COVID-19 vaccines FAQs and information

  • COVID-19
    Emerging risks and advice for GPs

  • 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 on 22 April 2020, 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.

    Take the quiz to gain two RACGP CPD activity points or ACRRM professional development points

    If you have any questions about CPD points please contact avanteducation@avant.org.au

    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.