The Victorian Government is investing in a new tele-health project, providing access to high-definition, three-dimensional imaging via broadband.
It is one of 12 projects the Victorian Government is putting about $4 million towards.
It will specifically be aimed at assisting patients that require specialist medical assistance in areas such as dentistry, wound management or oncology services.
Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said the project was one of 12 to receive about $4 million through the Victorian Government’s Broadband Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP).
“It means patients will have access to diagnosis without having to travel to major centres to access specialist healthcare,” Rich-Phillips said.
The University of Ballarat will lead the project in partnership with the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, Grampians Rural Health Alliance, Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative and hospitals and nursing services in Ballarat, Horsham, Nhill and Melbourne.
The tele-health project will develop the Central Highlands and Wimmera regions’ ability to capitalise on broadband infrastructure in advance of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.
The BEIP funding was also supporting researchers from the University of Ballarat to develop a broadband solution to manage Victoria’s groundwater systems.
Through the use of Web-based tools, groundwater managers and users will be able to construct and display three-dimensional aquifer models so that groundwater levels and availability can be monitored.