My name is Dr Ross Kirkman and I am a Consultant Psychiatrist working from picturesque Tasmania. I offer appointments to new and continuing patients via Telehealth.
Telehealth refers to a doctor delivering patient care without being in direct face-to-face contact with the patient. Consultations are conducted via videoconference, using a variety of computer programs, one of the most common being Skype.
In a country as big as Australia Telehealth (telemedicine) makes sense. Psychiatry is a medical specialty that requires me to see patients and hear their stories in order to diagnose and help – but I’m not usually required to examine anyone in a physical sense, so it is well suited to Telehealth. I am excited to be able to offer patients (and their GPs) the opportunity to see me from the comfort and closeness of either their home (some conditions apply) or their GP office.
I can work closely with Medical Centres /GP Practices who offer Telehealth services to their patients. Many practices now have all of the technology needed to be able to link with, see, hear and talk to me almost as if I was in the room. If patients have a Medicare or DVA card and a current GP referral to me I am able to see them via Telehealth consultation,but eligibility for a Medicare rebate for the session is dependant on where in Australia the patient resides,as well as the distance between our two locations. More information on this is on my Information for Patients page.
I think there are many benefits to this new mode of practice, some of which are:
- Less travel for everyone so I have more time to spend with my patients and patients can see me easily and with minimal disruption to work, family and other commitments.
- The opportunity to work closely with GPs so they are aware of patient’s diagnosis, medications and ongoing needs and also given information, support and professional development.
- The capacity to offer a fully bulk billing practice so there are no out of pocket costs for patients.
- The potential to offer patients and GPs living/working in regional areas the same (if not better) access to specialists than people living in a major city centre.
If you are a current or prospective patient then please feel free to browse the information on this site and read about me and my practice.
If you would like to know more about making an appointment please click on the Information for Patients tab on this page.
If you are a GP interested in referring patients to me and learning more about Telehealth then please see the For Health Professionals tab.