Prioritising Mental Health — improving telehealth for psychological services in regional, rural and remote Australia

This measure allows patients who live in rural and regional Australia to access Medicare benefits for video consultations with mental health professionals.

Information update: This Budget measure is subject to the tabling of a legislative instrument.

Description of Measure

This measure allows patients who live in rural and regional Australia to access Medicare benefits for video consultations with mental health professionals.

This measure will start on 1 November 2017 and is available in relation to consultations with mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.

This measure will increase access to psychological services for those who live in rural and remote areas and have limited access to these services.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

Psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists, and patients living in rural and remote areas.

What date will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 November 2017 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017