Increase GP preparedness for COVID-19 outbreak in RACF

This is a Less Involved QI – includes PIP QI measures

COVID-19 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities in Sydney and Victoria have demonstrated the critical role for general practice in mitigating the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak.

This quality improvement activity uses the COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facility Outbreak GP Framework to assist GPs prepare for, respond to and provide medical coverage during a COVID-19 outbreak in residential aged care.

Goal

GPs are aware of the COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facility Outbreak GP Framework and related responses.

Measure

GPs with patients in RACF undertake 100% of readings (see readings in starting points below).

Starting point
Possible improvement ideas
  • Participate in a scenario simulation with the RACF (speak with your RACF manager).
  • Use the ‘Statement of Wishes Tool’ to update advance care directives for patients residing in RACF.
  • Present the COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facility Outbreak GP Framework at relevant GP forums or practice meetings using the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Prepare remote (laptop) access to practice clinical information site to facilitate off-site care in the event of a large outbreak.
  • Identify GPs with patients in RACFs and designate a person to:

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Coordinator Contacts

Our organisation highly values our front-line partners in general practice, allied health, the Local Health Districts, as well as the wider health, mental health, and social service sectors.

The first point of contact for partner organisations and professionals seeking to improve joint health outcomes in the North Coast is the regional Primary Care Coordinators listed below.

Aboriginal health is a key priority for our organisation. We are committed to improving health outcomes and equitable outcomes across our region.

We have a dedicated Aboriginal Health Team to ensure Aboriginal health priorities across the North Coast are led by and identified in consultation with the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector (ACCS), Aboriginal people and communities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

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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