COVID-19 Primary Care Update 28/04/2022

28 April 2022

Good evening,

Firstly, a big thank you for the ongoing support in referring patients for oral therapies who meet the current eligibility criteria. As of 27 April, 4814 patients have been referred for treatment and a huge thank you must go to our GP community for assessing and referring patients.

Secondly, this weekend will see changes to the close contact rules, that come into effect at 0001 Saturday morning. These changes, in terms of healthcare workers impacted and healthcare sites, are still being finalised. A further update will be sent late tomorrow. Thank you for your ongoing support.

This week we are delighted that South Australian of the Year, Professor Helen Marshall, will be presenting at the RACGP COVID Education Series on Monday evening regarding COVID Immunisations and the link is also now available from the PHN anti-viral prescribing webinar. 

NEW SA Health prescriber information sheets for oral COVID antiviral medications

Please see the attached prescriber information sheets that provide key information regarding oral antiviral medications molnupiravir (Lagevrio®) and nirmatrelvir plus ritonavir (Paxlovid®).

These helpful fact sheets have recently been updated and will be available via the COVID-19 Mild illness: treatments and referrals web page

Webinar Education Events 

COVID Update recordings available

The What you need to know about the COVID antivirals webinar recording from 20 April is now live and available to watch via the APHN website along with previous COVID update webinars. 

RACGP SA/NT COVID education for SA GPs - Vaccinology and immunisation update

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick and Professor Helen Marshall will provide the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccine in a webinar on Monday 2 May 2022. The session will include information on: 

  • Paediatric and adult COVID vaccinations
  • Vaccination impacts on long COVID in children
  • Vaccination in pregnancy 
  • The role of the flu vaccination.

Date:  Monday 2 May 2022
Time:  6.30 – 7.30 pm (ACST)  
Cost:  Free
CPD points:  Two

Register online to attend this session.

Upcoming Adelaide PHN Infection Prevention and Control webinars

Adelaide PHN have commissioned APNA to provide some Infection, Prevention and Control Webinars.

Topics include the following: 

For further information and to register to participate, please see the links above or go to the Adelaide PHN Training and Events page.

COVID Virtual home monitoring with iCCnet

The team within iCCnet has increased and with COVID monitoring kits available for quick distribution, please consider referring you patients in for this fantastic virtual monitoring service.

You may have a patient who you are worried about clinically, or a patient with risk factors for deterioration such as immunosuppression. GPs across SA (metro and regional / rural) are now able to refer directly to iCCnet for home monitoring of COVID positive patients via virtual technology and daily phone calls.

iCCnet contacts:

  • Call the iCCnet On Call Nurse Consultant on: 0421 878 779 for urgent referrals and enquiries ONLY.
  • For non-urgent enquiries SMS the above number for a return call during office hours,
    or email Health.iCCnetCOVIDNURSES@sa.gov.au

Please see attached referral form to access this service for your patients.

Reporting of positive Rapid Antigen Test results

Please consider reminding your patients that if they test positive using a rapid antigen test, they must report their result within 24 hours. They must report a positive result if the test was obtained through a designated RAT Collection Point, from a retail outlet or through any other means. Results can be reported using this online form.

If patients don’t have a mobile phone with internet access, they can report results by calling the SA COVID-19 Information Line on:  1800 253 787 .

Reporting positive results is critical to ensuring timely access to disease modifying COVID anti-viral medications, particularly via the National Medical Stockpile as this prompts people to self-assess their eligibility.

Please forward this update to any colleagues who may not have received it and contact us at Health.COVID-19GPLiaison@sa.gov.au to be added to our mailing list or with any other enquiries.

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Department for Health and Wellbeing