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Winter Planning Toolkit modules

Module 2: Preventative measures

Physical distancing/ Isolation

Last revised: 05 Jun 2023

Physical distancing/ Isolation

Physical distancing is the physical separation of people to reduce the risk of disease transmission from potentially infectious patients. This means:

  • reducing the number of people gathering in a room
  • maintaining 1.5 metres between people where possible
  • isolating patients presenting with potential respiratory infection in a separate space.

The RACGP Infection prevention and control guidelines has suggestions on how to design your practice to ensure appropriate monitoring and isolation of patients, choice of fixtures to ensure a consistently clean clinic and ventilation.
Safe Work Australia’s Practice physical distancing video provides further helpful guidance on this topic.

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