Queensland COVID-19 updates


This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available for GPs in Queensland.

The information on this page was last updated: Friday 3 April 2020, 12.30pm (AEST)

You can also find nationally relevant information via the RACGP Coronavirus (COVID19) information for GPs webpage

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the Australian Federal Government Department of Health website and subscribe to receive the bi-weekly COVID-19 newsletter for GPs from the Chief Medical Officer.


Information on testing can be found on the Queensland Health website.

As of 24 March 2020, the case definition for COVID-19 has changed.

As per Queensland Health - COVID-19 Public Health Alert No. 6 / 25 March 2020.

  • Confirmed case: A person who tests positive to a validated specific SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test or has the virus identified by electron microscopy or viral culture.
  • Probable case: A person with fever (≥38°C) or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) OR acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) AND who is a household contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, where testing has not been conducted.
  • Suspect case: A suspect case is a person who meets the following epidemiological and clinical criteria (please refer to Epidemiological criteria)


Access the latest updates from Queensland Health.

You can also access the QLD Health Facebook page for regular updates, patient information posters and resources


Upcoming webinars

Tuesday 31 March 2020 at 6.30pm to 8.00pm

What practice owners need to know about Telehealth in the COVID-19 environment

The RACGP Queensland Business of General Practice Group invite you to join this webinar on the essentials practice owners need to know about the new telehealth services in relation to COVID-19. Facilitated by Dr Tony Bayliss (Chair RACGP QLD Business of General Practice Group), and including presentations from Dr Todd Cameron and Dr Nicole Higgins who will explain practical aspects to telehealth and practice management in the context of COVID-19.

This webinar includes discussions of the relevant item numbers as well as operational aspects surrounding the provision of primary care services in a telehealth environment. Attendees will be provided with an overview of which consultations are eligible for telehealth and the key considerations for practice owners with GPs that are providing telehealth services. There will be the opportunity to ask questions.

Register now


Your local Public Health Unit can be found on the Queensland Health website.

PHN

Phone

Email

Website

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast

(07) 5456 8100

info@ourphn.org.au

http://www.ourphn.org.au/

Gold Coast

(07) 5635 2455

info@gcphn.com.au

http://www.healthygc.com.au

Western Queensland

(07) 4573 1900

admin@wqphn.com.au

http://www.wqphn.com.au

Darling Downs and West Moreton

(07) 4615 0900

info@ddwmphn.com.au

http://www.ddwmphn.com.au

Northern Queensland

(07) 4034 0300

hello@primaryhealth.com.au

http://www.primaryhealth.com.au

Brisbane North

(07) 3630 7300

contactus@brisbanenorthphn.org.au

http://www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au

Brisbane South

1300 467 265

contactus@bsphn.org.au

http://www.bsphn.org.au


Queensland Respiratory and Fever clinics

Respiratory and Fever clinics are specialist clinics for people who may be infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These clinics help to keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres. This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps the emergency department available for emergencies.

Respiratory Clinic is commissioned by PHNs on behalf of Commonwealth, while Fever Clinics are set up by a Queensland Health “Hospital and Health Service” (HHS) in their respective regions. There are other differences between the two, but they all offer COVID-19 screening.

The Queensland State Health Emergency Coordination Centre (SHECC) Primary Care Clinical Lead has today (2 April 2020) provided the latest update on locations and opening hours for Respiratory and Fever Clinics across Queensland.

COVID-19 Primary Care Fever and Respiratory clinic details


RACGP Queensland

Phone: (07) 3456 8944

Email: qld.faculty@racgp.org.au

Join the RACGP Queensland Facebook group to chat with your colleagues and stay up to date.