RIDBC publishes Telepractice Guide

RIDBC's Chris Rehn, Jan North, Melissa McCarthy with Senator Steven Conroy.(l-r) RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn; co-authors Jan North and Melissa McCarthy; Senator Steven Conroy.

 RIDBC Director of Children’s Services, Jan North and RIDBC Director of Educational Services, Melissa McCarthy, have just published a guide called, RIDBC Teleschool: Guiding Principles for Telepractice, which will give organisations the tools they need to get started and deliver a high quality telepractice service.

 In an Australian first, the guide presents a model of telepractice aimed at delivering services to remotely-located families which are equal to those provided in metropolitan area.

 “Though RIDBC Teleschool, RIDBC has reached hundreds of children with vision or hearing loss across Australia via high quality in-home videoconferencing since 2002,” said Melissa.  “The book we’ve published outlines the practical guidelines which have developed this service into a world-leading model for telepractice.”

 As the National Broadband Network (NBN) is rolled out across Australia, videoconferencing will become a more prevalent method of delivering services to clients across all disciplines.  The method outlined in the book is transferable to any health or therapy related service and will assist in helping more organisations deliver a high-quality service.

 “The NBN will allow RIDBC to provide a far more reliable, extensive and cost effective service for children with vision or hearing loss – where high quality images and sound can be produced on every occasion.  This is essential in order to provide the same level of support as in-person consultation,” said Melissa.

 In such a vast country, families who have a child with a disability can feel isolated not only from service providers but also other families who share similar challenges. With the right technology and methodology, telepractice can help overcome this isolation and reach more families than ever.

Senator Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy officially launched the book at RIDBC this month and said that it was great to see organisations like RIDBC embracing what fast broadband has to offer and providing practical advice to maximise its benefits.

 “The NBN’s reach, reliability and high speeds will allow for all Australians to have services like those provided by RIDBC at their fingertips, no matter where they live,” Senator Conroy said.

 To purchase a copy of the book follow this link. 

  RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.  As Australia’s premier provider of training and education for professionals in the field of sensory disability, RIDBC ensures that services delivered throughout government and non-government organisations remains cutting-edge.

 RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.