Communications and advocacy update: 1 September
1 September 2022
Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including:
- Department of Health Update: Eligibility tracker and Evusheld map
- Project on End‐of‐Life Decisions in Victoria.
Department of Health Update: Eligibility tracker and Evusheld map
Please see updated information provided by the Victorian Department of Health’s COVID Positive Pathways team:
- COVID medicines eligibility tracker
The online COVID-19 medicines eligibility tracker has been launched and is available here. Consumers and carers can use this tool to find out if they are eligible for COVID-19 medicines if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or if they test positive later, based on the answers provided.
- Pharmacies stocking EvusheldTM
To support easier identification of pharmacies stocking EvusheldTM, a digital map of pharmacy locations has been published. The list of participating pharmacies has also been updated to include whether a nurse is available for EvusheldTM injection.
This information is available at health.vic.gov.au/covid-19/evusheldtm-prescribing-resources-for-gps-and-specialists and coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covid-19-medicines#medicines-to-prevent-covid-19
Project on End‐of‐Life Decisions in Victoria: An Australian study: incidence and characteristics of end-of-life decisions in Victoria Project
AMA Victoria previously assisted Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR) with promoting its survey on medical end‐of‐life decisions in Victoria to members.
The ACHLRC has shared with us a journal article presenting findings of the above study.
This article examines nine cases involving unlawful assisted dying practices in Victoria in the 12 months prior to the commencement of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) in 2019. It explores whether, if that Act had been in operation at the relevant time, these patients would have been eligible to request voluntary assisted dying, having regard to their decision-making capacity and their disease, illness or medical condition.
The article can be found here.