Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and disability sector

Your starting point for up-to-date and authoritative information and advice on COVID-19 for the health and disability sector.

Attending the workplace

  • Working arrangements
    Find out what health or aged care employers need to do to keep their staff and business safe during COVID-19.

Protection in the workplace

  • Hygiene and cleaning
    To protect yourself and your patients, it is important to maintain good hygiene and a clean workplace. Follow the guidelines for personal hygiene, routine cleaning, disinfecting, terminal cleaning, and protective gear.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health workforce
    PPE includes surgical masks, P2/N95 respirators, gloves, goggles, glasses, face shields, gowns and aprons. Find out who in the health workforce should use PPE, how to use PPE, and how we are managing the PPE in our National Medical Stockpile.
  • Mental health for the health workforce
    Health workers are facing unprecedented circumstances and pressure during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This can take a toll on mental health. Read about what you can do to look after your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.

Providing health care and supporting patients

  • Providing health care face to face
    When providing health care face to face during the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers should take steps to keep themselves and their patients safe. Read about when to provide care face to face and how to protect yourself and your patients.
  • Providing health care remotely
    New temporary MBS telehealth items are available until 31 March 2021. These will help reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and protect patients and health care providers. Find out how to provide health care and prescription medicines via telehealth.

A new guide is available to help general practitioners have discussions with patients around their risk related to COVID-19.

When a patient has concerns about their risk of severe COVID-19 illness, you can help them develop a COVID-19 action plan. This plan considers their wishes and priorities and helps them manage risk and maintain a lifestyle that has quality and meaning.  

Managing COVID-19 in disability care

  • Managing COVID-19 in disability care
    Specialist resources and advice for disability support services and workers. Find out about when you must not go to work, getting tested, identifying symptoms in older people, and protecting yourself and the people you care for.

Remdesivir – information for clinicians

Remdesivir has provisional approval for the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults and adolescents (aged 12 years and older, weighing at least 40kg) with pneumonia requiring supplemental oxygen. The decision to approve this medicine has been made based on limited data. More comprehensive evidence is required to be submitted.

Medical practitioners are invited to apply for a supply of remdesivir through the National Medical Stockpile. Gilead has donated a small supply to the Commonwealth government, which will be available for use in eligible patients. Eligible patients are generally adults who are hospitalised with moderate to severe COVID-19 pneumonia. Read the eligibility criteria.

The use of remdesivir outside of clinical trials has been endorsed by the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce.

An application form and more details about the supply from the National Medical Stockpile can be obtained by contacting Margaret.Noris [at] health.gov.au 

Resources and training

National guidelines

The Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) guides the Australian health sector response to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 National Guidelines for Public Health Units provides interim recommendations on:

  • surveillance
  • infection control
  • laboratory testing
  • contact management

The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) updates these guidelines regularly.

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    This collection contains resources for health professionals on:

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and health care managers

    A collection of resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and health care managers, about coronavirus (COVID-19).

    COVIDSafe app

    Use our COVIDSafe app to quickly identify close contacts in case you, or someone you have been in contact with, are diagnosed with COVID-19.

    COVIDSafe app

    The COVIDSafe app is a tool that helps identify people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Please read the content on this page before downloading.

    Infection control training

    COVID-19 infection control training is available for care workers across all health care settings.

    This training is hosted on an external site, provided by our COVID-19 training partner Aspen Medical.

    Register now

    Dementia training and resources

    For advice on how to best support people living with dementia during this difficult time, go to these resources:

    Webinars

    View our webinars on the COVID-19 response for the health and aged care sector.

    Information for international health workers and medical students

    The Home Affairs website contains information for international health workers and medical students, including about:

    Staying informed

    To stay up to date:

    You can also subscribe to our health professional mailing lists:

    You can also join our WhatsApp channel or use our Coronavirus Australia app.

    Australian Government WhatsApp channel for COVID-19

    Join our COVID-19 WhatsApp channel to learn the latest on Australia's response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're already a WhatsApp user you can send a message to the channel to connect. If you don't have WhatsApp, download the app to join the channel.

    Coronavirus Australia app

    Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.

    Last updated: 
    30 September 2020

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