Temporary changes to locum tenens

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

In order to provide greater flexibility to health professionals responding to the COVID-19 situation, the Department of Health will extend the locum tenens period from two weeks to twelve weeks. This extension is a temporary change to support the COVID-19 response, reducing the number of Medicare provider number applications and …

Public health alert – COVID-19

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Summary Iran, Italy and South Korea have been added to the list of countries for which clinicians should consider testing of people with a clinically compatible illness and history of travel. On 26 February 2020 the Commonwealth updated advice on testing of persons under investigation for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It …

Novel coronavirus – latest PHN updates

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

Last updated: 4 February 2020 Novel coronavirus There has been an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating in Wuhan, China. Queensland Health asks you consider novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in patients with fever and respiratory symptoms who recently travelled to anywhere in China, and investigate patients using standard …

Public health alert – novel coronavirus

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Summary Consider novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in patients with fever and respiratory symptoms who recently travelled to anywhere in China. There is not enough information yet to determine the incubation period, the rate of infection or the source of the virus. For severe respiratory illness, transfer patients to Emergency Departments …

Information for general practitioners – textured breast implants

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Queensland Health has started notifying all women identified as having received textured breast implants or tissue expanders associated with increased risk of Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL.) Please note GPs will be contacted if they have patients who are affected. Read the Queensland Health notice here.   …

Queensland PHNs sign historic memorandum

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

Queensland PHNs sign historic Australian agreement to improve Indigenous health in Queensland. On Wednesday 11 September, the Queensland PHNs joined with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) to sign an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Canberra at the National PHN Conference. This MOU signing saw leaders from …

Updated pneumoccoccal table

In Central Queensland, News by Jasmin Midgley

The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service notes recent updates to the Adult Pneumococcal Recommendations in the Australian Immunisation Handbook are slightly different to the information shared in recent issues of CQ & CW Public Health Bulletin, which have now been updated and reissued here.

Sinemet supply shortage position statement

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by Jasmin Midgley

The Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association Movement Disorder Chapter & The Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand have released a joint position statement advising of a Sinemet shortage. Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa) is a medication commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurological disorders. From 23 …