Health services go online: Diabetes support at centre of telehealth link to city specialists

LOWER Murray Medicare Local eHealth manager Troy Bailey is helping connect nine Sunraysia health organisations, including his own, to specialists in Melbourne.

Troy Bailey

Troy Bailey

Yesterday, Mr Bailey said that Sunraysia was fortunate to have partnered with the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Royal­ Flying Doctor Service.

“Health services have had no access to these kinds of specialist services for years,” he said.

Mr Bailey is providing his tele-health expertise to patients and health professionals, while Monash University School of Rural Health has offered its consulting rooms.

The region’s five health services have also come on board to enable all patients to access diabetes expertise, not just those patients in their own individual patches.

Mallee District Aboriginal Services are involved in the partnership, as are Sunraysia Community Health and services at Robinvale, Dareton and Balranald.

“The reality is that no one would go and see a diabetes specialist – now, people are getting treatment that otherwise they just would not have got,” Mr Bailey said.

“To get the service going we are using Skype, but we want to expand and use US program Vidyo, because although Skype is free, it doesn’t have the same quality.”

Mr Bailey said the service had been running in a “low key” capacity for at least two months.

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