29 clinical communities of practice (COP) have been established across key clinical specialities to support the response to COVID-19. The COPs are multidisciplinary and include representation from all districts and networks. The purpose of the COPs is to:

  • support clinicians to network and share strategies, local solutions and issues with respect to pandemic preparedness
  • identify, prioritise and escalate issues and solutions related to COVID-19 that require a state-wide or system response
  • review and provide expert clinical advice on guidelines, resources and other information
  • share Ministry approved advice and resources on the response to COVID-19 that can be circulated within all districts and networks.

Clinical leads for each COP have been appointed and they will participate in the COVID-19 Clinical Council. The council has been established as a peak governance body in which all clinical leads from the 29 established COPs can come together to contribute to the overarching planning and delivery of quality health services across the system. The council is chaired by Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning.

Dr Nigel Lyons.

Specialty areas

Adult ICU and paediatric ICU​

Clinical leads

  • Dr Nhi Nguyen (Adult), A/Director, Intensive Care NSW
  • Dr Marino Festa (Paed), Clinical Program Director Critical Care, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Tuesdays at 9am-10am.

If you would like to join the community please contact Kerrie.Martin2@health.nsw.gov.au

Aged care / Aged health

Clinical lead

Professor Vasi Naganathan, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Sydney and Consultant Geriatrician, Concord Hospital

Meeting details

The community of practice includes three streams:

  • Stream 1: Commonwealth Community Aged Care Services meets on Wednesdays at 10:15-11am
  • Stream 2: Residential Aged Care meets on Wednesdays at 11:15am-12pm
  • Stream 3: Aged Health Clinical meets on Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am.

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-Covid-19AgedCareCOP@health.nsw.gov.au​

Alcohol and other drugs

Clinical lead

Dr Tony Gill, Chief Addiction Medicine Specialist, NSW Ministry of Health

Meeting de​​tails

The community of practice meets on Tuesdays at 1.30pm

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-AODSafetyQualityFeedback@health.nsw.gov.au​​

Anaesthesia

Clinical lead

Dr Richard Halliwell, Anaesthetist, Westmead Hospital

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Tuesdays at 6-7:30pm.

If you would like to join the community please contact Michaela.Ward@health.nsw.gov.au

Cancer and blood and marrow transplant

Clinical lead

Dr Winston Liauw, Medical Oncologist, Director of Cancer Services, St George Hospital

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Tuesdays at 4:30pm

If you would like to join the community please contact Ella.Davies@health.nsw.gov.au

Cardiac

Clinical lead

Dr David Brieger, Head of Coronary Care, Concord Hospital, Sydney LHD

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Fridays at 2pm.

If you would like to join the community please contact Bridie.Carr@health.nsw.gov.au

Child and family health

Clinical lead

Dr Elisabeth Murphy, Director, Child, Youth and Family, Northern Sydney LHD

Meeting details

The Child and Family Health Community of Practice holds a joint meeting with the Maternity, NICU and Special Care Nurseries and Paediatrics Communities of Practice. The meeting is held on Thursdays from 9-10:30am. Details of the meeting schedule are:

  • 9:15-9:30am - Maternity
  • 9:30-9:45am - Special Care Nurseries
  • 9:45-10am - NICU
  • 10-10:15am - Child and Family Health
  • 10:15-10:30am - Paediatrics

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-MaternityNICU-SCN-CFH-COVID-19@health.nsw.gov.au

Community health

Clinical lead

Kylie Burke, General Manager, Primary Care and Community Health, NBMLHD and Chair, Community Health Peak Forum

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Fridays at 11am.

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-PrimaryandCommunityCare@health.nsw.gov.au

Dental

Clinical lead​

Dr Lanny Chor, Chief Dentist  

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Tuesdays at 2.30pm

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-OralHealthStrategy@health.nsw.gov.au

Diabetes

Clinical lead

Prof Gregory Fulcher, Clinical Director Chronic and Complex Care, Northern Sydney LHD

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Thursdays at 8:30am

If you would like to join the community please contact ACI-Diabetes@health.nsw.gov.au​

Disability

Clinical lead

Dr Elizabeth Thompson, Rehabilitation Specialist, Hunter New England LHD

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Wednesdays at 2.30pm​

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-COPDisability-COVID-19@health.nsw.gov.au​

Drug and therapeutics

Clinical lead

Dr Sarah Hilmer, Head of Department Clinical Pharmacology and Senior Staff Specialist Aged Care, Royal North Shore Hospital, Conjoint Professor of Geriatric Pharmacology, Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Meeting details

The Community of Practice meets on Wednesdays at 9am

If you would like to join the Community please contact nswtag@stvincents.com.au​

Emergency department

Clinical lead​​

Dr Clare Skinner, Director of Emergency Medicine, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Thursdays at 3pm

If you would like to join the community please contact ACI-ECIs@health.nsw.gov.au

Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Response Network

Clinical lead

Kathy Dempsey, Senior Manager, Healthcare Associated Infections, CEC

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Thursdays at 3pm

If you would like to join the community please contact CEC-COVID19-IPAC-CoP@health.nsw.gov.au

Infectious diseases

Clinical lead

Dr Nicky Gilroy and Dr Matthew O'Sullivan, Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney LHD

Meeting details

Meeting time is every Wednesday 10.30am-11.30am.

If people would like to join the community please contact CEC-COVID19-ID-CoP@health.nsw.gov.au​

Maternity, NICU and special care nurseries

Clinical leads

  • Professor Michael Nicholl (Maternity), Clinical Director, Maternal Neonatal and Women's Health Network, NSLHD and Senior Clinical Advisor Obstetrics, NSW Health
  • Dr Srinivas Bolisetty (NICU), lead Clinician and Senior Neonatologist, Royal Hospital for Women
  • Dr Catherine Allgood (SCN), Senior Staff Specialist, South Western Sydney LHD

Meeting details

The community of practice holds a joint meeting with the Child and Family Health and Paediatrics Communities of Practice. The meeting is held on Thursdays from 9-10:30 am. Details of the meeting schedule are:

  • 9:15-9:30am - Maternity
  • 9:30-9:45am - Special Care Nurseries
  • 9:45-10am - NICU
  • 10-10:15am - Child and Family Health
  • 10:15-10:30am - Paediatrics

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-MaternityNICU-SCN-CFH-COVID-19@health.nsw.gov.au

Medical imaging

Clinical lead

Dr Derek Glenn Director, SES STG Medical Imaging Medical Radiology

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Wednesdays at 8:30am.

If you would like to join the community please contact Ingrid.Klobasa@health.nsw.gov.au

Mental health

Clinical leads

  • Dr Murray Wright, Chief Psychiatrist, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Dr Nick O Connor, Clinical lead Patient Safety Program, Clinical Excellence Commission

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Wednesdays at 12pm.

If you would like to contact the Community please reach out to your Mental Health Director and then send your query to MOH-MH-Covid@health.nsw.gov.au

Non-Government organisations

Clinical lead

Larry Pierce, Chief Executive Officer, Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agency

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Thursdays at 2:30pm

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-NGOGrantProgram@health.nsw.gov.au

Paediatrics

Clinical lead

Dr Matthew O'Meara, Chief Paediatrician, NSW Ministry of Health

Meeting details

The community of practice holds a joint meeting with the Child and Family Health and Maternity, NICU and Special Care Nurseries Communities of Practice. The meeting is held on Thursdays from 9:00am to 10:30 am. Details of the meeting schedule are:

  • 9:15-9:30am - Maternity
  • 9:30-9:45am - Special Care Nurseries
  • 9:45-10am - NICU
  • 10-10:15am - Child and Family Health
  • 10:15-10:30am - Paediatrics

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-AcutePaedsYouth-COVID-19@health.nsw.gov.au

Palliative care

Clinical leads

  • Dr Katherine Clark, Clinical Director of Palliative Care, Northern Sydney LHD
  • Prof Richard Chye, Director, Sacred Heart, St Vincents Hospital Network

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Wednesdays at 9am

If you would like to join the community please contact MOH-palliativecare@health.nsw.gov.au

Pathology

Clinical lead

Professor Roger Wilson, Chief Pathologist, NSW Health Pathology

Meeting details

The Community of Practice meets on Wednesdays at 2:30pm.

If you would like to join the Community please contact trish.lorger@health.nsw.gov.au​

Primary care

Clinical leads

  • ​Dr Kean-Seng Lim (metro) 
  • Dr Ai-Vee Chua (rural)

Meeting details

The Primary Care Community of Practice is comprised of representatives from key Primary Care stakeholders in NSW, including the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council,​ Agency for Clinical Innovation, Allied Health Professions Australia, AMA (NSW), Commonwealth Department of Health, NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Primary Health Networks, Pharmacy Council of NSW, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the RACGP NSW&ACT.

The Community of Practice meets on Tuesdays.

Please contact MOH-PrimaryandCommunityCare@health.nsw.gov.au if you would like more information about the Community.

Rehabilitation

Clinical lead

A/Prof Steven Faux, Director of Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Wednesdays at 3pm

If you would like to join the community please contact Louise Sellars

Renal

Clinical lead

Dr Peter Choi, Director of Nephrology, Hunter New England LHD

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Thursdays at 5:30 pm

If you would like to join the community please contact Annie.Hutton@health.nsw.gov.au

Respiratory

Clinical lead

Dr Peter Wark Senior Staff Specialist, JHH; ACI Respiratory Network medical co-chair

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Wednesdays at 2pm.

If you would like to join the community please contact Helen.Kulas@health.nsw.gov.au

Spinal cord injury

Clinical lead

Professor James Middleton, Director of State Spinal Cord Injury Service, Royal Rehab, Northern Sydney LHD

Meeting details

The Community of Practice meets on Thursdays at 2pm​.

If you would like to join the community please contact Danielle.Collins@health.nsw.gov.au

Surgery

Clinical lead

A/Professor Arthur Richardson, Chair Surgical Services Taskforce ACI and Head HPB/Upper GI, Westmead Hospital

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Thursdays at 5:30pm

If you would like to join the community please contact Crystal.Burgess@health.nsw.gov.au

Virtual care

Clinical lead

Dr Shannon Nott, Director of Rural Health Medical Services, WNSW LHD

Meeting details

The community of practice meets on Wednesdays at 12pm

If you would like to join the community please contact Regina.Osten@health.nsw.gov.au​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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