Telehealth

Telehealth is the use of telecommunication technology to deliver virtual services enhancing: healthcare, public health and health education delivery and support.

Overview

As part of the Three Rivers program, telehealth was identified as a long term emerging service delivery method that all health professionals including undergraduate students should to be familiar with and have an opportunity to learn about telehealth that aligns with their clinical practice.

The telehealth initiative aims to:

  • provide telehealth education and training to students and discipline groups
  • graduate telehealth-enabled students who can deliver appropriate care to our rural communities
  • support the increased use of telehealth in health service delivery.

Telehealth: Embracing technology in healthcare

Telehealth: Embracing technology in healthcare

Our free online course has been designed as an introduction to telehealth incorporating a range of interactive opportunities for the learners in the course content information, patient scenarios, resources and guides which are based on current practice with a high focus on telehealth service delivery in the Three Rivers footprint. The online modules will also include digital media specific to the local area in telehealth service provision.

The telehealth course covers four modules

  • Telehealth overview
  • Telehealth technology
  • Telehealth in practice
  • Sustainable telehealth

Free online telehealth course


Telehealth equipment

To build on the telehealth education, we are developing simulation and service delivery models across the Charles Sturt University campuses with a multidisciplinary approach.

Videoconference trolleys have been installed at each of the campuses (Albury, Orange, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst and Port Macquarie) and are in use for simulation classes and student-led patient clinics.

The chosen equipment was based on a simple concept of fit for purpose, functional within differing clinical spaces, easy integration with Charles Sturt University systems and reflective of the equipment in place at placement providers.

Charles Sturt staff can contact the Service Coordinator for more information and booking enquiries.

A medical practitioner overseeing a Telehealth video conference

A patient rests on a bed while participating in aTelehealth video conference

Three Rivers has provided intraoral cameras for dentistry and oral health students in their practice at Charles Sturt University clinics. These cameras allow students to educate their patients with a real-time view, along with storing the images in the patient electronic file.

A student monitors the screen of an intraoral camera

A student records a patient using an intraoral camera

Telehealth clinic facilities

Three Rivers provided a redesign to the facilities on the Albury Campus in the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, which includes videoconference equipment into three clinic rooms with digital observation for supervision. The expansion of outreach services incorporating the use of telehealth will provide students with more direct patient interaction.

Telehealth facilities including chairs and monitors

Small consultation room with telehealth facilities

A computer and camera setup for telehealth

Composite image of the opening of the new telehealth facilities

To contact our Telehealth Service Coordinator please send an email to ThreeRiversTelehealth@csu.edu.au or phone 02 6051 9338

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