NACCHO Aboriginal #CoronaVirus News Alert No 32 : April 6 #KeepOurMobSafe : NACCHO partners with a large group of peak health bodies to develop new clinical guidelines for COVID-19 help Australian clinicians deliver best care

1.NACCHO partners with a large group of peak health bodies to develop new clinical guidelines for COVID-19 help Australian clinicians deliver best care.

2.Minister Ken Wyatt announces an additional $234,500 to support First Nations Media contribution to limiting the spread of the COVID -19 virus.

3 NACCHO launches COVID-19 resources page.

4. COVID-19 concerns in NT Aboriginal communities. ABC-TV News Report, Darwin, 4 April 2020.

5. South West Aboriginal Medical Service WA send care packages to elders in the community.

6.Telehealth for with many Aboriginal patients who have hearing loss.

7.A call for cultural safety in times of COVID-19 & anytime – by Janine Mohamed CEO, Lowitja Institute .

8. Outback communities seen as coronavirus ‘safe havens’, but tensions growing.

9. The Beatles have “come together” to remind us that CLEAN HANDS SAVE LIVES! COVID-19.

10.Gallery of COVID-19 on social media images to share.

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Read all 32 NACCHO Aboriginal Health and Coronas Virus Alerts HERE

1.NACCHO partners with a large group of peak health bodies to develop new clinical guidelines for COVID-19 help Australian clinicians deliver best care

NACCHO has joined a large coalition of peak Australian health professional groups that have come together to develop new “living guidelines” that will provide world-first, continually updated evidence-based guidance to clinicians caring for people with COVID-19.

This innovation has been developed under the auspices of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce. The new Taskforce has been convened by the Australian Living Evidence Consortium which is based at Cochrane Australia in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Teams of researchers, experts and clinicians have been working around the clock to deliver national guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19 across primary, acute and critical care settings.

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Media Release – Launch of COVID-19 Living Guidelines

The guidelines will form a key part of Australia’s response to COVID-19 and are available via www.covid19evidence.net.au

The initial focus of the guidelines will be on

  • Definitions of disease severity
  • Monitoring and markers of clinical deterioration
  • Antiviral medications and other disease modifying treatments
  • Respiratory support

Key Messages

1. World first/huge effort: These are world first evidence-based “living guidelines” for the clinical care of COVID-19. Making them available to Australian clinicians has been a massive effort from a large number of peak Australian health groups.

2. Helping our healthcare professionals: The guidelines will play a key role in ensuring Australian clinicians can provide the best possible care to people with COVID-19. There is a lot of conflicting advice circulating currently and not all of it is based on good quality evidence. The aim of the new guidelines is to ensure doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals can deliver the best possible results and outcomes for Australians affected by COVID-19.

3. Leveraging Australian expertise: Australia is a world-leader in the development of “living guidelines” and that expertise is now pivoting to focus on treatment guidelines for COVID-19. We are leveraging Australian expertise in clinical guideline development and our relationship with the internationally renowned Cochrane collaboration to now provide a single source of trustworthy, up-to-date advice about critical aspects of COVID-19 clinical management and care

4. Power of collaboration: Experts and researchers from dozens of health-related organisations have been working around the clock to make these guidelines available to Australian clinicians. These guidelines show the power of collaboration and the commitment Australian health organisations have to working together to help clinicians who are at the front line of clinical care.

5. Importance of uptake and use: The Taskforce will be working weekly with its members, collaborators, medical associations and other stakeholders to ensure the uptake and utility of the guidelines by Australian healthcare professionals. The Taskforce is working hard to ensure they are accessible and meet the most pressing needs of clinicians seeking to provide the best possible care during the pandemic.
Additional information

2.Minister Ken Wyatt announces an additional $234,500 to support First Nations Media contribution to limiting the spread of the COVID -19 virus.

Read / Download press release

Minister Ken Wyatt First Nation medoa COViD19 Funding

3 NACCHO launches COVID-19 resources page.

NACCHO has developed some COVID-19 specific graphics to help promote healthy messaging to help STOP the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in our communities.

If you would like to use any NACCHO graphics relating to COVID-19, please ensure NACCHO is tagged/mentioned and images are not cropped or altered from its original.

NACCHO will work to ensure that there are accurate links to relevant graphics created by our members and affiliates for public use.

If you would like to add your graphics to this page, please contact our team.

NACCHO Resources WEBPAGE

4.COVID-19 concerns in NT Aboriginal communities. ABC-TV News Report, Darwin, 4 April 2020

5. South West Aboriginal Medical Service WA send care packages to elders in the community

“At SWAMS, we offer culturally sensitive health care to the Aboriginal community which is so important, especially during troubled times.

We are committed to get the message out there, to keeping our community safe and to working through the outbreak, offering essential health care to the community.”

SWAMS chief executive officer Lesley Nelson said they have been working tirelessly to keep Elders and the local Aboriginal community safe, but it was up to everyone to do their bit by staying home and by following hygiene and distancing guidelines.

Read full Story 

6. Dr Damian Howard : Telehealth for with many Aboriginal patients who have hearing loss

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7. A call for cultural safety in times of COVID-19 & anytime – by Janine Mohamed CEO, Lowitja Institute 

 

 

8. Outback communities seen as coronavirus ‘safe havens’, but tensions growing

“The needs of people in Broome who are currently homeless or sleeping rough was identified very early in the pandemic response planning.

We hope that the WA Government and communities can negotiate an acceptable arrangement, that results in these community members being able to return home, as we believe this will be the safest place for them during this pandemic.

But there is growing concern that the returnees could inadvertently bring germs that could shatter the hope of keeping the remote communities virus-free.

The preference has been for the town-dwellers to self-isolate for two weeks before returning home, but many are reluctant to do so. ”

Rob McPhee, from the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, says it’s a good idea in principle.

Read full story HERE

Picture above : Kiwirrkurra is in lockdown to protect the community from Coronavirus. Kiwirrkurra is often referred to as the most remote community in Australia.

9. The Beatles have “come together” to remind us that CLEAN HANDS SAVE LIVES! COVID-19

10.Gallery of COVID-19 on social media images to share.

10.Gallery of COVID-19 on social media images to share.

10.Gallery of COVID-19 on social media images to share.

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