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The National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

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Deakin (A.C.T.)


Number 47

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39Partyline July 2013 allied health professionals in both assessment and service delivery underpinned by a policy of ageing in place. The Pricing Framework for Australian public hospital services needs to appropriately factor in allied health services and the impact of remoteness. Australians living with a disability need improved whole-of-life opportunities with allied health professionals as key contributors. To provide a better quality and more efficient health system, allied health must be fully integrated into eHealth strategies as they are implemented across the country. Health outcomes for people with a mental illness can be improved through allied health contributing to multidisciplinary services. Accessible and affordable allied health services are essential parts of quality primary care for all Australians. Recent initiatives by the Government to allow consumer access to medical specialists via telehealth on the MBS have been successful. The next logical step in this reform is to give consumers equivalent access to allied health providers through the same means. This initiative would significantly benefit consumers with complex and chronic conditions living in areas of workforce shortage or mal-distribution. With ageing in place at the core of aged care policy, it follows that services provided in the community must be accessible and equitable for older Australians, to maximise their opportunities to participate in community life. Rural and remote communities require special consideration where issues such as social isolation and depression among older Australians are concerned. Allied health professionals have the prerequisite skills in diagnosis and assessment of care needs for older Australians, particularly in psychosocial domains. Their services could be affordably offered to older rural and remote Australians if telehealth services by allied health professionals were covered by MBS. AHPA sees the benefits to rural and remote health consumers of an efficient eHealth system. In the early stage of the national eHealth rollout the focus has centred on general practices - with significant levels of funding to provide incentives to GPs to help them participate with the necessary hardware, software and professional education. Allied health professionals have the capability to positively influence the outcomes of the national eHealth system and a web based Provider Portal is essential for participation by allied health professionals while on the road, visiting a client at their workplace or residence, or in the clinic. It is essential that there be one universal software product suitable for the many different allied health professions. Lin Oke Executive Officer, Allied Health Professions Australia

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