Paul Komesaroff, Monash University; George Skowronski, and Ian Kerridge, University of Sydney
Although recent encouraging news suggests the rate of new coronavirus cases in Australia is slowing, our medical facilities could still be overwhelmed at some point.
One modelling study has suggested that, if public health measures are not observed or do not work, demand for the existing 2,200 intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Australia will be exceeded within a few weeks. More optimistic views of our achievable...
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Healthcare workers across the state of NSW are being advised to not wear their scrubs in public after several disturbing reports of staff being assaulted.
Unfortunately, the physical and emotional abuse of healthcare workers has been on the increase in recent years, with hundreds of nurses and midwives being victimised by those in their care and their families while at work.
But now it appears that some health care professionals are also being victimised in public.
As healthcare workers struggle...
Leading Age Services Australia has provided the following guidance for the correct use of personal protective equipment for aged care workers.
"Aged care workers need to wear additional PPE including a gown, surgical mask, eye protection and gloves when providing care to someone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and when the close contact has since tested positive (ie. is a confirmed COVID-19 case) or the close contact has developed symptoms of COVID-19 and is waiting...
Media Release - Premier Daniel Andrews
Hospital workers and paramedics on the front line of Victoria’s coronavirus response will get access to free accommodation if they need to self-isolate.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced today that hospital workers who test positive for coronavirus, and those that have had unanticipated and unprotected contact with a person suspected of having coronavirus, will be put up in hotels or apartments to self-isolate free of charge.
The move will...