Telehealth extension welcomed: psychiatrists await further details

27 April 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has applauded the Federal Government’s announcement on the extension of temporary COVID-19 telehealth services under the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) until the end of 2021.

RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan, welcomed the announcement but with cautious optimism as we await further details.

‘We are obviously pleased that the option of telehealth is going to be available to the public until the end of 2021’, said Associate Professor Allan.

‘We await further details to be announced and we will make sure that it is what we’ve been advocating for.

‘The provision of telehealth has been helpful in supporting increased availability and flexibility of telehealth opens up many more opportunities for those who may have previously been unable to access appropriate mental health care due to a number of reasons.

‘This is a very positive outcome of the College’s advocacy, including direct correspondence to the Prime Minister and the Treasurer, the College’s series of media releases and our partnership with a peak consumer and carer organisation, Lived Experience Australia on a consumer/carer survey.

‘The RANZCP is pleased with Minister Hunt’s announcement and look forward to continued consultation on this issue as we work towards a longer-term transformation of telehealth services beyond COVID-19.’

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