Telehealth, COVID-19 and Refugees and Migrants in Australia: Policy and Related Barriers and Opportunities for More Inclusive Health and Technology Systems

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1 Department of Media and Communication, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2 School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Sciences, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, NT, Australia

3 Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Introduction

People from refugee and migrant communities of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia, including asylum seekers, the elderly and others who are particularly vulnerable, have experienced major social, economic, physical and mental health issues associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Recently, the Australian government made changes to Medicare legislation,1 the country’s universal health insurance scheme,2 for subsidising access to medical care and advice via telehealth as a response to the pandemic... (Read more...)

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