Novel Coronavirus - Latest Information

Health authorities are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, China.

NSW Health is urging people who have recently returned from Wuhan or have been in contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus infection to ensure they are aware of the of novel coronavirus infection symptoms and contact their GP or local emergency department if symptoms develop within 14 days.


NSW Health has a dedicated coronavirus site which contains the latest updates, clinical guidance, advice for GPs and practice resources.

The Australian Government Department of Health's coronavirus site provides information for the community and public health units.

The RACGP website also includes regularly updated information and specific advice for GPs.

The Hunter New England HealthPathways team have worked in collaboration with the HNE Public Health unit to develop the Novel Coronavirus pathway. As this is a rapidly evolving issue the Public Health Team and GP Clinical Editors have agreed to provide daily updates to the pathway to ensure the most current information is made available to our local clinicians.   Click here to access the Novel Coronavirus pathway.


We have been provided with an initial stock of P2/N95 and surgical masks and are distributing them to general practices in the region.  Should you have any questions or inquiries, please contact the Primary Health Network on 1300 859 028 or your PHN Primary Care Improvement Officer (PCIO).


With an increasing number of health alerts being targeted at General Practice, including the evolving concern developing with the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov), the PHN is consolidating all the health alert notifications it receives on the relevant HealthPathways portals.

 For General Practices in the Hunter New England region this will be at:

 Username: hnehealth    Password: p1thw1ys


For General Practices on the Central Coast it will be:

Username: centralcoast   Password: 1connect