GPs and Primary Care

COVID-19 has been identified as a key issue for health and aged care. The Australian Government has adopted a whole of government emergency response which provides a framework for preparing for, responding to and managing COVID-19 in Australia.

For most patients dying in the community – at home, in RACFs, and in rural and remote areas – the coordinators and managers of palliative care will be GPs, nurses and local non-specialist medical services. There are many resources available that can support GPs and primary care providers.

Variations in guidance between countries, states and health networks may occur. Please refer to local guidance where available and consider non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches as appropriate.



Getting more information:

Visit the National Palliative Care projects including: -


Care of the dying and seriously ill

Australian resources

International resources

Some medications listed in these guides are not available or are administered differently in Australia. See palliAGEDgp App for Australian guidance regarding medicines and dosing

Medicines management

Australian resources

International resources

Some medications listed in these guides are not available or are administered differently in Australia. See palliAGEDgp App for Australian guidance regarding medicines and dosing.





Infection control

Grief and Bereavement

Practice management

  • COVID-19 Toolkit from General Practice Supervisors Australia 
  • The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has endorsed interim recommendations for non-inpatient care (453kb pdf) of people at risk of or with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • New bulk-billed items have been introduced relating to COVID-19 telehealth (video-conference attendance or telephone attendance) for GPs, specialists, consultant physicians, obstetricians, consultant psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, allied mental health workers and midwives
  • The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) have developed these national guidelines for the prevention, control and public health management of COVID-19 outbreaks in residential care facilities in Australia.
  • For health services and general practitioners a resource from Victoria DHHS - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including:
    • a General Practice Quick Reference guide - COVID-19 and
    • a more detailed Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guideline for health services and general practitioners.

Getting more information

You can call the National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

There is also a phone number of each state or territory public health agency.

You can also subscribe to receive the Department of Health COVID-19 newsletter for GPs

Visit the following websites


Page updated 02 June 2020