What is telehealth?
Telehealth is a way to access therapy online by computer or phone using software, apps, video-call or phone call. Telehealth can also be known as telepractice, teletherapy and online supports.
Why use telehealth?
Telehealth can be useful because it can:
Keep you SAFE
Reduce exposure to infectious diseases such as coronavirus (COVID-19)
Give you ACCESS
Allows you to access services faster and get services that may not be available in your area
SAVE you from TRAVEL
Allows you to stay home, reduce the burden of travel on health and wellbeing and saves you on cost of travel
CARE for your CARER
Reduces the burden and inconvenience on carers and decreases any impact on work commitments and social factors
HELP you understand HEALTH
Provides you with tools to understand and manage your or your child’s health condition better
Include your SOCIAL CIRCLE
Allows larger networks of care – more carers, family and friends can attend consultations
When to use telehealth?
It is recommended that you use telehealth when you need therapy and:
- It is hard to get face-to-face therapy
- You are sick or are at-risk of getting sick
- There is an epidemic or pandemic such as coronavirus (COVID-19)
- You prefer this particular service
- To continue to get therapy during a time when you cannot do face-to-face.
How does telehealth work?
Therapy can be provided by video conference, video-call, apps, phone call, email or a combination of these. This can be worked out with your therapist based your situation and what works best for you.
Is telehealth as good as face-to-face therapy?
Telehealth is different from face-to-face therapy but can deliver positive outcomes as well. Research has shown that accessing telehealth is better than having no services at all. Research has also shown that telehealth can enhance quality of care, improve outcomes and support the knowledge and development of care and care coordination.
It is recommended a carer, parent or adult is with your child during a telehealth session.
What do you need to do telehealth?
It is better if you have internet access
What does telehealth look like?
Telehealth is very similar to face-to-face therapy except the therapist is not in the same room. Some of the things your therapist can do in a telehealth session include:
- Parent/carer training and education
- Developing a plan and goal with you
- Guide you and your child in practicing activities and strategies
- Watch you and/or your child in certain activities
- Demonstrate activities
- Engage your child in an activity
- Create a program with you
- Use a variety of online tools and apps to support your child’s goals.
What services are available on telehealth?
Windaan offer the below allied health services through telehealth:
- Speech-language pathology
- Occupational therapy
- Behaviour support
Who can access telehealth?
Most children and families are able to access telehealth but sometimes there are factors that may impact on the suitability of telehealth. We recommend that you discuss your interest and suitability with your therapist.