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Tech upgrade for Birdsville and Bedourie health centres

Thursday 26 November 2020

News_Tech upgrade for Birdsville and Bedourie health centres

Patients living in parts of Queensland’s most remote regions can now use high-quality telehealth services to access specialists from across the state whenever they need them.

Birdsville and Bedourie primary health centres in the state’s remote Central West have received more than $500,000 of technology upgrades including new phone systems with satellite phone backup, wi-fi expansion and new state-of-the-art, multicamera telehealth systems.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said these upgrades were vital for the safety of isolated Queenslanders.

“Telehealth is not only an important tool during this pandemic, it’s much needed in our health system,’’ Ms Hancock said.

“Patients will be able to consult with specialists and clinicians located anywhere in the state with their vitals being monitored and reviewed in real-time.

“For those living in the remotest parts of Queensland, tele-consults can prove not only time-saving but life-saving.

“Travelling can be a real issue for regional Queenslanders, so healthcare solutions that reduce time away from their farms and family is bound to be welcomed.’’

Queensland Health has one of the largest managed telehealth networks in Australia with videoconferencing systems currently available in more than 200 hospitals and community facilities across the state.

Queensland Health recognises that digital solutions and improved regional telecommunications are key to delivering better health outcomes for rural and remote Queenslanders now and into the future.

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Bedourie Primary Health Centre Director of Nursing Lucy Britton now has greater connectivity and improved system reliability.

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For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 26 November 2020