Telehealth uses video cameras and computer screens to connect patients to specialists and doctors through videoconferencing technology. It means patients do not have to travel away from their community to receive care so it is quicker and less complicated than an in-person visit. Patients will be able to see, hear, and talk to the specialist over videoconferencing.
VACCHO has been funded to increase telehealth capacity and utilisation across the ACCHO sector. Telehealth provides an opportunity to improve access to services for Aboriginal people, in all regions of Victoria. There is potential to reduce distance, time and cost barriers, as well as provide the most culturally appropriate service option. Telehealth technology provides an opportunity for patients to remain in an ACCHO, a place which they have identified as safe and accessible. Aboriginal Health Workers will be able to act as cultural brokers and ensure there is a two way understanding between health professionals and the patient.