Medibank joins 'WA COVID Care at Home' initiative

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Medibank is part of a new joint venture with Calvary that will deliver the 'WA COVID Care' at Home initiative.

The initiative, which was announced by the Western Australian health minister Amber-Jade Sanderson, will see the virtual monitoring of COVID-19 patients in their homes.

"Similar programs operating interstate and overseas have successfully supported people in their homes through their period of home isolation," said Minister Sanderson, adding, "Due to the high levels of COVID-19 vaccination in the community, it is expected that most people will experience mild symptoms and will be able to recover in their homes."

WA COVID Care at Home patients will receive regular contact from the healthcare team to check their vital health signs and welfare. They will also monitor their general well-being. This contact could be by phone and telehealth.

"It is likely COVID-19 cases will increase in WA over the coming months, but with about 90 per cent of the WA population older than 12 years already double-dose vaccinated, most people will not need hospital care," continued Minister Sanderson.

"WA COVID Care at Home will enable people to get the care they need while remaining in the comfort of their own homes.

"Through daily contact, the healthcare team will assess each patient's physical, mental and emotional wellness.

"If they have concerns, there are processes to escalate the patient for more acute care. If someone needs hospital care, that is what they will get."