Supporting GPs responding to COVID-19

WA Primary Health Alliance is continuing to work with general practice to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19.  GPs can find the latest information and resources on the Practice Assist website and subscribe to our dedicated COVID-19 GP Update brought to you in partnership with WA Department of Health, the Australian Medical Association (WA), Royal Australian College of General Practitioners WA and Rural Health West.

Latest COVID-19 GP update
Read the most recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Wednesday 18 March 2020

Latest WA Health update
Read the most up to date Clinical Alert for GPs on the Department of Health WA website.

GP support programs
In light of the enormous task ahead of GPs in the coming months, it’s important GPs remember to look after their own wellbeing. Both programs below provide support to handle work and other pressures, which may arise as the COVID-19 situation evolves:

GP Support Program (for RACGP members)Doctors’ Health Advisory Service

Mindspot’s 10 psychological tips for coping with infectious diseases could also be helpful with practical advice to help cope with anxiety and worry. The fact sheet also contains Mindspot Clinic’s website and contact details, which may be useful for your patients.

Small business support services
Many general practices are operated as small businesses, and as such, are encouraged to make use of the State Government’s newly created assistance centre as a one-stop resource for advice and guidance on managing the impacts of COVID-19.  The Small Business Development Corporation can provide business owners with guidance on available support options via a dedicated COVID-19 hotline and their website.

Phone 133 140 (8.30am-4.30pm weekdays) or visit the Small Business Development Corporation website

Further information and support
We encourage GPs to contact their usual WA Primary Health Alliance practice support staff with queries on COVID-19.

You can also contact Practice Assist on 1800 227 747 or email practiceassist@wapha.org.au for further assistance.

If your patients have any questions about COVID-19, you can refer them to https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus

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