New guidance released by Safer Care Victoria will help allied health professionals use telehealth, now and into the future.
In some situations, telehealth can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical operations, uplift workforce capacity, increase access to services, and enhance immediate and longer term patient outcomes.
Developed with the Department of Health and Human Services, the guidance will help allied health professionals understand how best to leverage this technology.
Victorian public health services have rapidly expanded their telehealth capacity in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to reduce transmission risks and support ongoing access to clinical services usually provided face-to-face.
In planning for the recovery phase post COVID-19, there is an opportunity to embed telehealth as ‘business as usual’ in public health services, particularly in the delivery of allied health care.
The new guidance includes considerations for best practice application and practical examples of how telehealth can be used.