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Posted on 22 Apr 2020
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COVID-19 information for health services and general practice

How we are helping

Safer Care Victoria

SCV is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure the voices and experiences of frontline clinicians are heard as Victoria responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our clinical networks enabled us to swiftly establish a central Clinical Leaders Expert Group that brings together more than 130 representatives of craft groups from across the state to provide advice and guidance, resolve issues and share up-to-date information that is suitable for our context in this fast-changing environment.

Chief Medical Officer Prof Andrew Wilson is chairing Victoria’s PPE taskforce, which is leading on PPE stock and supply.

Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer Adj Assoc Prof Ann Maree Keenan is leading on workforce preparation to ensure we are upskilling our healthcare workers to meet the need posed by the pandemic. 

Much of our workforce has pivoted to support the pandemic response. However some critical functions, such as critical incident response, sentinel events and support for the voluntary assisted dying portal, are running as usual.

Victorian Agency for Health Information

The Victorian Agency for Health Information is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other partners across the health system to support Victoria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many VAHI staff are dedicated wholly to the COVID-19 response, supporting DHHS to deliver COVID-19 data to health services, support data requests, staff the hotlines, establish ICU clinical data and collating registry COVID collections and provide general support, including procurement and logistics.  Our Executive Director, Health and System Performance, Kira Leeb is working as Deputy Public Health Commander, Intelligence, leading the COVID-19 Information & Intelligence Strategy.  

To date, we have delivered epidemiological data and overall emergency department presentations, as well as respiratory specific presentations at the health service level. We will be delivering more COVID related data to services in the coming weeks.

Our business continuity plan ensures that critical business functions are prioritised and delivered. That means that our quality, safety and performance reports for health services, boards and clinicians will continue to be delivered, our reporting obligations to the Victorian and Australian Governments are being met, our reforms of Victoria’s patient experience program are still progressing, and arrangements for the new incident and management system and reporting are a priority.

Accessing COVID-19 information

To access the VAHI portal for COVID-19 information at health service level, authorised staff within health services can visit the VAHI portal.

Please contact us if you have any queries.

 

Page last updated: 24 Apr 2020