I started distance consultations very early on in my career, with clients around the vast state of Western Australia. In those days it was by phone, so I honed my listening and prescribing skills well over many acute and chronic consultations.
These days the bulk of my clients are in mainland Australia, while I reside in far Southern Tasmania. For me there is little difference between face-to-face and distance except the skills required are selected to match the individual situation.
Because so many people travel to Tasmania for holidays, I do often get the opportunity to catch up with someone I’ve never met in person, but I have many clients I have treated for years via skype and/or phone, including babies and small children and never met face to face.
I use a questionnaire as the basis of the consult, just to make sure we cover everything, and I send this out when we organise the consultation. Payment is by bank deposit, paypal or credit card and remedies are shipped express post. Of course you are welcome to pop extra items from our online store into your package!
Many health funds now pay for distance consultations, so check with your fund. Professional indemnity insurance extends to cover distance consultation.
If you’d like to arrange a consultation or have some questions about the process, drop me a line.