The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) will provide an opportunity for sharing of ideas, strategies, local solutions and concerns with respect to COVID-19 pandemic preparedness.
The Infectious Diseases Community of Practice will include representation from all districts and networks. It will enable infectious diseases specialists and other physicians from all districts to provide expert advice and guidance to the system, and to escalate matters that require a statewide or system response.
Community of practice members will link with national colleagues and organisations to inform the community of practice discussions.
The aim of these sessions is to:
CEC will escalate issues raised by the community of practice to Strategic Reform and Planning. Key information will be collected and distributed through
MOH-COVID19-ClinicalAdvice@health.nsw.gov.au, which will be monitored by the Strategic Reform and Planning.
Collated issues/advice will be escalated by Ms Willcox through to the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) and/or the State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC) as appropriate.
PHEOC and SHEOC responses will be provided to Strategic Reform and Planning and then to the community of practice secretariat(s).
Weekly community of practice updates will be provided to NSW Health Chief Executives.
Each community of practice will have a clinical lead appointed by Deb Willcox, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Resources.
The clinical lead will:
A group which is able to endorse statewide changes or make decisions that impacts a unit or system or allocate funding to recommendations.
This community of practice is open to all infectious diseases specialists and physicians in districts / hospitals without an infectious diseases specialist. As a minimum it will include representation from all districts and networks. However, membership may be extended more broadly to include all interested NSW Health staff as well as professional colleges, private providers/clinicians and other non-government organisations as appropriate to the clinical speciality.
To join the community of practice participants should email
Fortnightly basis on a Wednesday from 10:30am -11:30am. Meetings commenced 22 April 2020 using Skype for business. Skype for business details will be attached to the calendar invite.