We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disastrous effect upon just about every aspect of our lives.
We are having to adapt rapidly to the changing conditions for patients and health workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to respond to individuals with (suspected) infection.
This document has been developed rapidly and is the product of collaboration between clinicians with input from consumer groups across the country. It may need to be updated as the COVID-19 situation changes.
This document aims to provide guidance to clinicians in how to adapt treatment during this time of transition. It should be read alongside state and territory guidance issued in response to COVID-19, recognising that many jurisdictions are at different stages of response, and also that many of the communications from government authorities relate to regulatory or guideline changes, rather than focussing on aspects of clinical care. To the extent of any inconsistency, directions from Health departments in local jurisdictions take precedence over recommendations in this document.