|Foreword by Dr Kat McLean (GPGC Board Chair)
Over the last few issues of GP communique we have introduced the GPGC Board members who have provided our General Practice Gold Coast update. I am delighted to introduce Dr Tammra Warby to finish off our 2021 updates. Tammra is new to the GPGC board and brings considerable skills in the areas of advocacy. Tammra also has a PhD in Virology which is particularly fitting as we continue to navigate ‘living with Covid’ and the challenges being thrown up by new variants. I hope that hearing from Laura, Leeanne, Sonu and now Tammra has given a little more insight into GPGC and may have even ignited a spark of interest to become more involved into the future.
Thank you Kat, and the remainder of the GPGC board for the welcome.
A little bit more about me
The GPGC board has been listening to Gold Coast GPs as we approach the planned QLD border opening. The “Living with COVID-19” phase is here and there is much to do and think about with regard to keeping yourselves, your patients and your practices safe and open. More than ever it is imperative that GPs in our local area (QLD and Northern NSW) can access information and discuss concerns. Whilst the situation is so dynamic we find that our Facebook group serves well to connect members and provide updates in real time from the GPGC board as we continue to represent you all across a number of local and state COVID-19 response groups. Please join us in our GPGC Facebook group for further support and advice in the local region that we will share as it comes up.
We encourage everyone to review the work permissions and restrictions framework for workers in health care settings to take appropriate mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 disrupting the safe delivery of GP services. The respective Queensland and NSW PPE guidelines are our key point of reference in regards to guiding on what PPE is currently recommended. As I write this the Gold Coast remains at ‘moderate risk’.
We continue to work on the new website and hope to launch this very soon. If you have signed up as a GP in the Gold Coast/Tweed region, please encourage your colleagues to do the same; they can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was lovely to see members connecting with our Gold Coast Medical Association colleagues at the recent BBQ. Thank you to those who came, and for those who were unable we are planning further events as we move into 2022. We will keep you posted.
We hope as the year comes to an end you take an opportunity to enjoy some well-deserved time off, after another enormous year of service delivery in General Practice.
Happy Christmas and New Year, and stay safe.
Dr Tammra Warby and the GPGC Board
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