CEO Primary Matters – 10 March 2021

Update on GP Clinics Participating in the Vaccine Roll-out

Letters have now been sent of all GP Clinics in our region eligible to participate in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout advising on their expected start date and the number AstraZeneca doses they will receive each week.

In the week starting March 22, up to 47 clinics in our region will be able to begin providing vaccines to Phase 1b populations. Over the following weeks, more clinics will progressively open so that by the week starting April 12, all 129 GP clinics in western Victoria are anticipated to be delivering vaccines as part of Phase 1b.

More details in this week’s Westvic News.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Update

I am very pleased to report since 4 February 2020, Western Victoria PHN has distributed more than 680,797 Units of surgical masks, N95 masks, gowns and goggles in our catchment region. Please see a breakdown in the graphic below.

We have supported eligible general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, after-hours GP home visiting services, Medical Deputising Services, nurse practitioner owned or led primary care practices, allied health services and community pharmacies in the areas of highest risk in our region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For PPE requests, please follow the guidelines on the WVPHN website here.

Statement on Victoria’s Royal Commission into Mental Health Services

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) welcomes the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, which was released on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

We are in the process of thoroughly reviewing the 65 recommendations from the final report and the nine recommendations from the interim report, recognising the many issues that have been raised.

See the full statement here.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

We also welcome the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which was tabled in Parliament on Monday 1 March 2021.

WVPHN will be reviewing the report and its recommendations to ascertain the role PHNs can play in the reform of aged care.

 

Rowena Clift 

Chief Executive Officer