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COVID-19: GP Alert (6 July 2020)

June 29, 2020

'Safe to see your GP' Campaign

Our PHN is excited to announce the launch of our ‘Safe to see your GP’ Campaign.

The ‘Safe to see your GP’ Campaign aims to highlight the importance of people maintaining their health and wellbeing as Australia continues to deal with COVID-19.

The campaign reminds the community that now, more than ever, it is really important that people do not put their health on hold and that it is safe to see their GP and other health professionals.

The campaign will be rolled out across the Darling Downs and West Moreton region across the following channels:

  • Print advertising (limited)
  • Radio advertising
  • Digital advertising
  • TV advertising

Click here to view the campaign website.

You can support the ‘Safe to see your GP’ Campaign through sharing it with your networks. We have developed a series of social media graphics and messaging which we would love for you to share on your Facebook page and other social media pages. The general practice graphic is provided below:

UPDATED - Series of National Guidelines (SoNG) – Coronavirus Disease 2019

Version 3.4 of the COVID-19 SoNG was published on 1 July and includes changes to Case definition–suspect case, The disease, Communications, Laboratory testing, Case management, Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix D with minor wording changes in other sections.
You can view the full guideline here.

UPDATED - GP Assessment and Management of patients with COVID-19 flowchart

The GP Assessment and Management of patients with COVID-19 flowchart has been updated.
Click here to view the flowchart.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – update and resources

USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) - QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
Queensland Health has produced a useful quick reference guide for clinicians on the recommended PPE for the care of suspect, probable, and confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The newly-appointed Statewide Infection Clinical Network (SICN) position statement on PPE also includes a decision-making tree for healthcare workers, and endorses the PPE guidelines published on the Queensland Health COVID-19 web page.

AMAQ ESTABLISHESE DEDICATED PPE ORDERING PLATFORM
The Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ) has partnered with AMA Western Australia to expedite PPE availability, and established a dedicated ordering process for Queensland doctors.

Access the ordering platform now, and use the discount code AMAQLD to receive a five per cent discount on the first order.

Bowel Screening Results and the My Health Record

Commencing on Monday 13 July 2020, participants in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (the Program) will have their bowel screening results uploaded to the My Health Record (MHR). Health would be grateful if you could communicate this to Healthcare Providers in your local area.

The Department of Health has been working with the Program’s pathology service provider, Sonic Healthcare (Sonic) and the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to implement this latest initiative in results reporting. When accessing bowel screening results through the MHR, participants will see a copy of the results letter they will have received from Sonic following testing of their returned samples.

Further information about MHR is available from www.myhealthrecord.gov.au
If you have any questions, please contact us at NBCSP@health.gov.au

Webinars

  • PHN and Train IT Medical will host a webinar on 8 July 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm focused on Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions using Medical Director (including My Health Record). Click here to register.
  • Latest developments on COVID-19 - In this interactive webinar from 14 April, Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton MP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth and RDAT President and ACRRM Council Chair Dr Eve Merfield discussed some of the hot issues regarding COVID-19. View the recording here.

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