Murray PHN no longer has stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Distribution from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS) has now ceased as outlined in the National COVID-19 Health Management Plan for 2023.
Victoria’s state-run PCR testing sites closed on 31 December 2022. Local councils have been supported to provide free RATs to all Victorians until June 2023. People who require a PCR test now need to visit a GP, GP respiratory clinic or have a GP referral to a private pathology provider. For more on testing click here.
Changes to MBS items for telehealth
Until 31 December 2023, a temporary exemption is available for COVID-19 positive patients from the established clinical relationship requirement for Telehealth MBS eligibility. Under these arrangements, a GP or OMP can provide a telehealth consultation to patients who do not meet the established clinical relationship requirement and who have received a positive COVID-19 test result up to seven days earlier. More information is available in this factsheet.
New resources have been uploaded to the Victorian Department of Health webpage – see resources section below. Murray PHN also has a comprehensive list of resources and information, including:
A helpline (03 8290 3801) staffed by Alfred Health pharmacists is available 8am-5pm every day to support prescribers of COVID-19 oral antivirals.
Any covid medicine queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for homebound individuals
Murray PHN can help to engage a primary care vaccine provider for homebound patients. Click here for eligibility criteria and referral. For more: email@example.com
Local primary care vaccination providers are available here.
GP respiratory clinics
GPRCs provide free care for Victorians with respiratory symptoms. If your health service is located near Wodonga and lacks capacity or adequate PPE to manage patients with respiratory symptoms, please refer them to:
- Wodonga Respiratory Clinic (Central Medical), 224-226 Beechworth Road, Ph: 02 6067 2437 - click here for opening hours and bookings.