Date published: 
14 August 2020
Type: 
Webinar
Audience: 
Health sector
Webinar date : 
Thursday, August 20 2020 11:30 am to 12:00 pm AEST
COVID-19 response update for GPs – 20 August 2020

Presenters

  • Professor Michael Kidd
  • Dr Louise Stone
  • Dr Lucas De Toca

Questions and answers from the webinar

Will the government urgently consider further exemptions to restrictions on telehealth please? This is to recognise that young people and those with mental health or other specialised needs may be missing out on accessible care?

The pandemic has made living a normal life difficult for many people. We acknowledge that young people and people with disability, or people who are experiencing mental health concerns are particularly vulnerable to the stresses imposed by physical and social restrictions. In areas where restrictions are even tighter, access to regular health services can be a challenge.

Changes made on 20 July 2020 has meant GPs may only provide COVID-19 telehealth items if they or their practice has an existing relationship with the patient; with limited exemptions. Services may continue to engage new patients, via telehealth with the COVID-19 items, however they must demonstrate their capability to provide comprehensive care for their patients by providing face-to-face services.

The 20 July changes were designed in consultation with peak medical groups and detailed information on these changes to GP telehealth services and relevant exemptions are available online.

 

Should a GP request clearance of COVID-19 infection after a patient has been discharged home from hospital? What is the current guideline for post COVID-19 infection care?

Guidelines for post COVID-19 infection control including a nationally agreed position on timing of a patient’s release from isolation can be found on our COVID-19 CDNA national guidelines for public health units page.

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