Self-directed online training

Event description

Communicating COVID-19 will provide the health workforce with evidence-based information and language to confidently address questions surrounding COVID-19 from patients, colleagues and the general public.
The Australian health sector is facing its biggest challenge since federation as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe. Clinicians are trusted members of the community. The health care workforce needs to be informed, confident and agile to rapidly respond to the changing demands of the pandemic. Clinicians may feel underprepared to explain diverse, complex questions from patients, colleagues and the general public surrounding COVID-19.

This online course aims to:
- Provide expert-informed answers to questions Australian clinicians face surrounding COVID-19.
- Deliver digestible, focused core knowledge on COVID-19 drawing on epidemiology, clinical science, ethics and legal expertise.

Communicating COVID-19 is designed primarily for clinicians in primary care and hospital-based settings. Secondary audiences include pharmacists, nursing and allied health staff, aged care workers, and disability care workers. Elements of this course could be adapted for primary and secondary school teachers and for the general public.

Learning outcomes:
1. Appreciate the multifaceted nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, including, epidemiology, clinical science, ethics and society, and law.
2. Obtain core scientific, medical, ethical and legal knowledge as relevant for healthcare professionals in the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Confidently address questions on COVID-19 from patients, colleagues and the general public, incorporating multidisciplinary thinking in a rapidly evolving situation.

This session will cover:

Tutorial 1 - Clinical presentation of COVID-19: "I woke up with a runny nose. Do I have the coronavirus?” (Released)
Tutorial 2 - Measurement and modelling in COVID-19: “What’s all this about flattening the curve?“ (Released)
Tutorial 3 - Prevention of COVID-19: “Should I wear a mask to go outside?” (Released)
Tutorial 4 - The science of COVID-19: “What’s a coronavirus, anyway?“ (Released)
Case Studies (Expected release May 20, 2020)
Tutorial 5 - Testing in COVID-19: “Someone on the train sneezed today. Can you please test me?” (Released) (Expected release June 3, 2020)
Tutorial 6 - Residential, occupational and social context in COVID-19: "When I can't keep distance, how do I keep safe?" (Expected release June 10, 2020)
Tutorial 7 - Managing patients with COVID-19: “I’ve tested positive for the coronavirus. What now?” (Expected release June 17, 2020)
Tutorial 8 - Vaccinology, end-games and the future of COVID-19: "When will this all end?” (Expected release June 24, 2020)

Categories: Understanding and responding to physical health needs, Capability 13 - Enabling reflective and supportive ways of working
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Course completion requires approximately 8-10 hours of e-learning.

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Provided by The University of Melbourne