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Across the year, our dedicated team has supported 
over 5,000 direct COVID-19 related enquiries.
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Supporting the South Australian response to COVID-19

Since March of 2020, Adelaide PHN has played a key role in the South Australian response to the pandemic.

 

Since its inception in March 2020, Adelaide PHN has been a proactive partner in the SA Health COVID-19 Control Centre, along with other stakeholders such as the SA Police, SA Fire Services, Country SA PHN, housing, Local Government Association (LGA) and defence. Together these stakeholders have had an active presence in the Control Centre, working collaboratively to flatten the curve, reduce spread of COVID-19 across our region and pool both resources and expertise.

 

As part of our role in the Control Centre, Adelaide PHN has been able to position ourselves as the main, two-way gateway for response communication to general practice and other primary health care providers across the metropolitan region. We have kept providers up to date, collating the information relevant to primary health care delivery from both National and State partners and distributing this via our popular COVID-19 bulletins and our website’s suite of COVID-19 webpages. 

We partnered with key stakeholders - SA Health, SA Pathology and the state branches of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) - to deliver regular GP Update Webinars which included responsive Q&A sessions with expert panels. Across the year, we delivered 13 webinars to over 600 primary health care providers’. 

Our internal Adelaide PHN response team fielded queries from providers and commissioned service providers, supporting swift responses and consistent messaging to ensure ongoing delivery of primary health care across our region and, at times, alerting SA Health and the Control Centre to real issues facing those on the frontline. 

We will continue to participate in the response to COVID-19 across our state.

We continue to be involved in the design, development and distribution of vital resources to ensure the safety of our region’s primary health care workforce and support the ongoing delivery of primary care. 

Across the year, we have dispatched over 200,000 surgical masks and 35,700 P2 masks to local providers.

 

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Supporting the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out to general practice and residential aged care facilities

Across the year, we have supported the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and the onboarding of -

  • Over 200 general practices in our region delivering AstraZeneca and/or the Pfizer vaccine

  • 4 Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics delivering both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine

  • 1 Aboriginal community-controlled health service delivering both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine across 2 locations

Collectively, the Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics and participating general practices have administered 172,531 COVID-19 vaccinations to local community.

We have also supported residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and supported in-reach clinic schedules.

 

Across the year, we assisted with the coordination and support for RACF staff and residents –

  • Over 65% of aged care staff in our region have had at least 1 dose of the vaccine

  • Over 82% of residents in our state have has at least 1 dose of the vaccine

 

We will continue to support and coordinate in-reach clinics for residents of RACFs who need access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Supporting general practice respiratory clinics

We continue to support the Commonwealth General Practice Respiratory and Vaccination Clinics, harnessing local general practice teams to provide dedicated COVID-19 testing and vaccination services for the community.

 

Collectively up until August 2021, the 4 clinics provided a total of 45,878 assessments and 41,054 COVID-19 tests.

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Find out more about our role in the local response to COVID-19