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Introduction to the Special Issue “Telepsychology: Research and Practice”

Simpson, S., Richardson, L.K. and Pelling, N. (2015) Introduction to the Special Issue “Telepsychology: Research and Practice”. Australian Psychologist, 50 (4). pp. 249-251.

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Australia presents significant geographical and sociodemographic impediments to the provision of effective and efficient psychological treatments (Richardson, 2011). Telepsychology, or psychological interventions mediated by distance technology, can help overcome these obstacles and keep Australia’s clinicians and their clients at the cutting edge of mental health treatments and interventions. Telepsychology has many advantages over its face-to-face counterpart in that it is portable, currently relatively inexpensive, and can be conducted wherever suitable equipment and bandwidth are available. Telepsychology is a significant equaliser in the provision of treatment and support in Australia, particularly to rural and regional populations that have been traditionally underserved, and one in which practice has largely led research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: The Australian Psychological Society
Notes: Online 29 April 2015
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