Veterans’ home health care trial hailed ‘visionary’

The $8 million trial program announced last week will extend the existing Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) program and involve about 300 veterans living in areas of NSW, WA, Queensland and Tasmania connected to the National Broadband Network.

Participating veterans will have an individual healthcare plan developed by their GP and a nurse coordinator, and vital statistics will be monitored from home as part of the program, which will also include access to high definition video consultations with their GP or nurse coordinator when necessary.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the trial was “visionary”.

“We have got the communication technology out there and... it is time we put all that to better use,” he said.

RACGP e-health spokesperson Dr Chris Mitchell said he would like the trial to eventually be rolled out across general practice and urged GPs to support the trial and the CVC program more broadly.