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Melbourne Medical Specialists with Extensive Waiting Lists – How to Shortcut The List and See a Specialist Faster

Photos NEWS Communications Minister Stephen Conroy unveiled the year-long trial on Monday night (23 March). The trial began last December and will allow Melbourne medical specialists to use videoconferencing systems to assess patients in regional trauma and critical care units up to 600 kilometresaway. This trial builds on work known as the ViTCCU (Virtual Trauma Critical Care Units) initiative done by the CSIRO, Telstra and NSW Health. It is being conducted across a group of eight Loddon Mallee Health Alliance facilities in southern Victoria and is running at a cost of US$7.74 million, of which $53.8 million has been sourced from the federal governments Clever Networksfund. The government hopes that this trial will prove that Victoria can save millions of dollars without the need to move patients to specialist doctors using costly ground and air ambulanceservices. The trial will use mobile carts equipped with high-definition teleconferencing equipment patient data sharing systems to link with conferencing rooms established in metropolitanhospitals. The alliances Chief Information Officer, Bruce Winzar, said the system could make up for shortages of expert medical staff in the bush and lead to the creation of new protocols for using e-health in trauma and critical care inVictoria. Sol Zalstein, Emergency Director at Bendigo Health, thinks the system provides a quantum leap in remote diagnosis of critically illpatients. Having now had the opportunity to use this new equipment, I can tell you the difference between having a phone call with a doctor in a regional hospital and trying to get an understanding of exactly whats going on with their patient. It (videoconferencing) certainly provides the doctor in the region with much better advice than would otherwise be provided, Zalsteinsaid. Rate this article


Australian Medical Association Victorian president, Dr. Stephen Parnis has already expressed his disappointment on the inability of the government to release the list of patients waiting for his outpatient services. People who are waiting have issues needing prompt attention, such as stones in their gall bladder, said Dr. Parnis. Gallstones need quick action to prevent infections from putting a patients life at risk. The more the delays occur in that area, the more it impacts on the individuals health and adversely affects other parts of the hospital. People who are outpatients too long could end up in already overcrowded hospital emergency departments.* Victorian father and founder of a search engine to find Melbourne medical specialists I Need A Specialist, Darren Lemin says, This is exactly why we created our search engine that links patients in need with qualified and respected medical specialists in Melbourne who dont have such ridiculous waiting lists. The problem is that a high amount of GPs are referring patients to just a small number of specialists, but realistically there are many more specialists available and the patient has a right to have access to health care sooner. Darren was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia 13 years ago. With a wife and 3 children all under the age of 8, it was one of the scariest times of his life. Darren was completely in the hands of the local GP who referred him to the best specialists in the field, and luckily for Darren he has been in remission ever since. But his health scare prompted a commitment from Darren and his family to spend the rest of their lives giving back to others. Darrens wife Michelle has now been working in the health industry for 15 years, and each time family or friends have had health issues they turned to Michelle to see what she could do to help them, who she recommended they saw, and sometimes she could even link them with Melbourne medical specialists that had shorter waiting lists than their GP-recommended specialist. This got Darren thinking, wouldnt it be great if everyone had access to this sort of information and contacts that are usually exclusive to people working in the health industry? Darren launched the online search engine for medical specialists I Need A Specialist to provide patients with options that he knows he wouldve appreciated when he was battling cancer. Patients using the I Need A Specialist service have reduced waiting times for initial appointments from 3-6 months, to under two weeks. To find a Melbourne medical specialist faster , visit and start searching.

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