NBN to pilot new models of health care in the Illawarra

10 May 2013

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Member for Throsby Stephen Jones have today announced that two new models of health care are to be piloted in the Illawarra.

The Gillard Government is creating nine cutting edge telehealth projects across Australia that will use the National Broadband Network to pilot new methods of health care delivery.

“These exciting new initiatives will greatly improve health care delivery here in the Illawarra and demonstrates the importance of the high-speed internet provided through National Broadband Network” Ms Bird said.

“Illawarra residents will benefit from two of these telehealth projects to be piloted in Wollongong and Dapto – the Royal Nursing Service and Leading Age Services Australia,” she said.

“These centres will allow elderly and chronically ill residents who might otherwise have needed to enter aged care or be admitted to hospital to stay in their homes. By providing these patients with at home telehealth monitoring and consultations, these projects will help free up vital beds in our hospitals,” Ms Bird said.

“Under this model, critical services will be delivered to Illawarra residents using the NBN that would otherwise not be possible. The high upload and download speeds possible with the NBN are essential for this type of clinical grade videoconferencing” Mr Jones said.

“The increased reliability of the broadband network, as well as the fact that it will be accessible to every home, will ensure the system is always available when needed and will boost the confidence of patients and practitioners encouraging them to utilise these services,” he said.

“I am extremely pleased to see services such as these providing affordable and reliable at home care for those in need in the Illawarra,” Mr Jones said.

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