Novel Coronavirus Updates

Official updates and resources for general practice, primary care providers, pharmacy.

21 April, 2021

On behalf of the Australian and Victorian governments, EMPHN is communicating with GPs and other primary health care providers about the Novel Coronavirus and coordinating any response.


Health professionals should visit these websites for up-to-date information including the current case definition:



Information for the Victorian public
Notification of cases and clinical information
COVID-19 Vaccination Response
Residential Aged Care Providers (RACFs)
Map of testing sites
Telehealth
Pharmacies and Pharmacists
Disability Supports

General Practice

General Practice
Infection Control and Cleaning
Preparation and Response
Managing COVID +ve patients care pathways
Financial assistance for general practices
EMPHN Catchment Free Support
Recorded Webinars, Education and Training

COVID-19 Updates

Latest COVID-19 Updates from EMPHN


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  • Notification of suspected cases is no longer required.
  • Notification is required immediately, for all confirmed cases via:
    • Telephone: 1300 651 160, 24 hours per day
    • or Online: Submit the online form
  • Medical practitioners seeking advice can contact DHHS 1300 651 160 (select 'Specialist Medical Advice' option)

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The Australian Government is working closely with the Victorian Government, peak bodies and Primary Health Networks on the rollout plan and we will communicate this information as quickly as we can.

Official information:

Training and resources:

Other resources:

Subscribe to the Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine updates.

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Vaccination rollout information

Vaccine rollout resources:

Please contact racfsupport@emphn.org.au with any questions on the RACF rollout.

COVID-19 information

COVID-19 resources:

Aged care providers are required to supply own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If extra resources are required please read Aged Care PPE Request before sending an email for request for additional stock to agedcarecovidppe@health.gov.au - please don’t approach Primary Health Networks.

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An interactive map has been developed by DHHS and can be used to identify GP led testing clinics, hospital respiratory clinics, community health clinics, GP respiratory clinics and pathology collection centres. Click the image below to access the map.


Call-to-test service

The Call-to-Test service provide access for people who cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons.to get tested for coronavirus at home with a qualified health clinician. Visit the DHHS website for more information.

Local testing clinics

General practices testing for COVID-19 in EMPHNs catchment can be found here. These practices are testing anyone in the community.

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Telehealth

HealthDirect

EMPHN is supporting the roll out of Healthdirect's 'video call' trial during COVID-19 for general practice until 30 June 2021. If you are a general practice and would like to register for a ‘video call’ account, please complete this online form.

All other non-GP type services, like allied health providers, including mental health and alcohol and drug service providers, would need to go through the existing onboarding process for the Healthdirect Video Call Services Pilot.

For more information on using Healthdirect - Healthdirect video call platform

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Pharmacy Relevant Information, Resources, Training and Supports

Downloads

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Official Resources

General Practice Resources

Posters

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Tuesday 20 April

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • High-volume vaccination centre bookings
  • Updated Australian Government resources
  • New AstraZeneca training package
  • Process for referring a patient who requires a Pfizer vaccine
  • HealthPathways Melbourne
  • Masks and PPE distribution

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Friday 16 April

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • Updated AstraZeneca and vaccination guidance
  • Victoria's state-run vaccination centres
  • Individual Health Identifier (IHI)
  • Vaccine deliveries
  • COVID-19 English & CALD animations stakeholder kit

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey
  • HealthPathways Melbourne
  • Masks and PPE distribution

Read the full update.

Tuesday 13 April

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • Advice on current AstraZeneca vaccination appointments
  • Victoria's state-run vaccination centres
  • Updated case and contact management guidelines 9 April 2021
  • Australian Immunisation Register
  • COVID-19 vaccination bookings for Phase 1B

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Viral fragments detected in south-east wastewater catchment
  • New Schedule 8 permit requirements for SafeScript users from 28 March 2021
  • HealthPathways Melbourne
  • Masks and PPE distribution

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Friday 26 March

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • Information for COVID-19 vaccination providers
  • COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine for 18 years and below
  • COVID-19 Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS)
  • ATAGI COVID-19 Working Group new advice
  • ATAGI statement on vaccination in people with blood clotting conditions

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Victoria without any COVID-19 cases
  • POLAR Vaccine Report
  • HealthPathways Melbourne
  • Masks and PPE distribution

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Tuesday 23 March

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program
  • Important resources for vaccine rollout
  • Victorian COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Victoria to further relax COVIDSafe settings
  • Planning for end-of-life care
  • HealthPathways Melbourne
  • Masks and PPE distribution

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Tuesday 16 March

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • COVID-19 vaccination registration form for GPs visiting RACFs
  • Victorian COVID-19 vaccine training requirements for nurses
  • Department of Health consent form
  • Vaccine cold chain breach issues
  • BlueCross Silverwood Vaccination Day Friday 12 March

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Updates
  • ATAGI 2021 Influenza Statement
  • COVID MBS Items Update – Telehealth Services support extended
  • SMS Subsidy Extension for ePrescribing
  • Update on Healthdirect Video Call
  • Collaboration initiatives key to successful service integration of the Right Care = Better Health program
  • HealthPathways Melbourne
  • Masks and PPE distribution

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Friday 5 March

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
  • Phase 1B EOI COVID-19 vaccine rollout update for GPs
  • Consumer information on the vaccine roll-out
  • RACF vaccination rollout in our community

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Seeking consumers and carers with lived experience of COVID-19
  • HealthPathways Melbourne
  • Masks and PPE distribution

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Tuesday 2 March

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
  • Phase 1B EOI COVID-19 vaccine rollout update for GPs
  • Hospital vaccination hubs
  • Vaccination site preparedness
  • Legal authorisation of workforce and training
  • Victorian COVID-19 Vaccine Control Centre (VVCC)
  • Department of Health COVID-19 webinar update for GPs
  • RACF vaccination rollout in our community

Upcoming EMPHN webinars

  • COVID-19 Vaccination roll-out forum for Health Professionals
  • Providing culturally responsive mental health care during COVID-19 and beyond

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System Final Report
  • Easing of restrictions
  • Moral distress and wellbeing of healthcare workers during COVID-19 study
  • Masks and PPE distribution
  • HealthPathways Melbourne

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Thursday 25 February

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
  • Eligibility letters update
  • COVID-19 RACF vaccination rollout update
  • MBS items for assessing suitability to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • COVID-19 Vaccination roll out in EMPHN & NWMPHN: Forum for Health Professionals
  • Vaccination guides including for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning pregnancy
  • Easy Read coronavirus vaccine information
  • Influenza and COVID-19 vaccines advice

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Updates
  • Providing culturally responsive mental health care during COVID-19 and beyond
  • Recent updates to Vic DH guides
  • Masks and PPE distribution
  • HealthPathways Melbourne

Read the full update.

Monday 22 February

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • COVID-19 RACF vaccination rollout update
  • COVID-19 vaccine safety surveillance
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca training now available
  • COVID-19 Vaccination roll out in EMPHN & NWMPHN: Forum for Health Professionals
  • GP EOI for COVID-19 vaccine rollout notifications

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 Updates
  • Providing culturally responsive mental health care during COVID-19 and beyond
  • Updated: COVID-19 guide to the conventional use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Masks and PPE distribution
  • HealthPathways Melbourne

Read the full update.

Wednesday 17 February

In this issue:

Vaccination updates

  • COVID-19 Vaccination for RACFs
  • Vaccination training
  • New community information
  • Upcoming webinars reminder

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Victoria returns to revised COVIDSafe Summer restrictions from midnight
  • Masks and PPE distribution
  • HealthPathways Melbourne

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Tuesday 16 February

In this issue:

Updates for GPs, primary care providers and pharmacy

  • Three-day Auckland lockdown
  • New and updated exposure sites
  • Update: Circuit-breaker actions
  • GPRCs to continue targeted asymptomatic testing

Vaccination updates

  • GP EOI for COVID-19 vaccine rollout notifications
  • Advice for COVID-19 vaccine providers
  • National rollout out of COVID-19 vaccinations to Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)
  • Upcoming webinar: AstraZeneca vaccine
  • TGA provisionally approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine
  • COVID-19 GP Webinar - Australian Department of Health
  • Masks and PPE distribution
  • HealthPathways Melbourne

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