Episode 15: Is Teleheath here to stay? | The Better Ageing Podcast
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After emerging in 2020 as a safe way to keep in contact with your health professionals, in this episode we're talking Telehealth; how it has changed, and how to get the most out of your next online consultation ...

It's episode 15 of The Better Ageing Podcast, the second in our new shorter format featuring easy to follow advice from our experts geriatrician Dr Jane Fyfield and physiotherapist Jason Lee. 

Prior to 2020, the only way many of us would have considered going to the doctor or physio was in person, often planning ahead of time what to read in the waiting room. However due to the necessity to stay home last year, telehealth emerged as a way to stay in touch with your health professionals and continue consultations in a safe way. 

Now, over a year on from the rise of telehealth, and hopefully having mastered the challenges of online video communication, we're discussing all things telehealth; how it's changed, what to expect in a consult, what to prepare, and asking the question, has telehealth become the new norm for health consultations for 2021 and beyond? 

Whilst the question may remain unanswered for now, telehealth does have many benefits and advantages over physical consultations that go beyond the physical distancing considerations ... the fact that practitioners are typically always on time being one as Jane tells us! 

So enjoy, and we hope you make the most of your next online consultation after listening! 

Show notes/ topics covered:

0:25 - Welcome 
1:24 - Telehealth continues 
3:27 - Thinking of telehealth consultations as virtual consultations 
6:58 - How to prepare for a telehealth consultation 
9:55 - Do some conditions not suit telehealth? 
13:08 - Telehealth is here to stay 

About the experts: 

Jason Lee and Dr Jane Fyfield have over 45 years of experience working with elderly Australians. Jason Lee runs his own physiotherapy practice, with a focus on strength and conditioning programs for over 60 year olds. Dr Jane Fyfield works as a consultant to aged care services, is a former Medical Director, and has worked in the public, private and government sectors as a clinician and a non-clinical consultant. 

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