​31 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 statewide 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 NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council. The council has been established as a peak governance body in which all clinical leads from the 30 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 Deb Willcox, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning.

Communities of Practice Governance diagram​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Dr Nigel Lyons​​​

Specialty areas

Specialty areas Clinical leadsMeeting timeContact
Adult ICU and paediatric ICUDr Nhi Nguyen (adult)
Dr Marino Festa (Paed)
Fortnightly - Tuesdays at 9am
Aged care / Aged healthProf. Vasi Naganathan
Monthly - First Tuesday at 9:30am-10:30amEmail
Alcohol and other drugs Dr Deborah ZadorFortnightly - Tuesday at 1:00pm Email
AnaesthesiaDr Richard Halliwell
Monthly - First Tuesday at 6pm-7pm
Cancer and blood and marrow transplantDr Winston Liauw
Weekly - Tuesdays at 4:30pmEmail
CardiacDr Suzanne Eshoo
Ms Sandra Hamill
As required - Fridays at 2pm
Child and family healthDr Elisabeth Murphy Fortnightly - Thursdays at 9am Email
Community healthKylie Burke Fortnightly - Fridays at 11am Email
COVID Care in the homeDr Amith ShettyFortnightly - Thursday at 3pmEmail
Diabetes and Endocrine Prof. N Wah CheungFortnightly - Thursdays at 8:30am Email
DisabilityAndrew DavisonFortnightly - Wednesdays at 2:30pm
Drug and therapeuticsProf. Jennifer MartinFortnightly - Wednesdays at 9amEmail
Emergency departmentDr Lai Heng Foong
Fortnightly - Wednesdays at 3pm Email
Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Response NetworkKathy DempseyWeekly - Thursdays at 3pmEmail
Infectious diseasesDr Nicky Gilroy
Dr Matthew O'Sullivan
Fortnightly - Wednesdays 10:30am-11:30am Email
Maternity and NewbornProf. Michael Nicholl
Fortnightly - Thursdays at 9amEmail
Medical imagingDr Derek Glenn Fortnightly - Wednesdays at 8:30amEmail
Mental healthDr Murray Wright
Dr Nick O'Connor
Fortnightly - Wednesdays at 12pmEmail
NICU and Special Care NurseryDr Srinivas Bolisetty (NICU)
Dr Catherine Allgood (SCN)
Fortnightly - Thursdays at 9amEmail
Non-Government organisationsRobert Stirling Monthly - Third Friday at 10amEmail
Oral healthDr Lanny Chor Fortnightly - Tuesdays at 2:30pmEmail
Paediatrics and youthDr Matthew O'Meara (Paediatrics)
Prof. Rachel Skinner (Youth)
Monthly - Fourth Thursday 10:15am-11am Email
Palliative careDr Katherine Clark
Prof. Richard Chye
Fortnightly - Wednesdays at 9am
PathologyProf. Roger WilsonWeekly - Wednesdays at 2:30pmEmail
Primary careDr Kean-Seng Lim (metro)
Dr Ai-Vee Chua (rural)
A/Prof. Charlotte Hespe
Fortnightly - Tuesdays at 1pmEmail
RehabilitationProf. Steven FauxMonthly - last Wednesday at 3pm-4pm Email
RenalDr Peter Choi As required - Thursdays at 5:30pmEmail
RespiratoryProf. Peter WarkFortnightly - Wednesdays at 2pmEmail
Spinal cord injuryProf. James MiddletonMonthly - last Thursday at 2pm
SurgeryProf. Neil Merrett
Monthly - Thursdays at 5:30pm Email
Virtual careDr Shannon Nott Monthly - First Wednesday at 12pm Email

Current as at: Friday 25 November 2022
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