Friday, 16 March 2012

Mental health goes virtual

Online counseling therapy will be available to Australians through federal health services following an open tender for qualified organizations to deliver the Virtual Clinic service . The Department of Health and Ageing will be searching for qualified organizations to develop and deliver the program, which will provide online counseling with the assistance of a therapist, for those with low to moderate levels of mental disorders.

An investment of $20 million over 3 years will be provided for the Virtual clinic, which will be accessible through the government’s mental health portal, due to go live in July.

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