NPS MedicineWise has launched a hub containing information on recently approved anti-virals and monoclonal antibody medicines that can be used to treat COVID-19. The hub will provide new clinical information, resources and links to help keep health professionals and consumers up to date with the latest approvals, evidence and guidance.
The hub currently features:
- FAQs about the use of COVID-19 oral antiviral medicines in residential aged care
- A medicine table summarising key information about the two oral antivirals (molnupiravir and nirmatrelvir), and also the intravenous medicine sotrovimab.
- An NPS MedicineWise podcast episode titled The new oral antiviral covid medications: What GPs need to know. Guests are Dr Kate Annear and Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe. Dr Kate Annear is a GP and medical adviser at NPS MedicineWise. Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe is a GP, Head of General Practice and GP Research at the University of Notre Dame and the NSW/ACT Faculty Chair for RACGP.
- Australian Prescriber drug summaries on remdesivir and sotrovimab. Drug summaries on molnupiravir, nirmatrelvir plus ritonavir, and casirivimab plus imdevimab will be added next week.
Information on New COVID-19 Medications
Molnupiravir (Lagevrio®) and nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (Paxlovid™) have been provisionally registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for the treatment of COVID-19. These medicines can be accessed through NSW Health facilities and General Practitioners may send prescriptions to select NSW Health Pharmacy Departments for dispensing (the nominated facilities are listed in the Prescription and Declaration – Oral antiviral medicines for COVID-19 [GPs] form). These facilities will arrange a suitable collection point with the patient/carer. More Information Here
Note: Medication Safety Updates
NSW Health has created a suite of resources to guide the safe and appropriate use of these medicines. They can be accessed on the CEC Medication Safety Updates webpage or as indicated. See: Letter to Stakeholders
Information for General Practitioners
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Oral treatments for COVID-19 (other languages): This language set contains translations of a fact sheet that provides information about the use of oral treatments for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Caring for your COVID patients in the home
AT HOME Care of COVID patients – letter from Kerry Chant
Managing COVID-19 at home information hub
GPs caring for COVID-19 positive patients can now obtain medical clearance via the rpavirtual dedicated COVID-19 GP advice and referral support line – 0460 010 127 – which is staffed from 8.00am to 6.00pm daily. They will complete the required documentation on the NSW Patient Flow Portal on GP request. This will trigger the SMS and email messaging and coding directly to the patient. For more information on this process, follow the HealthPathways Sydney COVID-19 Case Management and COVID-19 Virtual Care Requests pathways.
NOTE: SESLHD ceased faxing discharge summaries and inpatient admission and discharge notifications on 1 November 2020. This information will be available through My Health Record and secure messaging. To receive patient care information successfully, you must be registered for My Health Record and connected to a secure messaging solution. To assist you with this, please contact CESPHN’s Digital Health team via email@example.com
Mental health for health care professionals: A reminder to professionals that it’s important we all look after our own mental health and wellbeing. There are a number of resources available, including:
- The Essential Network, a dedicated mental health and wellbeing program led by the Black Dog Institute. The program is delivering tailored mental health support and resources for healthcare workers and is available in both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store and online at blackdoginstitute.org.au/ten.
- DRS4DRS service which provides mental health consultations for doctors and medical students.
A free 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service available via phone on 1800 512 348 or at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
Calvary Hospital, Clinical Information Service: 9553 3488
Prince of Wales Hospital, Health Information Unit: 9382 9172
Royal Hospital for Women, Health Information Unit: 9382 9172
St George Hospital, Clinical Information Service: 9113 2888
Sutherland Hospital, Clinical Information Service: 9113 2888
Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital, Medical Records Department: 9382 7339
War Memorial Hospital Medical Records Department: 9369 0242
Comirnaty is safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding women. Pregnant women should be routinely offered Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination. Pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Their babies also have a higher risk of being born prematurely. For more information see Joint RANZCOG and ATAGI statement on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women
Breastscreen NSW ph: 132050
For up-to-date information about the GP Antenatal Share Care programs, please visit the Maternal Health pages.
Australian Breastfeeding Association is a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally-recognised courses for health professionals.
Both South Eastern Sydney and Sydney HealthPathways sites have a range of COVID-19 assessment, management and referral content. New users will be able to request access on their local HealthPathways home page. To access these pathways, use the following links:
Specific case management pathways (users should refer to the pathway region based on where the patient lives).
SouthEastern Sydney: COVID-19 Active Case Management
Sydney: COVID-19 Active Case Management
COVID-19 Assessment and Management in Residential Aged Care
See here for our CPD calendar
See here for upcoming external events
Link to CESPHN’s full video library here
Link to Australian Government COVID-19 video library
Link to NSW Dept Health COVID-19 videos
Link to RACGP
Link to COVID related videos from 2020 and early 2021
Australian Government COVID-19 Webinars and Videos
RACGP Upcoming Webinars