Coronavirus

Last updated 5.00 pm, 26 July, 2021

Contents

Current situation

NEWS

COMMUNITY MESSAGE

The Department of Health has published a COVID pack July 2021, tailored to multicultural communities. The pack provides translated information on the roll-out of the vaccine in Australia and the importance of continuing to practice COVID-safe behaviours.  

Snapshot

BOOK COVID Vaccine NOW via the eligibility checker - scroll down to find a language and BOOK  

If you need information about where and how to get COVID-19 vaccines CALL 1800 020 080

Check COVID-19 Testing centres updated hours and locations

CASE LOCATIONS list

Proof of vaccination

NSW daily updated information: NSW Health
NSW Testing criteria: Testing Advice
AHPPC: Latest Statements
MBS Online: News and Updates

Is there COVID near me?
Coronavirus update news
Restriction Checkerwhat is and isn't allowed

Aged care resources 
COVID-19 vaccine in disability group homes

Useful Contacts

  • Healthdirect Coronavirus 24/7 Help Line (coronavirus only) 1800 020 080 
  • Healthdirect 24/7 Help Line (including AFTER HOURS and general health issues) 1800 022 222
  • Link to your local Public Health Unit 1300 066 055
  • Language translator needed? 131450

 

Webinar information

The latest NSW&ACT COVID-19 update webinar from Monday, 12 July has been released NSW COVID-19 update webinar.

RACGP Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) and the use of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine in younger populations:  An update for General Practitioners Monday, 26 July 2021, 7.00pm - 8.00pm (AEST) 

RACGP NSW COVID-19 Update WebinarMonday, 9 August 2021, 7.00pm - 8.00pm (AEST) 

 

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PPE

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COVID-19 Testing

FAQ on COVID-19 testing

Location and hours: Pathology testing (including self testing)

Location and hours GP Respiratory clinics

Location and hours: COVID-19 clinics (public)

  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's announcement from 24 April, 2020, still relevant on widespread COVID-19 testing in NSW: "If you have symptoms, if you're worried you have COVID-19 or if you've been in contact with someone who may have it, please come forward and get tested"
  • In NSW calling 1300 066 055 will direct to your local Public Health Unit
  • South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit - 9382 8333 After hours emergency - 9382 2222, ask for Public Health Officer on call
  • Sydney Public Health Unit - 9515 9420 After hours emergency - 9515 6111, ask for Public Health Officer on call

 

eOrdering pathology remotely

Use your usual forms, or use pdf THIS CHART (258 KB)  to remotely eOrder private pathology for your patients. This could be through your clinical information system or logging in directly with the private pathology provider. 

COVID-19 pathology collection centres (Check hours on linked websites)

Histopath delivers a test kit to your patient's home, the patient self collects throat and nasal swabs, and the courier returns the specimen to the Histopath lab. Most people can self collect. Referrals are made by fax to 9878 8300 or by email to covid@histopath.com.au

 Eastern Sydney QR CODES

  • Mascot Airport - Histopath 'Drive-through'
    Sydney International Airport arrivals (parking is free)
    Centre Road P9, Express Pick-Up Car Park, Mascot
    8.00 am - 8.00 pm daily
    Open Public Holidays
  • Bondi Junction Laverty Pathology 'Drive-through' clinic
    Level 2 car park at 38 Waverley Street, Bondi Junction (walk-in via Hollywood Ave)
    8.00 am - 10.00 pm daily
  • Chifley Histopath 'Drive-through'
    Chifley Sports Reserve
    800-899R Bunnerong Road,
    Chifley See website
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday (No booking required)
  • City Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (Dr referral preferred)
    Hudson House, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney 
    Ph: 9111 3405, 1800 026 622 
    7.30 am - 1.30 pm Monday - Friday 
  • Coogee Laverty Pathology (Drive-though or walk-in)
    UNSW Cliffbrook Campus – Coogee, Enter via 45 Beach St
    8.00 am – 4.00 pm daily
  • Coogee (South) Histopath Pathology 'pop-up' Clinic
    St Mary & St Joseph Parish Church
    246 Malabar Road, (entry from corner of Malabar Road and Gregory Street)
    South Coogee
    Check website
    Age restrictions: None
    Accessibility: wheelchair accessible
    Booking: Not required
    Referral: Not required
  • Haymarket Inner City 4Cyte Pathology 'Walk-in' clinic
    Shop 2/803-813 George St, Haymarket.
    Monday - Sunday 9.00 am - 7.00 pm
  • Haymarket Histopath  'pop-up' clinic
    Harmony Apartments Courtyard
    107 – 121 Quay Street
    Haymarket
    Open 8.00 am - 4.00 pm (until Wednesday, 28 July inclusive)
    No age restrictions, no referral and no appointment required.
  • Maroubra Histopath 
    Heffron Park, Fitzgerald Street, Maroubra (corner of Bunnerong Rd)
    8.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday - Friday
  • Mascot Laverty  Pathology 'Drive-through'
    135 Baxter Rd, Mascot (no referral required)
    8.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday - Friday 
  • Randwick Laverty Pathology
    Ground Floor, 164 Belmore Rd Randwick
    Ph: 9314 6571  
    7.30 am - 4.00 pm Monday - Friday (Closed Public Holidays) No request form required
  • Rose Bay Laverty Pathology 'Drive-through' clinic
    Lyne Park, Vickery Avenue car park, Rose Bay
    8.00 am - 10.00 pm daily
  • Surry Hills Laverty Pathology 'Pop-up walk-in' at Albion Street Centre
    150 Albion Street, Surry Hills
    8.00 am - 6.00 pm daily

Inner West Sydney QR CODES

  • Campsie Australian Clinical Labs (patient must wear mask and have referral from GP)
    Suite 101, 1st Floor, 308-312 Beamish St, Campsie 
    Ph: 02 9789 6220 Fax: 9787 1082 
    8.00 am - 1.00 pm
     Monday - Friday
  • Concord Histopath 'Drive-through' or 'walk-in'
    1 Nullawarra Avenue, Concord (Old Concord RSL Carpark)
    8.00 am to 8.00 pm daily
    Open Public Holidays
  • Earlwood Laverty Pathology No request form required
    293 Homer Street, Earlwood 
    Ph: 
    9558 1568 Fax: 9559 4287 
    1.00 pm - 4.00 pm Monday - Friday (Closed Public Holidays)
  • Haberfield 4Cyte Pathology 'Drive-through'
    181 Parramatta Red, Haberfield
    Check 4Cyte website
  • Marrickville Medlab Pathology (need referral and mask)
    322 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville
    Ph: 02 8095 8990
    8.00 am - 1.00 pm Monday - Saturday (arrive by 12.45)
  • Stanmore 4Cyte Pathology 'Drive-through'
    Side Carpark, Cyprus Community Club of NSW,
    58/76 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore
    Patient or Doctor to email Request Form to covid19@4Cyte.com.au OR telephone on 0435 085 052
    Pathology request forms no longer required
    See website for details: Stanmore COVID-19 testing
    8.00 am - 5.00 pm, Monday - Friday
    11.00 am - 2.00 pm Saturdays and Sundays
  • Rozelle Laverty Pathology 'Drive-through' clinic
    University of Tasmania carpark
    Corner of Church & Glover St
    (entry via Church St from Wharf Rd)
    8.00 am - 6.00 pm daily
  • Tempe Laverty Pathology 'Drive-through' clinic
    IKEA carpark, TEMPE
    Access via Bellevue st, Tempe
    8.00 am - 4.00 pm

South Eastern Sydney QR CODES

  • Arncliffe (Brighten-Le-Sands)  Histopath 'Drive-through'
    Riverine Park,
    Cnr Spring Street and West Botany Street, Arncliffe
    8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday - Friday (closed public holidays)
  • Bexley Histopath Pathology temporary 'Drive-through' testing clinic
    St Mary and St Mina Coptic Orthodox Cathedral
    339 Forest Rd, Bexley
    Entry to the clinic is via Bayview Street
    open from Friday 9 July, 8.00 am - 4.00 pm (and closes permanently on Sunday 11 July at 4.00 pm)
  • Barden Ridge Histopath Pathology Check Histopath website
    The Ridge Athletic Track
    Recreation Drive, Barden Ridge
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday No booking required 
    Ph: 98788111
  • Caringbah Histopath Pathology 'Walk-in pop-up' Clinic
    348R Kingsway, 2229, Caringbah
    Located next to the pedestrian access linking the Kingsway to the supermarket.
    8.00 am - 8.00 pm daily

  • Caringbah 4Cyte Pathology 'Walk-in'
    1/416 The Kingsway Caringbah
    Walk in to the front of the building
    Monday - Friday 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
    Saturday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
    Sunday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
  • Carlton 4Cyte Pathology 'Drive-through'
    261 Princes Highway, Site car park
    Monday - Sunday 8.00 am - 8.00 pm
  • Heathcote Histopath Pathology
    Heathcote Oval carpark
    8.00 am - 6.00 pm, daily
  • Hurstville 4Cyte Pathology 'Drive-through'
    Entry via Butler lane (rear of 8 Ormonde pde, Hurstville)
    See Instructions here
    Bring this attached request form
    Patient or Doctor to email Request Form to covid19@4Cyte.com.au
    Phone: 0434990083 
    9.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday - Friday
    11.00 am - 2.00 pm Saturdays and Sundays
  • Jannali Laverty Pathology 'Drive-through'
    2 Roberts Street, Jannali, NSW (Entry via Box Road)
    8.00 am - 2.00 pm Monday - Friday (Closed Public Holidays) No request form required
    See instructions here 
  • Miranda Laverty Pathology
    125 Kareena Road, Miranda 
    Ph: 0401 673 829 Fax: 8544 3771
    8.00 am - 12.00 pm Monday - Friday
  • Miranda Medical Centre Sydpath Pathology
    573 Kingsway, Miranda, NSW, 2228
    Enter from Penprase Lane and follow signage
    8.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday - Friday, 8.00 am - 1.00 pm weekends
  • Oatley Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology
    111 Mulga Road Oatley
    Ph: 8650 1370 or 1800 026 622; Fax: 9586 2420 
    8.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday - Friday (appointment only)
  • Peakhurst Laverty Pathology 'Drive-through'
    Our Lady of Fatima Church
    825 Forest Rd, Peakhurst
    (Entry Via Isaac Street)
    8.00 am - 4.00 pm daily until further notice.
    No booking or referral required
  • Rockdale 4Cyte Pathology 'Drive-through'
    594 - 596 Princes Highway front car park
    Monday - Sunday 8.00 - 6.00 pm
  • Rosebery 4Cyte Pathology COVID-19 Collection
    Shop 1, 530 Botany Road, Rosebery (cnr of Botany Rd and Beaconsfield)
    No referral required
    8.30 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Friday, 10.00-2.00 Saturday
    See instructions here 
  • Roselands Laverty Pathology 'Drive-through' 
    Roselands Shopping Centre Car Park
    8.30 am - 6.00 pm Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4.00 pm weekends
    No booking required
  • Woolooware Laverty Pathology
    Captain Cook Playing Fields,
    601 Captain Cook Drive, Woolooware
    8.00 am - 4.00 pm daily

Testing centres in other regions can be found Here

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GP Respiratory Clinics 

GP Respiratory clinics will assess people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, tiredness and shortness of breath. Regardless of whether COVID-19 testing is indicated, or a specimen is taken, the patient will receive clinical guidance about managing their respiratory symptoms. Some Respiratory Clinics are now offering COVID-19 Vaccines

Locations of Respiratory Clinics
  • Bondi Junction GP Respiratory Clinic PLUS COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings
    47 Spring St, Bondi Junction 
    Mondays 8.00 am - 11.45 am, Tuesdays - Fridays, 9.00 am - 11.45 am, Saturdays, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
    Appointments can be made via this this link or by calling 9194 2788 
  • Lakemba GP Respiratory Clinic PLUS COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings
    96 Haldon St Lakemba (access from Oneata lane)
    9.00 am - 5.00 pm Daily
    Appointments should be made via this link or by calling 9758 9848
    Information poster AND See magazine article featuring this clinic (page 6 and 7)
  • Kirketon Road Centre - The mobile respiratory clinic, operated by the Kirketon Road Centre, is a mobile, walk-in primary health care assessment and testing service for socially housed, homeless and/or disadvantaged people who are experiencing respiratory symptoms. See magazine article featuring this clinic (page 6 and 7)Children under 5 years old should attend Prince of Wales Hospital Clinic (if attending with parent being tested), or Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for testing.The clinic will rotate between pop-up locations in South Eastern Sydney including: 

    • Walla Mulla Park, corner Forbes and Cathedral streets, Woolloomooloo: (Tuesdays 7.15 pm - 9.15 pm, Wednesdays 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm, Saturdays 2.30 pm - 4.00 pm) 
    • Eddie Ward Park, Northcott Estate, Belvoir St, Surry Hills: (Tuesdays 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm, Wednesdays 1.00 pm - 3.30 pm, Saturdays 11.30 am - 1.00 pm) 
    • Martin Place, Phillip Street: (Wednesdays 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm) 
    • Outside Kooloora Community Centre, Bilga Crescent, Malabar: (Thursdays, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm)
    • Poets Corner, Redfern: (Tuesdays 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm, Saturdays 9.00 am - 11.00 am)
    • Alf Kay East Lakes Community Centre, Florence Ave, Eastlakes: (Thursdays, 9.15 am - 12.00 pm)
  • Flu vaccinations also available

  • COVID-19 Vaccine information   

  • All centres are wheelchair accessible and testing is FREE. No need for referrals or appointments. Call 0429 802 381 or KRC on 9360 2766 for information 

  • GPMaroubra 'Drive-through' 
    14 Meagher Ave Maroubra (masks mandatory)
    Appointment only and there is approx. a $52 gap payment (pensioners/concession card holders are bulk billed).
    The process is as follows:
    1. A telehealth screening consult is required prior to the test – Ph: 9311 9311 or online bookings here
    2. Drive-through test which is available from 1.00 pm - 1.45 pm Monday - Thursday
    3. Results provided over the phone the next day             
  • Miranda Medical Centre 'Drive-through'
    573 Kingsway
    Miranda.NSW. 2228 (GP referral required)
    enter Covid testing marquee from Penprase Lane
    Ph: 95401044 for an appointment
    8.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday - Friday, 8.00 am – 1.00 pm weekends
  • Helensburgh Respiratory Clinic
    129 Parkes Street,
    Helensburgh, NSW 2508
    Ph: 4294 1400 www.PSGP.com.au
    8.30 am - 12.30 pm Monday - Friday
  • Ryde GP Respiratory Clinic 
    11-17 Khartoum Road, Macquarie Park (Back car-park to Wise Clinic) 
    8.00 am - 12.00 pm and 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm daily
    Ph: 9216 7676
    Appointments can be made via this this link 
    The booking process can be found here - this can be printed off and provided to patients to help with appointments. Click link for map

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COVID-19 Testing Clinics (public)

Both children and adults require the same testing (although non-emergency children can preferably be taken to the Sydney Children's Hospital or Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for testing)

  • Bondi Beach drive-through clinic (run by St Vincents Hospital - entry on corner of Campbell Parade and Beach Road) open 7.30 am - 10.00 pm daily
  • Canterbury Hospital
    575 Canterbury Rd, Campsie
    Outpatient department
    access via the main entrance. - No booking required. open public holidays
    Clinic open 24/7 daily Canterbury Hospital website  
  • Concord Hospital
    Hospital Rd, Concord West
    Across road from ED in Sports Institute Building. - No booking required
    8.00 am - 4.00 pm daily open public holidays 
  • Hurstville Community Centre
    34 Woniora Road Hurstville
    No referral or appointment required
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday - Friday
    Closed on public holidays
    Restricted to ages 5 and older. Children <5yrs can attend St George Hospital.
    Phone 9113 2150  (website link with translated information included) Please note here are QR CODES for St George and Sutherland area COVID Clinics' latest information
  • Prince of Wales Hospital 
    Access via Building 14B Avoca St, Randwick
    Testing for adults and children of all ages. Paediatric trained staff onsite.
    9.00 am - 8.00 pm Daily   QR CODES for CIty and Eastern suburbs COVID Clinics with the latest opening hours and information.After hours screening via the Emergency Department.
  • Redfern Health Centre     QR CODES to check times
    103 - 105 Redfern Street
    Redfern
    8.30 am - 4.00 pm Monday - Friday (closed pubic holidays)  
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
    Building 25 at the end of Salisbury Rd, Off
    Missenden Rd, Camperdown Follow signs from the main hospital
    Behind the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse - No booking required.
    8.00 am - 10.00 pm daily open public holidays QR CODES to check times
  • Rushcutters Bay – operated by St Vincent’s Hospital QR CODES to check times
    8.00 am – 8.00 pm, daily

  • St George Hospital
    Gray Street Kogarah  - No booking required. 
    Test children ≥12 months old. Children <12 months old are referred to the St George Hospital Emergency Department to be tested there. All patients should continue to go to the ED after hours for COVID-19 screening.
    8.00 am - 8.00 pm daily until 1 August (inclusive) Please note here are QR CODES for St George and Sutherland area COVID Clinics' latest information.
  • St Vincent’s Hospital (East Sydney Community and Arts Centre) 
    34 - 40 Burton St, Darlinghurst (enter from Palmer St entrance) Ph: 8382 2900 (website)
    Children must be ≥16 years old. Otherwise they should attend Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick for testing 
    8.00 am - 10.00 pm daily (please attend emergency if you need testing when this clinic is closed)  QR CODES for CIty and Eastern suburbs COVID Clinics with the latest opening hours and information. 
  • St Vincent's Bondi Beach car park clinic 'Drive-through' 
    Park Drive North, Bondi Beach car park. - No booking required
    Children must be ≥5 years old. Children under 5 years old should attend Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick for testing
    7.30 am - 10.00 pm daily - please attend emergency if you need testing when this clinic is closed  QR CODES for CIty and Eastern suburbs COVID Clinics with the latest opening hours and information
  • Sutherland Hospital testing clinic
    Ground Floor, old Emergency Department, Kareena Road entrance, then follow signs from ED
    No age restrictions for children however if a child is too unwell, they will be referred to Sutherland Hospital Emergency
    Open 8.00 am - 6.00 pm  Daily 
    Please note here are QR CODES for St George and Sutherland area COVID Clinics' latest information
  • Sutherland 'Drive-through'
    Sutherland basketball stadium car park at the rear of Sutherland Leisure Centre, opposite Waratah Park (off Old Princes Highway and accessed via the roundabout on Rawson Ave)
    No referral or appointment required
    Children must be ≥5 years old. Children under 5 years old should attend The Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department for testing
    9.00 am - 4.00 pm daily and Closed on public holidays.     Please note here are QR CODES for St George and Sutherland area COVID Clinics' latest information
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
    Outpatients Department, entrance via Hospital Rd (off High Street)
    Randwick QR CODES to check times
    COVID-19 testing for children and their accompanying parent/carer
    8.30 am - 8.00 pm 
  • Sydney Eye Hospital
    8 Macquarie St, Sydney (follow signs) - No booking required.
    Children ≥1 can be tested here. Children less than one should attend Prince of Wales Hospital Clinic (if attending with parent being tested, or Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for testing
    8.00 am - 8.00 pm Monday - Friday and 10.00 am - 6.00 pm weekend until further notice. Outside of these hours, you can attend the Emergency Department QR CODES for CIty and Eastern suburbs COVID Clinics with the latest opening hours and information
  • Sydney Olympic Park 'Drive-Through'     
    Edwin Flack Avenue
    Sydney Olympic Park
    8.00 am - 4.30 pm daily

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Infection control advice

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Home isolation

  • People who are isolated at home should not go to work, should not go to school, should not use public areas, and they should not use public transportation or taxis. Should a person isolated at home require medical care, wherever possible they should call first.
  • Appropriate contacts are GP, local emergency department, coronavirus helpline 1800 020 080 or the Healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222

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Telehealth MBS Items

Telehealth Update

Temporary MBS telehealth items have been made available to help reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and provide protection for patients and health care providers until 31 December 2021Temporary MBS Telehealth items are available to GPs, medical practitioners, specialists, consultant physicians, nurse practitioners, participating midwives, allied health providers and dental practitioners in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery and are available on MBS online.(which is continuously updated with news, factsheets and downloads).

Information on Telehealth reimbursements: Coviu Reimbursement fact sheet

Telehealth Resources from early in the pandemic

Digital Health Administration

e-Delivery: For more timely medicines for Australians and improve patient safety Information here

e-Ordering pathology: Use THIS CHART  to remotely eOrder pathology for patients

e-Lectronic eprescribing: Prescriber Ready GPs and Detailed Information on e-prescribing November 2020
plus Toolkit to help with promoting your practice as eprescribing. Log in using these details: digitalhealth.immij.com Username: Pharmacy Password: digitalhealth. Also, for further information, watch Dr Hilton Shapiro discuss his experience on e-prescribing

For enquiries please email us at telehealth@cesphn.com.au and our expert Telehealth Support team will quickly respond. 

 

Healthdirect Video Call service

MBS item numbers for telephone telehealth consultations have been reduced. Videoconference services are the preferred approach for substituting face-to-face consultations. CESPHN supports the use of the HealthDirect video call service and has funding for free licences to General Practices under COVID-19 GP Video Call Program to 31 December 2021.

Additionally there has been an extension of the Healthdirect Video Call Exemplar (Service Pilot) Program funding for free licences to non-GP type primary care services classed as Mental Health, Aged Care, Maternity, Indigenous Health and Allied Health services to 30 June 2022.

Telehealth expert Dr Amandeep Hansra explains Video Telehealth here

To register for a free licence, complete New Clinic Application Form and send it to telehealth@cesphn.com.au. We can provide you with training and get you up and running in a day.

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Resources for General Practice 

A reminder that it’s important we all look after our own mental health and wellbeing. There are a number of resources available, including: 

  • The Essential Network, a dedicated mental health and wellbeing program led by the Black Dog Institute. The program is delivering tailored mental health support and resources for healthcare workers and is available in both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store and online at blackdoginstitute.org.au/ten.
  • DRS4DRS service which provides mental health consultations for doctors and medical students.

A free 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service available via phone on 1800 512 348 or at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

 

 

  • SESLHD ceased faxing discharge summaries and inpatient admission and discharge notifications on 1 November 2020. This information will be available through My Health Record and secure messaging. To receive patient care information successfully, you must be registered for My Health Record and connected to a secure messaging solution. To assist you with this, please contact CESPHN's Digital Health team via digitalhealth@cesphn.com.au
  • To update GP and practice details please contact one of the following hospitals and your details will be updated for all SESLHD Hospitals

    Calvary Hospital, Clinical Information Service: 9553 3488     
    Prince of Wales Hospital, Health Information Unit: 9382 9172    
    Royal Hospital for Women, Health Information Unit: 9382 9172    
    St George Hospital, Clinical Information Service: 9113 2888     
    Sutherland Hospital, Clinical Information Service: 9113 2888     
    Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital, Medical Records Department: 9382 7339    
    War Memorial Hospital Medical Records Department: 9369 0242 

 

Supporting Women 

Australian Breastfeeding Association is a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally-recognised courses for health professionals.

Comirnaty is safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding women. Pregnant women should be routinely offered Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination. Pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Their babies also have a higher risk of being born prematurely. For more information see Joint RANZCOG and ATAGI statement on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women

 

BreastScreen NSW has resumed breast screening ph: 132050

For up-to-date information about the GP Antenatal Share Care programs, please visit the Maternal Health pages.

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HealthPathways

  • Similar pathways exist on Sydney HealthPathways so if your practice falls within SLHD please access their site for localised information and responses.

The South Eastern Sydney HealthPathways and Sydney HealthPathways now include information on management of coronavirus. New users will be able to request access on their local HealthPathways home page. To access these Pathways use the following links:

South Eastern Sydney: Community Health Pathways

Sydney: Community Health Pathways

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Education: Videos and webinars

See here for our CPD calendar

See here for upcoming external events

Link to CESPHN's full video library here 

Link to Australian Government COVID-19 video library

Link to NSW Dept Health COVID-19 videos

Link to RACGP

Link to COVID related videos from 2020 and early 2021

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Allied Health Professionals

Read our Primary Health Quarterly with a focus on Allied Health here

MBS item numbers for telephone telehealth consultations have been reduced. Videoconference services are the preferred approach for substituting face-to-face consultations. There has been an extension of the Healthdirect Video Call Exemplar (Service Pilot) Program funding for free licences to non-GP type primary care services classed as Mental Health, Aged Care, Maternity, Indigenous Health and Allied Health services to 30 June 2022.

Telehealth expert Dr Amandeep Hansra explains Video Telehealth here

Watch our vox pop series where we interview primary health workers including allied health professionals HERE

Free technology help available: Help for allied health professionals and patients to connect online

Residential aged care COVID-19 measures to increase allied health access

Links to COVID Allied Health videos from 2020 and ealry 2021

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Aged Care providers 

COVID-19: Advice for aged care services

Latest COVID-19 Advice for Residential Aged Care Facilities

Latest Advice for Home Care Service Providers

Residential aged care facility outbreak management protocol

PPE email for RACFs agedcarecovidppe@health.gov.au. (The following information must be provided in your email request: 1. The facility, program or service requiring PPE. 2. If you have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 at your facility, program or service. 3. Types and quantities of PPE required. 4. Details of other suppliers you have attempted to source PPE stock from.)

Aged care mental health: The Australian Government expanded access for aged care residents to Medicare subsidised individual psychological services. Up until 30 June 2022, aged care residents can access up to 20 individual psychological services per calendar year where their GP or psychiatrist determines they would clinically benefit from additional mental health support. For more information on Better Access for aged care residents, go to the Department of Health’s website 

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Resources for Community providers

LINK HERE to create your own QR Code

The Department of Health have released a series of videos addressing a number of COVID-19 vaccine questions

Advice for employers from the Australian Government Department of Health

Disability Services Consulting has released a free e-learning module 

Sexual Health and COVID-19: link to website plus see here for webinar discussing COVID-19 for the BBV and STI sectors and further information on care with BBVs and sexual health

Health care workers: Link to Infection control training video

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Community information

Community Message (also shared by multicultural GPs in many languages)

Sydney is on high alert for COVID-19. The Sydney lockdown has been extended.

The ONLY reasons you should leave home include shopping for food, medical care, exercise, or essential work and education. You can leave home to get a COVID test or get vaccinated. BOOK COVID Vaccine NOW in convenient locations through the eligibility checker    (NOTE Pfizer now recommended for under 60s)

Masks must be worn when indoors, except at home.

You should not have visitors to your house. This includes family members outside of your household.

Everyone in your family should get tested if anyone has COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone with COVID-19.  

Visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/ for the latest information.

 

Services Australia has provided information for the general public to prepare for COVID-19 vaccination, including how to view an immunisation history statement.

Videos, guides and resources are available detailing how to:

  • create a myGov account and link Medicare
  • check contact details for Medicare are up to date
  • view an immunisation history statement.

Children's guide to going to a COVID-19 testing clinic
We know the thought of getting a COVID-19 test can be scary especially for young children. This booklet has been developed by the Western Sydney Local Health District to support families of children aged three to five, prepare for a COVID-19 test.   

Useful links

Is there COVID near me? Excellent interactive website 

Healthdirect can help Access to medical help after hours

Restriction Checker keeps up to date information on what is and isn't allowed

COVID Vaccine information in YOUR language

Information on How to use an infrared thermometer during COVID-19 PLUS Setting up a QR code 

You must immediately self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19, and then stay isolated at home for 14 days from the date of your visit to some venues: Active COVID-19 cases in Sydney: Regular updates here 

Healthdirect Symptom Checker guides you to the appropriate healthcare action which is also available on the Healthdirect app

FAQs from Healthdirect on coronavirus

 

There is support for VULNERABLE GROUPS

Multicultural

Languages other than English: Multilingual Resources on COVID-19 PLUS COVID Vaccine information in YOUR language

Dr Jamal Rifi speaks about being COVID safe (Arabic version)

COVID information links for multicultural communities

COVIDSafe APP is available in Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese

Mental health/loneliness 

For people feeling socially isolated, the Red Cross has a chat service to help people feel connected

Community Visitors Scheme

Extensive mental health information and contacts.

Vox pop BEING CEO Irene Gallagher

Disability

Disability Information: Extensive contacts

Your Story Disability Legal Support video

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 

July 2020 posters  

Extensive information 

Homelessness, domestic violence and unemployed

pdf Newtown Neighborhood Centre - useful resources (241 KB)  

Free TAFE courses to assist job seekers: More information is available via TAFE NSW or by calling 131 601 today

Telehealth

Other helpful Information


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Useful Links

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Business Support

As small businesses you may be entitled to some government help 

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Further questions

If you have a question or would like additional support please email coronavirus@cesphn.com.au

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