Grants to pilot online care announced

Doctors involved in the care of cancer patients, older Australians and palliative care are being encouraged to apply for Federal Government grants to pilot new broadband telehealth services from 1 July this year.

The National Broadband Network (NBN) Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program is offering $20.6 million in grants to trial video conferencing in patients’ homes and residential care homes, particularly in regional and rural areas.

Each applicant will receive $1 million and $3 million to conduct two-year trials using NBN to monitor patient health, carry out medical consultations and offer