COVID-19: Information for health professionals

COVID-19 Health System Response 

South Australia’s COVID-19 health system response is informed by the latest evidence, national and international experience which sees the vast majority (in excess of 95% and often as high as 99%) safely managed in the community  outside of the hospital setting. South Australia’s system response is focused on providing the right care, in the right location, at the right time by supporting the valuable role that primary care plays in the community response, supporting medically vulnerably South Australians through escalations from the National Coronavirus Helpline, and providing acute hospital care for those who need it.

The role of primary care

South Australia’s GP and pharmacists play an important role in caring for the majority of COVID-19 positive individuals in our community.

COVID-19 positive individuals who require health support are encouraged to contact their GP or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who will escalate care if required.

SA Health is committed to partnering with and supporting primary care providers to support the community and a dedicated clinician only COVID-19 Clinical Medical Advice Line. If you’re a clinician needing assistance in navigation please contact Health.COVID-19GPLiaison@sa.gov.au for more information or read the latest Primary Care Update.

Contact assessment and management guidance

SA Health has developed a series of exposure matrices to guide assessing and managing close contacts who need to attend work in a high risk setting. This is available on the Critical Workers and Close Contact requirements page.

Infection Control and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Advice

If you have questions regarding how to order PPE please get in touch with our Customer Support Team.

Email: healthPSCMSCOcustomerservice@sa.gov.au