30 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 NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council​. The council has been established as a peak governance body in which all cli​nical 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 Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning.​​​​​​​​​​

Communities of Practice Governance dia​gram​​​​​

Specialty areas

​​​Specialty areas Clinical leads​ Weekly meeting time​ Meeting contact​
Adult ICU and paediatric ICU ​Dr Nhi Nguyen (adult)
Dr Marino Festa (Paed)
​Tuesdays - fortnightly at 9am
Aged care / Aged​ health ​Prof. Vasi Naganathan
Tuesdays - fortnightly
  • Aged Health Clinical​​​: 9:30am-10:30am
​Wednesdays - fortnightly
  • ​Commonwealth Community Aged Care Services: ​10:15am-11am​
  • Residential Aged Care: 11:15am-12pm
Alcohol and other drugs ​ ​Dr Tony Gill ​Tuesdays - fortnightly at 1:30pm Email​​​
Anaesthesia ​Dr Richard Halliwell
Tuesdays - fortnightly at 6pm-7pm 
Cancer and blood and marrow transplant Dr Winst​on Liauw
Tuesdays at​ 4:30pm Email
Cardiac ​Prof. David Brieger
Jackie Colgan​
​Fridays - fortnightly at 2pm
Child and family health ​Dr Elisabeth Murphy Thursdays at 9am Email
​Community health​ ​Kylie Burke ​Fridays - fortnightly at 11am ​Email
Diabetes and Endocrine Prof. Gregory Fulcher ​Thursdays at 8:30am Email
​Disability​ ​Dr Elizabeth Thompson ​​Wednesdays at 2:30pm​ Email
Drug and therapeutics Prof. Sarah Hilmer ​Wednesdays at 9am Email
​Emergency department ​Dr Clare Skinner Thursdays - fortnightly ​at 3pm Email
Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Response Network ​Kathy Dempsey ​Thursdays at 3pm Email
Infectious diseases ​Dr Nicky Gilroy
Dr Matthew O'Sullivan
Wednesdays 10:30am-11:30am ​Email​​
Maternity and Newborn ​Prof. Michael Nicholl
Thursdays​ at 9am Email
Medical imaging ​Dr Derek Glenn ​Wednesdays - fortnightly at 8:30am​ Email
Mental health​ ​Dr Murray Wright
Dr Nick O'Connor
​Wednesdays  - fortnightly at 12pm Email
​NICU and Special Care Nursery​ ​​​Dr Srinivas Bolisetty (NICU)
Dr Catherine Allgood (SCN)
​Thursdays at 9am Email​​
Non-Government organisations ​Larry Pierce Fridays - fortnightly at 10am Email
​Oral health​ ​​Dr Lanny Chor ​Tuesdays - fortnightly at 2:30pm​ ​​​Email
​Paediatrics and youth​ ​Dr Matthew O'Meara
​Prof. Rachel Skinner
​Thursdays 10:15am-11am​ Email
Palliative care Dr Katherine Clark
Prof. Richard Chye
​Wednesdays - fortnightly at 9am Email
Pathology ​Prof. Roger Wilson ​Wednesdays at 2:30pm Email​​
Primary care Dr Kean-Seng Lim (metro)
Dr Ai-Vee Chua (rural)​​
A/Prof. Charlotte Hespe​
Tuesdays at 12:30pm Email
Rehabilitation ​A/Prof. Steven Faux ​Wednesdays at 3pm Email
Renal ​Dr Peter Choi ​Thursdays - fortnightly at 5:30pm Email
Respiratory Prof. Peter Wark ​Wednesdays ​at 2pm Email
​Spinal cord injury Prof. James Middleton ​Thursdays - fortnightly at 2pm Email
Surgery ​A/Prof. Arthur Richardson ​Thursdays - fortnightly at 5:30pm Email
​Virtual care Dr Shannon Nott​ ​Wednesdays - fortnightly​ at 12pm Email
Page Updated: Tuesday 19 May 2020
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