Telehealth centre
Telehealth centre

Technology in the bush

NORTH Burnett residents are invited to attend health-centred Technology in the Bush seminars this week.

Technology in the Bush project manager Zona Hussey-Smith said the seminars would focus on the potential for technology to support - but not replace - service delivery to those with mental illness, or alcohol and drug recovery needs.

Bridges Health and Community Care, which is expanding its counselling services into the North Burnett, will host the 10am seminars at the RM Williams Centre, Eidsvold, today and at the QCWA rooms in Gayndah on December 2.

"These consultations are about introducing Bridges, identifying (generic) issues people in the North Burnett have about access to services and introducing the project Technology in the Bush," Ms Hussey-Smith said.

"Some of our hospitals have existing telehealth services, and services could bring technology to the home as needed.

"There is a survey as part of this consultation to learn what kind of technology is used at home, how it is used, and the interest in using technology to access services."

By February 2015, Technology in the Bush anticipate providing training or strategies for improving access to mental health, alcohol and drug counselling services.

Bridges Health and Community Care CEO Sharon Sarah said Technology in the Bush would introduce new services using smart phones, apps and skype to rural areas.

"Through the (federal) Partners in Recovery program, services got underway about 12 months ago, and we're gradually introducing more services," Ms Sarah said.

"Zona's community development work is about how can we best serve the community."

For more information, contact Zona Hussey-Smith on 0427 340 710.