What is WAPHA’s role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in supporting general practice?
WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) plays a lead role in supporting GPs and GP Respiratory Clinics to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout by:
- field practice requests to withdraw, delay or modify their participation in the program
- communicate departmental messages to practices
- provide strategic advice/guidance on local issues and concerns.
WAPHA is also assisting the Australian Government with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for people accessing residential aged care and disability support services. To achieve this, WAPHA works closely with key partners including the WA Department of Health, Rural Health West, AMA, ACCRM, WAGPET, RACGP and Aboriginal Controlled Health Organisations.
Can WAPHA direct us to the key resources and contacts for COVID-19 related queries?
To make it easy for practices to find the key resources and contacts for COVID-19 related queries, the team at WAPHA has compiled the following fact sheet.
How is WAPHA communicating with practices about COVID-19?
WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) emails out a weekly GP Update, in conjunction with WA Department of Health, Australian Medical Association (WA), Rural Health West, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, WA General Practice Education and Training and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners WA.
You can subscribe to the update here.
The Primary Care Solutions team at WAPHA are available to support and navigate general practices through our Practice Assist service. Practice Assist can be contacted via 1800 2 ASSIST (1800 2 277 478) or email@example.com.
How is WAPHA helping practices to implement telehealth?
WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has partnered with Healthdirect Australia to support general practices in Western Australia to deliver video consulting capability in a bid to help contain the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out more and register your interest.
Is WAPHA providing training and education at this time?
WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has provided a series of webinars on topics such as familiarisation with Healthdirect Video Call and virtual Communities of Practice to discuss infection control, mental health and future proofing your practice during COVID-19. Find out more.
This is in addition to the intensive support provided by our Practice Assist helpline, website and Practice Support Staff.
How is WAPHA supporting pharmacies and allied health practices during the COVID-19 pandemic?
WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is working closely with the WA branches of the Pharmacy Guild and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and allied health peak bodies to ensure their members are heard and informed.
Where can my patients get vaccinated and who can I vaccinate?
Vaccination Clinic Information for Vaccination Providers
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at participating general practices, Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (GP Respiratory Clinics), and Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations.
All are able to administer AstraZeneca, while some have an allocation of Pfizer.
Where can I find clinical information on COVID-19 and the vaccines?
HealthPathways WA is a secure, online portal that includes information and resources to support GPs for COVID-19 vaccination. For up to date clinical information, we recommend using the COVID-19 HealthPathways (email firstname.lastname@example.org for login details).