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Living with COVID – Positive Case Home Visit Program

Summary

  • Funding available to manage people affected by COVID-19
  • Also includes home visits to RACF residents.

Through the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, NQPHN is providing funding on a per visit basis to general practices (GPs) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) to provide home visits as clinically required to those people isolating as a result of being affected by COVID-19. This also includes home visits to Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) residents. 

The clinic will be paid a $250 (GST exc.) fee for each visit, however the practice is unable to claim an MBS Medicare rebate on top of this. This fee includes an amount for reporting requirements to be met. Payment will be provided on submission of a fortnightly invoice, including a report on a template provided by NQPHN. Read the FAQs for further details. 

Practices which provide care to COVID positive patients are eligible to access PPE from the National Medical Stockpile via NQPHN. Find out more information on PPE ordering here

What to do next

  • Read the below documents under 'Further information' to understand guidelines and reporting requirements under the Living with COVID | Positive Case – Home Visit Program
  • Email your invoices for payment on the 15th and 30th of each month, along with any reporting requirements, to the NQPHN Preparedness and Response team at preparednessandresponse@nqphn.com.au 

Further information

COVID-19 resources for your patients

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 and are deemed low risk by Queensland Health may also call GPs requesting reassurance or advice about what to do. You can direct them to: 

Your patients may ask you what to do to prepare. You can direct them to: 

Symptom checker

Use the COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker to find out if you need medical help or if you may be eligible for antiviral medication.

General information

General practices are being asked to focus on care for people with moderate risk.

People triaged as moderate risk through the National Coronavirus Helpline and COVID-19 symptom checker are advised to seek care from their GP. The vast majority of care will be delivered by telehealth.

GPs should refer to their local HealthPathways for up-to-date information on the clinical management of these patients, including escalation pathways if people deteriorate and referral to disease modifying treatments such as monoclonal antibodies.

Access Northern Queensland PHN HealthPathways.

Don't have a login for HealthPathways? Register using the above link.

Queensland COVID-19 model of care

Queensland Health has updated the state-wide COVID-19 model of care (COVID-19 care pathways). The pathway includes an expanded virtual care model, expanded triage system for people with symptoms of COVID-19. Consumers will be risk stratified to identify the most appropriate care pathway for them. The pathways are: 

  • Get well at home. 

  • Get COVID-19 care at home under the supervision of a GP or health worker. 

  • Get COVID-19 care at home from a virtual hospital.   

  • Be admitted to a COVID-19 hospital ward.  

COVID-19 escalation pathway

The COVID-19 escalation pathway diagram has been published on the Queensland Health COVID Information for primary care web page.

Update (29 July 2022)

To streamline and simplify processes for consumers to access care and information about their COVID-19 infection, all consumers will be now directed to call the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 supported by the healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker.

The additional option of completing the Queensland Health's COVID Care Self-Checker, which has been available since 3 February 2022, will no longer be available.

Telehealth

The Department of Health has extended the healthdirect Video Call COVID- 19 GP Program to 31 December 2022.

We encourage you to continue using this secure video consulting platform which has been purpose-built for primary care settings, in line with the changes to the telehealth MBS items.

For GPs wishing to use this service please select below:

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

The Taskforce works to provide the best COVID-19 evidence that supports clinicians to provide the best possible care for Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Taskforce undertakes continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19.

View Taskforce website.

Queensland Health community recovery resources 

The Queensland Government has produced a community recovery document  which outlines support available for people who are in COVID-19 quarantine, including: 

17 May 2023