Julia Gillard takes on new role at medical research giant, backs calls for a coronavirus inquiry
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has been appointed the next chair of one of the world's largest investors in medical research and pandemics, and is using her new role to join calls for an investigation into the coronavirus outbreak (15 May 2020). More...
Rockhampton aged care nurse 'went back to facility' while awaiting positive COVID-19 test result
Queensland Health says the Rockhampton nurse who sparked the lockdown of a state-run aged care facility had been sent for coronavirus testing after showing symptoms but went back to her workplace before the positive test result was returned (16 May 2020). More...
Eased coronavirus restrictions see Queensland restaurants, cafes and salons reopen
Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted across Queensland with 10 people allowed to dine in at restaurants and cafes or visit beauty salons under stage one of the State Government's plan. The eased measures mean thousands of businesses can reopen and give the state a much-needed economic boost (16 May 2020). More...
Major Queensland tourist destination islands to reopen after coronavirus-forced closures
Popular holiday destinations Fraser Island, Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island will open from this weekend for day trips (15 May 2020). More...
Coronavirus patients wanted by QIMR scientists for new immunotherapy treatments
As the race to find a coronavirus vaccine continues, a Queensland medical research team is instead looking to create immunotherapy treatments for COVID-19. The QIMR Medical Research Institute in Brisbane wants 50 volunteers who have contracted coronavirus and been released from quarantine to donate their blood (14 May 2020). More...
Partial easing of restrictions on elective surgery, investigations and procedures
Following a National Cabinet decision, Australian hospitals have commenced easing restrictions on elective surgery, investigations and procedures from 27 April 2020. Health service organisations are required to prepare and implement an organisation-wide Risk Management Strategy to manage and reduce the risk related to the transmission of COVID-19.
The Commission has developed advice to support health service organisations and clinicians implement these requirements: COVID-19: Elective surgery and infection prevention and control precautions .
The frequently asked questions below are to support health service organisations and clinicians to implement these requirements, and for consumers, patients and carers to understand what the changes mean for them:
FAQs for clinicians on elective surgery
FAQs for consumers on elective surgery
(Source: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare)
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