Date published: 
31 August 2020
Type: 
Webinar
Audience: 
General public
Webinar date : 
Wednesday, September 2 2020 11:30 am to 12:00 pm AEST
COVID-19 response update for primary care and allied health practitioners – 2 September

Presenters

  • Professor Michael Kidd
  • Dr Anne-marie Boxall
  • Dr Catherine Kelaher

Question and answer

Question: If wearing a surgical mask do you need to change it between every patient?

Answer: No, you don’t need to change a surgical mask between every patient. A surgical mask can be used continuously for up to 4 hours, as long as it does not become moist, soiled or damaged. Avoid touching the mask with your hands when putting it on and taking it off, so your hands are not contaminated.

See more information on the correct use of face masks.

It is recommended you visit this website regularly to remain updated on any changes or amendments.

Question: How will the Australian Government facilitate agreement by the states of a common definition of essential allied health?

Answer: The definition of essential allied health is used to manage state and territory border closures. This is the responsibility of jurisdictional governments.

The Australian Government’s Chief Allied Health Officer (CAHO) Dr Anne-marie Boxall liaises regularly with CAHOs in all state and territory health departments. The jurisdictional CAHOs provide advice and support to those with responsibility in their governments for managing border closures.

High-level discussions on border closure disruptions are occurring. In addition the National Cabinet discussed border closures on 4 September 2020. Read more information about this meeting.  

Question: As a speech pathologist with kids in Queensland, I need my mouth to show, and I often cannot social distance and still be effective. Do I need to move to telehealth or cease services for my NDIS clients?

Answer: Thank you for considering the safest way to deliver services to your NDIS clients. The first consideration is the level of community transmission in your local area. Currently, only some areas of Queensland are deemed at risk and warrant wearing a face mask.

For services that require a face to be visible, you may find the following techniques to reduce the need for a face mask useful:

  • Where possible keep your distance from the client.
  • Virtually interact via cameras, etc (if practical) to reduce face-to-face contact.
  • Use engineering controls – that is, transparent Perspex or similar barriers between the practitioner and the client.

Please also continue to check the Queensland Health website for up-to-date information.

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