COVID-19 Positive Care Pathways refer to the clinical guidance and support for assessing and managing people who test positive to COVID-19.
With a significant proportion of Gippsland’s population now having received multiple doses of the COVID vaccines, the severity of the disease in people who test positive is expected to decrease with less requirement for people in our region to be treated in hospital.
Increasingly, the focus for care pathways is to treat COVID positive patients from their homes using remote patient monitoring and telehealth services.
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce has published evidence-based clinical guidelines to support health care professionals in caring for people with COVID-19.
The information also includes clinical flowcharts, evidence they are currently reviewing, and recommendations for preventing infection in health care workers.
The COVID-19 Pathways Program across Victoria supported close to 2.5 million Victorian’s diagnosed with COVID-19 via telehealth nursing, remote patient monitoring, Hospital in the Home program and access to health and social support services.
This program will cease on the 1 June 2023.
Gippsland PHN acknowledges our GP providers have been supporting COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic and encourage you to use our Commissioned home visit program if you are visiting patients in the home. Information on this program here.
If you have any queries please email the Primary Care Response team on firstname.lastname@example.org
The community is urged to reach out to their usual GP or to call the National Coronavirus Helpline for support on 1800 020 080. Other supports for community are:
The Australian Department of Health has released a fact sheet on long COVID aimed at consumers.
The website links to the resource are below.
Safer Care Victoria and the Victorian Agency for Health Information have established a learning network of healthcare workers, leaders and consumers to share experiences and support the provision of care to people with COVID-19 in their homes. Access the network
Please note, the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce clinical guidelines also cover recommendations specific to the care of children and adolescents with COVID-19.
National and Victoria-wide support services are available for Gippsland residents with COVID-19 and/or who are required to isolate or go into quarantine.