Telehealth and allied health service delivery
AHPA and its members strongly believe that telehealth, also referred to as telepractice or telerehabilitation in the allied health context, is a key means of improving access to allied health services for people who may otherwise struggle to access care. AHPA acknowledges the government’s recent decision to increase access to mental health services via telehealth for people in rural and remote regions through changes to the criteria for Better Access to Mental Health Care Medicare rebates.
However, it is AHPA’s position that extending the use of telehealth to a broader range of allied health professions and in a broader range of settings will help address workforce and access issues for consumers with disabilities, chronic illnesses and other health conditions. AHPA notes the strong evidence base for the use of telehealth across a broad range of allied health services and calls on the government to expand eligibility for these services. We also call upon private health insurers to improve access for consumers.
Our telehealth position statement can be accessed below. If you have any feedback you might wish to provide to guide future work to advocate for expanded use of telehealth, please contact us.