Returning to a new normal: Working together to put your health first
Janssen endorses the efforts of the Commonwealth and State Governments and leading healthcare organisations that are urging people to continue monitoring their health, reconnecting with doctors and maintaining regular medical care.
Recently, a national survey by the Continuity of Care Collaboration (CCC) revealed that, 32% of respondents had delayed or avoided a visit to a general practitioner since COVID-191 and 55% felt it was safe to delay regular appointments if their condition had not changed2. Worryingly, this may indicate people with existing or undiagnosed chronic conditions may not be accessing the care they need. Continuity of care and patient safety have never been more important, particularly for those who have chronic or complex diseases and conditions, the elderly, and immuno-compromised individuals.
If you have postponed a visit to a healthcare professional, having a pathology test or other important screening or monitoring test, don’t delay these appointments any further. It is alright to utilise Australia’s world-leading healthcare system and visit your doctor as we go through this challenging time.
We’ve included below some helpful and practical resources to support Australians returning to regular healthcare routines and treatment plans. Don’t put your health on hold any longer.
Medicines Australia Resources
An open letter: Encouraging Australians to visit healthcare professionals3
To avoid the risk of trading one health problem for another, healthcare professionals have desperately urged Australians in an open letter to please get in touch and book appointments today.
The dangers of postponing appointments and treatment plans is not something we should be risking. Health services are currently open and prepared for in-person check-ups with increased hygiene precautions. And there are options for digital consultation in a private and controlled environment.
With restrictions easing, now more than ever, it's important to reconnect with doctors to understand how to best manage healthcare and treatment plans going forward. “Cancer, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease won’t wait, so neither should you.”
Australia’s leading healthcare organisations join forces to highlight continuity of care4
In an Australian-first collaboration, 32 Peak Bodies, Industry and Healthcare Organisations have come together to form the Continuity of Care Collaboration (CCC) to support Australians to return to normal healthcare routines. This comes off the back of growing concerns from doctors that we, as a nation, have dropped routine healthcare visits and are putting off medical screenings due to fears of contracting COVID-19 or burdening the health system.
Early stage detection and prevention of symptoms can save lives and with restrictions easing, the CCC is developing resources and urging people to continue monitoring their health and return to regular medical treatment today.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Expert Advice Matters website (https://www.expertadvicematters.com.au/)
Looking after people with existing health conditions during COVID-19, Media Release, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, Australian Government (https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/looking-after-people-with-existing-health-conditions-during-covid-19)
Don’t Neglect Your Health During The Pandemic, Media Release, Hon Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Health, Victorian Government (https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/dont-neglect-your-health-during-the-pandemic/)
- Pathology Awareness Australia Limited, 2020, ‘SURVEY SHOWS AUSTRALIANS DELAYED GP APPOINTMENTS AND PATHOLOGY TESTS, BUT PATIENTS STARTING TO RETURN’ (accessed 30/06/2020), https://knowpathology.com.au/2020/06/12/survey-shows-australians-delayed-gp-appointments-and-pathology-tests/
- Continuity of Care Collaboration by The London Agency, 2020, ‘CONTINUITY OF CARE COLLABORATION CONSUMER SURVEY: ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE DURING COVID-19’ (accessed 30/06/2020), https://knowpathology.com.au/app/uploads/2020/06/London-Agency-KPKH-InfographicFinal.pdf
- Medicines Australia, 2020, 'An Open Letter to Australians' (accessed 02/07/2020), https://medicinesaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/05/220520-An-open-letter-to-Australians-V6.pdf
- Medicines Australia, 2020, 'Medicines Australia joins forces with 15 healthcare organisations to highlight continuity of care' (accessed 02/07/2020), https://medicinesaustralia.com.au/media-release/medicines-australia-joins-forces-with-15-healthcare-organisations-to-highlight-continuity-of-care/