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COVID-19 employment issues, staffing and telehealth

An online information session to help you and your practice navigate challenges

Keeping up to date with ongoing developments during the COVID-19 health crisis can be difficult and stressful. But as a general practitioner, you need to know how these changes impact you, your practice and your patients.

As part of Avant’s commitment to supporting the medical community, we gathered together some of our top advisers for a live panel event, giving an overview of current COVID-19 advice, and a question and answer segment.

In the information session, Avant’s panel of medico-legal experts cover:

  • current advice from the Department of Health
  • how to manage possible risks associated with telehealth consultations
  • common employment and staffing issues
  • key findings from our recent member survey on COVID-19.

Avant Ask the Expert COVID-19 for GP's from Avant Mutual on Vimeo.

About the experts

Dr Penny Browne
Chief Medical Officer, Avant

Penny is Avant’s Chief Medical Officer and a GP in Hornsby and Brooklyn NSW. She has been involved in supporting doctors with complaints and claims at Avant since 2008, first as a medical adviser, and since 2015 in her current role.

Ms Georgie Haysom
Head of Advocacy, Education and Research, Avant

Georgie is the Head of Research, Education and Advocacy at Avant. She is a lawyer and has worked in health law for over 25 years, assisting and advising doctors on a wide range of medico-legal issues. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology), Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws specialising in bioethics from McGill University. She is a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Privacy and Security Advisory Committee.

Ms Sonya Black
Special Counsel, Employment – Medico-legal Advisory Service, Avant

As Avant's Special Counsel, Employment, Sonya advises medical practitioners and medical practices across Australia about a broad range of employment issues. She has over 20 years' experience as an employment lawyer, including over 10 years advising about employment issues in public hospitals and private medical practice.

Dr Jack Marjot
Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine and Medical Adviser – Advocacy, Education and Research, Avant

Jack is an Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine in Sydney and is working as a medical adviser at Avant. For the last six weeks he has been focusing on COVID-19 and its effects on doctors at an individual and healthcare level.

We hope you find this information session reassuring and helpful as you navigate this ever-changing situation.

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Persons implementing any recommendations contained in this publication must exercise their own independent skill or judgment or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular practice. Compliance with any recommendations will not in any way guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others coming into contact with the health professional or practice. Avant and PracticeHub are not responsible to you or anyone else for any loss suffered in connection with the use of this information. Information is only current at the date initially published. © Avant Mutual Group Limited 2021.

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