Michael Kidd

AM MBBS, MD, FAHMS, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, Canberra, ACT; Professor of Primary Care Reform, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Australia’s primary care COVID-19 response

General practice is absolutely central to national and local responses to COVID-19 in Australia, and the nation is building a response on the basis of its very strong system of primary healthcare.

Community-based access to oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 in Australia

The process for antiviral prescription and dispensing in Australia is outlined using nationwide data.

COVID-19 highlights risks of healthcare and social care workers attending work while ill

As COVID-19 affects healthcare and social care systems around the world, reports of infection among healthcare and social care workers continue to accumulate.

The invaluable contributions of general practice to Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic response

The Australian public has benefited greatly from the manifold contributions of general practice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on Australia’s five principles for pandemic response in primary care through the lens of early international experiences of COVID-19

In scoping the emerging literature on COVID-19 during 2020 and considering its policy relevance, we identified six emerging challenges that highlight the importance of the five principles.

COVID-19 and access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for young people: An overview of the international literature and policy

Support for young people to access timely and appropriate sexual and reproductive health during the COVID-19 pandemic should be a priority for policymakers around the world.

The contribution of Australia’s general practitioners to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The success of the nation’s COVID-19 vaccine program reflects the trust the people of Australia have in their general practices and their general practitioners.

The importance of consistent advice during a pandemic: An analysis of Australian advice regarding personal protective equipment in healthcare settings during COVID-19

Lessons from previous pandemics emphasise the importance of consistent information and advice for healthcare workers, particularly regarding their use of personal protective equipment.

General practitioner management of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a ‘perfect storm’ for the deterioration of mental health.

Older people, the digital divide and use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic

There may be multiple reasons why older people are not able to effectively access or engage with health technologies despite their availability.

What has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about the use of virtual consultations in primary care?

The future of telehealth in primary care requires its coherent integration into clinical infrastructure and bolstering of community access and capacity to use both video and telephone modalities.


The Australian public has benefited greatly from the manifold contributions of general practice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

What strategies have been effective in optimising COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Australia and internationally?

Strategies that have successfully increased COVID-19 vaccine uptake may also be effective in enhancing uptake across a range of vaccine-preventable diseases.