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COVID-19: GP Alert (14 September 2020)

September 14, 2020

NEW – New suburbs of caution in Ipswich cluster

The Chief Health Officer has asked residents of Redbank, Redbank Plains and Goodna showing any symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. The alert extends to anyone who has visited these suburbs in the past 14 days.

UPDATE – Aged Care Direction

Updates have been made to the Aged Care Direction, including additional requirements for operators of residential aged care facilities (RACFs) (both restricted and non-restricted) in relation to workforce management, personal protective equipment (PPE) stock management and staff training.

Changes to the Direction include new requirements for operators to:

  • identify how workforce surge requirements will be met should a facility experience a COVID-19 event. See paragraph 15(c)
  • report critical workforce shortages to their local Health Emergency Operations Centre for notification purposes. See paragraph 15(d)
  • take reasonable steps to ensure employees, contractors who have contact with residents, volunteers and students undertake appropriate infection control and PPE training. See paragraph 18(a)
  • take reasonable steps to ensure adequate supply of PPE is available to respond to a confirmed case of COVID-19. See paragraph 18(b)
  • develop and document appropriate processes to ensure residents and their needs can be identified in a COVID-19 event. See paragraph 20.

The provisions relating to workforce surge requirements and PPE training and stock management will commence on 1 October 2020 to allow RACF operators time to put necessary processes in place.

The other elements of the Aged Care Direction (No. 10) commenced on publication with more information available here.

NEW - 'Management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in residential aged care facilities' resource

Clinical Excellence Queensland has released the 'Management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in residential aged care facilities' resource which provides a suite of collaborative pathways for GPs and registered nurses.

WEBINAR - COVID-19 and Mental Health (19 May)

In this webinar from 19 May, FACRRM and specialist in Mental Health, Associate Professor Louise Stone, joins Ms Christine Morgan, Chief Executive Officer/Commissioner from the National Mental Health Commission, Dr Sarah Chalmers, ACRRM President Elect, and Mr Andrew Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of Western NSW PHN to discuss mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
View the recording here

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