The Department of Health & Human Services has developed a resource for health services and clinicians that aims to explain the current legal framework as it applies to telehealth. Medico-legal aspects of telehealth services for Victorian public health services provides an overview of the laws that need to be considered when delivering or receiving medical advice using telehealth technologies. It covers elements including the duty of care, informed consent, privacy and data confidentiality and insurance and indemnification.

In March 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services hosted a forum to discuss the medico-legal and other issues that arise when using telehealth to deliver care to children and all populations. Associate Professor Anthony Smith, Centre for Online Health discussed his experience in establishing and managing paediatric and adult telehealth services in Queensland. Michael Regos, a partner at DLA with a wealth of experience in health law provided an overview of the key legal considerations when establishing a telehealth service. 

Establishing and managing paediatric and adult telehealth services: practical experience from Queensland, Presentation by Associate Professor Anthony Smith, Centre for Online Health

Medico-legal aspects of Telehealth, presentation by Michael Regos, DLA Piper

Medico-legal aspects of Telehealth, presentation by Michael Regos

Medico-legal aspects of telehealth - video

Presentation by Michael Regos, DLA Piper

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  • Telehealth information

    Department of Health & Human Services

    For information and support about implementing telehealth models of care in Victorian public health services.