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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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15 May 2020

Posted on 15 May 2020

Key updates 

  • Victoria’s state of emergency has been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May with gradual easing of restrictions 
  • Continue testing people with common COVID-19 symptoms 
  • In-reach COVID-19 pathology collection for residential aged care 
  • COVIDSafe App 
  • Electronic prescribing- are you ready?   
  • MBS Privacy Checklist for Telehealth Services (4 May)  
  • Safer Baby Bundle Recommendations during COVID-19  
  • Lung Health Awareness Month – May 2020
  • New Black Dog Institute app for healthcare workers- ‘The Essential Network’ (TEN)  
  • Clinical ethics and COVID-19 – free 3hr unimelb course  
  • SafeWork Australia COVID-19 Information for workplaces 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources

Victoria’s state of emergency has been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May 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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11 May 2020

Posted on 13 May 2020

Key updates

  • Victoria’s state of emergency has been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May with gradual easing of restrictions from today  
  • Continue testing people with common COVID-19 symptoms 
  • In-reach COVID-19 pathology collection for residential aged care 
  • COVIDSafe App 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 

Victoria’s state of emergency has been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May with gradual easing of restrictions from today 

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1 May 2020

Posted on 1 May 2020

Key updates 

  • VIC “testing blitz” - promote tests for people with symptoms 
  • PPE stockpiles improved 
  • VACCHO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MBS Flowchart updated with Telehealth 
  • Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • ASHM’s C19 BBV and Sexual Health Taskforce 
  • HIV treatment supply, postage and compassionate access    
  • Avoid influenza vaccine error – Afluria Quad only for 5 + years 
  • Cardiac arrest management in COVID-19 era. Interim guidelines from ACEM (24 Apr) 
  • National cancer screening programs 
  • Free access to Therapeutic Guidelines until July 30 
  • Youth and COVID 19 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 

VIC “testing blitz” - promote tests for people with symptoms 

The Victorian Government has announced a “testing blitz” over the next two weeks, aiming to test 100,000 people to better understand the how the virus is spreading in the community and inform the potential easing of restrictions. 

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27 April 2020

Posted on 28 April 2020

Key updates 

  • New case definition and VIC “testing blitz”  

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16 April 2020

Posted on 16 April 2020

Key updates  

  • Updated Victorian COVID-19 case definition  
  • VACCHO support for infection control issues 
  • PPE guidelines for primary care, community services and transport 
  • Map of Victorian GP and hospital respiratory clinics 
  • Telehealth - video platform & webinars 
  • Managing diabetes during COVID-19 
  • Keep up to date – useful resources 

COVID-19 situation in Victoria

As of 15 April 2020, Victoria has 1299 total confirmed cases, an increase of 8 since yesterday. 39 people are in hospital, including 18 people in intensive care. 14 people have died. 132 cases have an unknown source of infection, an increase of 10 since yesterday. 1137 people have recovered.   

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