COVID-19 Peer Support program for India's health professionals

The second wave of COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on India and has put tremendous pressure on the Indian medical system. Doctors and health care workers across India are being stretched physically, mentally and emotionally.

The ANU College of Health & Medicine is working to bring together a group of volunteer doctors and health professionals from Australia to help colleagues in India by providing peer support. We hope to provide advice, guidelines, peer support and access to international senior doctors to our colleagues in India.

The peer support activities that volunteers may be engaged in are varied - some examples of how we may assist health professionals in India are listed below. 

  • Provide specialist support where necessary and appropriate, for example, through
    • Intensive Care specialists,
    • Infectious diseases experts,
    • Psychologists and Psychiatrists,
    • Nephrologists,
    • Haematologists,
    • Radiologists,
    • Cardiologists,
    • Nursing specialists,
    • Physiotherapists, and other specialisations. 
  • Provide peer support; help to build confidence in junior health care professionals to manage their cases
  • Improve access to international senior doctors and reduce workload on senior health professionals in India
  • Provide advice on need for lab tests and CT scan as per protocol
  • Provide guidelines for treatment and indications for referral to hospital as per standard protocols 
  • Provide advice against irrational use of medications and oxygen
  • Provide advice on supportive management of cases being managed at home
  • Provide advice on protecting other family members if a COVID +ve patient is isolating at home

This initiative is led by A/Prof Dipti Talaulikar.

If you are a medical or health care professional, please register to seek support or volunteer using the links below.

You can also contact us on WhatsApp at the following number: +61 2 6125 9131.


  • neither the university nor the remote peer assume any responsibility for patient care by participating in the program, and that responsibility continues to reside with the treating healthcare professional in India;
  • if the healthcare professional in India needs their own healthcare or mental health assistance, it can only be provided by a proper provider in India and neither the university nor the remote peer can assume that responsibility; and
  • if the remote peer in Australia or elsewhere has health or mental health needs through participating in the program, they should contact support services in their local area / state. Some support options are linked to the Volunteer registration webpage.