Tuesday, 02 June 2020 11:47

Government lauds ‘critical role’ of NBN in fight against Covid 19 Featured

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Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher

The Federal Government says the growing shift to use of online services by Australians during the COVID 19 pandemic demonstrates the critical role of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in boosting the nation’s productivity, connectivity and social cohesion.

The Government welcomed the new research showing that “the health and wellbeing of Australians is increasingly supported by digital services” and said “the access Australians have to broadband has played a significant role connecting people to each other and to essential services”. 

As reported by iTWire, almost half (48%) of survey respondents who had a medical consultation in the past two months have had a telehealth consultation, while the number of respondents 65 and over saying that their household has accessed telehealth services doubled from one in eight (13 per cent) to one in four (27 per cent).

And around two thirds (63 per cent) of all respondents said they are now open to more frequently using telehealth services after COVID-19.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said:“The research supports the decision by NBN Co to offer higher bandwidth NBN connections to Australian GP clinics at no extra cost during the pandemic, allowing them to provide more services by telehealth.”

“Telehealth services remain critical during COVID-19 and are vitally important for access to quality healthcare at home, especially for more vulnerable people such as older Australians,” Minister Fletcher said.

“During the pandemic, Australians have proven themselves incredibly resourceful at finding new and creative ways stay active, engaged, productive and connected with their family and friends.

“With the NBN available to more than 11.4 million homes and businesses across the country, Australians have been much better off than had the rollout continued under Labor’s original plan, which would have left 3.5 million fewer homes able to connect.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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