Primary Matters – 6 May 2020

Resilience Amidst Change

The changes that COVID-19 has enforced in how the primary care sector supports the community is unprecedented for the current generation of health care providers. This shift in operation, while trying to maintain ‘business as usual’, has highlighted the true resilience of our health care workforce and its adaptability through some great work including:

  • Engaging in online Communities of Practice to share information about region-specific issues, responses, strategies and supports with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The rapid establishment of respiratory and assessment clinics to support the community, especially the two GP-led clinics in Geelong and Ballarat.
  • Integrating creative ways to stay engaged in patient care, especially Chronic Conditions Models of Care providers who are ensuring clients receive the best remote care possible via services such as GoShare to negate the side-effects of social isolation (to be further highlighted via our website in coming days.)

From a professional and personal perspective, we at Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) thank you for your ongoing service and commitment.

International Nurses Day

On resilience, we want to celebrate a very special group in the primary care workforce – our nurses.

On Tuesday 12 May, International Nurses Day 2020 will officially celebrate the contributions of nurses to the community and we hope you join us in commending their efforts not just on this day, but beyond. WVPHN is very fortunate to have a number of active and former nurses in our team who continue to assist us to collaborate and support the primary health care sector. We plan to thank these team members for their contributions on the day with a special tribute on social media. Watch this space.

To all nurses in western Victoria and beyond – thank you.


Tony Ficca

Acting CEO

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