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COVID-19: GP Alert (17 September 2020)

September 17, 2020

UPDATED – Easing of restrictions in Darling Downs

Restrictions on gatherings and visitor bans at hospitals, residential aged care and disability accommodation facilities will be lifted from 8am 17 September 2020 in the Darling Downs and Gold Coast HHSs. These restrictions were implemented on 31 August 2020 due to risks of community transmission arising from the West Moreton cluster. More information on these changes will be available from the Chief Health Officer public health directions webpage.

The risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in these HHSs will also be reduced from ‘moderate’ to ‘low’ as per Queensland Health’s Pandemic Response Guidance, Personal protective equipment in Healthcare Delivery. Health care settings can adjust their use of PPE accordingly but may still opt to continue increased measures.

Please note that the West Moreton Health Service remains Moderate risk as per Queensland Health’s Pandemic Response Guidance, Personal protective equipment in Healthcare Delivery. As such PPE recommendation for West Moreton remain unchanged.

RESOURCE - 'How to care for your eye protection goggles'

Brisbane South PHN has developed a 'How to care for your eye protection goggles' resource. You can view the resource here.

Mental health support for health professionals

Many healthcare professionals are experiencing high levels of stress due to COVID-19 and are left wondering, what steps can I take to manage this pressure and continue to provide the best quality care for my patients?

To support the mental health of Australia's essential frontline health workers, Black Dog Institute has developed TEN - The Essential Network.

Designed by health professionals for health professionals, TEN is a multi-faceted e-health hub providing fast, easy access to evidence-based tools, resources, programs and specialists for stress, anxiety, and depression.

UPDATE - National General Practice Accreditation (NGPA) Scheme

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has announced the resumption of onsite assessments from 26 October 2020 for practices under the National General Practice Accreditation (NGPA) Scheme.

The resumption of onsite assessments is for practices that present a low COVID-19 risk, therefore only onsite low risk assessments will be conducted. This excludes the assessment of practices in areas where there are active COVID-19 clusters or state or territory restrictions or lockdowns.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care will work with accrediting agencies, using information from public health orders and advice from State and Territory health departments to determine exclusion zones.

Practices will receive 12 months benefits of accreditation from their expiry date. QPA will be in contact with practices to commence the planning of onsite assessments.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact QPA on 02 6944 4042.

Do you have patients who tested positive to COVID-19?

The ATHENA COVID-19 is underway, examining positive diagnoses and outcomes of the virus in Queensland. Information collected in the general practice setting contains important details on patient characteristics, including health conditions and medications at the time of infection, making your participation vital. To take part in the study, click here.

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affecting Health Care practitioners in the Darling Downs and West Moreton Regions: