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Overview and objectives

This research study aims to describe the health outcomes of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Queensland, over time and in relation to patient characteristics, by combining COVID-19 notification, hospital, general practice and death data.

General practice patient health information, in comparison to hospital data, contains additional, more detailed and up-to-date information on patient characteristics, including health conditions and medications at the time of infection.

We will be contacting patients who have had COVID-19 and inviting them to participate by giving their individual consent.

For those patients that have consented, our ATHENA COVID-19 Coordination Centre will  then be contacting you to ask if you would export a copy of your patient’s health information to Queensland Health in a simple but secure series of pre-defined steps.

  • At the study outset, GPs will receive notification of the project using standard information networks such as newsletters produced by Primary Health Networks and RACGP.
  • Nominated general practices with identified COVID-19 positive patients will be sent an information pack containing an outline of the study, letters of support from the Queensland Health Chief Health Officer, all 7 Queensland Primary Health Networks and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Project team members from the ATHENA COVID-19 Coordination Centre will contact individual nominated general practices to explain the details of the study.
  • Project members will inform the practice that they have a specific patient(s) who has tested positive for COVID-19, and that the project team has contacted their patient and has obtained consent for release of their GP data.
  • For consented only patients, the general practice will be sent a General Practice Data Release request from Queensland Health via a secure messaging platform asking them to export a copy of the patient health information to Queensland Health in a simple but secure series of pre-defined steps.
  • For further information please contact the ATHENA COVID-19 coordination centre on: 07 4243 4813 email:

Why Support the Queensland Health ATHENA COVID-19 Study?

  1. The study will answer vital questions about which medical conditions, medicines and other health characteristics determine whether patients develop mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19 in our population.
  2. General practice records hold key information to better understand how COVID-19 impacts our population but we need the help of GP clinics to send us the patient file.
  3. It only takes moments to upload to our secure portal.
  4. The study has the support of RACGP, the Queensland Health Chief Health Officer and all 7 Queensland Primary Health Networks and each patient who has consented to participate.
  5. The study has ethics approval, and is compliant with privacy legislation.(Avaliable on request).
Last updated: 9 November 2020