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What is telehealth?

During this time of isolation, Psychologists have taken to offering therapy via telehealth as we strive to protect you, ourselves and the community physically, whilst continuing to help people manage their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Telehealth has many benefits. Research has shown that it is an effective way to receive psychological and emotional help and that those who use it tend to be happy with it.

“The International Organisation for Standardisation defines Telehealth as the ‘use of telecommunication techniques for the purpose of providing telemedicine, medical education, and health education over a distance’, while drawing a distinction between this and telemedicine, which is defined as the ‘use of advanced telecommunication technologies to exchange health information and provide health care services across geographic, time, social and cultural barriers’”.

“Telehealth services use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to deliver health services and transmit health information over both long and short distances. It is about transmitting voice, data, images and information rather than moving care recipients, health professionals or educators. It encompasses diagnosis, treatment, preventive (educational) and curative aspects of healthcare services and typically involves care recipient(s), care providers or educators in the provision of these services directed to the care recipient”.Australian Department Of Health website.

What are the benefits of telehealth?

Telehealth allows people to resume or take up new sessions with their Psychologist from the comfort of their home. Sessions will be conducted as they normally would but with the use of Skype or Zoom technology as to simulate a face to face session.

Our  practice’s at Newmarket and Morningside are still in operation (as at May 1 2020) conducting telehealth consultations and face to face consultations whilst adhering to the strict hygiene recommendation of the World Health Organisation as well as the social distancing guidelines of the Australian Government. Download Psychology Telehealth FAQ here- COVID19 Call or email the practice for more information on the type of services each of our Psychologists at Newmarket and Morningside are providing.

Newmarket: (07) 3356 8255 newmarket@psychologyconsultants.com.au 

Morningside: (07) 3395 8633 morningside@psychologyconsultants.com.au

Information for Referring Doctors

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