TELEPSYCHIATRY IN NSW

Psychiatric assessments and consultations from the comfort of your own home.

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OVERCOMING
BARRIERS

Time, Space, Energy and Money

All these barriers can be overcome by telepsychiatry which also provides improved health outcomes, equity, accessibility and quality.

Telepsychiatry is a field of telehealth, and it can be defined as: ‘Consultation between a patient and a psychiatrist conducted by video conference.’ (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists – RANZCP)

WHAT IS TELEPSYCHIATRY?

Like telehealth, telepsychiatry has been supported worldwide by a number of international public, private and nongovernmental organisations, including the RANZCP.

Diagnosis in psychiatry is usually made based on the patient’s history and their mental state examination. Both can reliably be done through video conference.

WHY CONSIDER TELEPSYCHIATRY?

It also greatly improves access to psychiatric services for people who could not attend to a face-to-face appointment for one reason or another, including living in rural or remote areas.

About one-third of the Australian population (7 million people) live in rural or remote areas. As such, they have more difficulty in accessing high-quality health services, mainly mental health services.

IS TELEPSYCHIATRY EFFECTIVE?

A number of studies have indicated that telepsychiatry can be as effective as face-to-face consultation and that it achieves improved health outcomes. We anticipate that, in the near future, telepsychiatry will expand worldwide.

Dr Dorgival Caetano offers video conference consultation for diagnostic clarification, medication review and second opinions.