We felt it timely to provide another COVID related communication as we all navigate this next stage of the pandemic, transitioning to covid in our community after being in our protected Tasmanian bubble for the past 12 months. The uncertainty ahead is stressful, and we know what you may be feeling to varying degrees both personally and professionally.
For our registrars who only commenced in community practice this year, the increase in telehealth and new practice processes are likely to present a steep learning curve. Please ensure you/your registrars know who the clinical supervisor is each day and how to contact them. Supervision requirements are the same as for face to face consulting, but you may need to utilise facetime, zoom or similar if in-the-room direct observation isn’t possible.
We have had a few enquiries from registrars concerned about the provision of PPE and have reassured that as employees, this will be provided by the practices.
All GPTT staff have received covid vaccinations, and we have communicated with all of our actors (that assist in training workshops) they will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to any workshop involvement in 2022. We have consulted with public health regarding our workshop plans even to the detail of catering considerations. Masks will be required and available for all GPTT events, and will be worn by all GPTT staff and medical educators visiting practices.
Our events program contains a mix of zoom and regional face to face events. We will make amendments if needed based on public health advice at the time, but will do our best to run things on the dates that have been planned as we know that date changes are especially challenging.
We will provide further updates when needed, both via direct email to you and also through the GPTT website.
Please contact me (Dr Lisa Clarke, Director of Education & Training), with any covid-related training enquiries on [email protected].