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COVID-19: GP Alert (20 July 2020)

July 20, 2020

UPDATE - Telehealth for GP Providers

On 10 July 2020, Minister Hunt announced stage seven of the telehealth reforms as part of the Australian Government COVID-19 response. Further information is available on the webpage - continuous care with telehealth stage seven release.

From July 20, Telehealth GP providers will be required to have an existing and continuous relationship with a patient in order to provide Telehealth services. Fact sheets with information on the temporary COVID-19 items are available on the webpage - Temporary telehealth items page.

REMINDER - GP-led Respiratory Clinics

GP-led respiratory clinics continue to be available across the Darling Downs and West Moreton region to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or unusual fatigue).

The respiratory clinics are staffed by GPs and will provide full assessment and management plans for patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.

The clinics are listed below:

  • Greater Ipswich (Purga) - Flinders Peak GP Respiratory Clinic
  • Toowoomba - Carbal Medical Services GP Respiratory Clinic
  • Toowoomba - James Neil Medical GP Respiratory Clinic
  • Warwick - Condamine Medical Centre GP Respiratory Clinic
  • Greater Ipswich (Booval) - Kambu GP Respiratory Clinic
  • Ipswich - Health Matters Karalee

For full details, visit our COVID-19 webpage.

NEW – Queenslanders who attended these NSW venues should be tested for COVID-19

A list of NSW venues which have been associated with confirmed COVID-19 cases has been updated by NSW Health. These include venues outside of the currently declared Hotspots Anyone who has attended any of these venues are advised to present for testing and self-isolate.

NEW - Aged Care Rapid Response Flowchart and Overview

Queensland Health published a Rapid Response Flowchart and Overview that describes the steps and stakeholders in responding to a COVID-19 case (attached) and available here.

Breastfeeding and COVID-19

The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce made a conditional recommendation that Breastfeeding is supported irrespective of the presence of COVID-19. However, women with COVID-19 who are breastfeeding should use infection-control and prevention measures (mask and hand hygiene) while infectious (recommendation 12.2).

Webinars

  • 21 July 20 | 1:30 - 3:00pm | PANDA - Perinatal Mental Health in the Pandemic | Register Here
  • 21 July 20 | 6:30 - 7:30 | Train IT Medical - Continuing Quality Improvements in General Practice during COVID-19 | Register Here
  • 21 July 20 | 7:00 - 8:00pm | BSPHN - Conversations with Patients to Support Positive Health-Behaviour Change | Register Here
  • 22 July 20 | 1:00 - 2:00pm | Family Law Pathways Network - Nathan Wallis: Anxiety & Depression in Children and Adolescents | Register Here
  • 22 July 20 | 6:00 - 7:00pm | Immunisation Coalition - 2020 Pneumococcal Disease Webinar | Register Here
  • 24 July 20 | 12:30 - 1:30pm | COVID-19 Rapid Response Plan for RACFs presented by West Moreton Health | Click here to access the webinar
  • 27 July 20 | 7:00 - 8:00am | CQ, WB, SC PHN - Practice Staff E-Meeting: Preparing Your Practice for E-Prescriptions | Register Here
  • 27 July 20 | 6:30 - 8:00pm | The Benchmarque Group - Meningococcal Update |
    Register Here
  • 29 July 20 | 12:30 - 1:30pm | RACF COVID-19 Update presented by Darling Downs Health (relevant to the whole region) | Click here to access the webinar

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