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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 6034

Telehealth Training Initiative

(Question No. 217)

Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 1 March 2011:

What number of projects have been funded by the Government’s $35 million telehealth training initiative which commenced in January 2011:

Ms Roxon: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The funding available to support training and supervision for health professionals using online technologies is $32.1 million.

Negotiations to fund projects are underway with a number of organisations to best target the type of training needed to support and encourage the uptake of online health service provision. In seeking the views of the health professions involved, including consumers, the Department has consulted with the organisations represented by the Telehealth Advisory Group to provide advice and feedback that will enable the Department to meet the training needs of this initiative. At the current time, negotiations are ongoing.