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The Australian Government in partnership with states and territories, peak surgical bodies, the AMA and the private hospital sector will be increasing the availability of elective surgery in a safe and carefully considered way which ensures the wellbeing of both patients and healthcare workers.
This is possible due to the strong collaboration across governments to build capacity and strengthen the health system to reduce the threat of COVID-19.
Through our containment measures we have successfully suppressed the virus: closing our borders, testing, tracing, and in particular, the social distancing and the isolation. These continue to be our strongest weapons against the coronavirus.
We have been boosting the capacity of the hospitals and in addition secured over 3000 new ventilators and we have now received 60 million masks into the national stockpile. From that, perhaps most importantly, we have secured an extra 100 million masks over the next six weeks to protect our vital health care workers in what has been an intensely competitive global environment.
Through testing we have had a rate of increase of less than 1 per cent per day for nine days straight now.
All these measures are helping to bring down the rate of transmission, flattening the curve and giving us the opportunity to relax some of our measures.
Restrictions on elective surgery have been a difficult but important part of ensuring the capacity across the health system to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, thanks to the efforts of all Australians – National Cabinet has agreed with the health advice that we are in a position to reintroduce some elective procedures.
We particularly acknowledge those patients who have had their elective surgery deferred and recognise the effect this has had on their lives and wellbeing.
The first phase of the reintroduction will occur on 27 April.
Our central aim is to increase the availability of elective surgery in a safe and equitable way, on a nationally consistent basis for public and private patients.
Reintroduction of elective surgery will be done using a staged and controlled process which balances the ongoing need for the capacity to treat COVID-19 patients, while allowing our hospitals to treat elective surgery patients.
The selection of patients to undergo elective surgery will ultimately be a clinical one, guided by the following principles, recommended by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and endorsed by National Cabinet:
This first stage of reinstating elective surgeries will require health administrators to monitor supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), ICU and bed capacity, while preparing for the next phase.
On the advice of AHPPC, in addition to Category 1 elective surgeries, hospitals will initially recommence one in four closed operating lists, with a focus on Category 2 and some important Category 3.
In reintroducing elective surgery we acknowledge the safety of patients and healthcare workers is paramount. A thorough risk assessment of patients planned for elective surgery is essential, based on national guidelines.
There will be a national a study into asymptomatic carriage of COVID-19 in elective surgery patients to further inform testing policy.
Personal protective equipment is a critical element of staff safety and the use of PPE should be in accordance with national guidelines. The grade of PPE should be determined according to the national suspected case definitions.
The Australian, state and territory governments have put in place clear timeframes to monitor and review the situation as part of our commitment to protect patients, health care staff and consistent with AHPPC advice.
An overall review for additional support will be undertaken at two weeks and at four weeks based on:
A national campaign has been launched to inform all Australians about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The campaign aims to reduce the risk to individuals and families by enabling them to make informed decisions and to take up health recommendations.
The following communication material provides more information and tips to help you be prepared:
The situation is changing rapidly. Stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread.
Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.
If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.
Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
Our advice for travellers provides information on airport and in-flight biosecurity measures, travel restrictions and other arrangements that apply.
Our advice for the health and aged care sector includes Public Health Unit guidelines, epidemiology reports and other resources.
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We are seeking a mature minded, experienced medical receptionist / typist to join our team. This position will primarily manage the day to day workflow of the front desk, ensuring the smooth operation of patient clinics and also typing medical correspondence. It is a full time position. We seek someone who understands the commitment of working in a small and cohesive team that prioritise patient care, and someone who demonstrates a high level of professionalism and reliability. Experience in specialist medical reception and administration is essential.
We also have part-time receptionist position available.
Essential Criteria – to be considered, candidates must have:
Some of your day to day responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):
Other required skills and attributes:
Position is available for immediate start if successful.
All applications must include CV and a cover letter addressed to the Practice Manager, Dorota Opiela: email@example.com.
Applications without a cover letter unfortunately will not be considered.
Congratulations to our Business Manager, Dorota Opiela, for completing the Ophthalmic Assistant Course by Eye Learning. A great achievement that will benefit our clinic, our patients and our referrers.
Over the past year, there has been an influx of media articles on the impact of blue light and digital screens – some based on misinformation. RANZCO has released an evidence-based position statement on the effects of blue light and digital screens on vision. This highlights the risks associated with normal environmental exposure.
Please see the link below to download it.
Dr Jay Yohendran has been appointed as the Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
He has been working there as a consultant since 2012, and was a Senior Registrar in 2010. Dr Yohendran was honoured and humbled to accept the promotion to Head of Department, and he looks forward to serving the Hospital and leading the Department into the next decade.