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The September Stethoscope: Latest Australian GP News

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

We have rounded up the latest Doctor News to help keep you informed, with COVID-19 still dominating the airwaves. From how Australia is doing compared to the rest to how doctors are working together, find out. 

COVID-19: How is Australia doing compared to the rest of the world?

With the focus being on the difficult situation Victoria has found itself in over the past few months during a second lockdown, the state has become something of a pariah in the nation-wide effort to keep COVID-19 at bay.

The good news is that the lockdown strategy, while a difficult thing for Victorians to manage on many levels, has at least had the desired health effect of bringing numbers down, with the worst seeming to have passed.

Compared to the rest of the world, even with this second wave (or ugly tail of a first wave as some prefer to call it), Australia has done remarkably well. The stats (as of early September) tell the story:

  • Australia has recorded around 29 deaths per million, four times lower than the global average of 114.
  • Our cases per million sit at around 1030, ⅓ of the global rate of 3483
  • We have recorded 816 deaths, or 32 deaths per million compared to the US which has 586 deaths per million, so nearly 18 times less the number of deaths.
  • Australia has one of the highest ratios of tests per confirmed cases, just behind New Zealand and Fiji.

What does this tell us? 

That our strategies, thanks largely to quick government responses and our amazing frontline healthcare workers, have worked.

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Healthcare professionals working together to tackle COVID-19

While the race for the vaccine is on in earnest (read this great analysis piece at BioPharmaDive), even with the most optimistic hopes of there being a vaccine by the end of the year, rollout could take 6 to 12 to even 18 months.

So,in good doctor news, healthcare professionals have come together to create a pathway that will bring together GPS and hospital physicians to focus on the long tail of the virus and in doing so help manage the longer-term impacts of COVID-19.

Set to launch in the middle of September, and with a heavy focus in Victoria, according to the RACGP the pathway will, “provide guidance and referral pathways for clinicians treating Victoria’s almost 18,000 COVID survivors”.

The rollout of the pathway is particularly significant in light of the recent revelations from research in the British Medical Journal and the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointing to long COVID symptoms occurring in anywhere between 10-35% of patients.

GPs and clinical physicians working together in this way offers a more holistic approach to the virus long tail, both physically and mentally, with the added benefit of a greater degree of data sharing around interventions, potentially leading to even better health outcomes.

Training opportunities

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) provides rolling opportunities for GPs to remain across the latest advancements in the profession and for anyone wanting to upskill.

The one that caught our eye this month is an online mental health skills training for rural GPs.

With mental health even more of a focus during the COVID-19 pandemic as some in our communities struggle with the ramifications of lockdown, isolation, job losses and illness or sadly even death, there has been an increase in presentations of those seeking help with mental health. 

In rural areas, particularly, this can pose problems of there not being enough certified practitioners to manage this.

The RACGP has created a training program for doctors in rural settings so they can become a GP provider of Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) to offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-derived FPS counselling to your patients.

The next intake is for the period 21 September – 18 December: More information and registration can be found on the RACGP site here.

Gorilla Jobs is working tirelessly during the pandemic (in a COVID-safe workplace, of course) to place GPs, pharmacists, radiologists and a range of other healthcare professionals in a range of organisations, hospitals and clinics.

We now also offer immigration services to assist those wishing to offer their services in Australia. So reach out to us today and let us help you find your next healthcare job.

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