Sitting in his ute in country Australia, Kevin Seamer can talk face-to-face with his doctor at Peter Mac in Melbourne using telehealth.

Kevin, a semi-retired rice farmer and wool classer, has been coming to Peter Mac for the past nine years after being diagnosed with cancer – meaning regular long trips into the city for check-ups.

But he’s recently started using telehealth, a service that allows patients to connect with Peter Mac by video from anywhere there is a computer, iPad, tablet or smart phone with Internet.    

The patient can have their consultation from home or work, with a friend or family member, or from their local GP or other healthcare provider.

Working as a wool classer on remote sheep properties in the “back blocks of Australia”, Kevin would normally have to spend an entire day or more travelling to-and-from Melbourne.

“It saved me something like 3000km round trip, so instead of a 12 or 15-hour day I can do it in ten minutes on a video call from home.” Kevin says.

“The convenience of it is amazing.” 

Telehealth is available to regional patients when clinically appropriate and patients and families can ask their Peter Mac treating team about Telehealth at any time.

For more information: Telehealth at Peter Mac