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Medicare is now subsidising voice and video mental health consultations for those living in remote and regional areas, allowing isolated people to access essential services from their homes. 

Australia's reliance on tele-health services has grown significantly over the past two decades, and is now a key part of healthcare delivery to those in regional and remote areas. 

Without tele-health services, many people in places such as Western NSW would have to travel long distances for consultations, leaving behind family, work and other commitments. 

A variety of different services are available through tele-health services, with mental health services being the most prominent since early trials of programs.

According to the ABC, tele-health services currently provide more than 2,000 hours of consultation through phone and video communications each month in NSW.

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