What you need to know about COVID-19

APNA is here to support you through the COVID-19 pandemic, please find important information below. 

If you have specific questions please contact the APNA Nurse Support Line - nursesupport@apna.asn.au or 1300 303 184


Key information


Quick links


Nursing Australia Podcast

Episode 6 - COVID-19 vaccine rollout preparation

Episode 7 - Keeping you in the know

Episode 8 - It begins

Episode 9 - Looking to the future

Episode 10 - Our time to shine


Blog


National information

Coronavirus national hotline: 1800 020 080 
Multi-lingual resources for use (updated regularly)
National Asthma Council updated spirometry infection control recommendations for primary care. Note: These recommendations reflect the current low number of COVID-19 cases, but are subject to immediate change should case numbers begin to escalate (February 2021)
Telehealth items change (updated regularly)
AHPRA COVID information (updated regularly)
Safe workplaces COVID-19 - Safe Work Australia (updated regularly)
Infection prevention and control standards - Principles of infection prevention and control - RACGP (updated regularly) - COVID-19 evidence (updated regularly)

Aged Care Information

Also check your relevent state or territory information

COVID-19 vaccine aged care readiness toolkit - Information to assist residential aged care providers plan for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out (Febuary 2021)

State and Territory Information

Australian Capital Territory

Phone hotline: 02 5124 9213 (or 02 9962 4155 after hours)

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Immunisation services during Covid-19

ACT Covid-19 vaccine information

Nurse and Midwife Immunisers

AEFI reporting

AEFI factsheet

New South Wales

Phone hotline: 1300 066 055

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Immunisation services during Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccination: Information for health providers in NSW 

Covid-19 Vaccination information for Healthcare Workers in NSW

Authority for Registered Nurses and Midwives with Authorised Nurse Immuniser authority to administer Covid-19 vaccine

Authority for Registered Nurses and Midwives to administer Covid-19 vaccine

Authority for Defence Medical Technician NSW

Management of Covid - 19 Vaccination Proceedures AstraZeneca

Statewide Protocol for the Supply or Administration of Covid - 19 vaccine

AEFI Reporting

Northern Territory

Phone hotline: 08 8922 8044

Remote communities hotline: 1800 518 189

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Covid-19 Vaccinations NT

Covid-19 Vaccine Protocol (CVAP) AstraZeneca

NT Government Gazette Prescribed Qualifications for Nurses and Midwives to Supply, Administer or Possess Vaccines (page 4)

AEFI Reporting

Queensland

Phone hotline: 13 43 25 84

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Immunisation services during Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccination information for Healthcare Workers in QLD

Covid-19 vaccine information

Covid - 19 Vaccination Code

Covid - 19 Vaccination Training Matrix

Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 - Drug Therapy Protoccol Communicable Diseases Program

AEFI Reporting

South Australia

Phone hotline: 1300 232 272

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Immunisation services during Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccine information

Vaccine Administration Code Feburary 2021

Standing Medical Order

AEFI Reporting

Tasmania

Phone hotline: 1800 671 738

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Covid-19 vaccine information

Seeking Nurses to Support Covid Vaccination rollout 

Information for Immunisation Providers

AEFI Reporting

Victoria

Phone hotline: 1300 651 160

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Daily staff attestation - DHHS recommends that primary care providers require all practice staff (clinical and non-clinical) to complete a daily attestation to confirm that they are free from symptoms related to COVID-19, and have not had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. Daily attestation can be integrated into processes for recording presence in the workplace. Questions for verbal and written attestations should be consistent with the case definition and guidance set out by the department. See here (updated regulary)

Here is an example of daily attestation in use at Western Health. (September 2020)

Immunisation services during Covid-19

Covid-19 vaccination information for providers

Persons to undertake authorised vaccinations in relation to the Covid-19 vaccine

Victorian Covid - 19 Vaccination Guidelines

Victorian Covid - 19 e-learning Competency

AEFI Reporting

Western Australia

Phone hotline: 08 9328 0553

Latest news
COVID-19 information for health professionals

Roll Up for WA

Covid-19 vaccination hubs

Health pathway Covid-19 vaccination

WAPHA Practice Assist latest updates vaccine rollout

Supplementry Information for health Professionals WA Module

Structured Administration and Supply Arrangments

Structured Administration and Supply Arrangments (ASAS) Administration of Covid - 19 vaccines by Registered Nurses

AEFI Reporting


COVID-19 education and training

When and how to wear PPE - Aged Care (May 2020)
COVID-19 and mental health (updated regulary)

Additional resources

The new COVID-19 vaccines and cancer page includes links to key resources to inform and support people affected by cancer
The Covid-19 Vaccine communication Handbook - A practical guide for improving vaccine communication& fighting misinformation 
Free COVID-19 workplace posters - Developed by APNA for displaying in waiting rooms and workplaces
Making the most of the nurse role during COVID - Developed by APNA, AAPM, RACGP, and ACRRM 
COVID-19 website for patients: Don't put your health on hold during COVID-19 and beyond. Assisting patients with what to do and where to go for assistance during COVID-19 (updated regulary)
COVIDsafe contact tracing app (updated regulary)
Find your PHN (updated regulary)
RACGP (updated regulary)

Global resources

 

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