Australia's national COVID-19 primary care response

Jane Desborough, Sally Hall Dykgraaf, Lucas de Toca, Stephanie Davis, Leslee Roberts, Catherine Kelaher, Michael Kidd

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In late December 2019, a pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [SARS‐CoV‐2]) was reported to the World Health Organization following identification in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. The respiratory disease complex was officially renamed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) on 11 February 2020. On 27 February 2020, the Prime Minister of Australia announced the activation of the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID‐19).1
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-106.e1
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Community care
  • COVID-19
  • General practice
  • Infectious diseases
  • Prevention and control
  • Primary care
  • Public policy
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Telemedicine


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