COVID-19 assessment and testing in general practice

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Primary Health Tasmania welcomes State Government funding to support general practices in their COVD-19 response. The funding will enable Primary Health Tasmania to work with a group of practices in rural and regional areas who previously expressed interest in commencing or increasing their current COVID-19 assessment and testing capability to meet the needs of their patients.

Support for this targeted group of practices will be a mix of:

  • assessment of practices’ infrastructure, resource, training and mentoring needs
  • guidance from a clinical GP consultant experienced in COVID-19 assessment and testing in the general practice setting
  • general practice relevant testing processes and protocols
  • training in infection prevention and control and use of PPE, partnering with the University of Tasmania School of Nursing
  • 'one-off' funding to support infection prevention and control needs
  • support to set up small regional networks of practices to coordinate local testing.

This website also includes resources to support all Tasmanian general practices to assess and test for COVID-19. More information about our COVID-19 response can be found here. To contact our Provider Support team please email us at providersupport@primaryhealthtas.com.au or call us on 1300 653 169.


Primary Health Tasmania welcomes State Government funding to support general practices in their COVD-19 response. The funding will enable Primary Health Tasmania to work with a group of practices in rural and regional areas who previously expressed interest in commencing or increasing their current COVID-19 assessment and testing capability to meet the needs of their patients.

Support for this targeted group of practices will be a mix of:

  • assessment of practices’ infrastructure, resource, training and mentoring needs
  • guidance from a clinical GP consultant experienced in COVID-19 assessment and testing in the general practice setting
  • general practice relevant testing processes and protocols
  • training in infection prevention and control and use of PPE, partnering with the University of Tasmania School of Nursing
  • 'one-off' funding to support infection prevention and control needs
  • support to set up small regional networks of practices to coordinate local testing.

This website also includes resources to support all Tasmanian general practices to assess and test for COVID-19. More information about our COVID-19 response can be found here. To contact our Provider Support team please email us at providersupport@primaryhealthtas.com.au or call us on 1300 653 169.


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