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COVID-19: GP Alert (9 June 2020)

June 09, 2020

UPDATED – CDNA National guidelines for public health units

Version 3.1 of these guidelines includes revisions to laboratory testing, case management (release from isolation) and contact management. The key changes include changes to the circumstances under which confirmed, probable and significantly immunocompromised cases can be released from isolation.

Convalescent plasma needed for clinical trials

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is currently collecting convalescent plasma for use in two approved randomised clinical trials being conducted in Australia. The convalescent plasma will be given as either a plasma transfusion or COVID-19 immunoglobulin.

Lifeblood needs to build up a supply of convalescent plasma to have sufficient stocks for use in the trials and is seeking assistance in identifying people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who may be willing to donate plasma for this purpose. Further details are outlined in the information sheet for Australian Health Providers and in the donor information sheet.

REMINDER - Guidance on use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in non-inpatient healthcare settings, during the COVID-19 outbreak

The 'Guidance on use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in non-inpatient healthcare settings, during the COVID-19 outbreak' document was updated on 11 May. View the guidance here.

The Way Back Support Service - Self-harming and suicide prevention support service

Our PHN funds Beyond Blue's The Way Back Support Service (TWBSS) in the Toowoomba, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Western Downs, Southern Downs and South Burnett regions within our catchment.

The Way Back provides non-clinical, tailored support for up to three months following discharge from hospital after a suicide attempt or suicidal crisis. People referred are contacted by a Support Coordinator within one working day of receiving their referral and guided through a program personalised to meet their individual needs.

This can include everything from support accessing clinical care during elevated periods of risk, to referrals to community-based services such as financial or relationship counselling. This one-on-one support helps motivate people to keep connected and alive. To find out more, visit

The service is delivered by Richmond Fellowship Queensland (RFQ) and referrals into the service are actively being accepted from GPs and community mental health services, as well as through local hospital and health services.

For more information about this service in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region, please visit our Services Map and select your local government area (LGA).