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Rheumatologists Serving Australia's Rural Communities

Many patients in rural & regional communities around Australia have to travel hundreds of kilometres to regional hubs just to consult with a specialist.

We can help avoid this by using telehealth.

This involves a patient in their usual community on one end, and our rheumatologist at the other remote end, participating in a consultation using a combined video/audio link.

There are numerous benefits to cutting down the tyranny of distance that people face when living in rural & regional Australia, including:

  • Rapid access to high quality rheumatology care
  • Expanded access to multidisciplinary services in a coordinated, team approach at BJC Health with dietitians, physiotherapists & exercise physiologists
  • Significant savings in time especially with driving and flying
  • Financial savings given the reduced need to travel
  • Much improved communication with a team that is accessible


The rheumatologists at BJC Health are very experienced in providing telehealth services to the rural and regional community. Drs Irwin Lim & Herman Lau supported the NSW Riverina by a hybrid fly-in, fly-out service to supplement video consultation. Dr Irwin Lim has blogged about supporting rural Australia with Telehealth. He has co-written a paper on this subject and has been invited to present at the American College of Rheumatology's annual scientific meeting on this subject.

 

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