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National telehealth services for vision and hearing impaired children underway in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW)

Date posted: 3 December 2012

Video conferencing is now being used to provide support for children with hearing problems and vision impairment in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW) as part of the national VidKids program. The program will utilise the increased reach of the National Broadband Network and bring together an expert consortium of health service providers aiming to improve outreach service delivery to children with hearing and vision impairment. 

Natalie Kaine, occupational therapist based in Vision Australia's Sydney office said, 'It will provide many children who are a long way from central health clinics with life changing support.

'Besides overcoming the distance barrier there are other benefits to online sessions.

'Parents like the ease of using the video conferencing, they are more relaxed, and not concerned about a stranger coming to their house or having to clean up.'

The technology will provide clients living in remote areas with regular support increasing the frequency of appointments to assist with each child's development and day-to-day challenges.

VidKids is funded through the Remote hearing and vision services for children initiative and is part of the Australian Government's commitment to Closing the gap.

Source: Vision 2020 Australia


Natalie Kaine
Vision Australia
Ph: 1300 84 74 66
Fax: (02) 9747 5993


Last updated: 4 December 2012
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