Apr

21

2021

Supporting General Practice to Care for Adults with Mild COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic response in the North Coast of NSW has, to date, focused on general practitioners (GPs) providing assessment and diagnosis of COVID-19, rather than the management of illness. However, COVID-19 outbreaks in other jurisdictions have demonstrated the essential role GPs play in ensuring continuity of care for community members, and reducing demand on acute health services when there is increased community transmission.

The majority of people diagnosed with COVID-19 experience mild illness and can be managed remotely, with advice on symptomatic management and self-isolation. GPs are ideally placed to manage patients with mild COVID-19 in the community.

Despite the relatively low numbers of local COVID-19 cases we’ve experienced in our region, it’s important we remain vigilant and prepared.

Healthy North Coast has worked with local GPs, the Local Health Districts and the North Coast Public Health Unit to develop the Management of Adults with Mild COVID-19 Illness: GP Response Framework.

The framework aims to support general practices and Aboriginal medical services to care for patients with mild COVID-19 via telemonitoring, in cases where general practice is determined as the most appropriate setting of care.

This initiative provides eligible practices access to financial remuneration for nurse-led care coordination, a virtual patient care kit and supporting resources.

For more information visit Primary Care Impact: Management of Adults with Mild COVID-19 by General Practice.

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Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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