3rd round of the Quick Clinician Survey on COVID for policy impact
The ANU Medical School's GP unit is leading the Australian arm of an international research for policy project. The survey aims to track the response and capacity of primary care practices to deal with COVID-19 as well as the ongoing impact of the pandemic on "usual" general practice. Round 3 of the survey opens on 19 June and closes on the 24 June 2020. Take a survey.
Series 1 – Quick COVID Clinician Survey Summary (Australia)
ANU has conducted a survey amongst Australian GPs on COVID-19 impact. Please see results..
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.
Information for patients content
Murrumbidgee PHN has recorded two videos about the general practice during COVID: We're Here For You and GP – We are here for you. Add these to your practice website or create your own.
'I don't see us winning this war': Health workers plagued by information crisis
Dr Charlotte Hespe was upset when she saw acquaintances circulating emails that promoted bogus coronavirus prevention measures. To make it worse, the information claimed to be from an infectious disease expert when it wasn't. In her Sydney general practice, visitors have requested prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug promoted by US President Donald Trump as a treatment for coronavirus, despite a lack of evidence for it working. Read in ABC News.
Although is a legislative requirement that the new telehealth services must be bulk billed for Commonwealth concession card holders, children under 16 years old and patients who are more vulnerable to COVID-19, health providers may apply their usual billing practices to the telehealth items for patients who do not fit the above criteria. Read more about bulk-billed MBS telehealth Services
The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council has collected the most important information about COVID-19 for their members 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.
COB Lifehouse COVID19 free
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse remains COVID19 free and is NSW’s and ACT’s dedicated cancer-only hospital. The multidisciplinary GP Direct Access Cancer team is available to triage and support referring GPs and their patients, to put in place treatment plans as we all navigate through the COVID19 crisis for: new patient consults including Telehealth and rapid access for urgent appointments. Visit Chris O’Brien Lifehouse website for more information.
Virtual Health Workforce
RDN is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from GPs, nurses, allied health professionals, specialists, practice managers and administrators who can provide telehealth support to communities. Complete this EOI form and a member of the RDN NSW Workforce Team will be in touch.