Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates

In an effort to best support our members with the most current updates and Government guidelines about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please consider the following information.

Government Health Update

COVID-19 State Government Updates

(if unavailable please see the federal government link for more information
TAS –  https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/coronavirus
Fair workhttps://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/website-news/coronavirus-and-australian-workplace-laws

The actions and information from MA, including any recommendation for businesses, will be driven by the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The World Health Organisation explains that Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Read More…..

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The severity of symptoms varies. Some people will suffer from mild illness and recover easily whilst in other cases, infection can progress to pneumonia. Reports suggest that the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease are the most susceptible to serious illness and death.

Symptoms can appear as few as two days after infection or as long as 14 days (or even longer). Read More…

How is it spread?

The virus is most likely to transmitted from person to person through:

  • direct contact with a person while they are infectious
  • contact with droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as drinking mugs or desks) that were contaminated by droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.

Read more….

Additional resources to consider.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert –  updated daily with the most current medical advice and official reports.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources : A collection of resources for the general public, health professionals and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know: This information sheet tells you what you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) — what it is, how it spreads, who is most at risk, and what you can do to help stop it spreading.

Please familiarise yourself with provision 16 of the MA Code of practice.

You may also choose to download the advice from the World Health Organization on practical measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplace or to travelling employees: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

Factsheets for patients – source DHHS. Victorian State Government, Health and Human Services

Business continuity plans

As we appreciate that many of our members are businesses owners/operators, whether it be sole practitioners, small, medium or large, some of you have expressed your concerns regarding the potential impact the virus outbreak may have on your businesses.

Some important considerations:
– have a plan of action
– if you have staff, communicate your plan clearly with staff or discuss with your workplace colleagues
– inform yourself and staff as to the signs of coronavirus
– display information posters or make available brochures for patients
– as per normal health and safety practice, encourage patients to reconsider their appointment if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms
– use all appropriate hygiene protocols such as disposal face sheets for treatment tables, launder towels appropriately and consider the best practice to reduce the potential spread of the virus.

Also see https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf

FOR MORE INFORMATION For more information on the Australian Government’s Economic Response to Coronavirus visit treasury.gov.au/coronavirus. Businesses can visit business.gov.au to find out more about how the Economic Response complements the range of support available to small and medium businesses.

Here are some printable resources from the DHHS and more are available here.

Further information

The World Health Organisation’s advice to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection include:

  • frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • when coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissues away immediately and wash your hands
  • avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and cough

For more information on the coronavirus, you can contact:

  • Coronavirus Health Information Line, Department of Health on 1800 020 080 (operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • the Public Health Information Line on 1800 004 599

For the latest information about the Coronavirus, visit the Department of Health website.