26 June 2023
Aged care resident using telehealth to consult with her GP.

Updated telehealth guidelines will close the gap which has sprung up between online prescribing business models and good medical practice.

After consulting the community and profession, the Medical Board of Australia has issued revised telehealth guidelines which will take effect on 1 September.

Under the updated guidelines:

  • Telehealth consultations will continue as an important feature of healthcare in Australia
  • Real-time doctor-patient consultations remain key to safe prescribing
  • Prescribing via questionnaire-based asynchronous web-based tools in the absence of a real-time patient-doctor consultation is not considered good practice
Download the new telehealth consultation guidelines Download the Medical Board media statement