Did you know that 52% of Australians are avoiding their healthcare during COVID-19?

This could lead to increased impact of disease, reduced productivity, and poorer quality of life.

Source: Consumer Health Forum Survey 2020

Who are we

The Continuity of Care Collaboration (CCC) is a unique and first of its kind communication collaboration of over 35 Peak Bodies, Industry and Healthcare Organisations coming together to stress the importance for people to continue with monitoring their health status and conditions to ensure optimal long term health outcomes are achieved.

Why we care about your healthcare

The CCC is advocating for people to continue with their health management during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to communicate consistently the importance of looking after your health, whether that is managing a chronic health condition, getting preventative screening tests or pathology tests, or seeking immediate treatment and care if you have urgent and/or new symptoms.

 

Our objective for the #DontWaitMate campaign is to help people, patients and carers in Australia feel safe to continue to go and see their doctor, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional and dentist, and to also not put of tests such as blood tests, cancer screening or x-rays and scans.

 

Your health is our priority. There are measures in place to help people feel safe to access their health care needs remotely, such as Telehealth, e-prescribing of medicines, home delivery of medicines. If people do need to physically go to a clinic or hospital, personal protective equipment, regular cleaning and distancing measures are all in place – it is all about patient safety.

Why #DontWaitMate matters

Patient safety and continuity of care is extremely important, particularly for those patients who have chronic and complex diseases or conditions, vulnerable populations, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. There are mounting concerns that Australians are not maintaining their regular doctor visits for existing chronic conditions and/or putting off seeing their doctor to get a test, investigation, or immunisation due to fears of contracting COVID-19 or burdening the health system.
A person getting their healthcare needs sorted with the healthcare professional wearing PPE for COVID-19 to protect the patient and them in delivering essential care needs

CONTINUITY OF CARE COLLABORATION

Our goals

MAINTAIN ALL AUSTRALIANS HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Encouraging people to maintain their ongoing health care, tests and medicines.

PROMOTE ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE

What health checks did you miss during COVID-19? – don’t leave it too late - #dontwaitmate

DEVELOP STRONG COMMUNITIES

We all have a responsibility to keep our communities safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Examples of essential care

Our CCC members are focused on the following areas for Australians healthcare needs.

Prevention

Chronic Disease Management

Adherence to Medicines

Cancer Screening

Acute Care

Mental Health

Clinical Trials

X-Rays and Scans

Vaccinations

Dentistry/Oral Care

For Your Health

Get informed and involved

Click a resource which mosts interests you to find out more.

Together with your help we can ensure Australians get the healthcare they need.

Remember, taking any action – no matter how small – can help make a difference to the long-term health of all Australians.

We all play an important role in ensuring our friends, neighbours, co-workers, and relatives stay safe and healthy. So remind them that when it comes to your health, #DontWaitMate!

#DontWaitMate on social

We want people to feel safe to access their regular health care. We want you to share your experience by posting your story or a selfie of you visiting your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, GP clinic or hospital.

Social media is one of the best ways to reach friends, family and networks. By sharing a #DontWaitMate post you could help save someones life!

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Share the DontWaitMate Campaign On Social Media to help others re-engage with healthcare

Click here to download our existing social media post toolkit and don’t forget to use the hashtag #DontWaitMate

Add the Facebook Frame

Go to facebook.com/profilepicframes
2. Select #DontWaitMate – Continuity of Care Collaboration from the menu or search for the frame you want to use

3. Click Use as Profile Picture to save.

Tell your healthcare story

Personal stories are powerful and can help drive someone to think about their healthcare needs too. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #DontWaitMate . You can post a text post, take a selfie or even create your own video.

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Webinars

Select a webinar of interest and the recording will open in a new tab for you to view the session.

Want to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about the CCC or how to join the CCC, please get in touch. We would also love to work with you to spread the #DontWaitMate message – so don’t wait mate – contact us now!

For Media Relations contact John Emmerson 0448 493 146

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