The Commission has developed a wide range of resources on how to reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure and infection. These resources are freely available for Australian health service organisations, healthcare professionals and consumers.
The Commission supports all healthcare professionals in continuing to provide safe, high-quality care during the pandemic, with advice on infection prevention and control, risk assessment and management, managing medications and caring for people with cognitive impairment.
Infection prevention and control for COVID-19
Effective infection prevention and control systems minimise the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings and in the community. The Commission has developed resources to support organisations to rapidly respond to and managing the ongoing risk of COVID-19.
Throughout 2020, the Commission developed and maintained a set of resources that provided guidance to health professionals and health service organisations on medicines management during the COVID-19 pandemic. This work has since been taken over by the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce. Please refer to their website for national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19.
Cognitive impairment care
During COVID-19, people with cognitive impairment may find hospital more frightening than usual. The Commission has developed advice to support health service organisations in providing safe care for people with cognitive impairment.
The Commission acknowledges the contribution of people with dementia, carers, clinicians and researchers in developing these new resources.
Useful information and links
The Australian Government Department of Health has produced an Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (the COVID-19 Plan), and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has published Statements on the response to COVID-19 and Infection Control Expert Group guidance.
State and territory information and contacts
The state and territory health systems provide a range of guidance, directives, and arrangements to support the response to COVID-19, including numbers of COVID-19 cases, locations of testing clinics, and infection prevention and control and PPE use for local conditions. The website links for the states and territories are: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia.
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