COVID in 2022 made easy

WEBINAR: Tuesday 14 December 2021, 7.30 - 8.45 pm


The Northern Region Health Coordination Centre team will provide high-level information for 2022 around the COVID-19 response.

This is intended to help you in part to plan for the year ahead in terms of patient flow/streaming, practice layout, PPE, staffing etc.


  • COVID-19 data, current modelling and what 2022 might look like – Dr Andrew Old
  • Lessons and insights from the international experience – Dr Sue Wells
  • Screening and streaming – Dr Daniel Calder and David Harrison
  • PPE guidance for 2022 – Dr Sally Roberts
  • Managing the built environment in 2022, ventilation and other options - Dr Alistair Sullivan
  • COVID-19 case management in 2022 - Dr Christine McIntosh
  • Vaccination update for 2022 – Dr Anthony Jordan

Questions that the team will attempt to answer:

  • What is the data telling us about what we will be facing in 2022 – COVID-19 and non-COVID-19?
  • What is the experience with other countries telling us?
  • What is the difference with New Zealand?
  • What will PPE look like?
  • How do we keep ourselves safe?
  • How do we keep our patients safe?
  • Who should we be seeing face to face?
  • Who should we be seeing virtually?
  • When is a video consult not appropriate?
  • When is a phone call not appropriate?
  • Should we manage our unvaccinated patients differently?
  • What is happening with vaccination?
  • How do we screen and stream patients?
  • Is ventilation an issue for us?
  • What do we focus on?

As always, we will answer as many extra questions as we can as time permits.

Our panel

Sue Wells is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland and Associate Clinical Director at ProCare where she leads ProCare’s Population Health Strategy.

She was a GP for 10 years before becoming a public health medicine specialist.


Christine McIntosh will talk about what is planned for the Auckland Region Response in terms of primary care managing the Covid-19 positive patients at home.

She is interim Clinical Lead Covid Care in the Community NRHCC, usual roles are GP Liaison Counties Manukau Health, Clinical Editor Auckland Regional Health Pathways and Senior Research Fellow The University of Auckland. She is a member of the Clinical Advisory Group, Managing Care in the Community.


Dr Sally Roberts has trained in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. Her current role is the Clinical Director of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (LabPlus) and the Clinical Lead for Microbiology at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).

Since early 2020 she has been involved in the New Zealand Ministry of Health National COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and chairs the IPC TAG. She has contributed to the development of national IPC guidance for COVID-19. She has published over 150 papers, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, has worked with her team to publish local data to inform and support testing strategies.

David Harrison- PHO Nursing Director –East Health Trust PHO

David is a retired British Army Major completing 20 years of full-time service in the British Army serving in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan in both Senior Clinical and Managerial positions.

He has acquired Senior Nurse Management experience in both Primary and Secondary care. David is currently appointed Nursing Director East Health Trust and Eastern Locality.  With a specialist background in Infection prevention and control, he supports audit and policy development as well as delivering education and training to Doctors and Nurses. David is Nursing Executive Chair of GPNZ.  He currently is a full member of Nursing Executives Aotearoa.

Dr Andrew Old

Andrew is a public health physician and is both the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Waitematā DHB and the Clinical Director, Health Gain for Auckland and Waitematā DHBs. 

Since January 2020 he has been seconded as the clinical lead of Planning & Intelligence for the COVID-19 response for the NRHCC.

Dr Daniel Calder is GP working in a Very Low Cost Access clinic in Flatbush, Auckland. He is also the Clinical Director of East Health Trust PHO, Your Health Summary and the Health Improvement Group. He has previously worked in a range of hospital and primary care roles in the Scottish National Health Service (NHS).

He is a passionate advocate for improved information flow between healthcare organisations with the aim of delivering safer and better services for patients whilst avoiding clinician burnout.



This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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