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Global health series - Primary care response during COVID-19 in Australia (ON-DEMAND: 19mins)

Presentation Description

COVID-19 has been challenging communities across the globe since January 2020. Australia, ‘the lucky country’ some might say, has managed to survive COVID-19 thus far, with a relatively low mortality and infection rate. South Australia, in particular, identified the crucial role of primary care and general practitioners in managing the COVID-19 response. GPs have played pivotal roles in diagnosing and managing positive patients in the community, in supporting Medi-Hotel quarantine hotels in SA and also in managing the longer-term impacts of COVID-19 post clearance. Utilising technology, such as telehealth and telemedicine with WhatsApp, Zoom, and other platforms with Medicare funded rebates has enabled a new format for efficient and safe primary care to be delivered to the community. Critical to the success has been the close relationship between GPs and the State and Commonwealth health departments. 

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