The Pathology Clinical Community of Practice will provide an opportunity for sharing of ideas, strategies, local solutions and concerns with respect to COVID-19 pandemic preparedness.
The community of practice will be multidisciplinary and include representation from pathology providers across NSW including representatives working in all NSW Health LHDs. It will enable clinicians and clinical managers in Pathology to provide expert advice and guidance to the system, and to escalate matters that require a statewide or system response.
The aim of these sessions is to:
NSW Health Pathology 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 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 pathology providers in NSW. As a minimum it will include representation from pathologists working in all districts and networks. However, membership may be extended more broadly to include other interested staff as well asprofessional colleges, private providers/clinicians and other non-government organisations as appropriate to the clinical speciality.
To join the community of practice participants should email
Weekly basis on a Wednesday, commencing 1 April from 2:30pm using Skype for business. Skype for business or e-Health Conferencing details will be attached to the calendar invite.