Timeline of activities

April 2020

24 April

21 April
COVID-19 update included in ePulse.

16 April
Medical Director update sent to all members

14 April

11 April
Message to all members reminding them to have processes in place over the long weekend to notify patients of test results.

9 April

8 April

4 April

2 April 2020

1 April 2020
Members surveyed about financial impacts of COVID-19

March 2020

31 March
COVID-19 update included in ePulse.

30 March

  • The College distributed information to members regarding funding for practices during this time.
  • FAQs published on the College website.
27 March
Medical Director update to members about vaccine supply.

26 March

25 March

  • President update to members about Ministry of Health funding.
  • Message to GPEP registrars and medical educators to advise suspension of the programme.

24 March
Dr Samantha Murton and Dr Bryan Betty interviewed on TVNZ, RNZ, Stuff, NZ Herald coverage (and others) about the reduction of in-person consultations 

23 March

  • College issued a press release, ‘GPs open for business – but changing the way they see patients.
  • President update to members about alert levels three and four.
  • The College announcement was the second story on Newshub and got coverage in most mainstream media channels e.g. TVNZ, Stuff, RNZ, NZ Herald.

22 March 
College President and Medical Director hosted webinar about reducing in-person consultations.

21 March
College advised GPs to reduce their in-person consultations by 70 percent in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

18 March
President update to members about ACC and WINZ certificates

17 March
Sent press release supporting the Governments $500 million budget for health. View press release.

16 March
Sent a press release supporting the an on mass gatherings. View press release

15 March
Dr Samantha Murton shares a message from the Director General of Health regarding border controls, the case definition and GPs’ ability to order tests

13 March

  • College announces new date of postponed conference, yet to be confirm if it will be under the WONCA brand. View announcement.
  • Dr Samantha Murton updates members about College activities, including the introduction of a new covid19@rnzcgp.org.nz email address.

12 March
Sent message regarding airline staff to all members, and created covid19@rnzcgp.org.nz email address.

10 March
College President Dr Sam Murton hosts a third coronavirus webinar featuring MOH Chief Clinical Advisor Dr Juliet Rumball-Smith and Dr Richard Chen, Urgent Care Physician. View summary.

8 March 
Dr Bryan Betty speaks to TVNZ about the possibility of retired doctors returning to work to help with Coronavirus.

6 March 
Dr Bryan Betty speaks to TV3 about Coronavirus.

5 March
Dr Bryan Betty speaks to TV3, The Project, RNZ Afternoons about Coronavirus.

4 March
Dr Bryan Betty speaks to Waikato Times, NZ Doctor, Stuff, Newstalk ZB about Coronavirus.

3 March
The Board agreed to postpone the WONCA 2020 Asia Pacific Region conference the College is co-hosting. Dr Samantha Murton speaks to Mediaworks, Newstalk ZB, Stuff and NZ Doctor. Other outlets report the story too.

2 March
College Medical Director Dr Bryan Betty updates members on his work with the Ministry’s coronavirus Technical Advisory Group. A Primary Care Subgroup has been established.

February 2020

26 February

  • Facebook post reminding patients to call Healthline is published and shared more than 180 times.
  • Dr Samantha Murton speaks to RNZ about PPE and Coronavirus.
  • College contacts TVNZ who runs a piece to camera telling people to call Healthline or your GP first after a story the night before told people just to visit their GP.

25 February
College Medical Director Dr Bryan Betty updates members about the work being done by the Ministry’s coronavirus Technical Advisory Group.

18 February
College President Dr Sam Murton hosts a second coronavirus webinar featuring Director General Dr Ashley Bloomfield and MOH Chief Clinical Advisor Dr Juliet Rumball-Smith. View summary.

4 February
ePulse update and more than 300 GPs join a corona virus webinar hosted by College President Dr Sam Murton and MOH Chief Clinical Advisor Dr Juliet Rumball-Smith. View summary.

Early February 
College Medical Director Dr Bryan Betty is appointed to the Ministry’s coronavirus Technical Advisory Group.