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COVID-19: GP Alert (14 April 2020)

April 14, 2020

Public Health Alert no.10

On April 9 2020, the Chief Health Officer advised that the criteria for testing for COVID-19 has further been expanded. In addition to the current advice, testing should be undertaken for:

Any individual with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19:

  • fever (≥38°C) or a history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills)
  • acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat
  • who works in a school or formal child care setting.

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Advice for Queensland vaccine service providers

Queensland Health, in partnership with some of their key immunisation stakeholders, has released a document outlining recommendations to support vaccination services during the COVID-19 response.

Included in the document are procedures, based on current advise, to minimise the risk. Vaccine services will need to consider their specific operational processes based on staffing levels, physical layout of venues, fittings, resources and client numbers.

Click here to read the full document

The importance of looking after existing health conditions

One of the unintended consequences of COVID-19 has been significant reductions in patients attending health care. Consequently, there are increased risk for adverse health outcomes particularly for people with chronic conditions who may not continue with their regular medical appointments due to concerns around COVID-19.

In response, the Australian Government is urging all people with chronic conditions to not neglect their regular health care and to continue to consult with their GPs.

Please consider how you might share this important message with your patients.

Medical review changes for drivers over 75

Senior Queenslanders are being supported to stay at home with the Queensland Government changing its medical certificate requirements for drivers 75 and over.

Two changes have been made and will be in place from 10 April 2020:

  • Medical certificates to drive that expired after 29 January 2020 will be considered valid until 6 months after the COVID-19 emergency ends.
  • During the COVID-19 emergency period, drivers aged 75 or over wont be committing an offence if they are driving without holding a valid medical certificate.

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Advance Care Planning and COVID-19 Webinar for GPs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing questions around advance care planning delivery at this time, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) and the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) program will host a series of webinars this month for various health sector audiences, including aged care, GPs and healthcare/hospitals.

The ELDAC webinar series will provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.

The ACPA webinars will feature panellists including ACPA representatives and various sector experts and will cover:

  • advance care planning priorities and actions required in the context of COVID-19
  • roles and responsibilities of the workforce and service providers in advance care planning during COVID-19
  • ACPA resources available for consumers, staff and service providers.

The webinar for GPs will be held on 28 April 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm (AEST).

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar