David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Maranoa residents to benefit from Telehealth extension

May 13, 2021

Maranoa residents can continue to access telehealth consultations through Medicare with the Coalition Government investing more than $114 million to extend Telehealth until the end of the year.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud welcomed the Government’s commitment to extend Telehealth, emphasising the program importantly supports regional and remote residents to access much needed health services.

“Over the last 12 months, Telehealth services have been life changing for many Maranoa residents in need of support, with more than 246,000 telehealth consultations through Medicare occurring for Maranoa residents since the start of the pandemic” Mr Littleproud said.

“The extension will ensure that Maranoa residents can continue to see their GP, renew scripts and seek mental health support from the safety of their own home.”

The extension of Telehealth includes services for general practitioners, medical practitioners, specialists, consultant physicians, nurse practitioners, participating midwives, allied health providers and dental practitioners.

Mr Littleproud said Telehealth has played an important role in supporting Maranoa residents through the pandemic.

“Residents need to continue to look after their health and stay engaged with their primary care providers, and Telehealth will support them to do this,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Additionally, the Coalition Government is continuing to work with peak bodies to co-design permanent post pandemic Telehealth as part of broader primary care reforms to modernise Medicare and provide flexibility of access to primary and allied healthcare services.”