New South Wales COVID-19 updates


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

The information on this page was last updated: Tuesday 19 January 2021, 2.30 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 contact1300 066 055
  • NSW Health key links:
  • Vaccination policy and prioritisation paper released by Commonwealth – uploaded 16 November 2020
    • National cabinet endorsed a national vaccination policy on Friday 13 November. The policy sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth, states and territories in rolling out COVID-19 vaccination. Read more.
    • The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) released preliminary advice on general principles to guide the prioritisation of target populations for COVID-19 vaccination in Australia on 13th November. Further information is available at the NSW Health website.
  • Updated advice to residential care facilities and home care service providers – uploaded 16 November 2020
    • NSW Health has released updated advice to residential care facilities and home care service providers. Read more.
  • Fitness to Drive – online form
    • Real time fitness to drive notification from Transport for NSW
    • Two online forms replaced by 12 specialist focused online forms
    • Pre-population of previous assessment data to new forms
    • Online links to National Assessing Fitness to Drive medical standards
    • When health professionals complete the form online, patients will no longer need to take their paper form to a Service NSW Centre
      Visit NSW Health website for more information.
  • Transport for NSW has improved online Fitness to Drive medical assessment forms.
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDNA National Guidelines – updated 23 December 2020 
    Read more about a generic guideline for respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, and is updated to align with current NSW Health recommendations for infection control, and public heath recommendations for respiratory specimen collection from CDNA, as given in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Units which is available at the NSW Health website.
  • MASK order forms
  • MASKS are available via your local PHN. Apply here.
  • Cremation process
    NSW Health is reviewing the requirements of the cremation process (including viewing the body) in the light of COVID19. The advice for funeral directors about viewing bodies may be useful The process for certifying death is unchanged.


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


RACGP NSW&ACT, together with NSW Health are delivering regular webinars for GPs in NSW.


Upcoming webinars


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.


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

Central and Eastern Sydney

1300 986 991

info@cesphn.com.au

http://www.cesphn.org.au

Hunter New England and Central Coast

1300 859 028

info@hneccphn.com.au

http://www.hneccphn.com.au/

Murrumbidgee

(02) 6923 3100

ceo@mphn.org.au

http://www.mphn.org.au/

Nepean Blue Mountains

(02) 4708 8100

admin@nbmphn.com.au

http://www.nbmphn.com.au

North Coast

(02) 6618 5400

enquiries@ncphn.org.au

http://www.ncphn.org.au

Northern Sydney

(02) 9432 8250

info@snhn.org.au

http://www.sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au

South Eastern NSW

1300 069 002

info@coordinare.org.au

http://www.coordinare.org.au

South Western Sydney

(02) 4632 3000

enquiries@swsphn.com.au

http://www.swsphn.com.au

Western NSW

1300 699 167

admin@wnswphn.org.au

http://www.wnswphn.org.au

Western Sydney

(02) 8811 7100

wentwest@wentwest.com.au

http://www.wentwest.com.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

 

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.

AH&MRC update
The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council has collected the most important information about COVID-19 for their members on their website.

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.