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8 July 2020

Posted on 9 July 2020

Key updates:  

  • LGAs in Melbourne plus Mitchel LGA to return to stage 3 lockdown as of tonight Wednesday 8 July 23:59 for 6 weeks - “stay at home” 
  • Continued community transmission - test anyone who gets symptoms   
  • Testing of asymptomatic people 
  • Coronavirus testing sites in Melbourne including ACCOs 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - health and home use advice undergoing review 
  • Individual risk assessment advice from AHPCC, Safe Work advice   
  • Useful COVID-19 infection control and health promotion resources for health and community services 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 
  • Support services 

LGAs in greater Melbourne plus Mitchel Shire LGA to return to stage 3 lockdown as of tonight Wednesday 8 July 23:59 for 6 weeks 

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July, if you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell then Stay at Home restrictions will apply. These restrictions are being applied because of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and the heightened risk of transmission. 

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25 June 2020

Posted on 25 June 2020

Key updates:  

  • Continued community transmission - test anyone who gets symptoms
  • Coronavirus testing sites in Melbourne including ACCOs 
  • Tightening of some restrictions from 22 June – reducing home visitors to 5 and outdoor group size to 10 
  • Current travel advice in Victoria 
  • Useful COVID-19 infection control and health promotion resources for health and community services 
  • Working from home until end of July - Safe Work Australia information 
  • Immunisation schedule changes from 1 July 2020 - Free NIP Meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, and new recommendations for pneumococcal   
  • RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Facebook page 
  • COVID-19 kids research evidence updates
  • Drs4Drs – mental health support service for doctors and medical students 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 

Continued community transmission - test anyone who gets symptoms – new health service guidelines 20 June

There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria. 

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22 June 2020

Posted on 22 June 2020

Key updates:  

  • Continued community transmission - test anyone who gets symptoms – new health service guidelines 20/21 June  
  • Tightening of some restrictions from 22 June – reducing home visitors and outdoor group size 
  • Useful COVID-19 infection control and health promotion resources for health and community services 
  • Safe Work Australia - information for workplaces 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 
  • Support services

Continued community transmission - test anyone who gets symptoms – new health service guidelines 20 June

There have been minor changes to the case definition and testing criteria including adding loss of taste. New DHHS health service guidelines from June 20/21 are available. 

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10 June 2020

Posted on 11 June 2020

Key updates  

  • For people who attended the protest, test anyone who gets any symptoms 
  • Remember hygiene and physical distancing with gradual easing of restrictions  
  • Useful COVID-19 control resources for health and community services 
  • CNDA guideline: can patients self-collect a COVID-19 swab? 
  • ASHM’s C19 Taskforce – Update on COVID-19 clinical trials   
  • Adapting HIV services and a person with HIV’s experience of COVID-19 
  • Free NIP Meningococcal B (Bexsero) vaccine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants - From 1 July 2020 
  • Cancer Australia online hub for patients and health professionals 
  • Australian Resuscitation Council FAQs about resus during the COVID-19 pandemic – updated June 5 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 

For people who attended the protest, test anyone who gets any symptoms 

It was great to see face masks and hand sanitiser in use, and people trying to physically distance themselves from others at the peaceful protest. If anyone gets any symptoms (see below) following attendance at the rally, please isolate yourself until you’re well, and get tested. It was a long weekend, and crowded shopping centres another meeting places could also be a risk.  

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18 June 2020

Posted on 11 June 2020

Key updates:  

  • Continued community transmission - test anyone who gets symptoms  
  • Remember hygiene and physical distancing with gradual easing of restrictions - further changes from 22 June 
  • Useful COVID-19 infection control and health promotion resources for health and community services 
  • Safe Work Australia - information for workplaces 
  • Victorian Aboriginal health organisations launch Yarning SafeNStrong crisis helpline – a national first 
  • New RACGP fact sheet: Responding to a COVID-19 case in your practice 
  • Employers seeking staff medical clearance of COVID-19 – template 
  • Why general practice needs nurses more than ever – A guide to making the most of the nurse role during COVID-19 
  • ASHM Taskforce: Advice on harm minimization and casual sex  
  • Sexual Health Update for GPs 
  • Mentoring program for IMGs working in General Practice 
  • Webinars - Optimal care pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 
  • Support services

Continued community transmission - test anyone who gets symptoms

There have been continued small clusters of coronavirus occurring in the community. A second person who attended the Black Lives Matter protest on June 6 has tested positive for coronavirus. They are not believed to be linked to the first person diagnosed who attended the protest, and it is uncertain where they picked up the virus. Face masks, hand sanitiser and people trying to physically distance themselves from others will all have helped reduce the chance of spreading infection at the protest. If anyone gets any symptoms (see below) up to 14 days following attendance at the protest please isolate yourself until you’re well and get tested. However, it’s also good for anyone with symptoms to be tested. There have recently been household clusters resulting in brief school closures for contact tracing and cleaning, and a cluster at Monash Health. Anyone with symptoms should get tested. 

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3 June 2020

Posted on 3 June 2020

Key updates 

  • Updated DHHS clinical and infection control guidelines on COVID-19 
  • Remember hygiene and physical distancing with gradual easing of restrictions  
  • Revised opioids PBS listings for the management of severe disabling pain – commenced 1 June 
  • ‘The Indigenous Health Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic’ –AHSM Webinar Wed 3 Jun 12pm  
  • AHSM COVID-19 Telehealth Survey Results  
  • ANZSRS + TSANZ Spirometry recommendations  
  • New MBS Telehealth, 22 May 20 – Dietitian group services for T2DM  
  • MVEC podcast series ‘COVID-19 Road to a vaccine’ 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 

Updated DHHS clinical and infection control guidelines on COVID-19  

There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria. There is additional information on testing asymptomatic people with DHHS direction. See the DHHS website for updated clinical resources with guidelines from 24 May and new infection control guidelines for health and non-health services.   

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29 May 2020

Posted on 29 May 2020

Key updates:  

  • Updated DHHS clinical and infection control guidelines on COVID-19   
  • DHHS PPE ordering form for ACCOs 
  • Remember hygiene and physical distancing with gradual easing of restrictions 
  • Supporting the Mental Health Royal Commission - Our Voice. Please participate in and share VACCHO survey before May 31 
  • New COVID-19 Primary Healthcare Guidance – NACCHO/RACGP/Lowitja/ANU 
  • National Palliative Care Week 24-30 May 2020 
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Hepatitis A outbreak in Victoria 
  • New Smiling Mind Programs to support Healthcare workers 
  • Ask Izzy website and app 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 

Updated DHHS clinical and infection control guidelines on COVID-19  

There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria. There is additional update on testing asymptomatic people following DHHS direction. See the DHHS website for updated clinical resources: 

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26 May 2020

Posted on 26 May 2020

Key updates

  • Updated DHHS clinical and infection control guidelines on COVID-19   
  • DHHS PPE ordering form for ACCOs 
  • Remember hygiene and physical distancing with gradual easing of restrictions 
  • Urgency of some COVID-19 tests and labelling these samples   
  • New resources for practical support with infection prevention in your clinic from ACSQH 
  • New COVIDSafe Business Planning Tool 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources   

Updated DHHS clinical and infection control guidelines on COVID-19  

There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria. There is an update on when to test asymptomatic people following DHHS direction. See the DHHS website for updated clinical resources: 

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22 May 2020

Posted on 25 May 2020

Key updates 

  • Remember hygiene and physical distancing with gradual easing of restrictions 
  • Testing guidelines (VIC) adds testing of asymptomatic school staff until May 26 
  • Urgency of some COVID-19 tests and requirements of labelling these samples   
  • ASHM COVID 19 Taskforce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander report (updated 14 May) 
  • AHPCC statement on Paediatric inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome   
  • Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 (11 May)  
  • New resources for practical support with infection prevention in your clinic, from ACSQH 
  • New COVIDSafe Business Planning Tool 
  • Communicating COVID-19 – Free unimelb course 
  • Keep up to date – useful resource   

Remember hygiene and physical distancing with gradual easing of restrictions 

Some restrictions have been cautiously eased to allow people to look after their own, and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection. There will be five reasons that you can leave home: 

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20 May 2020

Posted on 20 May 2020

Key updates 

  • Update on Commonwealth funding for GP Respiratory Clinics 
  • Remember hygiene and physical distancing with the gradual easing of restrictions 
  • Shopping centre testing blitz -  results phone line 
  • Testing guidelines (VIC) add testing of asymptomatic school staff until May 26 
  • Cases nationally in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  • In-reach COVID-19 pathology collection for residential aged care 
  • Maintaining safe immunisation services during COVID-19 (updated 11 May) 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources

Update on Commonwealth funding for GP Respiratory Clinics 

Following the ACCO health sector COVID-19 teleconference yesterday, we have discussed with the Commonwealth about the opportunity for additional ACCO-based COVID-19 respiratory clinics in Victoria. If there are any ACCOs  who would be interested in discussing whether their health service could receive Commonwealth funding to be a respiratory clinic, and I have not already put you in touch with the Commonwealth team managing this program, could you please get in touch with me about this as soon as possible. They are still assessing whether additional ACCO clinics can be set up.  

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