Last Friday the New South Wales Government released details of the second stage of its economic package. Here is a link to the NSW Treasury page outlining the measures.
You will see that it includes:
Today the Prime Minister announced a $1.1 Billion package for Medicare, domestic violence, mental health and emergency food services. Significantly for doctors and patients provision is now being made for telehealth consultations. For some in the bush that is not new, particularly with specialists. The amount of $669 million will however go to expand Medicare- subsidised telehealth services. Patients should now be able to consult their GPs from home for example. Here is the link to the press release. Please see the websites of the Australian or NSW Department of health websites for further detail.
Additionally there is talk about the Federal Government providing a wage subsidy and action being taken on leases. Once I know further I will advise you of the details.
Unfortunately Armidale has had its first case confirmed case of COVID-19 today. This requires us to be ever more vigilant. It is tough for individuals and businesses but our strict adherence to the public health requirements will hasten the journey back to normal life.
In the meantime if you are concerned about your possible exposure to COVID-19 here is a link to a symptom checker.
For your interest. There is a story on Armidale Hospital highlighting developments in care arrangements for patients with moderate and mild cases of COVID-19.
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