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COVID-19: GP Alert (9 March 2021)

March 09, 2021

UPDATED – GP assessment and management of patients with suspected COVID-19

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Please continue to have a low threshold for COVID-19 testing.

UPDATED – COVID-19 CDNA Series of National Guidelines (SoNG)

Version 4.3 of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) SoNG was published on 4 March 2021 and includes revisions to:

  • the disease
  • case definition
  • testing
  • case management
  • release from isolation
  • close contacts
  • outbreak investigation and management in high-risk settings
  • special situations
  • Appendix B, and
  • inclusion of a new section: Appendix C.

This latest version can be viewed online.

REMINDER – COVID-19 symptoms assessment and testing

GP RESPIRATORY CLINICS ARE AVAILABLE
GP Respiratory Clinics (GPRC) are available to assess and test your regular patients with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 that you may be unable to see in your practice. Please ensure that your patients provide your general practice details to the GPRCs who will conduct a full assessment of your patient, copy you into the COVID swab test result and send you a summary of the encounter.

Your patients will need to make an appointment at their closest GPRC. GPRC details can be found at www.ddwmphn.com.au/covid-19

Webinars

GP COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT UPDATE
Join Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN for this COVID-19 vaccine rollout update for GPs. Receive updates from Dr Carl de Wet - Primary Care Clinical Lead for the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre, the Darling Downs and West Moreton Public Health Units, the PHN's General Practice Liaison Officers (GPLOs) and the PHN. There will also be a Q&A session at the end.
DATE: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
TIME: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
REGISTER: Click here

WEST MORETON HEALTH GRAND ROUNDS:
COUGHS, COLDS AND WHEEZES IN A COVID WORLD

Join West Moreton Health's Paediatric Emergency Medicine Team and the GP Respiratory Clinics for a quick COVID-19 update and information session.
DATE: Friday, 26 March 2021
TIME: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
REGISTER: Click here

THE ROLE OF DIGITAL HEALTH IN DELIVERING THE COVID-19 VACCINE
DATE: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
TIME: 6:00pm
REGISTER: Click here

HEALTH CONSUMERS QUEENSLAND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES COVID-19 UPDATE
Health Consumers Queensland recently invited First Nations community members (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) to join Dr Jeannette Young and Chief Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Officer, Ms Haylene Grogan to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Watch now

GENERAL PRACTICE COVID-19 UPDATE WITH PROFESSOR MICHAEL KIDD AM
This webinar held on 4 March is part of a series for GPs on the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout hosted by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and a panel of speakers.
Watch now

COVID-19 vaccine resources

Below is a running list of resources - some are new and some have previously been shared. We will continue to update this list. New resources are highlighted below:

QUEENSLAND HEALTH

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

TGA

ATAGI

RACGP

ACRRM

RESOURCES FOR RACFS

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