11 May 2020

Now more than ever, it is important to keep your health and wellbeing on track. There has been worrying reports that people are missing or delaying regular health checks or medical care during the coronavirus lockdown.

GPs are concerned that some people might be putting off important medical care including cancer screening, vaccinations and managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and coronary disease, putting themselves at risk.

For some people with chronic conditions, putting off seeing their GP could be just as dangerous COVID-19 warns North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network CEO Christopher Carter.

“GP services are still available, and many steps are being taken to make sure people can receive the high-quality care they need during this crisis,” Adjunct Associate Professor Carter said. “This includes telehealth and other options to help you keep you safe while also keeping you in touch with your health.”

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is launching this campaign to encourage people to stay in touch with their GP or health service even during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “It’s OK to see your GP” campaign comprises local newspaper advertising and social media marketing to encourage people to actively manage their health, particularly those with chronic conditions and those more vulnerable to poorer health outcomes.

You can find out more about the campaign and access resources at nwmphn.org.au/seeyourgp

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