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COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic Opens in Bega

A GP-led respiratory clinic, established as part of the Australian Government’s $2.4 billion

health package to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, has opened at Katungul Aboriginal

Corporation Regional Health and Community Services in Bega.

The Federal Government is establishing up to 100 GP-led respiratory clinics around the

country to assess patients with mild to moderate COVID-19-like symptoms in an effort to reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments and other local general practices.

Federal Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton, said the Bega clinic is one of up to 100

dedicated respiratory clinics being set up across Australia as part of the Australian

Government’s response to the outbreak.

“We are putting in place a range of measures including additional practice incentives and the expansion of telehealth to enable the rural medical workforce to continue to care for

regional Australians through this crisis.” Minister Coulton said.

More than 260 fever clinics, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State and Territory

governments, are also in operation across Australia.

 People with severe symptoms should call 000 and/or attend the nearest hospital

emergency department.

 People with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms will need to make an

appointment either online via booking links available at or over the

phone if the clinic has made a local phone booking arrangement available.

 It is important that people attend the clinic only at the time of their booking so that

social distancing can be maintained, and they may be asked to wait in their car until

the clinic is ready to receive them.

 People will be assessed by a GP or a nurse under the supervision of a GP and have a

specimen taken for pathology testing if that is indicated.

 Regardless of whether a test is undertaken, the person will receive clinical advice on

how to manage their symptoms and an initial follow-up phone call or text message

with test results and to check on how they are going.

 After people have visited the clinic, they will remain eligible to continue to consult

their regular GP using the MBS telehealth items.

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