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LABOR WILL EXTEND FUNDING FOR TELEHEALTH NURSE PROGRAM - PATIENT PATHWAYS

March 01, 2022

Those with rare diseases will have more advice and better access to healthcare under a future Labor Government.

An Albanese Labor Government will support the Centre for Community-Driven Research Telehealth Nurse Program – Patient Pathways by providing $2.47 million over three years to strengthen and expand the program to help more patients and their families.

Patient Pathways helps those diagnosed with certain, often rare diseases better navigate the health system with the assistance of telehealth nurses. 

Being diagnosed with a serious medical condition is daunting and understanding what your next steps are is often confusing. It’s particularly daunting when the condition is rare and there are less treatment options.

Patient Pathways is a national program and the position of nurses in patient organisations means they are accessible to anyone in Australia, regardless of location.

In addition to the 10 organisations who participated in the initial pilot program this funding will be extended to additional organisations who are in need of a telehealth nurse. They include:

  • Stroke Foundation
  • Epilepsy Foundation Australia
  • Arthritis NSW
  • Pink Hope (BRCA-related cancers)
  • Mito Foundation
  • Genetic Alliance Australia
  • Crohns & Colitis Australia
  • Cerebral Palsy Support Network
  • AusEE inc (eosinophilic disease)
  • Australian Sickle Cell Advocacy Inc
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Australia
  • Emerge Australia (Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Fabry’s Australia
  • Syndrome Without a Name (Rare disease)
  • Genetic Support Network Victoria
  • Liver Cancer Support Australia
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Australia
  • NMOSD Australia (Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder)
  • Usher Kids Australia (Usher syndrome)

Labor is the party of Medicare and we are committed to making healthcare more accessible for Australians.

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