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Australian Capital Territory COVID-19 updates


This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available for GPs in the ACT.

The information on this page was last updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020, 3.30 pm AEDT.

You can also find nationally relevant information via the RACGP Coronavirus (COVID19) information for GPs webpage

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the Australian Federal Government Department of Health website and subscribe to receive the bi-weekly COVID-19 newsletter for GPs from the Chief Medical Officer.

  • Public health contact
    ACT Health Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Section, can be contacted (02) 5124 9213 during business hours, or 0409 185 412 after hours. There is no requirement to notify CDC of patients who are undergoing COVID-19 testing. However, clinicians are welcome to discuss any case with CDC at any time.
  • ACT Health key links:
  • COVID-19 Primary Health Care Support Framework
    Read full document.
  • PBS changes from 1 November 2020
    Please see FAQs relating to the access and use of the Online PBS Authorities System. This information relates to the administration of these listings by Services Australia. For further information on broader PBS changes, please visit the PBS website.
  • Serious Shortage Medicine Substitution Notices – ACT
    Therapeutic Goods Administration has published a Serious Shortage Substitution Notices (SSSN) as well as a web statement regarding the shortage of Estradot (estradiol) patches.
    This Notice is automatically adopted in the ACT for the duration of the public health emergency, to enable substitution by pharmacists in accordance with the Notice. Options are also being considered for the ACT to adopt the TGA SSSN scheme in the longer term. Information about the ACT’s adoption of the TGA SSSN scheme can be found on the ACT Health website.
  • Updated alert from the ACT Chief Health Officer regarding interstate COVID-19 outbreaks – 20 August 2020
    Key points:
    • There is sustained community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria. In addition, several public locations in New South Wales, predominantly in Sydney, have recently been linked to COVID-19 cases.
    • Anyone (other than ACT residents) travelling into the ACT from Victoria will be denied entry unless they are granted an exemption. Anyone entering the ACT from Victoria must quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria.
    • Anyone who has been in Greater Sydney in the last 14 days should not visit or work in a high-risk setting for 14 days after leaving these areas.
    Read full advice.
  • PBS changes from 1 August 2020:
  • Shortage of metformin modified-release 500 mg
    The TGA has published its first Serious Shortage Medicines Substitution Notice for metformin modified release tablets. Read more.
  • MASK order forms
    MASKS are available via your local PHN. Apply here.

 


Join the RACGP NSW&ACT Facebook group to chat with your colleagues and stay up to date.


Upcoming webinars

  • TBA


View previous webinars


Podcasts

RACGP has an ongoing series of COVID-19 podcasts to assist you to keep up to date. Most of them are 5–10 minutes long,  you can listen to them anytime. Whilst those podcasts are NSW focused much of the information will be applicable in ACT.


Practice THAT! is the RACGP NSW&ACT series of podcasts developed to support practice managers in their support of general practitioners. Each Practice THAT! episode provides Practice Managers with expert information and practical advice. Latest episodes:

View all Practice THAT podcasts

 

Just a GP explores the layered complexities of General Practice through topical discussions about leadership, quality in clinical practice, self-care and wellbeing and GP research. Latest episodes:

View all Just a GP podcasts

 

Suddenly I'm a Leader

Suddenly I'm a Leader is a series of podcasts and webinars for GPs who are suddenly faced with more leadership responsibilities. Are you a GP who finds that people are turning to you for leadership advice in your practice? Have you been asked to take on more decision-making responsibility? Do you feel ‘at sea’ and need a leadership launch pad? If, yes, register for our future online events, or listen to our previous recordings:

Available webinars:

Available podcast:


Articles

PHN

Phone

Email

Website

Capital Health Network

(02) 6287 8099

reception@capitalhn.com.au

https://www.chnact.org.au/


RACGP NSW&ACT

Phone: (02) 9886 4700 

Email: nswact.faculty@racgp.org.au

Join the RACGP NSW&ACT Facebook group to chat with your colleagues and stay up to date

 

Revised opioids PBS listings

Commencing 1 Oct, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listings for opioid medicines will change. Following feedback received regarding recent changes to opioid analgesic medications listed on the PBS, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended additional changes to ensure unimpeded access to opioid medication to palliative care patients.

Further, in collaboration with Services Australia, the Department of Health has restructured the current listings in order to reduce the additional administrative burden. For more information, please view the information and factsheets in the links below:

ANU Quick COVID Clinician Survey – Round 10
ANU conducts a series of survey on regular basis on COVID. Round 10 is open for your feedback on telehealth barriers and workarounds specific to vulnerable populations. Take the survey. To view all previous reports, please visit ANU website.

ACT Free Wellbeing Calls Service – uploaded 9 September 2020
A new service available to Canberra-based patients who would benefit from check-in or wellbeing calls from a friendly Red Cross volunteer. Calls are available in various languages and are an important way to help people maintain connection and wellbeing, especially during COVID-19. Patients can contact the services on (02) 6234 7630 between 8.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday – Friday. Read more.

TGA update
TGA has published two Serious Shortage Substitution Notices as well as a web statement regarding ongoing shortages of medicines containing olmesartan or prazosin as the sole active ingredient.

Electronic Prescriptions – meeting the needs of patients in the ACT
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia ACT Branch is working with the RACGP and the Australian Digital Health Agency to ensure that community pharmacies in the ACT are established as a community of interest in this early testing phase of electronic prescriptions. Read more.

Free online courses on communicating COVID-19
The University of Melbourne have developed an online course with the Doherty Institute on COVID-19. It is delivered via a series of eight tutorials with the first one available online now. It is FREE and whilst primarily designed for clinicians in primary care and hospital-based settings, it also has a broader secondary audience of pharmacists, nursing and allied health staff, aged care workers, and disability care workers. Enrol here.

Winnunga Health Service
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services has collected the most important information about COVID-19 for their clients on their website.