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Advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) for the health and disability sector

Attend the workplace

Work arrangements
Find out what healthcare and senior employers need to do to keep their employees and their businesses safe during COVID-19.

Protection in the workplace

Hygiene and cleanliness
To protect yourself and your patients, it is important to maintain good hygiene and a clean workplace. Follow instructions for personal hygiene, routine cleaning, sterilization, final cleaning, and protective gear.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel includes:
Surgical masks, P2 / N95 respirators, gloves, goggles, face shields, gowns and aprons. Find out who in the healthcare workforce should wear personal protective equipment, how to wear personal protective equipment, and how we handle personal protective equipment in our national medical stock.

Mental health of the workforce
Health Healthcare workers face unprecedented conditions and stresses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This can affect mental health. Read about what you can do to take care of your mental health and well-being during this difficult time.

Provide medical care and patient support

Provide face-to-face medical attention
When providing face-to-face health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers must take steps to keep themselves and their patients safe. Read about when to provide care in person and how to protect yourself and your patients.

Provide remote medical care
The new temporary MBS telehealth items are available until September 30, 2020 to help reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and protect patients and healthcare providers. Learn how to provide medical care and prescription drugs through telehealth services.

When a patient has concerns about their risk of developing a serious COVID-19 illness, you can help them create a COVID-19 action plan. This plan takes into account their wishes and priorities and helps them manage risk and maintain a lifestyle characterized by quality and meaning.

Management of COVID-19 in the care of the disabled

Management of COVID-19 in
Disability Care Specialist Resources and Advice for Disability Support Services and Personnel Find out when to go to work, get tested, identify symptoms in older adults, and protect yourself and the people you care about.

Remdesivir - information for physicians

Remdesivir has been provisionally approved to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults and adolescents (12 years and older and weighing at least 40 kg) with pneumonia that requires additional oxygen. The decision to approve this drug was based on limited data. More complete evidence is required.

Physicians are invited to request a supply of remdesivir through the National Medical Inventory. Gilead has donated a small amount to the Commonwealth government, which will be available for use by eligible patients. Eligible patients are generally hospitalized adults with moderate to severe pneumonia with COVID-19. Read the eligibility criteria.