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In 2012, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) issued Guidelines for technology based patient consultations. Additional information is provided for medical practitioners who conduct inter-jurisdictional technology based patient consultations. In this context, jurisdiction refers to countries or regions outside Australia (i.e. consultations which are conducted when the patient or the practitioner is outside Australia).
The Board’s Guidelines for technology based patient consultations aims to inform registered medical practitioners and the community about the Board’s expectations of medical practitioners who participate in technology-based patient consultations.
Telehealth and technology based consultations are increasingly used to improve access to medical services, especially in rural and remote areas. This technology is now being used across international jurisdictions.
The Board’s current guidelines do not include specific advice on inter-jurisdictional consultations. This additional information aims to assist medical practitioners in relation to their registration and liability obligations for technology based patient consultations which are conducted when either the patient or the practitioner is outside Australia.
The Board expects that medical practitioners: