ANU Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary – Series 8
ANU conducts a series of survey on regular basis on COVID. Series 8 focused on impacts of COVID-19 and associated public health measures for vulnerable patients. To view all previous reports, please visit ANU website. To participate in series 9, which will focus on identifying missed care opportunities and potential impacts of missed care for patients, please take the survey. The survey is live until 11.00 pm on Thursday 24 September 2020.
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 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.
Temporary increases to incentive payments for general practices due to COVID-19 are available. These incentive payments will increase support for bulk billed services and ensure patients keep access to essential face-to-face care. Find out more.