Care at home is often preferred by patients, and can be seen by governments as less expensive because care by patient’s family is provided at no obvious cost. However, the real costs of home based care should look at long term challenges such as the availability of informal carers and the effect on the family budget. 

Telehealth can make a positive contribution in this setting through:

  • distance monitoring of health measures,
  • the use of safety monitoring devices, 
  • home-based rehabilitation, 
  • providing effective communication at a distance  by video-consultation.

Our work

Telehealth interventions and models of homecare

  • Heart failure rehabilitation in the home: A randomised controlled trial
  • Total hip replacement rehab in the home. A randomised controlled trial
  • Telerehabilitation as an alternative model of care through a Neurosurgery & Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinic and Multidisciplinary Service (N/OPSC&MDS)
  • A technology enabled pathway for management of communication and swallowing disorders in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Clinical and quality of life outcomes of asynchronous telepractice for  in-home aphasia rehabilitation
  • Telepractice delivered group therapy for aphasia: a feasibility trial
  • Technology enabled self-management of aphasia: When, how and what works.

Barriers and facilitators for home care

  • Consumer preferences for the delivery of novel telehealth interventions in speech pathology and physiotherapy.
  • Exploring the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of telepractice in private SLP practice.

Evaluation of technology in home care

  • Usability of asynchronous telepractice in speech pathology.
  •  Feasibility and cost analysis of WebRTC.