Natural disaster and emergency primary health workforce response
RDN and partner organisations are coordinating a response to provide General Practice and primary health care workforce support to areas of NSW affected by natural disasters.
We are seeking expressions of interest from healthcare professionals who can provide assistance and relief in communities.
If you can help, please complete this Expression of Interest and a member of the Recovery Team will contact you.
Please contact the recovery hotline if you require assistance: 02 4924 8001
Our team is available on firstname.lastname@example.org
#RuralHealthTogether provides rural health professionals with self-care support and access to mental health-related information, both for themselves and for their patients.
Resources for practice managers
Bushfire-affected practices and accreditation
If your practice has been affected by a natural disaster of any type, and this may impact on your ability to meet your accreditation timelines, you can apply for an extension to your expiry date by contacting your accreditation provider. However, due to the requirements of the National GP Accreditation Scheme, accreditation providers are only able to issue extensions under certain circumstances, and for a maximum of three months. More information about the extension process is available via this Advisory from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).
Given the severity of Australia’s bushfire crisis, it is recommended if your practice has been affected by bushfires, you contact your accreditation provider to discuss what extension (or other support) processes might be available to you. RDN has been informed accreditation providers are working directly with the ACSQHC to provide the necessary support to bushfire-affected practices and are therefore best placed to determine how your practice can continue to meet its obligations while coping with a severe natural disaster.
Resources for health professionals and their communities
RDN and their partner organisations have aggregates resources and information that health professionals may find useful as they and their communities work through recovery.
Download Resources for Health Professionals February 2020 [PDF 260KB]