NSW Mid and North Coast have been strong adopters of telehealth phone and video appointments.

According to statistics from North Coast PHN (NCPHN), 85 per cent of 101 GP clinics surveyed said they are now offering either phone or video appointments.

The majority of these telehealth adopters (87 per cent) were focused on phone appointments. The remainder (13 per cent) were using both phone and video appointments.

All clinics were still offering face-to-face appointments – and this was still the main form of appointment for 15 per cent. Other clinics said they had moved to a 50-50 telehealth and face-to-face mix.

“While some GPs (15 per cent) are not yet offering video appointments, we are keen to work closely with them to help resolve any barriers,” said Julie Sturgess, NCPHN Chief Executive.

“We continue to provide ongoing support to health professionals who are already offering video appointments, including allied health practitioners.

“Real-time video is the next exciting step in interactive patient appointments, and we are pleased to offer this hands-on support at no cost.

“Our Digital Health team has a lot of experience in implementing the healthdirect Video Call platform and can identify and resolve most issues.”

Since mid-March, NCPHN has supported 135 health services from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads to set up video appointments. To date, 2,484 video appointments have been conducted via the platform, with mental health services being among the most enthusiastic adopters.

“This is a great success story and a win-win for health professionals and their patients,” Ms Sturgess said.

For more information or to get help to set up healthdirect Video Call appointments, visit: https://hnc.org.au/healthdirect-video-call

Or email: digitalhealth@hnc.org.au