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Private metropolitan telepsychiatry in Australia during Covid-19: current practice and future developments.

Authors
  • Looi, Jeffrey Cl1
  • Pring, William2
  • 1 Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT, Australia; & Private Psychiatrist, Canberra, ACT, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; and Centre for Mental Health Education and Research at Delmont Private Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; & Private Psychiatrist, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2020
Volume
28
Issue
5
Pages
508–510
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1039856220930675
PMID: 32484737
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper discusses issues arising from the rapid implementation of metropolitan telepsychiatry in private practice during the Covid-19 public health emergency. The relatively rapid uptake of private practice metropolitan telepsychiatry may further increase flexibility of the options for appointments through ongoing broad telepsychiatry access after the Covid-19 crisis. Telepsychiatry can be used to facilitate the temporary provision of psychiatric care, and has benefits and risks, but is not a longer-term replacement for the interpersonal richness of face-to-face consultations.

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