Western Australia COVID-19 updates


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

The information on this page was last updated: Friday 3 April 2020, 2.35 pm AWST.

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.


As of Thursday 2 April, the testing criteria for COVID-19 has been expanded significantly at all COVID-19 clinics.

All members of the community with documented fever (≥380C) AND acute respiratory infection may be tested for COVID-19 (where another diagnosis is not more likely).

Healthcare workers, aged care workers and police officers with fever OR acute respiratory infection with or without fever should be tested for COVID-19.

Public Health approval is NOT required for patients that meet the criteria.

All people: Consider testing*

  • Person with documented fever (≥380C) AND acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat).

*where an alternative diagnosis is not more likely.

High-risk people: Test

Clinical criteria: Fever or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) OR acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat) with or without fever, AND

Epidemiological criteria:

  • international or domestic travel (including cruise ships) in the 14 days before illness onset, OR
  • close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in 14 days before illness onset, OR
  • healthcare workers, aged or residential care workers, disability support workers, and police officers (proof is required e.g. badge, workplace ID or AHPRA card).

Testing for the above patients ONLY to be done at COVID clinics in metropolitan Perth; young children can be tested in Perth Children’s Hospital and/or EDs.

In country areas testing can only be undertaken by hospitals, COVID clinics, health centres and remote health clinics operated by the WA Country Health Service, Silver Chain, Aboriginal Medical Services or RFDS. All hospitalised patients to be tested in hospital.

High risk settings: Test

Where there are two or more people with plausibly linked, clinically compatible illness (as defined above for ‘High risk people’), in aged care and other residential care facilities, military operational settings, boarding schools, correctional facilities, detention centres, Aboriginal rural and remote communities, and settings where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred.

Testing for this category in Metro Perth can be conducted either at a COVID clinic, a GP in an aged care facility if they have correct equipment/PPE, or by domiciliary collection via the patient’s usual pathology provider. For regional patients, discuss the decision to test with the local Public Health Unit, who can assist to arrange testing. All hospitalised patients to be tested in hospital.

Testing

  • Test using a single swab for oropharyngeal then either nasal (if using rigid shaft swab) or nasopharyngeal (if using flexible shaft) sampling. Self-collection is NOT advised. Instructions for specimen collection are on the PathWest website.
  • The reason for testing must be documented on the pathology request form.
  • Do not test asymptomatic patients or undertake testing for ‘clearance’ or return to work purposes.
  • Patients tested for COVID-19 need to remain isolated until instructed otherwise.

Reporting

Notify suspected COVID-19 cases by completing the notification form either online or by printing out the notification form. Notifying by phone is not necessary.


Upcoming webinars

Previous webinars

Podcasts

  • The Good GP, an education podcast for busy GPs brought to you by Dr Tim Koh, Dr Krystyna DeLange and Dr Sean Stevens, in collaboration with RACGP WA, has recorded a special COVID-19 podcast series – Access the podcast playlist

Metro

 

9222 8588 / 1300 MCDCWA (1300623292)

Pilbara 9174 1660

Goldfields

9080 8200

South West 9781 2350

Great Southern

9842 7500

Wheatbelt 9690 1720
Kimberley 9194 1630 After hours/on call 9328 0553
Midwest 9956 1985    

PHN

Phone

Email

Website

Perth North

(08) 6272 4900

info@wapha.org.au

http://www.wapha.org.au/

Country WA

(08) 6272 4900

info@wapha.org.au

http://www.wapha.org.au/

Perth South

(08) 6272 4900

info@wapha.org.au

http://www.wapha.org.au/


These COVID-19 clinics in Perth are open 8.00‌ am to 8.00‌ pm daily

  • Royal Perth Hospital – Ground Floor, Ainslie House, 48 Murray Street, Perth
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – C Block, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital – Bedbrook Row, north-eastern end of hospital, Murdoch

More information – Healthy WA COVID Clinics page


RACGP Western Australia

Phone: (08) 9489 9555

Email: wa.faculty@racgp.org.au

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