The Australian General Practice Alliance (AGPA) is concerned that the failure to utilise the full power of General Practice under the current phase 1b vaccination program will delay the COVID 19 vaccine rollout and impact on its effectiveness.
The Australian General Practice Alliance believes that vaccination by a person’s ‘own” GP as part of a holistic and safe primary healthcare approach is the best way to deliver COVID 19 vaccinations as it is for all other vaccinations. The infrastructure, expertise and experience to deliver vaccinations already exists and can be rapidly and safely adapted for this purpose.
We are aware that many practices have had to source PPE during the COVID-19 Pandemic and that there is an ongoing shortage of supply.
We have had a number of organisations offer to supply PPE during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have listed some of them here and whether they claim to manufacture in Australia.
This list is published for to assist members to source PPE . The Australian GP Alliance cannot vouch for any of these organisations – either for the quality of their products to perform or for the reliability of supply. Practices must make their own assessments of quality and reliability.
GENERAL PRACTICES ARE FRANTIC DEALING WITH THE MASSIVE CHANGES OF THE PAST MONTH. BUT AS A CONSUMER, I URGE THEM TO NOT LOSE THEIR FOCUS ON PATIENTS.
Most of us are disoriented by the rapid changes at a time when so
many are living in isolation and often dread. Unless patient
relationships are adroitly managed, the changes could prove to be an
existential threat. And I suspect those in greatest danger will be those
that fail to focus on the patient experience.
welcomes the decision of the Australian Government to extend MBS (Medical Benefits
Schedule) Telehealth item numbers to cover all members of the community and all
GPs regardless of the circumstances. This will help to reduce the risk of
COVID-19 transmission and support the maintenance of necessary patient care.
AGPA also applauds
the recognition of General Practice and primary health care in leading the
fight against the Pandemic.
urges the removal of requirements for the bulk billing only of Telehealth items
as quickly as possible.
Many General Practices
in Australia are structured in a way that private billing of patients is
essential for their financial viability.
of General Practices has come under significant strain in recent weeks as workloads
have increased due to dealing with COVID-19 enquiries and changed work
practices, while consultations have decreased as patients avoid the perceived risk
of infection in waiting rooms.
If General Practices are to successfully maintain primary health care during the Pandemic their viability needs to be secured. Government must not interfere with the relationship between patients and Doctors and should allow Practices to decide how to manage their businesses and organise their billing structures