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COVID-19 Updates

Find out the most up to date info on coronavirus

Country SA PHN will continue to work with the Commonwealth Department of Health and SA Health to relay relevant information to primary health care providers and provide support as required.

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Health Professional Updates

Delivering high quality care and safety to patients

Country SA PHN will continue to work with the Commonwealth Department of Health and SA Health to relay relevant information to primary health care providers and provide support as required.

GP Led Respiratory Clinics

Commonwealth funded respiratory clinics, supported by
Country SA PHN, have been established at six sites across country SA.

The Australian Government has established GP Led Respiratory Clinics around the country to support the assessment, testing and diagnosis of community members experiencing mild to moderate respiratory symptoms. Commonwealth funded respiratory clinics, supported by CSAPHN, are being established at six sites across country SA.

  • No referral is required
  • Community members experiencing respiratory symptoms can book online or over the phone
  • GP-led clinics provide clinical assessment and diagnosis, and provide onsite COVID-19 testing (where test criteria is met)
  • All services are provided at no cost to the patient

Find out below if there is a GP respiratory clinic in your region and how to book an appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Priority Groups

The Australian Government is expecting approval of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this month, with a rollout to priority groups beginning mid-February. In addition to being able to administer the vaccine when available, healthcare professionals will also be able to receive the vaccine in the following rollout phases:

Phase 1a

  • Frontline at-risk health care workers including staff in GP respiratory clinics and COVID-19 testing facilities, ambulance staff, paramedics, ICU and emergency department staff andclinical and ancillary support staff
  • Residential aged care and disability care staff
  • Residential aged care and disability care residents
  • Quarantine and border workers

Phase 1b

  • Adults over 70 years
  • All other health care workers
  • Begin to vaccinate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
  • Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

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More Information

More information about the approved COVID-19 vaccine approach is outlined in:

The Department of Health developed a new vaccine website this website is regularly being updated with more information as it becomes available. Information will also be available in 63 languages.

Subscribe to the COVID-19 vaccines updates to ensure you receive the latest updates available on the website.

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Vaccine Eligibility Checker

COVID-19 vaccine training

The Australian College of Nursing has been appointed to lead the development of the mandatory training materials for COVID-19 immunisation providers. Healthcare professionals will not be able to administer any COVID-19 vaccines without having first completed the training modules.

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Vaccine hesitancy: an evidence-based approach

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

Country SA PHN continue to support practices and pharmacies with vaccine supply management.  

Where possible, Country SA PHN will endeavour to obtain additional doses or redistribute excess vaccines.

Please note that Country SA PHN will largely only be able to seek supply solutions within other Primary Care clinics in Country SA, being other GP Vaccinating Clinics and Pharmacies.

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COVID-19 Distribution of Masks and Other PPE

Supporting COVID and Respiratory Ready General Practice with supply of masks and other PPE (Living with COVID Program)

PPE Bundle & Pulse Oximeters Eligibility and Ordering: (IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

Please note that The Department of Health is offering PPE bundles to clinicians until 30 September 2022 who will be:

  • Working in General Practices, ACCHSs and GPRCs willing to treat COVID positive patients face-to-face,
  • ACCHSs and rural and remote GPs willing to treat COVID positive patients virtually and respiratory patients face-to-face, where workforce capacity is limited AND the GP is serving the community for most or all health needs.

Clinics that meet the eligibility criteria, as above, and are requesting support with PPE Bundles and Pulse Oximeters will have their information available through Healthdirect and SA Health Websites.

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Each clinician that is providing either of these services and requires PPE support is eligible to access 1 bundle per eligible clinician. PPE bundles that are intended to support approximately 4 weeks of COVID-19 positive patient consultations per clinical staff member. PPE requests and distributed bundles will be matched against patient caseloads and MBS applicable activity. 

However, clinicians with an existing high COVID-19 caseload, or those who are in an identified COVID-19 hot spot or outbreak region, can apply for top up PPE or additional pulse oximeters, via CSAPHN as required.

The current SA Government COVID-19 care pathways means that the majority of COVID-19 positive patients are being cared for by the GPAT and CRCT. Therefore, the distribution of these PPE bundles is preparatory for seeing COVID-19 positive patients and full PPE kits should not need any restocking until your clinic is involved in care. However, it is expected that services seeing Respiratory Patients face to face will be using P2/N95’s and eye protection and will be supplied according to the guidelines.

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PPE Order Form - General Practice Living with COVID Program
This order form is intended to supply approximately one month's supply of PPE per practitioner for GPs, ACCHSs and GPRCs willing to treat COVID positive patients face-to-face, until 30 September 2022. ACCHSs and rural and remote GPs willing to treat COVID positive patients virtually and respiratory patients face-to-face, where workforce capacity is limited and the GP is serving the community for most or all health needs, until 30 September 2022. Please complete all fields and submit the form to Country SA PHN by 12pm Friday.

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PPE Order Form - Pulse Oximeters Living with COVID Program
This order form is to supply 10 pulse oximeters per practice managing COVID positive patients. Please complete all fields and submit the form to Country SA PHN by 12pm Friday.

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Supporting General Practice with supply of masks and other PPE (those not participating in Living with COVID program)

To support general practices providing assessment and testing of patients with suspected COVID-19 and in recognition of the limited availability of commercial supplies, the Commonwealth Department of Health (DoH) and SA Health have been distributing PPE from National and State stockpiles via Country SA PHN to general practices with a demonstrated need across country SA.

All supplies remain very limited and allocation of all masks and other PPE items will continue to consider accessibility of commercial supplies, National and State distribution guidelines, demonstrated need, use within current guidelines and equitable access across our region.

Where your practice is running low of any masks or other PPE, please recomplete and submit the order form. Where available and there is evidence of use within current guidelines – Country SA PHN is supporting resupply.

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PPE Order Form - Emergency Provision (General Practice, GP Respiratory Clinics, ACCHS)
Emergency Provision PPE can only be accessed where there is no local supply available commercially, or from another State or Territory government scheme, except for GPs and GPRCs treating respiratory patients face-to-face who are eligible to access P2/N95 and eye protection until 30 September 2022. Please complete all fields and submit the form to Country SA PHN by 12pm Friday.

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Supporting Pharmacy with masks and face shields

The Australian Government is continuing to support the COVID-19 booster and vaccination program delivered in community pharmacy. To date, only surgical masks have been available to pharmacies via Primary Health Networks (PHNs). To provide extra support in the community pharmacy setting, the Australian Government will provide temporary additional access to personal protective equipment (PPE) from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS), comprising of P2/N95 respirators and eye protection (in the form of either goggles or face shields) for eligible pharmacists.

All supplies remain very limited and allocation of all masks and other PPE items will continue to consider accessibility of commercial supplies, National and State distribution guidelines, demonstrated need, use within current guidelines and equitable access across our region.

All pharmacists administering the COVID-19 vaccination program and applying for the PPE pharmacy bundle through the NMS are required to:

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  • provide considered and reasonable requests for stock via CSAPHN based on the numbers of clinical staff providing vaccination and the volumes of vaccinations delivered;
  • certify the number of vaccinators trained to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and provide the clinicians APHRA number for whom the PPE is sought as part of the ordering process;
  • certify that you are not receiving free PPE from other sources to ensure your pharmacy, are not stockpiling or accessing multiple sources of free PPE;
  • not on sell any products provided by the Commonwealth under this arrangement; and
  • use the PPE for its intended purpose i.e. for the support of administering COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses.

We need to advise you that compliance checks and audits of distributed PPE volumes may be undertaken using Australian Immunisation Register data. The Commonwealth have advised that anyone found to be breaching these obligations may be charged full cost for all stock and no further PPE provisions will be made.

Country SA PHN will be supporting pharmacies with available stock for N95/P2 respirators and eye protection/face shields using our existing process to access surgical masks until a national distributor is engaged early in 2022.

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PPE Order Form - Pharmacy Living with COVID PPE Bundle
This order form is intended to supply approximately one month’s supply of PPE to each pharmacist administering COVID-19 vaccinations. Please complete all fields and submit the form to Country SA PHN by 12pm Friday.

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Supporting Allied Health with surgical masks

Emergency Provision PPE can only be accessed where there is no local supply available commercially, or from another State or Territory government scheme.

All supplies remain very limited and allocation of surgical masks will continue to consider accessibility of commercial supplies, National and State distribution guidelines, demonstrated need, use within current guidelines and equitable access across our region.

PPE Order Form - Allied Health Emergency Response
Please complete all fields and submit the form to Country SA PHN by 12pm Friday.

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HealthCheck SA App

Guides users through their quarantine, testing and/or symptom check requirements.  

HealthCheck SA has been developed to protect South Australia and minimise the impact of COVID-19 once the state’s borders open.

Who needs to use HealthCheck SA

If you are travelling to South Australia from interstate or overseas, you must complete an EntryCheck SA  application. This will assess your risk and advise of any entry conditions and requirement to use HealthCheck SA. Depending on your level of risk, you may need to complete quarantine, testing and symptom check requirements using HealthCheck SA.

Download HealthCheck SA from the App Store or Google Play.


Telehealth

Supporting practices with the implementation of telehealth

Two platforms

CSAPHN are providing access to two telehealth platforms:

  • Health Connections Video for communication between general practice, CSAPHN and SA Health providers
  • HealthDirect Video call for provider to patient telehealth services.

CSAPHN can provide support with registration, implementation and training.

Register your practice

Register your interest by contacting Country SA PHN

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Further Resources

Need support? Contact our Support Team

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National Clinical Guidelines for COVID-19

World-first 'living guidelines' for Australian healthcare professionals caring for people with COVID-19 have been launched by the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

Reporting COVID-19 Suspected Breaches of Quarantine and Isolation in SA

To report a suspected breach of quarantine or isolation orders, community are directed to contact:

  • SA Police on 131 444
  • Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to complete an anonymous online report at crimestopperssa.com.au
Goodbye COVID Videos

NWMPHN has launched a new series of vaccination videos in 20 languages. The “Goodbye COVID” videos feature more than 60 volunteers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities speaking in their own language on why they’re getting vaccinated.

Click here to veiw the videos.

South Australian COVID-19 Gateway

A COVID-19 Gateway, linking to relevant information on State and Federal government websites, has been established: https://www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

SA Pathology Priority Bulletins

COVID Support Lines

Call one of the services below

Please see our helpful resources below. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to covid19@countrysaphn.com.au.