Novel coronavirus: face masks and additional resources

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

The Health Minister has indicated that the Department of Health is making the national stockpile of face masks available to general practices as needed. We do not yet have exact details about when they will be available, but we will advise you as soon as delivery dates are confirmed. Priority will be given to practices in bushfire-affected areas in NSW and Victoria.

Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN will have a limited supply of masks to distribute to practices with a demonstrated need i.e.:

  • where there is no local supply available commercially; or
  • where there is no local supply available from a State or Territory government scheme; and
  • where practices have a population which may be more likely to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus; and/or
  • have unusual numbers of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.

If your practice falls into these categories and you cannot source masks via the channels advised above, please contact Robb Major on info@ourphn.org.au.

For further information on the use of masks when seeing patients with suspected coronavirus, please see the RACGP information page.

Additional information and resources

Download this advice poster from RACGP for your practice.

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The Department of Health is updating their page regularly as new information arises.

Access previous Public Health Alerts here.

Please contact your Practice Support Officer or Public Health Unit for any further queries.