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July 2020 Update from Monash Health GP Liaison

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Monash Health COVID-19 updates
The GP Liaison team are endeavouring to provide timely updates to GPs regarding service responses to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. In addition to direct emails, up to date coronavirus information is available on both Monash Health and the Department of Health and Human Services websites. 

Click here for information about:
  • Getting tested for coronavirus
  • The suburban testing blitz: information for residents of priority suburbs
  • Coronavirus testing locations
  • Coronavirus screening clinic and symptom information
Click here for information about:
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • COVID-19 resources in your language
  • Reducing the risk of coronavirus
  • Taking care of mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Resources to help answer children's questions about coronavirus
  • Easy English resources
  • Auslan resources
  • Travel information
The dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline for health professionals is available on 1800 675 398, 24 hours a day.
Please note: Notification is only required for confirmed cases – phone 1300 651 160, 24 hours a day.
New Oncology Rapid Diagnosis Clinic
Moorabbin Hospital
A new Oncology Rapid Diagnosis Clinic (RCDC) for patients with suspected (non-haematological) malignancy has opened at Moorabbin Hospital Specialty Clinics. 

The RCDC aims to fill the unmet need of patients requiring an opinion regarding a possible or probable diagnosis of cancer based on clinical picture, imaging or biopsy. Many of these patients fall outside the scope of existing cancer referral pathways, due to symptom burden, rapid clinical progression or uncertainty regarding the diagnosis or type/origin of cancer.

Cancer is essentially a clinical diagnosis (requiring a histological confirmation) and the Oncology Department at Monash Health is available and able to:
  • review patients prior to a tissue diagnosis
  • assist with streamlining investigations
  • attend to symptoms whilst waiting and 
  • communicate with and provide education and resources to patients.
This clinic is attended by a senior medical oncologist (Professor Eva Segelov) and an oncology fellow (Dr Marissa Lam).  In its first month, the RCDC has already seen a wide variety of patients. Some examples include:
  • a woman with an incidentally reported lytic bone lesions on CT
  • an elderly patient with multiple liver lesions suspicious for metastases
  • a man attending ED with severe back pain and a local suspicious bone lesion
Key points to note:
  • Use the GP or specialist referral on the form here along with all relevant results
  • Patients will be seen via telehealth video or in-person- please indicate which option the referrer  believes is more appropriate
  • Patients will be triaged to the RCDC with the target of being seen within 10 days of referral. Subsequent to this, appropriate investigations and management (eg. surgical, radiation or medical oncology, palliative care) will be organised
  • Patients will generally be reviewed again after the initial diagnosis in the RCDC. This is to facilitate a timely review in a tumour specific clinics depending on the diagnosis
  • This RCDC does not replace the existing referral guidelines and pathways for specific tumour types 
  • Telehealth video consultations are available in the current Covid-19 environment.
Access the referral form at:
GP eReferrals for Monash Health Specialist Consulting Services

New HealthLink function for GPs
Monash Health, in conjunction with HealthLink, are currently preparing an electronic platform for GPs to refer to our Specialist Consulting services as part of a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funded initiative.

How will eReferrals benefit GPs and patients?
  • Simplified and efficient Specialist Consulting referral process
  • Improved patient follow up care coordination
  • Reduced administrative overheads for GP practice
  • Seamless integration with GP software
  • Reduced risk of lost referrals and improved privacy with secure messaging
How can I be involved?
If your practice is considering using the eReferrals system when it becomes available, or you would just like a demonstration, please contact the GP Liaison unit at Monash Health.
We will send you information about the new system and organise a time to meet you face to face, or via video conference. 
What does it cost?
It is completely free for GPs to make eReferrals via HealthLink
Further information regarding Specialist Consulting eReferrals for your practice please contact :
P: 9554 9374
Medicare funded Video Urodynamics Clinic 
Kingston Centre

Monash Health operates a Medicare funded Video Urodynamics clinic at Monash Health’s Kingston Centre.  It is an outpatient service which normally takes about two hours.

Patients can attend as outpatients and receive this comprehensive bulk billed diagnostic test with no out of pocket expenses.  

Video urodynamic results help health professionals to guide effective treatment for patients with persistent urinary incontinence and/or bladder emptying difficulties. 

This clinic only offers assessments. A report will be provided after the procedure with recommendations for appropriate referrals and/or treatments based upon the findings. 

Current waiting lists are short and usually no longer than eight weeks.

  • Bariatric clients
  • clients with an allergy to contrast media
Referrals through Specialist Clinic Access department clearly requesting Kingston Urodynamics clinic
P: 1300 342 173
F: 9594 2273 

Please detail the presenting bladder complaint on referral and provide a health summary - including a list of current medications and allergies. Provider number of referring GP is required

For further information regarding the Kingston Urodynamics Clinic
P: 9265 1411
Monash Pathology - Testing Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Our Clayton Laboratory is performing testing for COVID-19, with the COVID-19 test incorporated into our Respiratory PCR Panel, providing a comprehensive diagnostic tool for:
  • Influenza A virus
  • Influenza B virus
  • Respiratory Syncytial virus
  • Human Parainfluenza Viruses (types 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Rhinovirus/Enterovirus
  • Adenovirus
  • Human Metapneumovirus
  • B. Pertussis
  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
Reference Intervals Online
Monash Pathology References Intervals are now conveniently available on our website , providing prompt and up to date access for health professionals Click here

Please contact us if you have any questions about our COVID-19 testing , or for further information regarding :
  • our services
  • request forms
  • result delivery
  • inquiries about how we can set up a collection centre in your practice

Please contact Natalie Soucek - client Relationship Manager on 
P:  0418 179 289
Maternity Services

Pregnancy Care during COVID-19 pandemic 
While pregnant women who develop COVID-19 do not appear to become more unwell than other people, they are considered a vulnerable group.
To minimise potential infection, antenatal care at Monash
Women’s continues to be provided by telehealth as far as possible.
To triage women to appropriate care teams, please include a blood pressure measurement (BP) when referring a woman for pregnancy care.
The maternity referral booking form is available: here
In order to have a current BP for their telehealth appointment, women are being asked to:
  • hire a home blood pressure monitor to self-measure BP on the day of their telehealth appointment or
  • visit their GP for a BP check
  • or visit their chemist for a BP check.
For guidelines on target blood pressure levels for pregnancy click here
For contact information click here
Up to date information for women and families on pregnancy, birth and postnatal care during this time can be found at

For further information regarding maternity services, please email Maternity GPLiaison on:
Family violence support during COVID- 19

South East Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) is continuing to support new and existing clients with services

Some of the services we provide include:
  • Sexual assault and/or family violence – referrals for counselling
  • Counselling support via phone or telehealth
  • 24/7 sexual assault crisis response 9594 2289
  • Risk assessment and safety planning
  • Referrals and linkages to other supports
  • Secondary consultation for professionals via telephone or an online platform
Financial insecurity, unemployment, increased stress,and limited access to supports and social networks such as schools and other services have increased the risk of family violence for many women and children.It has also reduced their ability to leave violent situations.

Crisis support is available 24/7 via 
•    1800 RESPECT     
•    9594 2289 (24 hour)                      
•    Safe Steps 1800 015 188.

For further information contact SECASA 
: 9928 8741 between 8.30am and 4.30pm

Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic
Monash  Health Community
The Clinic operates every Wednesday and provides the following services:
  • Gynaecological/Women’s Health advice
  • Sexual & General Health assessments
  • Contraception needs including long-acting contraception
  • Implanon implants, IUD insertion and removal 
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening and assessment
  • Cervical screening and follow up
  • Unplanned pregnancy/fertility advice 
  • Referrals for Surgical Termination of Pregnancy (STOP) and Medical termination of Pregnancy (MTOP)
  • Poly Cystic Ovary consultations 
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding/Menstrual consultation  
Priority is given to the following vulnerable groups :
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with mental health conditions
  • People with disability
  • Youth under  25 years
  • Victims of family violence
  • People with drug and alcohol addiction
  • Refugees
  • People who are culturally and linguistically diverse 
  • People who are financially disadvantaged
  • People who find it difficult to access services
This service is FREE with a GP referral.

Secondary Consultations for GPs
A gynaecologist is available for GP secondary consultations on Wednesday afternoons.
For an appointment for a secondary consult please email:

Referral and Information:
P:1300 3 iCARE (1300 342 273) OPTION 4
T: 9554 9221
InReach services for people in residential aged Care facilities

Monash Health acknowledges the challenges caused by COVID-19 restrictions, particularly for those providing services to people in residential aged care facilities. We would like to thank our fellow health care professionals for the ongoing care you provide for these vulnerable people. The following resources are available to support the fantastic work you do in this area:

Monash Health Residential InReach
T: 1300-4-INREACH (1300 4 4673224)
  • Specialist geriatric staff available:
    • via telehealth or visits
    • 8am to 8pm, seven days a week

  • Nursing staff available 24 hours a day
  • The Residential InReach team are available to:
    • assist with management of unwell clients in facilities,
    • clarify goals of care
    • manage difficult behaviors
    • assist with procedures and 
    • provide general education to facilities.
RAPID Palliative Care support team
T: 0419 882 619
  • Palliative medical and nursing staff available:
    • via telehealth
    • 8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
  • Rapid Palliative Care Support are available to assist with the management of palliative care issues in aged care facilities.

Advanced care planning referral guidelines , referral forms and resources in multiple languages are available in multiple languages are available on our website

Protecting your patients and staff
The COVID-19 situation is dynamic and evolving. We encourage you to check regularly and follow the latest advice and precautions communicated by the Australian Department of Health and Health and Human Services Victoria to protect you and your staff.
Could you help in the fight against COVID-19?
Recruiting for trial
Monash Health has joined Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in a multi‐centre trial of COVID‐19 prophylaxis with hydroxychloroquine in front line health and allied health care workers.

If you are a health care professional (doctor, nurse, allied health worker) or a paramedic involved in the care of COVID‐19 patients, please register your interest to participate in this clinical trial, which is now recruiting.

Monash will recruit around 170 health workers, out of a total of 2250. and is being led at Monash Health by consultant neonatologist, Dr Atul Malhotra.

For more information, go to‐shield‐faqs or to register your interest go to
Access the referral form at:


National resources available online: 

Some people with disability have higher rates of health issues including chronic conditions and weakened immune system.

Many people with disability rely on support and assistance from family members, carers and support workers.

This site provides a range of resources and fact sheets for health professionals, disability workers, and people with disability and their families.

National COVID-19 Health Professionals Disability Advisory Service:  
Call: 1800 131 330
  • This service provides specialised advice to health professionals responsible for the medical care of people with disability diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms.
  • Health professionals can call the service 7am to 11pm (AEST) 7 days a week. 

Information and referrals for people with disability and their supporters about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Call the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 or visit

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for health professionals

Federal Resources
Department of Health:

Victorian resources
Information for people with disability and those working with and caring for them.
  • Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 
  • Access to information and referrals for people who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19), including access to counselling
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) dedicated health professional hotline. Call 1800 675 398, 24 hours a day.
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