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Embedding telehealth for sustainable health services linking Oceania.

Calyx C, Weerasuriya R, White SJ

  • Journal Family Practice

  • Published 02 Jun 2023

  • Volume 40

  • ISSUE 3

  • Pagination 505-507

  • DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmac123


The expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic can be further adapted and extended to align with principles of climate justice. We argue that high-emission countries with well-developed medical systems, like Australia, should support communities disproportionately impacted by climate change who request assistance, like in small island states of Oceania. Linking health services in small island states with neighbouring countries' medical systems can support sustainability, if such reconfigurations are appropriately resourced and accessibility is prioritized. Investments in telehealth, particularly reconfiguring services through community-led linkages with larger medical systems, supports the sustainable development goal of universal access to healthcare.