COVID-19 Primary Healthcare Guidance

Guidance for healthcare teams to support COVID-19 prevention and management

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a rapidly changing health policy environment. This page contains recommendations to support healthcare teams in prevention and management of COVID-19 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

These recommendations are being developed in response to specific questions arising from healthcare professionals involved in provision of healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

All recommendations are informed by the best available evidence current at the time of publication and are intended as guidance only. These recommendations should be considered in the local context, taking into account local prevalence and experience of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, and other factors relevant to individual patients, health services and settings.

New recommendations will be added as they are developed. We encourage readers to consider the date of publication and any relevant developments that may have occurred since. As far as possible review of existing recommendations will be conducted as relevant new evidence emerges.

If you have any queries about the recommendations or questions you would like the Expert Committee to consider, please email kate.freeman@racgp.org.au.

Recommendations

COVID-19 RRS CTA (no txt)-01

Updated: 27 January 2021

Managing mild covid-19 in the home: Considerations and recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - A rapid evidence summary

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Updated: 14 December 2020

What are the key considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who need to travel outside their community for healthcare or other
reasons?
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Updated: 7 December 2020

How do you assess and manage risk of severe COVID-19 illness in primary healthcare
workers?
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Updated: 16 September 2020

What needs to be considered to support someone to meet requirements of isolation and quarantine?
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Updated: 16 September 2020

What social and emotional wellbeing and mental health care/support is needed forhealth care workers (HCWs) in the context of COVID-19?
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Updated: 16 September 2020

COVID-19 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with chronic suppurative lung disease (CSLD) - Guidance for primary care
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COVID-19 RRS CTA (no txt)-01

Updated: 11 September 2020

How do health care workers minimise their risk of acquiring infection and of spreading infection between patients while physically examining a patient with respiratory symptoms?
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Updated: 26 June 2020

What quarantine measures are required for healthcare workers travelling from higher prevalence areas to low prevalence areas?
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COVID-19 RRS CTA (no txt)-01

Updated: 26 June 2020

What quarantine measures are required for healthcare workers travelling to remote communities?
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COVID-19 RRS CTA (no txt)-01

Updated: 26 June 2020

What is best practice when transporting patients who do not have confirmed or
probable SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19):
  • without fever or respiratory symptoms?
  • with fever or respiratory symptoms?
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Background

Process for development and release of recommendations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its current and potential impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in urban, rural and remote Australia there is an urgent need to provide practical advice for healthcare teams supporting prevention and management of COVID-19 in primary healthcare.

Several groups are collaborating, including NACCHO, RACGP, the Lowitja Institute and the Australian National University to develop recommendations based on the most recent evidence to help answer questions for healthcare workers working in Aboriginal community controlled health services and other primary care. This collaboration is developing a series of rapid evidence summaries to inform the recommendations.

Scope

Practical application of best available evidence to guide prevention and management of COVID-19 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations that:

  • is a priority for clinicians providing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • is not addressed in other national guidelines
  • is actionable by primary health care services.
Expert Committee and Executive Group

An Expert Committee has been formed to guide this work:

Dr Tanya Schramm (Chair)

Dr Kate Armstrong

Professor James Ward

Dr Marianne Wood

Adjunct Professor Mark Wenitong

Mr Karl Briscoe

Professor David Peiris

Dr Paul Burgess

Ms Vicki Wade

Professor David Atkinson

Dr Rob James

Executive Group:

Dr Mary Belfrage

Dr Jason Agostino

Dr Katie Thurber

Dr Tim Senior

Ms Leanne Bird

Assoc Prof Catherine Chamberlain

Kate Freeman – Coordination and Secretariat support

Disclaimer

All effort has been made to ensure that the content of these recommendations is informed by best available evidence and is current at the date of first publication. They are intended for use as a guide of a general nature only and may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. Nor are they exhaustive of the subject matter. Persons implementing any recommendations published on this website must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. Accordingly, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisation (NACCHO) and its employees and agents shall have no liability (including without limitation liability by reason of negligence) to any users of the information published on this website for any loss or damage (consequential or otherwise), cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information published on this website and whether caused by reason of any error, negligent act, omission or misrepresentation in the information.