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Telehealth Sessions for Rural and Remote Individuals Now Available

In the 2017-18 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced funding to enable Australians living or working in rural and regional Australia to access psychological therapy via video conferencing by expanding the Medicare ‘Better Access’ initiative. This new scheme is referred to as telehealth services. This initiative enables better access to psychological care to Australians living remotely. Under the new Telehealth Medicare items eligible client can access up to seven of ten consultations through video conferencing. Telehealth services can be delivered by suitably qualified allied health professionals, including clinical psychologists. Under Medicare, a Telehealth conference requires both a visual and audio link be established between a patient and their treating allied health professional. New Directions Psychology is now offering Telehealth sessions. For more information about this scheme and your eligibility please refer to our Telehealth information page Telehealth


If you are in crisis or have a mental health emergency and require immediate assistance:

Phone the Ambulance Service - 000
Visit your local hospital emergency department
Call or visit your local mental health service
Contact your local GP