Drs Jo Addendorf, Sarah Coghlan and Joe Duncan (top row) and Carolyn Lloyd, and Drs Brett Lyneham and Peter Silberberg (bottom row)

On April 20th 2020, North Coast General Practice Training conducted its first online training for local GPs. Unsurprisingly, the topic for the webinar was Covid-19

The meeting was run as a case discussion led by Tintenbar GP, Jo Addendorf, with input from local GPs Peter Silberberg and  Brett Lyneham on how North Coast general practice was dealing with the issue. Peter also highlighted aspects of care relevant to the Aboriginal community. 

Subject matter expertise was provided by Lismore Base Hospital doctors, Dr Sarah Coghlan (infectious diseases) and Dr Joe Duncan (respiratory medicine), and by Carolyn Lloyd, Immunisation Coordinator from the North Coast Public Health Unit. 

After the discussion Julie Sturgess, CEO of the North Coast Primary Health Network, joined the Q&A session. In the last three months the NCPHN has invested heavily in education and primary care provisioning for the early phases of the covid-19 pandemic. 

Julie was also joined by Dr Hilton Koppe, NCGPT lead educator, who outlined the resources available on HealthPathways for covid-19 management on the North Coast. 

Over 100 practitioners registered for the webinar which was well received by those attending. Its success augurs well for further online training from NCGPT and the format acts a template for future webinars.

Editor's Note:

  1. The session is being replicated in the mid North Coast LHD region on 28 April, 2020. Links to this and other NCGPT webinars can be found on the their Eventbrite page
  2. Access to the webinars requires a password which can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.