The Omicron pivot

WEBINAR: Thursday 3 February 2022, 7.30 - 9.00 pm

The Northern Region Health Coordination Centre team will provide high-level information on how to support your practice, patients, and customers through the outbreak.


  • COVID-19 data, current modelling and what 2022 might look like - Gary Jackson.
  • How Omicron is different: Clinical discussion including symptoms, infectivity, severity etc, the difference from delta e.g. chest symptoms -  Tim Cutfield.
  • NSW experience: Systems, issues they have experienced, coal-face GP experience - Louise Delaney/GP (NSW) and Walid Jammal/GP (Western Sydney)
  • Omicron Self-service Model -Pauline Horrill.
  • Primary care case management: How to manage the patient journey including likely changes with time, re-testing, and bubble management - Christine McIntosh.
  • Vaccinations: The immunisation of 5 to 11-year-olds, booster doses, what’s next for vaccinations (e.g. Pfizer working on another vaccine) - Nikki Turner.
  • Pharmacy response: Daniel Tsai, Programme Manager – Community Pharmacy, NRHCC.
  • Health care worker: contact and case management - Doone Winnard.
  • Workplace resilience: how to prepare your practice for screening, streaming and triaging, COVID and BAU, workplace exposure, RAT tests -  Daniel Calder.

We have allocated more time for q&a to answer as many questions as we can as time permits.

Our panel

Gary Jackson is Director of Population Health at Counties Manukau Health, where he has been off and on since 1998.  Most recently all work seems to revolve around covid-19.

His presentation sets the scene for the current outbreak in Auckland, projections as to where it is headed in the short term, and some longer-term views.



Tim Cutfield is an Infectious Diseases and General Medicine Consultant who started working at Middlemore Hospital in September, having worked at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and University College London Hospital in North-Central London throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to inpatient COVID-19 care, he led a COVID-19 remote community service through London’s second and third ‘waves’.

Christine McIntosh 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.

Nikki Turner is an academic General Practitioner and an Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Auckland. She works part-time as a General Practitioner at NUHS Broadway Clinic in Wellington.   

Her roles include Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) at the University of Auckland.

Doone Winnard was a GP before training in public health medicine, and is currently working as part of the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre COVID-19 response, supporting the Primary Care team and the NRHCC Clinical Technical Advisory Group. Her 'day job' is with Counties Manukau DHB.

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.

Louise Delaney is a GP in the Illawarra region of NSW. Since October she has been working with a small group of GPs in collaboration with NSW Health to lead the HealthPathways response for NSW and to support the primary care perspective development of the model of care for COVID in the community.

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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