Updated novel coronavirus advice

Healthdirect Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth, State and Territory Health Departments to ensure information and advice on the 2019 novel coronavirus is regularly updated.

The healthdirect website includes the following information and tools:

  • Specific information on the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus, including symptoms, spread, rate of infection, diagnosis and treatment.
  • healthdirect blog “FAQs about the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nDoV) outbreak” – can be shared on your social media, will be updated as required.
  • healthdirect Symptom Checker guides you to the appropriate healthcare action, updated with information on novel coronavirus. Also available on the healthdirect app.

The following helplines are also available:

  • Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for people with questions regarding prevention and the spread of coronavirus.
  • Call the healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 to speak to a registered nurse who can provide advice when you’re not sure what to do — whether you should see a local GP, manage the condition at home, or go to an emergency department, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A new HealthPathways has been created for Gippsland clinicians to access coronavirus assessment and referral information.

Clinicians can now access novel coronavirus assessment and referral information through HealthPathways Gippsland https://gippsland.healthpathways.org.au/709101.htm

GPs and Health Professionals who may not have already requested access to Gippsland HealthPathways https://gippsland.healthpathways.org.au/LoginFiles/RequestLogin.aspx?topic=RequestAccess

In other news, North West PHN is hosting a webinar around coronavirus on Thursday 13 February from 7-8pm. The webinar is entitled Novel Coronavirus – Practical measures for general practice staff. To find out more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/s/novel-coronavirus-practical-me/2535279903262124/