Ask the experts: Caring for people with CVD during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global impact on public health and health care delivery. Outside of direct health consequences, social distancing restrictions have also disrupted the delivery of routine health care across the country. The changes have fast-tracked digital and health policy innovations unlike any the primary care sector has seen over a short period of time. Social distancing and strict hygiene measures are particularly important for people living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) given their increased vulnerability to the most severe complications of COVID-19. However, there is growing concern that people with chronic diseases are avoiding their regular medical visits, investigations or vaccinations in a bid to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Together with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and NPS MedicineWise, the Heart Foundation is hosting an ‘ask the expert’ style webinar aiming to:
- Explore the link between COVID-19 and CVD, including the cardiac manifestations of the infection
- Highlight key takeaways from recent guidance produced by the Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand relating to the management of CVD during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Exchange strategies to stay connected with cardiac patients in the community and support maintenance of their treatment and medication plans
- Provide advice on how to leverage recent MBS and medicine related policy changes to support the management of CVD in primary care