Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Please note: As the situation is rapidly changing, we are constantly updating this section to ensure the following resources are relevant and up-to-date. 

 

GP-led respiratory clinics for COVID-19 testing

There are currently 143 GP-led respiratory clinics in operation providing assessment and testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

AMA LIST

RACGP List

  • DRS4DRS – an independent program providing confidential support and resources to doctors and medical students across Australia, by doctors

  • RACGP GP support program – a free and confidential psychological support service for members

  • The Essential Network (TEN) – a network that connects frontline healthcare workers with services to cope with the stress of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, developed by the Black Dog Institute during

  • Supporting healthcare workers during COVID 19: https://medcast.com.au/courses/339

 

Pandemic Kindness Movement

Clinicians in NSW, QLD, SA and Victoria have founded the movement and launched its website to supply evidence-based resources and support the wellbeing and leadership of health care workers.

The model is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and includes basic needs, safety, love and belonging, esteem, contribution and leadership actions.

 

Free Weekly Mindfulness Sessions for Doctors

The Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness is providing free sessions on Saturday mornings 9.30am – 10.30am via Zoom.

The sessions are led by Mr Tony Dunin, mindfulness teacher and senior orthopaedic surgeon in Melbourne, and his wife Jo Dunin, a MBSR teacher and insight meditation practitioner, who both founded the centre where they run a “Mindfulness in Medicine” course designed for doctors.

 

Meditation Based Stress Reduction was developed in 1979 by the world-renowned Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is an evidence-based mindfulness technique that benefits those with stress and chronic illness.

Information and registration are available at the following link:

https://mcfm.com.au/mindfulness-in-medicine/

 

HEALTH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS

AMA LIST

Blackdog Coronavirus: resources for anxiety and stress

 

Federal and Victorian governments

ADMINISTRATION RESOURCES FOR DOCTORS -- AMA, RACGP and Federal and State Governments

Jobkeeper update for doctors and practice staff

To register eligible employees, call the ATO on 13 28 66

For doctor eligibility, call the JobKeeper hotline on 1800 806 218 or contact your accountant.

Electronic prescribing with telehealth consultations:

Learn more about electronic prescribing by watching the

RACGP’s “Introduction to electronic prescribing” on-demand webinar, available now.

See the RACGP and Australian Digital Health Agency websites for further information.

Changed medicine regulatory requirements for health practitioners during COVID-19 pandemic

“To facilitate the supply of medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic and to reduce regulatory burden on prescribers and pharmacists the following public health emergency orders (PHEO) have come into effect.” Please see below.

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/safescript

For SafeScript information and support services

https://help.safescript.vic.gov.au/help-topics.htm

 

HEALTH INFORMATION FOR DOCTORS

 

TEN - The Essential Network for health professionals by The Black Dog institute

  • An app supporting Health Professionals to manage life and work through COVID-19. (for Apple and Android)

 

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND UPDATES

Federal and Victorian governments

Daily update

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update

General Information

https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/health-services-and-general-practitioners-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

For health professionals and aged care sector

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-the-health-and-aged-care-sector

 

 

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SITES FOR DOCTORS

Webmd latest updates

 

WORLD STATISTICS AND MAPS

 

Other Resources

 

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)

People who don’t speak English as a first language can get free translation support from the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).

Visit www.tisnational.gov.au or call 131 450.

 

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