Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice to National Cabinet on 24 March 2020
A statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee about the temporary suspension of all non-urgent elective surgery.
The national supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) remains of great concern with continued depletion of the National Medical Stockpile.
The Commonwealth has significant orders placed but cannot guarantee supply due to international considerations.
At this time, it is inappropriate to continue to do elective surgery.
AHPPC therefore recommends cancellation of all non‑urgent elective procedures in both the public and private sector.
It is recommended that only Category 1 and some exceptional Category 2 surgery proceed.