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Australia : Townsville tech to provide easier access to allied health services.

Advance Queensland funding will fast track the development of a new online platform for the delivery of allied health services direct to the home. Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch today congratulated Townsville psychological consultancy Be Psyched on securing Advance Queensland Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) third round funding for development of their innovation platform.

Be Psyched will use the $45,600 grant to collaborate with a Central Queensland University Honours graduate with strong programming and web development capabilities, Ms Enoch said. The platform will operate in a similar way to AirBnB, but in this case it will function as a one stop shop giving consumers access to psychologists, social workers, dieticians and other allied health professionals from the comfort of their home.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said he was delighted to see a local businesses being supported to develop their innovative idea into a commercial outcome. The Palaszczuk Government is focused on supporting innovative businesses in regional Queensland, Mr Stewart said. The funding received by Be Psyched has the potential to help them grow their business and employ more Townsville locals. Be Psyched Director Alexandra Whitehead said the platform had global growth potential, with 1.6 billion people across 43 countries capable of accessing it.

Our business model is affordable and accessible and will deliver service improvements here and abroad, she said. For regional and remote communities with fast broadband access, for example, we will be able to deliver effective services into the home, removing the need for the consumer to travel great distances to a large town or city to receive quality care. The overall cost of mental health in Australia alone equates to $28.6 billion and is number three in terms of chronic health disease. Early access to allied health services is paramount to ensure the well-being of the population and improved cost effectiveness of service delivery. This Advance Queensland grant will provide us with the digital expertise we need to launch our platform and grow our business, she said.

Be Psyched is one of seven businesses to receive third round funding up to $50,000 towards the cost of employing an Honours, Masters or PhD graduate to work on an innovative project with potential to drive economic growth for Queensland. Through this program, the Palaszczuk Government has committed $2 million to fund 38 graduates to work with businesses across the state, Minister Enoch said.

All of the projects we are funding have been carefully selected for their potential to boost the economy and create jobs for Queenslanders. Advance Queensland is a $405 million suite of initiatives to transform the states economy, create knowledge jobs of the future and build Queenslands reputation as a global innovation and investment destination.

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