The NBN plan also allows for high-speed wireless out beyond the end of the fibre. This opens up opportunities for video applications for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A caller in the bush could show the doctor what is happening, thus improving quality of care and potentially reducing the number of flights.
Similarly, there are numerous small medical facilities in Australia that, although in medium-sized towns, are still quite a long way from anywhere; these could benefit from a fast uplink for medical imaging.
It takes 2 hours and 20 litres of fuel to courier one x-ray the 200km from a remote hospital to a regional centre hospital for specialist assessment. It takes ‘one-click’ and less than 20 seconds on the NBN. (Saves time and carbon and provides economic benefit).
Up to four times a year regional health and educational professionals will fly, or drive, an average of 250km to reach ‘face-to-face’ vocational training at a central tertiary facility. A PC, webcam and the NBN achieves that same ‘face-to-face’ professional development without anybody burning time and fuel, or leaving the district. (Saves time and carbon and provides economic benefit).
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