Catherine King has urged people in Ballarat not to neglect their health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic and to see their GP if they need to.
This follows concerns raised by the medical community that patients are avoiding important medical consultations and tests because they fear COVID-19 or feel unsure about accessing telehealth.
“It is now more important than ever for people in Ballarat to take care of their health and see their GP for any health issues”, Ms King said.
“It is understandable that some people may be hesitant to take care of health concerns due to fears about coronavirus, but we can’t have people neglecting their health and wellbeing.
“Our wonderful GPs are there to help. So please, if you have new symptoms or an existing chronic disease or mental health issues or anything else book an appointment with your GP right away.
“Don’t delay or avoid consulting with your GP.”
Ballarat residents are also encouraged to take full advantage of expanded telehealth and telephone consultation services.
“As of last month we have Medicare-subsidised telephone and online consultations for all Australians, this means that you can chat to your GP in your own home without having to worry about the virus”, Ms King said.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners have set up a website, www.expertadvicematters.com.au, featuring straightforward, practical advice for patients on how they can get a consultation with their GP on the telephone or online using videoconferencing platforms, as well as face-to-face.