The Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)1 was activated on 27 February 2020, in response to the evolving global crisis. The national COVID-19 primary care response was then initiated.2 The approach took a broad view of the primary healthcare sector and included general practice, community nursing and allied health, mental health, aged care, disability care, home care, and Indigenous health workers. The primary care response included specific strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services, palliative care services, and services for people with disability.3–5 There was also close alignment with strategies developed for aged care services, both in the home and in residential aged care facilities, recognising the role played by general practice and other primary care providers in these services. The primary care response was developed in partnership with representatives of general practice and the wider primary healthcare sector, and continued to be refined through regular engagement with over 30 peak national organisations.
- public health
- primary care response
- Vulnerable populations (health)
- mental health issues
- primary healthcare