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COVID-19: GP Alert (28 September 2020)

September 28, 2020

Entire State of QLD now LOW risk regarding PPE guidance

The following LGAs have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the 'low risk' category, and PPE usage can be reduced.

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Region
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Region
  • Somerset Region

With this downgrade the entire state is now on 'low risk' for PPE decision-making.
Read the correspondence from Clinical Excellence Queensland for more information.
Read the Pandemic Response Guidance Personal protective equipment in Healthcare delivery document for PPE guidance.

UPDATE – Easing of restrictions for Greater Brisbane and West Moreton regions

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young confirmed that restrictions in the following areas will be eased from 1 am Friday 25 September 2020: Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and the Redlands. The changes include:

  • Gatherings of up to 30 people will be allowed in people’s homes and outdoors (up from 10)
  • Visitors will be permitted at hospitals, residential aged care facilities and disability accommodation facilities, but may be required to wear PPE.

Reminder: Queensland’s border will re-open to residents from the Australian Capital Territory from 1 am Friday 25 September 2020.

Information on restrictions can be found online

GP recruitment - A note from Darling Downs Health

Dear GP,

I am contacting you to seek your contribution to support our rural doctors across the Darling Downs Health Service area, who require leave or other circumstances that may mean our rural communities require additional doctors as this pandemic continues.

Our team is providing a rural relief program that will enable short or medium term rural work for Doctors willing to assist our rural communities.

I would like the opportunity to outline the program with you to determine if you may have the capacity and interest to go rural. Our relief team will hire you as a Queensland Health casual doctor and work with you to allocate your available time to a Darling Downs rural community that your skills and experience will enable you to practise in a supported and safe manner. We will also consider organising and funding any upskilling you may think increases your confidence to work rural.

These sites include Dalby, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi, Warwick, Tara, Inglewood, Millmerran, Nanago, Taroom, Texas etc

Relief periods may be intermittent and any support for even a few days, to one or two weeks would be appreciated.

Placements may be in general practice or hospital or a combination, we also have areas of specialist assistance needed.

Our team will support you with managing allocations for when you are available and work through the paperwork.

We will make sure your travel and accommodation is arranged at our cost. Your relief payments will be as a temporary employee with full Medical Officer entitlements and a rural relieving allowance.

If you have the capacity to assist our rural doctors please let me know via email and I will call you to discuss further.

We would greatly welcome your interest and contribution to supporting our rural doctors and their communities.

Kind regards,
Dr Hwee Sin Chong
Executive Director Medical Services
Darling Downs Health