Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.

It is important all patients stay up to date with the latest medical advice and announcements. ‘We are all in this together, it takes every one.’

APA is working to provide reliable sources of information that is up to date & practical. Below are the most up to date websites for information and advice.

The official Australian Government Home webpage is a single destination for information relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It contains links to each state and territory government website. Each state and territory webpages details the localised measures being put in place to protect the most vulnerable and to stop the spread of the virus.

As well as links to the State and Territory Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages the above the webpage contains:

  • Essential information and the most recent announcements on national measures to control the virus.
  • The latest details on financial support.
  • Health and prevention.
  • General information related to specific circumstances (domestic violence) or community groups (indigenous population).
  • Education and childcare.
  • Information for businesses and employees.
  • What businesses and services remain open.

Further general information is also available on the dedicated healthdirect COVID-19 webpage

The Australian Government has released an app called COVIDSafe.

The purpose of the app is to assist authorities in ‘contact tracing’. Contact tracing is the process Authorities take to locate people who have been in close proximity to a patient who has tested positive to COVID-19. If you download the app you will be contacted more quickly, this will help prevent the spread of the virus.

Downloading the app and participating is voluntary. APA does not advocate for or against patients downloading the app.

APA encourages patients to inform themselves fully before making a decision.

Detailed information on the App can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website, click here.

To download the IOS (Apple) version click here

To download the Android version via the Google Play store click here

Information on entry to Australia from overseas. Including Australian passport holders or visa holders:
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

Medicines Australia Statement on Limits to dispensing prescription medicine and other pharmaceutical products to ensure equitable access.

Medicines Australia is seeking your support to call for calm amongst the cohort of patients you represent by advising them there are no anticipated shortages of medicines as a result of COVID-19 and no need to stock up with more than their usual supply of medicines.

We welcome today’s announcement by the Government to ensure continued access to medicines by reinforcing limits on dispensing certain prescription medicines and other pharmaceutical products such as Ventolin and children’s Panadol to address unnecessary panic purchasing at community pharmacies.

Under the new restrictions, pharmacists will be required to:

  • limit dispensing of certain prescription products to one months’ supply at the prescribed dose, and some over-the-counter medicines (i.e. Ventolin) to a maximum of one unit per purchase.
  • be strongly encouraged to limit dispensing of all other medicines to one months’ supply or one unit.
  • place some over-the-counter medicines i.e. children’s paracetamol formulations behind the counter to assist in allocating supply equitably.

We would like to reiterate that there is sufficient supplies of medicines in Australia but panic buying will deplete stocks and create local shortages that could impact on the ability of patients who urgently need medication being unable to source it easily.

COVID-19 is an emerging situation and one we may be dealing with for some time. Prudent management of our medicines supply now will assist in the long-term maintenance of our supply chain.

For more information about medicines shortages, please visit: https://apps.tga.gov.au/Prod/msi/search?shortagetype=All or for any new information on COVID-19 visit https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Additional information on COVID-19, its impact on our lives and how to deal with it are available via:

The Australian Broadcasting Commission podcast called ‘Cronacast’. The podcast can be listened to for free via the ABC Listen app, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts or via the web ABC Coronacast Podcast

Advice on how to avoid emotional overload is contained on The Conversation website. ‘5 Ways to Manage News Consumption in Times of Crisis’ an article by Mark Pearson published 13th March 2020.

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NSW Health

It is really important to keep up with your child's developmental checks. You can find these check-lists in your Blue Book.

Our free Child and Family Health Services are open and safe for you and your child to attend to complete these checks.

Find your local Child and Family Health Clinic here: www.health.nsw.gov.au/kidsfamilies/MCFhealth/Pages/health-services-map.aspx
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NSW Health

If you're on holidays and you get COVID-19 symptoms stay in and get tested nearby.

Find your nearest testing clinic: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics
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Important COVIDSafe App Update: #covidsafe is now available to download in Arabic, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

Download COVIDSafe to help stop the spread of #coronavirus in our community.

Learn more: www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app
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There are currently short wait times at the Melbourne Airport #coronavirus testing site (T4 carpark, 9am-5pm, 7 days).

Are you in the area? It is still open.
If you are experiencing symptoms, however mild, please get tested.
More information:
www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19
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New restrictions are now In place across additional postcodes.

If you live in postcodes 3031 or 3051 you should only leave home for one of four reasons:

1. Shopping for food or other essential items.
2. To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment.
3. For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household).
4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home.

For more information please see www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/restrictions-restricted-postcodes-covid-19
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COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit in Campbell Town!

📆 Saturday 4 July - Monday 6 July
🕙 10am - 3:30pm
📌 Campbell Town Sports Ground - High Street

No bookings required!

Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms should come forward and get tested. If in doubt, get a test.

For more information visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/testing-for-covid19
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The Tasmanian Burns Unit has seen a significant increase in burns relating to hot water bottles and strongly recommend that Tasmanians use other ways to keep warm this winter. These burns can often be deep, painful and require surgery as well as long term management for scaring.

If you choose to use a hot water bottle, please follow these safety tips:
❌ Never use boiling water to fill a hot water bottle
❌ Never fill the hot water bottle near children
❌ Do not use with a bed fitted with an electric blanket
❌ Do not lean, roll or press against a hot water bottle
❌ Do not use for infants, children, older adults or if you have any sensory or nerve conditions

Always:
☑️ Replace hot water bottles every 12 months
☑️ Check for damage before use
☑️ Choose a hot water bottle with a large opening
☑️ Pour water slowly and do not overfill
☑️ Ensure the plug is fitted and sealed correctly
☑️ Use a cover or a towel around the bottle
☑️ Remove the hot water bottle before getting into bed
☑️ Store in a cool dry location

If you do get a burn – run it for 20 minutes under cool running water, stay warm and seek medical attention.
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Queensland Health

This is Courtney, a registered nurse who normally works at the emergency department at Queensland Children's Hospital. This afternoon, a group of Queensland nurses, including Courtney, flew to Victoria to help with the state's efforts in managing COVID-19 outbreaks.

These nurses are giving up time with their families and friends, as well as the mild Queensland winter, to assist our Victorian neighbours in conducting thousands of tests in COVID-19 hotspots. Their work will make a huge difference in helping to keep Victorians, and the rest of Australia, healthy and safe.

All up, 40 Queensland nurses will be heading down south to help out. Courtney says, "My passion is to help my community. The call-out for nurses to deploy to Victoria was something I never expected that I could be a part of. I didn’t hesitate to put my hand up though. This is such a big opportunity for me as a nurse and I couldn’t think of a better way to help not only Queensland but also Australia.”

Our huge thanks go to this group of #HealthHeroes, plus all the others who volunteered, and the many more staffing our own COVID-19 testing clinics and hospitals!
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Queensland Health

Queensland has 0 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) today.

There is currently only 1 active case of COVID-19 in Queensland.

Currently, the 1 remaining active case is in hospital.

To date, 1,055 people have recovered and sadly, 6 people have died of the disease.

The current state total is 1,067.

Each day, total cases may not equal active plus recovered plus deaths, as information for some cases is still pending and will be updated in due course.

Detailed information about COVID-19 cases in Queensland including maps of cases by HHS and LGA, likely source of infection, age and gender, testing completed, and self-quarantine notices issued, can be found here: www.health.qld.gov.au/covid-data
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HealthyWA

Is your child starting school next year? You'll need to share their Australian Immunisation History statement with the school so make sure their immunisations are up-to-date. School enrolments close Friday 24 July.
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NT Health

Protect yourself from campfire burns. Don't get Toested! 🔥
Know the three C's to treat a burn.
- COOL IT under running water for 20 minutes 💦
- COVER IT with cling wrap 🏳️
- CALL 000 for emergency response.📞
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NT Health

Thanks to a partnership between the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the National Indigenous Australians Agency, 22 remote Top End Health Service Community Health Clinics received the donation of 49 RAD-67 Pulse Co-Oximeters. 👏😁

RAD-67 Pulse Co-Oximeters are used for haemoglobin testing for childhood anaemia without needing to do finger pricks making it easier for remote families. The non-invasive, portable and handheld RAD-67 means a low red blood count can be easily and quickly identified and treated earlier.

📸 Twins Alexandra and Alexia Pamala, from the remote community of Minjilang on Croker Island.
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