The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) will convene the Virtual Care Clinical Community of Practice to 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 all districts and networks. It will enable clinicians and clinical managers using virtual care from all districts 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:
The Virtual Care Community of Practice will liaise with the Virtual Care and Telehealth Strategic Working Group and Virtual Care Clinical Advisory Committee (convened by eHealth) regarding technical components and statewide rollout of models of care.
ACI 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 Dr Lyons 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 Dr Nigel Lyons, 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 clinicians and appropriate telehealth staff with an interest in virtual care. 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 please email the Virtual Care Community of Practice at
This Community of Practice will meet virtually on a monthly basis. Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 12pm-1pm.