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Joint media release, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity; The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Federal Member for Lingiari; The Hon Kon Vatskalis MLA, Minister for Health, Northern Territory Government, 31 July 2012.
"Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today launched a telehealth initiative that will help remote communities in the Northern Territory get better access to healthcare.
The Health eTowns TelehealthNT Network project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments and is part of a $20 million Digital Regions Initiative that will:
- improve the delivery of health and education services to people in 47 remote towns in the Northern Territory;
- provide telehealth services to emergency rooms and resuscitation areas in Northern Territory regional hospitals and 17 Territory Growth Towns; and
- allow doctors based in Darwin to examine, talk to, and diagnose patients in remote areas through the use of high-definition Medicarts and room-based units.
'Telehealth has the potential to save lives. Through high-speed broadband, people in remote areas can get speedy healthcare and clinical attention when they need it. It also removes the burden of travel, helping patients stay in their communities and potentially recover faster', Senator Conroy said
'Interactive online education and training programs have also been implemented to give students and trainees access to mainstream health education programs that are currently only available to students in larger cities'..."
Further information on Healthier future for remote Northern Territory communities
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