Brisbane South PHN is pleased to share our interview series ‘COVID-19 Conversations’, featuring short videos that discuss experiences and share the lessons being learned. These videos are about primary health services, community groups and community organisations in Brisbane, the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are finding as we work together to support community health and wellbeing through this challenging time.
Episode one: Influenza vaccines and flu season
This video features Michelle Gordon, a Practice Nurse Coordinator and Elaine Gray, a Practice Nurse. We discuss flu vaccines and some of the challenges that practices are facing, their priorities and the innovations they are putting in place.
Episode two: Mental heath of primary health care workers
In this video we talk about what we can do to look after our own wellbeing or to support those we work with. Brisbane South PHN is extending its Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to primary health professionals and staff in the region. EAP is a free and confidential counselling service and they are waiting to hear from you. Many thanks to Patrice Cafferky and Scott Preston.
Episode three: Understanding the process
Sarah Andrews is a phlebotomist who has tested people for COVID-19 and also been tested herself. She shares a simple description of the process with us in this video. She also talks about the importance of patients understanding doctors clearly, and the value of a translation service when managing the health of culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Thank you, Sarah, for your clarity and insights.
Episode four: COVID-19 and older people
In this COVID-19 Conversation, Jean talks about her experiences as an older person in Brisbane south during the COVID-19 pandemic. She talks about some of the difficulties and some of the solutions to challenges that older people are facing. She shares what is important and how some things might improve. Thank you, Jean, for your honesty and your determination.
Episode five: Mental health and the role of the GP
In this video Dr Amy Langford talks about the mental health impacts of COVID-19 that she has seen as a practicing GP. She talks about ways in which General Practitioners can support people and provide them with the right care, at the right time. Thank you, Dr Langford, for your useful insights and professional advice.
Episode six: Mental health - sharing a lived experience
In this video Jacy and Emma share their experiences of looking after their mental health during COVID-19. We discuss staying connected during isolation, things that have brought joy, and the importance of hope. Many thanks to them both for their wisdom and for valuable lessons of resilience.
Episode seven: General practice - lessons learned and next steps
COVID-19 has brought rapid and significant changes to the community and to primary health care. In this video Dr Bruce Willett expresses his thoughts about challenges, achievements, lessons learned and possible next steps. Thank you, Bruce, for sharing your clear and rigorous perspectives.
Episode eight: Managing chronic conditions
In this video Lisa Dart talks about what it has been like living with Crohn’s disease during the COVID-19 pandemic, including challenges she is facing as restrictions ease. Thank you Lisa for your honesty, determination and sense of humour.
Episode nine: Use of alcohol and other drugs
Pandemics influence more than just the population’s risk of disease. Jeff Buckley and Dr Hollie Wilson provide support for people experiencing issues involving alcohol and other drugs. In this video they discuss the work they do, the impacts of COVID-19 and some of the things that can help create change. Many thanks to them both.
Episode ten: Domestic and family violence
In this COVID-19 Conversation I’m speaking with Stacey Ross who works with women and families impacted by family and domestic violence. She shares important perspectives, including ways in which doctors and the community might offer support and enable change. Thank you, Stacey, for your insights, your determination and your positivity.
Episode eleven: Health care for the homeless
In this video Dr Adel and Dr Ibrahim speak about providing health care for homeless and vulnerable community members in the Brisbane south region. They share what the additional challenges of COVID-19 have meant for the people they work with. Thank you both for your insights and your commitment to the important work you do.
Episode twelve: COVID-19 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Deanne Minniecon is an Indigenous Program Manager and a member of the Logan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. In this video she discusses the some of the positive and negative impacts of COVID-19 and some of her experiences during this challenging time. Thanks very much Deanne for sharing your positivity and your observations.