ALERT | COVID-19 information for general practice and primary health care providers

COVID-19 Provider Update

As many local health professionals will be aware, there has been an outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) originating in Wuhan, Hubei Province, in mainland China. COVID-19 is an evolving health concern; the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic on 12 March 2020. In South Australia, a public health emergency was declared 15 March 2020 in relation to local transmission of COVID-19.

This page aims to support local GPs, general practice staff, pharmacy, and other primary health care providers working on the frontline across Adelaide to support the COVID-19 response. Adelaide PHN is a partner in the SA Command Centre and will continue to update this page frequently with updates, information and support relevant to the South Australian response.


This page has been updated 4 July 2022  

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  • Updates include new close contact requirements, mental health liaison team, home monitoring for COVID positive patients and short term in-home nursing care for COVID positive patients.

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Recent highlights and announcements regarding the response to COVID-19, relevant to the delivery of primary care across the Adelaide region

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  • Friday, 27 May 2022
    Consolidated Measures Direction

    The Emergency Management (COVID-19 Requirements) (Consolidated Measures) Direction 2022 came into effect yesterday. This includes the current Activities, Arrivals, and Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements Directions. 

     

    This Direction, alongside the Residential Aged Care Facilities, Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination and In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination, will continue to be in force under the Public Health Act. 

     

    More information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 27 May 2022
    Transition to the Public Health Act

    After more than two years, the Major Emergency Declaration has been lifted today.

    Amendments have been made to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 to enable some important public health measures to remain.
     
    This is essential to protect the South Australian community and ensure the health system’s resources can manage COVID-19 cases.
     
    Under the Public Health Act, existing requirements will continue to apply, including requirements for:

    • Isolation of positive COVID-19 cases
    • Close contacts
    • Mask wearing in health care settings, correctional services, passenger transport, and airports and airplanes
    • COVID-19 vaccination for health care, residential aged care and in-home disability care workers
    • Testing of international arrivals
    • COVID Safe Check-In in hospitals, residential aged care and disability care facilities.

    More information is available on the SA Health website
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022
    Vaccination Service for NDIS Participants

    SA Health is committed to supporting all South Australians to access COVID-19 vaccination, especially those at higher risk.

    Michelle Esterhuizen has recently joined the COVID-19 Vaccination Team as Disability Liaison Officer to help all NDIS participants to receive the vaccine.

    Personalised support is available based on the person’s individual needs. This may include accessing transport, finding a suitable vaccination site, or arranging in-home vaccinations if required. 

    NDIS Participants, their nominees or service providers can contact Michelle by phone or SMS on 0468 570 874, or email at DisabilityCOVID19VaxSupport@sa.gov.au

    Additionally, if your service can provide specialised support for people with disabilities to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, they would like to hear from you! Please get in touch with them using the details above. 

    They look forward to working in partnership to ensure all South Australians have the best protection from COVID-19.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 29 April 2022
    Mental Health Liaison Team

    The Mental Health Liaison Team (MHL) provides support for any mental health issues that arise due to COVID when individuals may be isolating and feeling anxious or fearful.


    MHL offers a phone or health direct service (virtual face to face) for the time the person has COVID symptoms. MHL can even connect with patients and support their mental health needs when they are hospitalised for their physical symptoms.


    This short-term service provides interaction and direction for all age groups and can check-in daily for approximately 7 days as required.


    Refer a patient by completing the MHL Referral Form and submit to Health.COVIDMentalHealthLiaison@sa.gov.au. Referrals require the individual’s date of birth, name and contact details and the person must know they are being referred.

    For more information, please read the MHL flyer

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022
    COVID-19 Close Contact Changes

    Quarantine and testing requirements for close contacts will be changing from 12.01am Saturday 30 April.

    Close contacts of a COVID-19 case will no longer need to quarantine. However, for 7 days after exposure they will be:

    • Required to wear a mask when they leave the house
    • Required to undertake five rapid antigen tests during the seven days 
    • Prohibited from high risk settings (hospitals, residential aged care and disability care facilities, correctional services, and Aboriginal community controlled organisations) 
    • Required to notify their employer or school / education facility

    Close contacts will also be strongly encouraged to:

    • Avoid contact with people at risk of severe illness
    • Avoid non-essential gatherings
    • Monitor themselves closely for symptoms and get a PCR test as soon as any symptoms develop

     

    Close contacts who are quarantining with other people do not need to restart the above guidelines each time if another person in the house tests positive.

    For further information, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 12 April 2022
    Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination

    Anyone aged 65 years or over is now able to receive their free flu vaccination at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The flu vaccine will be available with any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the winter dose, at these SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

    • Elizabeth (Playford)
    • Kilkenny
    • Noarlunga
    • North Adelaide
    • Wayville

    To book a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the SA Health website. There is no need to book a separate appointment for the flu vaccine.

    For more information about the flu vaccine, visit the SA Health website
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 06 April 2022
    COVID-19 Vaccine: Winter Dose

    A winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine is available for people at higher risk of COVID-19 to ensure they have maximum protection across the winter months.
     
    The winter dose is available for the following groups:

    • Adults aged 65 years and older
    • Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
    • People aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older

    People in these groups can receive their winter dose at least 4 months after receiving their first booster dose. If you have had COVID-19 infection since your first booster dose, you should receive your winter dose at least 4 months after your infection.
     
    The winter dose is available now at GPs and pharmacies, and from today at SA Health vaccination clinics. 
     
    Please note the Wayville COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be closed today while some building works are undertaken and will reopen on Thursday 7 April.
     
    Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for COVID-19 booster doses, including the winter dose.
     
    To book a vaccination appointment, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 March 2022
    COVID-19 and Pregnancy

    Pregnant people who go into labour while they have COVID-19 and are booked in to give birth at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital or Flinders Medical Centre will be cared for at their booked hospital.

    People from regional area, or who are booked in the private sector, may require care at Flinders Medical Centre.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 March 2022
    Close Contact After Having COVID-19

    people who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be considered a close contact for 12 weeks after finishing isolation.
    After 12 weeks, they will be considered a close contact if they are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the close contact definition. 
    More information will be available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 March 2022
    Updates to Close Contact Requirements

    The definition of close contact has changed to include someone who: 

    • Is a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period
    • Has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative period of 4 hours or more during their infectious period:
      • Where masks are not worn by the person and the COVID-19 case and
      • In close physical proximity (within 1.5 metres) and
      • In an indoor setting
    • Has been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
    • Has been to an exposure site listed on the SA Health website 

    In addition, updates have been made to the quarantine requirements for household close contacts.

    Household contacts of a positive case now only need to quarantine for 7 days.
    Anyone currently in quarantine in the same house as a positive case and on days 8 to 14 can leave quarantine once they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

    More information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 17 March 2022
    Voting Arrangements Direction

    At 2.31pm 16 March 2022 the Emergency Management (Voting Arrangements) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 came into effect.
    People who are a COVID-19 positive case or close contact and are quarantining in their place of residence, or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have not received their PCR result yet can vote in the State Election by collecting a ballot pack through:

    For more information, please visit the ECSA website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022
    Updated Testing Advice After Recovering from COVID-19

    Updates have been made to the advice relating to testing after recovering from COVID-19.

    People who have recovered from COVID-19, now do not need to be tested within 8 weeks of their release from isolation. This means that if they have recovered from COVID-19, they will not be considered a close contact for 8 weeks after they finish isolation.

    After 8 weeks, they will still be considered a close contact if they are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the close contact definition. They will need to quarantine and get tested. 

    If they develop new COVID-19 symptoms after 8 weeks, they should get a PCR test and stay at home until they get a negative result.
     
    More information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022
    Isolation Requirements for Testing Positive to COVID-19

    From 12.01am 12 March 2022, if someone has tested positive to COVID-19 they will only need to isolate for 7 days.
     
    They can only leave isolation after 7 days if they have no acute symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath) in the last 24 hours of their isolation.
     
    On days 7 to 10 after isolation, they should:

    • Wear a mask when around other people.
    • Not attend a high risk setting. If they work in a high risk setting, they should tell their employer before returning to work. 
    • Follow this advice for days 8 to 14 if they have a weakened immune system (transplant recipient or receiving chemotherapy). 

    If someone is currently in isolation, they will be contacted by SA Health with more information about their clearance.
     
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2022
    COVID-19 Direction Update

    A new Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction is now in effect. People who engage in work or perform duties in Healthcare Settings on a single occasion or on an infrequent and irregular basis need to produce a negative Rapid Antigen Test result that is taken on either:

    • The day of attending the healthcare setting; or
    • 24 hours prior to attending the healthcare setting.

    They are not required to be fully vaccinated to enter the healthcare setting provided they have done the above prior to entry and comply with wearing appropriate PPE as required by the Operator of the setting.
     
    The Police Workers Vaccination Direction has been revoked and replaced with a Managerial Direction.
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2022
    COVID-19 Exposure After Testing Positive

    People who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be considered a close contact for 8 weeks after testing positive to COVID-19. After 8 weeks, they will be considered a close contact if they are exposed to COVID-19 and will need to quarantine and get tested. If they develop new onset COVID-19 symptoms, they should get a PCR test and stay at home until you get negative result. 

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 02 March 2022
    Kilkenny Vaccination Clinic Update

    The Kilkenny COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is closed today due to water damage. If you have an existing appointment, you will be contacted to reschedule.

    Bookings and walk-ins are available at other clinics. Book via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 01 March 2022
    COVID Testing Site Update

    The Hindmarsh testing site is now closed and a new walk-in testing site has opened in West Beach. The West Beach site is located on Hamra Avenue, West Beach and will operate 8.30AM to 4.30PM, Monday to Friday.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 February 2022
    Elective Surgery Resumes

    From today,  remaining restrictions on elective surgery will be lifted.
    If a surgery or procedure was postponed, patients will have kept their place on the list and the surgery or procedure will be rebooked.
    The hospital where the surgery or procedure is booked will contact the patient with more information.
    The decision to pause elective surgery at the height of the Omicron wave ensured readiness for increased cases and hospitalisation.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 24 February 2022
    Super Family Walk-in Weekend

    Super family walk-in weekend is this weekend, Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 February. Everyone 5 years and over can get their COVID-19 vaccine.
    There will be entertainment and giveaways for the whole family, including Adelaide Fringe tickets, at:

    • Elizabeth Playford
    • Enfield
    • Gawler
    • Munno Para
    • Noarlunga
    • North Adelaide
    • Salisbury Fringe Carnival (Saturday only)
    • Wayville

    Children aged 5 to 15 must have a parent or legal guardian attend their appointment.
    For more information, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 22 February 2022
    Available Bookings for Novavax

    Bookings are available for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine at selected vaccination clinics, including:

    • Elizabeth (Playford)
    • Noarlunga
    • Adelaide (Myer Centre) (dedicated Novavax clinic)

    Appointments are available from Wednesday 23 February for people 18 and over. 
    Book now on the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 21 February 2022
    Mobile Vaccination Clinics

    You can have your first, second or booster dose at a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic, subject to availability. 
    Check the website for age eligibility requirements for each mobile clinic. If you have an existing appointment and attend a mobile clinic, please cancel it so other people can book.
    For a full list of clinics and to book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 18 February 2022
    Updates to residential aged care facilities Direction

    An employee, contractor, student or volunteer of a residential aged care facility who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case may now enter a residential aged care facility, if:

    • The facility has an established protocol for managing the Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Direction; and
    • They are a close contact of a COVID-19 case whose last exposure date was within the 14 days immediately preceding entry; and
    • 7 days have elapsed since the person’s last exposure date; and
    • They wear appropriate PPE at all times while at the facility; and
    • They undertake a Rapid Antigen Test on each day prior to attending the facility.

    More information, including the new Direction, is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 18 February 2022
    Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

    The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine will be available in South Australia from Wednesday 23 February. 

    Novavax is available for people 18 and over for first and second doses. Novavax is currently not approved for a booster dose vaccine. The timing between the first and second dose of Novavax is 21 days.

    Novavax will be available at selected vaccination clinics, including:

    • Elizabeth (Playford)
    • Adelaide (Myer Centre)
    • Noarlunga

    Book your appointment now via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 18 February 2022
    Specialised Vaccination Clinic for People with Anxiety and/or Needle Phobia

    Staff at the Fullarton COVID-19 vaccination clinic specialise in vaccinating people with a needle phobia, anxiety and those who don’t like large crowds. Please advise staff on arrival and they will assist. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 14 February 2022
    North Adelaide Exposure Location

    The Adelaide Aquatic Centre in North Adelaide has been identified as a high-risk location. Anyone who has attended the location on the dates and times listed below are required to closely monitor for symptoms.

    • Thursday 3 February, 4.00pm to 6.00pm
    • Saturday 5 February, 8.30am to 11.45am
    • Tuesday 8 February, 9.30am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 6.30pm
    • Wednesday 9 February, 9.30am to 11.30am

    If you were at the above location and symptoms develop, get tested as soon as possible.

    More testing information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 09 February 2022
    Protecting children under 5 years

    While babies and children under 5 years old can’t yet receive a COVID-19 vaccine, they can still be protected against COVID-19.
    Vaccinated people are less infectious if they do catch COVID-19, which means getting vaccinated is the best way to protect children. 

    It is important that people get vaccinated if eligible, wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, physical distance where possible, get a PCR test if they have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home if unwell and spend time outdoors when socialising where possible.
    For more information or to book a vaccine appointment, please visit the SA Health website. 

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 08 February 2022
    Close contact testing requirements update

    If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get a PCR test as soon as possible. This will now be a requirement for close contacts with COVID-19 symptoms.

    If you are a close contact with COVID-19 symptoms, you must now get a PCR test for your initial and day 6 tests.

    If you are a close contact but have no COVID-19 symptoms, you can get a PCR test, or you can still access free rapid antigen tests from RAT Collection Points across the state. To improve the sensitivity of rapid antigen testing, you will now receive more free tests and will be required to test on day 1, 3, 5 and 7 of your quarantine.

    If you have any COVID-19 symptoms and test negative using a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test to confirm your negative result.

    For more information or to find a testing site near you, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 07 February 2022
    Recommencement of elective surgery

    From today, elective surgery will resume, with a staged plan to increase the number of procedures over the next four weeks.
    For more information, please refer to the new Direction.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 04 February 2022
    Booster Vaccinations for People Aged 16 and 17 Years

    Booster vaccinations are now available for people aged 16 years and older.
    People aged 16 and 17 who have received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago are now eligible for a Pfizer vaccine booster.
    Walk-ins are available at Wayville, Playford, Noarlunga, Kilkenny, Enfield, Adelaide (Myer Centre), North Adelaide (Women’s and Children Hospital), Port Augusta and Whyalla. 
    Online bookings will be available in the coming days via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 31 January 2022
    Booster Vaccination Requirements

    Updated Emergency Management Directions are now in place for:

    • Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination

    • In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination

    • Forensic Science SA Vaccination

    • Residential Aged Care Facilities 

    People working in these settings who have been infected with COVID-19 must have had, or have evidence of booking to receive, a COVID-19 booster shot within 4 months of their positive COVID-19 test or within 4 months of their second dose, whichever is later.
    All other people working in these settings must have had, or have evidence of booking to receive, a COVID-19 booster shot within 4 months of their second dose.
    More information, including the new Directions and updated frequently asked questions, is available on the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 31 January 2022
    COVID-19 Appropriate Surgery Update

    Updates to the Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic have now come into effect to allow elective paediatric surgery.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 28 January 2022
    COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Aged 5 to 11 Years

    All South Australians aged 5 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
    COVID-19 in young children is generally mild, however, it is possible that your child could become severely ill and have long term effects if they catch COVID-19. Children with pre-existing conditions are at greater risk of severe disease from COVID-19. 
    Vaccination will help protect your child, your family and the community. For more information, visit the SA Health website or click here to make a booking.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022
    COVID Positive Children

    Most children with COVID-19 will only experience a mild illness or will have no symptoms at all and can safely remain at home without the need for medical support. Household contacts will need to quarantine and get tested.

    Children who need medical care will be supported at home by GPs from the COVID-19 Response Care Team (CRCT).

    For children who need extra care, COVIDKids is a dedicated South Australian service for children and young people with COVID-19, managed by specialist staff at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The CRCT will assist with referring children to this service.
     
    In an emergency, or if your child has symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call Triple Zero (000). Tell them your child has COVID-19.

    For more information, please visit the COVID Kids website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Test Collection Point in Salisbury

    A new rapid antigen test (RAT) collection point is now open in Salisbury. If you are a close contact, you can register online to access a RAT kit from the collection points. Each RAT kit contains two free rapid antigen tests.
     
    To register to collect your kit and find a SA Health RAT collection point, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022
    Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics

    Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated.
    You can have your first, second or booster dose at a mobile clinic, subject to availability. 
    For more information, including availability and age eligibility requirements for each mobile clinic, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022
    New Rapid Antigen Test Collection Points

    New rapid antigen test (RAT) collection points are now open in Onkaparinga and Charles Sturt.
    If you are a close contact, you can register online to access a RAT kit from the collection points. Each RAT kit contains two free rapid antigen tests. 
    To register to collect your kit and find a SA Health RAT collection point, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 24 January 2022
    Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Approved

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.

    The protein-based vaccine has been approved for those aged 18 years and older as primary two dose course, with a three-week interval between doses. The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is provisionally approved for primary vaccination only. It has not been approved for booster doses or for children.

    It is expected that supplies will be available from February onwards pending final approval from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. For more information, visit the TGA website

    SA Health
  • Friday, 21 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Test Collection Point in Port Adelaide Enfield

    A new rapid antigen test (RAT) collection point opened today in Port Adelaide Enfield.

    If you are a close contact, you can register online to access a RAT kit from the collection points. Each RAT kit contains two free rapid antigen tests.

    To register to collect your kit and find a SA Health RAT collection point, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 21 January 2022
    Vaccination Appointments for Children Aged 5 to 11 Years at Wayville

    New appointments are available for children aged 5 to 11 at the Wayville COVID-19 vaccination clinic (Goyder Pavilion). There will be up to 1,000 more appointments per day available for children.

    To book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 21 January 2022
    Wayville COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinic

    A new dedicated booster vaccination clinic is now open at Wayville in the Jubilee Pavilion (Adelaide Showgrounds). The clinic is available for anyone 18 years and over who has had their second dose at least 3 months ago (regardless of vaccine type).

    There will be 8,000 more booster appointments available each week, increasing to 15,000 in the coming weeks. Bookings are essential.

    For more information and to book an appointment, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022
    COVID-19 Testing Site Hot Weather Closures

    Some testing sites have updated operating hours over the coming days due to the hot weather forecast.
    To check the opening hours, find alternative testing locations or to book, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022
    Booster Vaccination Update

    The booster interval has now changed from four to three months in South Australia.
    People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose three months after receiving their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    Booster doses are available at participating SA Health vaccination clinics, GPs, pharmacies, and Respiratory Clinics.

    To book an appointment, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022
    Vaccinations During Pregnancy

    If you are pregnant, it is safe to get your first, second and booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at any stage of pregnancy.
    You and your unborn baby have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 than non-pregnant people, including:

    • 5 times higher risk of requiring a hospital admission.
    • 2-3 times higher risk of needing treatment in a hospital intensive care unit.
    • 1.5 times higher of being born preterm or admission to a special care nursery.

    You can get a booster if you are pregnant, aged 18 and over, and had your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago.
    For more information about getting your COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022
    Resources for Vaccinating Children

    Resources have been developed to educate children about the COVID-19 vaccination including a ‘How to protect yourself from COVID-19’ book and an animated video for children aged 5 to 11.

    The Enfield COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now also a dedicated clinic for families.

    For more information about COVID-19 vaccination for children and to book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 17 January 2022
    South Australian Omicron Modelling

    The State Government has released the modelling, undertaken by Professor Joshua Ross at the University of Adelaide, that projects the impact of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant in South Australia.
    Major findings of the modelling include:

    • South Australia could have experienced a peak of between 30,000 to 40,000 cases a day by the third week of January without the implementation of restrictions on Boxing Day 2021.
    • The likely peak of cases is now expected to be between 6,000 and 10,000 cases a day, with the peak expected to arrive between 15-25 January.
    • At the peak, the modelling predicts SA will see around 370 hospital admissions and 50 people in ICU at peak occupancy.
    SA Health
  • Friday, 14 January 2022
    Vaccination Program Recruitment

    SA Health is expanding its vaccination program. Qualified clinicians who are not currently employed within SA Health are encouraged to apply. Current AHPRA COVID-19 sub-registration is required. 

    More opportunities to join the fight against COVID-19 are available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 14 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Testing Collection Point

    The first Adelaide Rapid Anitgen Testing (RAT) collection point is now open in Josie Agius Park in the South Parklands. If you are a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 you can access a kit of two free rapid antigen tests. You must register on the SA Health website to collect your kit from a RAT collection point.

    More sites will open across the state in the coming days.

    Fore more information on registering for tests, reporting results and understanding your result, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Testing Update

    From today, Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) can be used to diagnose COVID-19. This means if you test positive for COVID-19 with a rapid antigen test you do not need to confirm your result with a PCR test.
    If you are a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 you can access a kit of two free RATs. You must register on the SA Health website to collect your kit from a RAT Collection Point. The first Adelaide RAT Collection Point will be opening in Josie Agius Park in the South Parklands tomorrow and more sites will open across the state in the coming days. 

    For more information on registering for tests, reporting results and understanding your result, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022
    Updated Operating Hours at Testing Sites

    COVID-19 testing sites have updated operating hours today due to the hot weather forecast. The latest updates on site closures and updated testing site hours will be provided on the SA Health Facebook page.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022
    COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds

    Children aged 5 to 11 can now get their COVID-19 vaccine. Children will receive two doses of the Paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 8 weeks apart. This vaccine is a third of a dose compared to the vaccine for people aged 12 and over.
     
    For more information about the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 10 January 2022
    Dedicated Booster Clinic in Mile End

    South Australia’s first ever dedicated booster vaccination clinic is opening on Wednesday 12 January in Mile End. The clinic will have initial capacity to vaccinate 9,000 people a week, increasing to 15,000 per week in coming weeks.
    Anyone 18 years and over who had their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago is eligible for a booster dose.


    To continue to make it easier for South Australians to get vaccinated mobile clinics administering first, second and booster doses have been made available across:

    • Davoren Park
    • Elizabeth Downs
    • Munno Para
    • Salisbury

    For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and to book an appointment, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 10 January 2022
    COVID-19 Booster Requirements

    A booster of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine now forms part of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for:

    • Individuals employed or engaged by or on behalf of residential aged care facilities
    • Disability support workers
    • Individuals engaged in work or duties at in-home and community aged care

    All workers must have had, or have evidence of a booking to have, a booster within four weeks of becoming eligible. People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose four months after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


    All visitors to residential aged care facilities are also required to receive a COVID-19 booster dose within four weeks of becoming eligible.

    This requirement will come into effect on 29 January 2022.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 07 January 2022
    Mandatory Booster Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Workers

    The requirement for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for people who work in health care settings will now include a booster of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
    All staff must have had, or have evidence of a booking to have, a booster within four weeks of becoming eligible. People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose four months after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    This requirement applies to all people engaging in work in health care settings and will come into effect on 29 January 2022.

    For more information including FAQs, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022
    Testing Positive to COVID-19

    Positive COVID-19 test results will be notified by a SMS or phone call from SA Health and/or the laboratory.

    After the initial notification, self-isolate immediately. If other people are living in the same household, separate yourself away from them and stay in a different room. Inform your close contacts and advise them to get tested and quarantine for 7 days if they’re vaccinated, or 14 days if not vaccinated since their last contact with you. A close contact is defined on the SA Health website.

    The COVID-19 Response Care Team will ask questions about symptoms, medical history and if the person can safely isolate from others. They’ll make an assessment and give people information to help keep them safe during their isolation.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022
    Hindmarsh Testing Site Extended Hours

    The COVID-19 testing site at Hindmarsh Education Development Centre now has extended opening hours. The testing site is now open 7.30AM to 10.30PM every day. No referral or appointment required. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    COVID Vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds

    Bookings are now open at most SA Health vaccination clinics for children aged 5 to 11. Appointments will now be available from Wednesday 12 January to allow enough time for vaccine distribution. Selected GPs, Respiratory Clinics and pharmacies will also be vaccinating children aged 5 to 11.
     
    Children aged 5 to 11 will receive two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 8 weeks apart. The dose is one third of the amount compared to the vaccine for people aged 12 and over.

    Make a booking here or for more information about COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11, visit the SA Health website.  

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Testing

    With higher rates of COVID-19 now in our community, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is now available in South Australia for the general public to use at home.
     
    RATs are an effective screening tool for people who do not have any symptoms. Like any screening test, a positive RAT needs to be confirmed using a PCR test. It provides an indication that you might have a COVID-19 infection, but a PCR test needs to be taken to confirm the result.
     
    RAT are for people with no symptoms and can be very helpful in the following circumstances:

    • Before entering a high risk setting, for example healthcare or aged care,
    • Before going out where there may be crowds,
    • Before going to work, especially if it is a critical worksite, or
    • To provide reassurance to asymptomatic people who are feeling anxious or worried.

    RATs will be sold commercially in supermarkets and pharmacies.
     
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Public Hospital Visitors

    Visitor restrictions for public hospitals have been updated. Please check with individual hospitals for local visitor information before attending. Visits are permitted for:

    • End of life and palliative care
    • Compassionate reasons
    • Maternity, neonatal, and paediatric services (one visitor per day)

    The safety and welfare of everyone in our hospital and health services is our priority. Thank you for helping keep our patients, staff and community safe.
     
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    New Testing Site

    A new walk-in COVID-19 testing site is now open at the Education Development Centre (ground floor south wing), 4 Milner Street Hindmarsh. The site will open 10.30am to 10.30pm, 7 days. 

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Exposure sites, contacts and diagnosis requirements

    In South Australia, a ’close contact’ is now be defined as:

    • Household members or an intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their infectious period 
    • People who have had close personal interaction with a COVID-19 case during their infectious period 
    • People who have been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
    • People who have been at an exposure site at the specified date and time

    Close personal interaction means an interaction for 15 minutes or more in close proximity that occurs indoors where masks are not worn by the contacts and the case. 

    Unvaccinated and vaccinated close contacts must:

    • Immediately quarantine for 7 days since they had contact with a COVID-19 positive person or were at the exposure location
    • Get an initial PCR test
    • Get a PCR test again on day 6 if initial test negative (a negative day 6 PCR test is required to be released from quarantine)
    • Get a PCR test again immediately if symptoms develop (be mindful of symptoms for up to 14 days)
    • Not attend high risk settings or COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after exposure
    • Wear a surgical mask when around others
    • Avoid contact with vulnerable people (young children, elderly, pregnant people, people with chronic health conditions), avoid non-essential activities where possible and avoid shared spaces and maintain physical distancing on days 8 to 14 after exposure.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Vaccine Boosters

    From today, people over 18 years can book their COVID-19 booster dose 4 months after the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    COVID-19 booster vaccinations are an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the omicron variant.
    Bookings are essential. For more information or to book an appointment, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Extended Vaccination Clinic Hours

    Wayville COVID-19 vaccination clinic has extended hours this week and will open until 8.00PM weekdays.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 14 December 2021
    Rapid Antigen Testing in Health Care Settings

    While the use of COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at home is currently prohibited in South Australia, health care settings are now able to undertake rapid antigen testing, as detailed in the Emergency Management (Prohibition of Certain Point of Care Tests No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. A person who receives a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as possible and quarantine as directed until receiving a negative test result.
     
    For more information, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 10 December 2021
    Adelaide COVID Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified new exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19. Action is required by the community. Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 09 December 2021
    New COVID-19 Directions

    The following Emergency Management COVID-19 Directions have been updated and are in effect from 8 December 2021:
    •    Education and Early Childhood Settings Vaccination
    •    In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination
    •    Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination
    •    Passenger Transport Vaccination

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 08 December 2021
    Visiting Public Hospitals

    From 7 December 2021, there are new visitor guidelines for public hospital and health care services. All visitors must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry, wear masks and not attend if they have been unwell in the past 72 hours. Unvaccinated visitors must wear PPE during their visit and undertake a COVID-19 test 48 hours after their visit. 
    For further information, please refer to the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 06 December 2021
    Upcoming Mobile Vaccination Clinics

    Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. Please visit the SA Health website for a full list of locations.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 06 December 2021
    COVID-19 Advice for People in the Onkaparinga LGA

    One COVID case has been classified as unlinked due to a yet unknown source of infection. This case spent time in the Port Noarlunga region. People in the Onkaparinga LGA, including Port Noarlunga and Reynella, who have any symptoms of COVID-19, are strongly encouraged to seek testing with any symptoms whatsoever, and isolate until they receive a negative test result. SA Health is working to increase capacity in testing sites in this area. To find a testing location, visit the SA Health website.
     
    Anyone from this area who is aged 12+ years is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and should get vaccinated to protect themselves and the community. Please visit the SA Health website for vaccination options.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 03 December 2021
    Rapid Antigen Test Kits

    The use of over-the-counter COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits is currently prohibited in South Australia. These tests are much more likely to miss cases of COVID-19 than oral and nasal swab PCR testing, particularly when there are low levels of COVID-19 in the community.
     
    Use of RAT in South Australia will be introduced when there is spread of COVID-19 in the community. At all times, people with symptoms, even if mild, need to get a PCR test at a pathology site, not use a RAT.

    To find a testing location, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021
    Updated Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified exposure locations in Adelaide associated with positive cases of COVID-19. Action is required by the community. Please check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021
    COVID-19 Testing Prior to Elective Surgery

    From December 1, patients who present to SA Health sites for elective surgery should receive a COVID-19 test in the preceding 72 hours prior to attending and 48 hours prior for paediatric elective surgery patients. 

    There is a significant increase in risk of illness or death for patients undergoing elective surgery who are COVID-positive. Surgery is also associated with aerosol generating procedures which can put healthcare workers at an increased risk of catching the disease themselves.

    Making sure patients are COVID-negative prior to elective surgery will ensure they are minimising the risks to themselves and to the staff taking care of them.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021
    Drive-through Vaccination Clinic

    Adelaide's first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00AM to 7.00PM at the SA Produce Market in Pooraka.

    Pfizer vaccines will be available to anyone aged 12+ years. Bookings are recommended but not essential and can be made online here.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 29 November 2021
    Clarification of the COVID Exposures in Primary and Community Health Care Settings Risk Matrix

    Fit checking vs fit testing 
    Fit checking of Particulate Filter Respirators (PFRs) is required for exposure assessment. Fit testing is recommended but not required to determine if someone meets the close contact criteria.


    Definition of vaccinated and unvaccinated contact
    Vaccinated/Unvaccinated contact refers to the person who has been exposed (ie in the primary care matrix this is referring to the staff member or patient who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19). Case refers to the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The vaccination status of the person who already has COVID-19 is irrelevant to the exposure assessment process and will not impact on quarantine and testing requirement for someone who has had contact with the person with COVID-19.


    Length of wear for PFRs: Advice from the SA Health COVID-19 Infection Control Services Team 
    The current advice as per the Department of Health's Infection Control Expert Group's use of face masks and respirators in the context of COVID-19 fact sheet states that you can use a PFR continuously for a single session of care. If removed (e.g. for a meal break or drink), it should be discarded and replaced with a new one. A correctly fitted PFR (i.e. with adequate face-seal), often becomes uncomfortable with prolonged use. Prolonged use can cause headache, thermal stress, painful pressure on the bridge of the nose and/or adverse respiratory and dermatological effects. If any of these occur the wearer is more likely to unconsciously loosen or adjust it and risk contaminating their hands and face or be noncompliant with its use. A mask/PFR should also be changed it if becomes soiled, moist or damaged.

    For more information on infection control and PPE visit the SA Health website.

    Clarification on eye protection
    Acceptable eye protection includes face shields, closely fitted wrap-around goggles or safety glasses. Prescription glasses that do not provide side protection from droplets are not considered eye protection

     

    For further information, please refer to the COVID Exposures Matrix.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 29 November 2021
    Access to Purchase PPE via SA Health

    SA Health is able to assist GPs and ACCHOs with access to purchase PPE at cost price, including N95/PFs, where they are unable to obtain supplies of these critical items via usual commercial sources.

    For further information please contact the SA Health Procurement Team via phone 08 8425 9200 or email HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 29 November 2021
    COVID-19 Guidance for Residential Aged Care Facilities

    An updated Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) Emergency Management Direction is now in effect. 

    The following guidance and resources are available to help RACF prepare for living with COVID:

    For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 26 November 2021
    COVID Exposure Sites

    SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19. Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 22 November 2021
    HealthCheck SA Mobile App

    HealthCheck SA is a mobile app that guides users through their quarantine, testing and/or symptom check requirements.  

    Features of HealthCheck SA include:

    • Quarantine schedule 
    • Multiple, randomised location check-ins using live face recognition 
    • Personalised testing schedule
    • Daily symptom checks 
    • Health and wellbeing support and resources


    HealthCheck SA will also be used to manage the quarantine, testing and symptom check requirements of positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021
    COVID-19 Health System and Primary Care Response Strategies

    SA Health has released the COVID-19 Health System Response Strategy outlining all elements of the system-wide planning for the management and care of COVID-19 patients in South Australia. 

    SA Health has also released the Primary Care Response Strategy that underpins the community response.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 15 November 2021
    Testing and Quarantine Requirements for Contacts of a COVID-19 Case

    SA Health has released the testing and quarantine requirements for contacts of a COVID-19 case. For further information, please refer to the SA Health document.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 15 November 2021
    Upcoming Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

    Additional mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations and opening times are available across Adelaide. For the full list of clinics, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 12 November 2021
    Multicultural Festival walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic

    On Sunday 14 November, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the Multicultural Festival in Victoria Sqaure from 10AM to 5PM. No booking required. The pop-up clinic is available to anyone aged 12+ years. For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 12 November 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Video

    Dr Emily Kirkpatrick and Professor Helen Marshall explain why COVID-19 vaccination is important while pregnant, breastfeeding and planning pregnancy in this new video resource. Access the video via the YouTube website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    COVID-19 Direction Update: Residential Aged Care and Healthcare Workers

    Changes have been made to the Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction, Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction as well as a new In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination Direction.

    Healthcare workers who give person to person allied and scientific professional care in chiropractic therapy and osteopathy require a COVID-19 vaccination. By 6 December 2021 they must have:

    • Received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination, 
    • Received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for that COVID-19 vaccine, 
    • Provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request. 

     

    From 6 December 2021 a person must also not enter a Residential Aged Care Facility unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must have received all doses of an approved or recognised vaccine. 

     

    For further information, please visit the South Australian COVID-19 website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    Mobile and Pop-up Vaccination Clinics available across Adelaide

    Mobile clinics across Adelaide are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. Mobile clinics provide first or second COVID-19 vaccination doses.

    Please visit the SA Health website for the full list of locations and available times.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    COVIDKIDS

    COVIDKIDS is a new dedicated virtual service for children and young people with COVID-19. COVIDKIDS engages experienced paediatric nurses, doctors and other supporting staff from the Women's and Children’s Hospital to assess children with COVID-19 without them and their families needing to leave home.


    For more information, please visit the Women’s and Children’s Hospital website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 08 November 2021
    COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations

    COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are recommended to maintain immunity against the virus. Individuals aged 18+ years who have had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster dose. Booster doses are available now at participating GPs, pharmacies and Respiratory Clinics and from Wednesday 1 December at SA Health vaccination clinics. 

    The following SA Health staff can get their booster dose at SA Health vaccination clinics now:

    • medi-hotel and quarantine pathway workers
    • frontline at-risk health care workers
    • ICU and emergency department staff
    SA Health
  • Friday, 05 November 2021
    Kilkenny COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

    The Kilkenny COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open for appointments and walk-ins for people aged 12+ years. 
     
    The clinic is located at 10-14 Regency Road and open:

    • Wednesday: 9.30AM - 5PM
    • Thursday: 12PM - 7PM
    • Friday: 9.30AM - 5PM
    • Saturday: 9.30AM - 5PM
    • Sunday: 12PM - 4PM

    For more information to and to make a booking, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 05 November 2021
    Retail Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Weekend

    This Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November, SA Health is holding a Retail Worker Walk-in Weekend. Retail workers and their families can walk in without an appointment to receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Retail workers are essential to keep our state running during the pandemic and are at risk of contracting COVID-19 in their workplace. Retail workers can walk-in this weekend to the following clinics:

    • Adelaide Myer Centre: 9.30AM - 3.30PM
    • Elizabeth Playford Civic Centre: 8.30AM - 2.-00PM
    • Munno Para Shopping City: 9.00AM - 3.00PM
    • Noarlunga Centre: 8.45AM - 3.00PM
    • Adelaide Showground Wayville: 8.00AM - 3.00PM

    For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 05 November 2021
    Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station

    The new Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, 7 days a week. The testing station is located at 185 Philip Highway (enter via Walsh Street).

    Bookings are available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021
    Munno Para COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

    The Munno Para COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is now open for appointments and walk-ins at Munno Para Shopping Centre (near Harvey Norman). The clinic is open 9.00AM - 3.00PM, 7 days a week and is available to individuals aged 16+ years.

    For more informaiton and to book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021
    Mobile and Pop-up Vaccination Clinics

    The following mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics will be available this week:

    • Adelaide - Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga (Adjacent Reconciliation Plaza): Tuesday 2 November, 10am – 6pm 
    • Christies Beach Sports and Social Club: Friday 5 November, 3pm – 8pm 
    • Gepps Cross - Roma Mitchell Secondary College: Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm 
    • Ingle Farm Shopping Centre: Wednesday 3 November, 11am – 6pm 
    • St Clair Recreation Centre: Wednesday 3 November, 9.30am – 3pm 
    • Tea Tree Plaza (Near Woolworths entrance parking area): Thursday 4 November, 12pm – 7pm 

    Please visit the SA Health website for the full list of vaccination options. 

    SA Health
  • Monday, 01 November 2021
    School Community Vaccination Days

    Participating schools are hosting community vaccination days for their wider community. Anyone can attend and no appointment is required.

    Please visit the SA Health website for the full list of participating schools, available dates and times.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 29 October 2021
    COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinics at Bunnings

    During the next month pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be set up in Bunnings carparks. People will be able to walk in, with no appointment required, and receive the vaccine from a trained vaccination provider. Pop-up clinics will be available at the following Bunnings locations:
     

    • Munno Para West: Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 October 8am – 5pm 
    • Edwardstown: Friday 29 October 8am – 4pm and Friday 19 November 8am – 4pm 
    • Mile End: Saturday 30 October 8am – 4pm and Saturday 20 November 8am – 4pm 
    • Prospect: Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 November, 8am – 5pm 
    • Marion: Saturday 6 November 8am – 4pm 
    • Woodville: Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 November 8am – 5pm 
       
    SA Health
  • Friday, 29 October 2021
    COVID-19 Rapid Assessment and Treatment Centre

    The state government has announced a $5.5 million-dollar Rapid Assessment and Treatment Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This will be the first hub in South Australia to see positive COVID-19 patients who require medical treatment but do not need to be in hospital. 

    Further centres are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 95% of COVID-19 cases are expected to be treated outside of hospital and the centres will play a key role in treating South Australians with mild to moderate symptoms.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 28 October 2021
    Vaccination Milestone

    As of 27 October 2021, over 80% of South Australians aged 16+ years have received at least 1️ dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For more information about COVID-19 vaccines or to book an appointment, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 27 October 2021
    COVID-Ready Plan

    The state government has released its COVID-Ready Plan outlining the safe easing of restrictions and how COVID-19 will be managed in SA. The plan details easing restrictions once vaccination milestones are reached. For more information and to view the plan, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 22 October 2021
    Vaccination Requirements for Additional Healthcare Settings

    The Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect on 20 October 2021.
    This direction expands COVID-19 vaccination requirements to include people working in:

    • primary community healthcare facilities (general practice clinics, dental clinics, private nurse offices); 
    • pharmacies; 
    • specialist outpatient facilities (including consulting suites of private medical specialists, including reproductive services, and any setting provided by allied health and scientific professionals); 
    • private pathology centres; 
    • private radiology centres (including breast screening centre); 
    • defence health settings (including Garrison health centres, deployed and exercise health support and clinical health training); 
    • facilities for the collection, manufacture and distribution of blood and biological products; 
    • Aboriginal community controlled health services; 
    • the Department for Health and Wellbeing, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health and Wellbeing SA. 

    Staff working in the above healthcare settings must have received at least one vaccine dose by 8 November. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 20 October 2021
    Super Walk-in Weekend

    On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October, participating COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be offering walk-in appointments. 

    Children 12 to 15 years must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver.
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 18 October 2021
    Vaccine Recommendations for Immunocompromised People

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommend that people aged 12+ years who are severely immunocompromised have a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is to increase the level of immunity for severely immunocompromised people to as close as possible to the general population.


    Eligible patients can get a third dose from their GP or a SA Health vaccination clinic or pharmacy with evidence of eligibility. For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 15 October 2021
    Additional Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified additional exposure locations in Adelaide associated with a positive case of COVID-19. Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

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  • Friday, 24 June 2022
    COVID-19 Referral Pathways for General Practice for Antiviral Medication Webinar

    SA PHNs in conjunction with SA Health are providing a COVID-19 update for Primary Health Care Providers at 6.30PM Thursday 30 June.

    Topics will include:

    • Antiviral medication prescribing, management, guidelines and clinical decisions update
    • New model of care and HealthDirect secure messaging for antivirals

    Register here.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 20 June 2022
    Adelaide Central Respiratory Clinic Relocation

    Adelaide Central Respiratory Clinic is relocating to 12 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside with an expected first day of operation from this site to be Monday 27 June 2022. Entrance is from the rear of the premises through car park off Chinner Avenue.
    The hours of operation will be extended to the below:

    • Monday 8.30am to 5.00pm
    • Tuesday 8.30am to 12.30pm
    • Wednesday 8.30am to 5.00pm
    • Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm
    • Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm
    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 20 June 2022
    Supporting your patients with Post COVID-19 Syndrome (Long COVID)

    To support GPs and other health professionals caring for patients experiencing post COVID-19 symptoms, HealthPathways SA (HPSA) recently launched the Post COVID-19 Syndrome (Long COVID) Pathway. The Pathway provides easy access to comprehensive, evidence-based assessment, management and localised referral resources, specific to the South Australian context.
    The following COVID-19 pathways are also available:

    Referral pages:

    Fore more information, please access the HealthPathways portal. If you are not registered, you can request access here. For all enquiries, please contact the HPSA Team: enquiries@sahealthpathways.com.au.
    HealthPathways SA is a partnership between Wellbeing SA, Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 16 May 2022
    Principles of Infection Prevention & Control Webinar Recording

    Adelaide PHN commissioned the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) to deliver the webinar: Principles of Infection Prevention and Control. The webinar recording is now available and packed with all you need to know about how to apply infection prevention control in your practice. This training is designed for GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals and practice managers. Watch the webinar on APNA's YouTube channel.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 22 April 2022
    Infection Protection and Control Webinars

    Adelaide PHN has commissioned the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association to provide Infection Prevention and Control Webinars to support a state of readiness and preparedness for primary health care workplaces during COVID-19 and the emerging flu season. The webinars include:

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022
    Care of COVID-19 Positive Patients in the Community Launched

    Working with SA Health, HealthPathways SA is developing local care pathways to ensure there are up to date, clear and rapid pathways for escalation of patients who are being cared for in the community. 

    The Care of COVID-19 Positive Patients in the Community pathway is now accessible – released 24  Dec 2021.

    General practices and health professionals can stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 information via the central online repository of relevant resources, supports and guidance.

    Pathways now available include:  

    Click here to access HealthPathways SA.  Not yet registered? You can request access  here.   

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 09 December 2021
    Urgent Mental Health Care Centre Vaccination Clinic

    People experiencing mental health challenges or experiencing homelessness will have specialist support to get their COVID-19 vaccination at the Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (UMHCC). The clinic will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.00AM – 12.00PM from 14 December at the UMHCC – 215 Grenfell St, Adelaide. Trained Peer Support Workers will be available to help people through every step of the process. For more information, please visit the UMHCC website.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 12 November 2021
    Webinar: COVID-19 Update

    SA PHNs, in conjunction with SA Health, SA Pathology and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) will be holding a Zoom meeting with a COVID-19 update for primary healthcare providers on Tuesday 16 November at 6.00PM. The webinar will be hosted by Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, SA Health and will include the following topics:

    • Managing the Practice Environment ‘living with COVID’ and update on the COVID plan – Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, SA Health
    • Impacts and management of long COVID – A/Prof Pravin Hissaria, Clinical Immunologist and Immunopathologist and Medical Director COVID Vaccination, CALHN
    • Update on the GP Assessment Team – Dr Jenni Goold, Clinical Lead COVID-19 GP Assessment Team, SA Health
    • General Update – What’s happening nationally – Dr Chris Moy, Vice President, AMA
    • Update on testing – A/Prof Tom Dodd, Clinical Service Director, SA Pathology

    Register here and you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the meeting.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 12 November 2021
    Visual Board of COVID-19 Resources

    Western Australia Primary Health Alliance has developed a visual board of COVID-19 resources to help health care providers navigate the multitude of resources available. It includes government resources, Aboriginal language resources, videos, social media posts, posters and more. Access the resource board here. Please note that some of these resources will not be relevant to SA.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    COVID Vaccine Super Clinic in Salisbury South

    Northern Medical Centre is hosting a COVID Vaccine Super Clinic this Saturday 13 November 9AM - 5PM.

    Walk-in to receive a first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccine and enjoy a free coffee at an on-site coffee cart. Coffees available 9AM - 1PM. No appointment necessary. Vaccines available to anyone aged 12+ years with a Medicare card.

     

    For futher information, please call Northern Medical Centre on 8250 2266.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 01 November 2021
    Australian Refugee Association Pop-up Vaccination Clinic

    The Australian Refugee Association (ARA) have COVID-19 vaccination appointments available this Saturday 6 November at the ARA office in Salisbury.

    Translators, female medical staff, and private vaccination rooms available. Book now by calling the ARA on 08 8354 2961.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 17 September 2021
    Drive Through Vaccination Clinics

    Primary care vaccination sites can establish drive-through vaccination clinics. General practices interested in establishing drive-through clinics should complete the drive-through site requirements and email to COVID19@adelaidephn.com.au
    For further information, please visit the Department of Health website. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 19 April 2021
    Adelaide PHN’s Quick Guide for Booking Your COVID-19 Vaccine Resource

    Adelaide PHN has created a 'Quick Guide for Booking your COVID-19 Vaccine' - a simple four step guide on navigating the Eligibility Checker and booking your COVID-19 vaccine. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 29 March 2021
    Athlestone Respiratory Clinic Updated Phone Number

    Please be advised that Athlestone Respiratory Clinic has now updated their number for bookings to 08 8166 2125. 

    Find the booking links and phone numbers of all metropolitan respiratory clinics via adelaidephn.com.au/respiratoryclinics. Both Adelaide PHN's website and SA Health's Testing Services page has been updated.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Wednesday, 24 March 2021
    Adelaide Respiratory Clinics COVID-19 Vaccine Update

    As well as providing COVID-19 testing services, our GP-led Respiratory Clinics are now taking bookings for those eligible to receive the phase 1b COVID-19 vaccine. 

    Bookings can be made online or over the phone: 

    • Adelaide Central Vaccination Clinic - call 0401 142 608 or book online
    • Reynella Respiratory Clinic - call 0478 455 774 or book online
    • North Eastern Respiratory Clinic - call 08 7089 5799 or book online
    • Athelstone Respiratory Clinic - call 0478 507 774 or book online
       

    A reminder that people can check their eligibility by completing the online Eligibility Checker

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 22 March 2021
    Phase 1b COVID-19 Vaccinations Commence in Adelaide

    70 general practice clinics in metropolitan Adelaide will begin administering phase 1b COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients from Monday 22 March 2021.

    Those eligible for the phase 1b vaccinations include:

    • Adults 70 years and over 
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55
    • Adults with a specific medical condition 
    • Adults with a disability or who have specified underlying medical conditions 
    • Other health care workers 
    • Critical/high risk workers (including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing)
       

    Adelaide PHN is supporting the phase 1b roll-out with the number of participating practices expected to increase from70 to 200 over the next four weeks. 

    Please complete the Department of Health's Eligibility Checker to find a list of participating clinics.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020
    PPE Access Reminder - PPE distribution via Adelaide PHN and List of Commercial Suppliers

    Across the pandemic Adelaide PHN has been collating and updating a list of commercial suppliers of PPE, please contact covid19@adelaidephn.com.au for a current list. 

    Where no commercial supply is available, Adelaide PHN continues to distribute PPE from the National Medical Stockpile to general practices and eligible allied health providers in accordance with the Commonwealth's Tranche 4 Distribution Guidelines.

    Adelaide PHN can provide general practice and eligible allied health providers across the metropolitan region with a small 'emergency' supply of surgical masks until providers can access their own supplies.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020
    Expanded hours at GP Respiratory Clinics to Support Testing Over Higher Temperature Forecasts

    The four metropolitan GP Respiratory Clincs have increased their capacity and are providing additional appointments for COVID-19 testing and GP-led assessment of respiratory symptoms in response to the high forecasted temperatures in the coming days. GPs are encouraged to recommend patients book an appointment over the phone or online. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020
    Next GP Update Webinar Tomorrow (25 November)

    A GP Update webinar is scheduled for tomorrow - 6:00pm Wednesday 25 November 2020. The webinar is suitable for GPs and practice staff working across South Australia and will include an update on the SA COVID-19 response, a highlight of the pertinent issues relevant to GPs and general practice, and a Q&A session.

    Register now via this link

    This webinar is part of a suite of webinars facilitated by Adelaide PHN and supported by partners SA Health, SA Pathology, RACGP (SA/NT) and AMA(SA). 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Tuesday, 03 November 2020
    Register now for the next GP SA COVID-19 Response Update webinar

    In conjunction with SA Health, SA Pathology, the RACGP (SA/NT) and AMA(SA), Adelaide PHN will be holding another COVID-19 GP Update webinar. 

    • 6:00pm Wednesday 11 November
    • Zoom Webinar
    • Topic: an update on the SA COVID-19 response, issues facing GPs and general practice, new telehealth item numbers and a Q&A session

    Register online by clicking here.  

    Adelaide PHN
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020
    Athelstone Respiratory Clinic have updated their phone number for bookings

    Athelstone Respiratory Clinic has recently updated their phone number for bookings to 0478 507 774. Find the booking links and phone numbers of all metropolitan respiratory clinics via adelaidephn.com.au/respiratoryclinics. Both Adelaide PHN's website and SA Health's Testing Services page has been updated.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020
    Latest GP Update webinar (22 July) now available to watch

    These webinars are a collaboration of Adelaide PHN, RACGP (SA&NT), AMA(SA) and SA Health. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 22 June 2020
    Adelaide PHN Launch of the Kite Support App

     A free app to help build resilience and support wellbeing of those working in primary health care across the Adelaide region

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 15 June 2020
    Athelstone GP Respiratory Clinic Extends Opening Hours to Fridays

    Athelstone GP Respiratory Clinic has expanded their opening hours to meet the demand for bookings. Previously Monday to Thursday, the clinic is now available Monday to Friday 1:30pm - 5:30pm.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 12 June 2020
    Latest GP Update Webinar (from 10 June) Available to Watch

    Click to watch via youtube, or find an archive of all recent webinars by scrolling up to the 'What You Need to Know' section of this webpage. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 05 June 2020
    GP Respiratory Clinics - Update on Availability over Long Weekend

    With the approaching long weekend, please note that the GP Respiratory Clinics are not currently open Saturdays or Sundays and only the North Eastern Respiratory Clinic (Ingle Farm) is open on the public holiday (Mon 8 June). If you are seeking testing for COVID-19 on Saturday or Sunday of this coming long weekend, please check with your usual GP (call ahead and alert them of your symptoms first) or consider accessing one of SA Health’s COVID-19 testing clinics or services – details at https://bit.ly/2Y435Dm

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 14 May 2020
    Latest GP Update Webinar (13 May) Now Available to Watch

    Watch a recording of Wed 13 May webinar - focusing on an update on the SA response to COVID-19 so far and a Q&A session.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 11 May 2020
    New (fourth) metro GP Respiratory Clinic Opens today in Athelstone

    The Athelstone Respiratory COVID Clinic will support the assessment, testing and diagnosis of patients with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 08 May 2020
    Your Quick Guide to Telehealth Patient Resource -

    Adelaide PHN has produced a succinct patient factsheet for patients. The resource summarises the general process and outlining tips to get the most out of a telehealth appointment. The resource also includes a notes page for use during the appointment. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020
    Latest GP Update Webinar (29 April) Now Available to Watch

    Watch a recording of Wed 29 April webinar - focus on reflections and lessons learnt from the response to COVID-19 so far.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 23 April 2020
    Latest GP Update Webinar (22 April) Now Available to Watch

    Watch a recording of Wed 22 April webinar - focus on clearance of COVID-19.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 20 April 2020
    Third GP Respiratory Clinic Opens to Support the SA COVID-19 Response

    The North Eastern Respiratory Clinic will support the assessment, testing and diagnosis of patients with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms. Book via this link.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 16 April 2020
    Second Respiratory Clinic Opens to Support SA’s COVID-19 Testing Blitz

    A second Commonwealth-funded dedicated GP Respiratory Clinic, the Reynella Respiratory Clinic, has opened today in southern Adelaide to support the assessment and testing of those with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Monday, 13 April 2020
    Supporting the Coordination of Flu Vaccination for Staff and Residents of Aged Care Facilities Across Adelaide

    On direction from the Department of Health, Adelaide PHN is one of the Primary Health Networks coordinating flu vaccinations for staff and residents of aged care facilities. Our Practice Facilitators are actively contacting RACFs across Adelaide to support supply, access and delivery of flu vaccinations. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Thursday, 09 April 2020
    First Respiratory Clinic Opens in SA to Support the Response to COVID-19

    The first Commonwealth funded dedicated Respiratory Clinic has opened today in the central Adelaide area to support the assessment, testing and diagnosis of community members experiencing mild to moderate respiratory symptoms.

    Adelaide PHN
  • Sunday, 05 April 2020
    Distribution of PPE Expanded for General Practices Across Adelaide

    Upon receival of additional PPE from state and national stockpiles, Adelaide PHN has expanded distribution to general practice from only surgical masks to other PPE items including N95 masks, gloves and gowns. Hand sanitiser is also anitcipated. Application still by EOI. 

    Adelaide PHN
  • Friday, 27 May 2022
    Consolidated Measures Direction

    The Emergency Management (COVID-19 Requirements) (Consolidated Measures) Direction 2022 came into effect yesterday. This includes the current Activities, Arrivals, and Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements Directions. 

     

    This Direction, alongside the Residential Aged Care Facilities, Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination and In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination, will continue to be in force under the Public Health Act. 

     

    More information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 27 May 2022
    Transition to the Public Health Act

    After more than two years, the Major Emergency Declaration has been lifted today.

    Amendments have been made to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 to enable some important public health measures to remain.
     
    This is essential to protect the South Australian community and ensure the health system’s resources can manage COVID-19 cases.
     
    Under the Public Health Act, existing requirements will continue to apply, including requirements for:

    • Isolation of positive COVID-19 cases
    • Close contacts
    • Mask wearing in health care settings, correctional services, passenger transport, and airports and airplanes
    • COVID-19 vaccination for health care, residential aged care and in-home disability care workers
    • Testing of international arrivals
    • COVID Safe Check-In in hospitals, residential aged care and disability care facilities.

    More information is available on the SA Health website
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2022
    Vaccination Service for NDIS Participants

    SA Health is committed to supporting all South Australians to access COVID-19 vaccination, especially those at higher risk.

    Michelle Esterhuizen has recently joined the COVID-19 Vaccination Team as Disability Liaison Officer to help all NDIS participants to receive the vaccine.

    Personalised support is available based on the person’s individual needs. This may include accessing transport, finding a suitable vaccination site, or arranging in-home vaccinations if required. 

    NDIS Participants, their nominees or service providers can contact Michelle by phone or SMS on 0468 570 874, or email at DisabilityCOVID19VaxSupport@sa.gov.au

    Additionally, if your service can provide specialised support for people with disabilities to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, they would like to hear from you! Please get in touch with them using the details above. 

    They look forward to working in partnership to ensure all South Australians have the best protection from COVID-19.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 29 April 2022
    Mental Health Liaison Team

    The Mental Health Liaison Team (MHL) provides support for any mental health issues that arise due to COVID when individuals may be isolating and feeling anxious or fearful.


    MHL offers a phone or health direct service (virtual face to face) for the time the person has COVID symptoms. MHL can even connect with patients and support their mental health needs when they are hospitalised for their physical symptoms.


    This short-term service provides interaction and direction for all age groups and can check-in daily for approximately 7 days as required.


    Refer a patient by completing the MHL Referral Form and submit to Health.COVIDMentalHealthLiaison@sa.gov.au. Referrals require the individual’s date of birth, name and contact details and the person must know they are being referred.

    For more information, please read the MHL flyer

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022
    COVID-19 Close Contact Changes

    Quarantine and testing requirements for close contacts will be changing from 12.01am Saturday 30 April.

    Close contacts of a COVID-19 case will no longer need to quarantine. However, for 7 days after exposure they will be:

    • Required to wear a mask when they leave the house
    • Required to undertake five rapid antigen tests during the seven days 
    • Prohibited from high risk settings (hospitals, residential aged care and disability care facilities, correctional services, and Aboriginal community controlled organisations) 
    • Required to notify their employer or school / education facility

    Close contacts will also be strongly encouraged to:

    • Avoid contact with people at risk of severe illness
    • Avoid non-essential gatherings
    • Monitor themselves closely for symptoms and get a PCR test as soon as any symptoms develop

     

    Close contacts who are quarantining with other people do not need to restart the above guidelines each time if another person in the house tests positive.

    For further information, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 12 April 2022
    Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination

    Anyone aged 65 years or over is now able to receive their free flu vaccination at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

    The flu vaccine will be available with any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the winter dose, at these SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

    • Elizabeth (Playford)
    • Kilkenny
    • Noarlunga
    • North Adelaide
    • Wayville

    To book a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the SA Health website. There is no need to book a separate appointment for the flu vaccine.

    For more information about the flu vaccine, visit the SA Health website
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 06 April 2022
    COVID-19 Vaccine: Winter Dose

    A winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine is available for people at higher risk of COVID-19 to ensure they have maximum protection across the winter months.
     
    The winter dose is available for the following groups:

    • Adults aged 65 years and older
    • Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
    • People aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older

    People in these groups can receive their winter dose at least 4 months after receiving their first booster dose. If you have had COVID-19 infection since your first booster dose, you should receive your winter dose at least 4 months after your infection.
     
    The winter dose is available now at GPs and pharmacies, and from today at SA Health vaccination clinics. 
     
    Please note the Wayville COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be closed today while some building works are undertaken and will reopen on Thursday 7 April.
     
    Pfizer and Moderna are the preferred vaccines for COVID-19 booster doses, including the winter dose.
     
    To book a vaccination appointment, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 March 2022
    COVID-19 and Pregnancy

    Pregnant people who go into labour while they have COVID-19 and are booked in to give birth at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital or Flinders Medical Centre will be cared for at their booked hospital.

    People from regional area, or who are booked in the private sector, may require care at Flinders Medical Centre.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 March 2022
    Close Contact After Having COVID-19

    people who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be considered a close contact for 12 weeks after finishing isolation.
    After 12 weeks, they will be considered a close contact if they are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the close contact definition. 
    More information will be available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 March 2022
    Updates to Close Contact Requirements

    The definition of close contact has changed to include someone who: 

    • Is a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period
    • Has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative period of 4 hours or more during their infectious period:
      • Where masks are not worn by the person and the COVID-19 case and
      • In close physical proximity (within 1.5 metres) and
      • In an indoor setting
    • Has been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
    • Has been to an exposure site listed on the SA Health website 

    In addition, updates have been made to the quarantine requirements for household close contacts.

    Household contacts of a positive case now only need to quarantine for 7 days.
    Anyone currently in quarantine in the same house as a positive case and on days 8 to 14 can leave quarantine once they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

    More information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 17 March 2022
    Voting Arrangements Direction

    At 2.31pm 16 March 2022 the Emergency Management (Voting Arrangements) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 came into effect.
    People who are a COVID-19 positive case or close contact and are quarantining in their place of residence, or who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have not received their PCR result yet can vote in the State Election by collecting a ballot pack through:

    For more information, please visit the ECSA website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022
    Updated Testing Advice After Recovering from COVID-19

    Updates have been made to the advice relating to testing after recovering from COVID-19.

    People who have recovered from COVID-19, now do not need to be tested within 8 weeks of their release from isolation. This means that if they have recovered from COVID-19, they will not be considered a close contact for 8 weeks after they finish isolation.

    After 8 weeks, they will still be considered a close contact if they are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the close contact definition. They will need to quarantine and get tested. 

    If they develop new COVID-19 symptoms after 8 weeks, they should get a PCR test and stay at home until they get a negative result.
     
    More information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022
    Isolation Requirements for Testing Positive to COVID-19

    From 12.01am 12 March 2022, if someone has tested positive to COVID-19 they will only need to isolate for 7 days.
     
    They can only leave isolation after 7 days if they have no acute symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath) in the last 24 hours of their isolation.
     
    On days 7 to 10 after isolation, they should:

    • Wear a mask when around other people.
    • Not attend a high risk setting. If they work in a high risk setting, they should tell their employer before returning to work. 
    • Follow this advice for days 8 to 14 if they have a weakened immune system (transplant recipient or receiving chemotherapy). 

    If someone is currently in isolation, they will be contacted by SA Health with more information about their clearance.
     
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2022
    COVID-19 Direction Update

    A new Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction is now in effect. People who engage in work or perform duties in Healthcare Settings on a single occasion or on an infrequent and irregular basis need to produce a negative Rapid Antigen Test result that is taken on either:

    • The day of attending the healthcare setting; or
    • 24 hours prior to attending the healthcare setting.

    They are not required to be fully vaccinated to enter the healthcare setting provided they have done the above prior to entry and comply with wearing appropriate PPE as required by the Operator of the setting.
     
    The Police Workers Vaccination Direction has been revoked and replaced with a Managerial Direction.
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2022
    COVID-19 Exposure After Testing Positive

    People who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be considered a close contact for 8 weeks after testing positive to COVID-19. After 8 weeks, they will be considered a close contact if they are exposed to COVID-19 and will need to quarantine and get tested. If they develop new onset COVID-19 symptoms, they should get a PCR test and stay at home until you get negative result. 

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 02 March 2022
    Kilkenny Vaccination Clinic Update

    The Kilkenny COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is closed today due to water damage. If you have an existing appointment, you will be contacted to reschedule.

    Bookings and walk-ins are available at other clinics. Book via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 01 March 2022
    COVID Testing Site Update

    The Hindmarsh testing site is now closed and a new walk-in testing site has opened in West Beach. The West Beach site is located on Hamra Avenue, West Beach and will operate 8.30AM to 4.30PM, Monday to Friday.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 February 2022
    Elective Surgery Resumes

    From today,  remaining restrictions on elective surgery will be lifted.
    If a surgery or procedure was postponed, patients will have kept their place on the list and the surgery or procedure will be rebooked.
    The hospital where the surgery or procedure is booked will contact the patient with more information.
    The decision to pause elective surgery at the height of the Omicron wave ensured readiness for increased cases and hospitalisation.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 24 February 2022
    Super Family Walk-in Weekend

    Super family walk-in weekend is this weekend, Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 February. Everyone 5 years and over can get their COVID-19 vaccine.
    There will be entertainment and giveaways for the whole family, including Adelaide Fringe tickets, at:

    • Elizabeth Playford
    • Enfield
    • Gawler
    • Munno Para
    • Noarlunga
    • North Adelaide
    • Salisbury Fringe Carnival (Saturday only)
    • Wayville

    Children aged 5 to 15 must have a parent or legal guardian attend their appointment.
    For more information, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 22 February 2022
    Available Bookings for Novavax

    Bookings are available for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine at selected vaccination clinics, including:

    • Elizabeth (Playford)
    • Noarlunga
    • Adelaide (Myer Centre) (dedicated Novavax clinic)

    Appointments are available from Wednesday 23 February for people 18 and over. 
    Book now on the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 21 February 2022
    Mobile Vaccination Clinics

    You can have your first, second or booster dose at a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic, subject to availability. 
    Check the website for age eligibility requirements for each mobile clinic. If you have an existing appointment and attend a mobile clinic, please cancel it so other people can book.
    For a full list of clinics and to book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 18 February 2022
    Updates to residential aged care facilities Direction

    An employee, contractor, student or volunteer of a residential aged care facility who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case may now enter a residential aged care facility, if:

    • The facility has an established protocol for managing the Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Direction; and
    • They are a close contact of a COVID-19 case whose last exposure date was within the 14 days immediately preceding entry; and
    • 7 days have elapsed since the person’s last exposure date; and
    • They wear appropriate PPE at all times while at the facility; and
    • They undertake a Rapid Antigen Test on each day prior to attending the facility.

    More information, including the new Direction, is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 18 February 2022
    Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

    The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine will be available in South Australia from Wednesday 23 February. 

    Novavax is available for people 18 and over for first and second doses. Novavax is currently not approved for a booster dose vaccine. The timing between the first and second dose of Novavax is 21 days.

    Novavax will be available at selected vaccination clinics, including:

    • Elizabeth (Playford)
    • Adelaide (Myer Centre)
    • Noarlunga

    Book your appointment now via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 18 February 2022
    Specialised Vaccination Clinic for People with Anxiety and/or Needle Phobia

    Staff at the Fullarton COVID-19 vaccination clinic specialise in vaccinating people with a needle phobia, anxiety and those who don’t like large crowds. Please advise staff on arrival and they will assist. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 14 February 2022
    North Adelaide Exposure Location

    The Adelaide Aquatic Centre in North Adelaide has been identified as a high-risk location. Anyone who has attended the location on the dates and times listed below are required to closely monitor for symptoms.

    • Thursday 3 February, 4.00pm to 6.00pm
    • Saturday 5 February, 8.30am to 11.45am
    • Tuesday 8 February, 9.30am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 6.30pm
    • Wednesday 9 February, 9.30am to 11.30am

    If you were at the above location and symptoms develop, get tested as soon as possible.

    More testing information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 09 February 2022
    Protecting children under 5 years

    While babies and children under 5 years old can’t yet receive a COVID-19 vaccine, they can still be protected against COVID-19.
    Vaccinated people are less infectious if they do catch COVID-19, which means getting vaccinated is the best way to protect children. 

    It is important that people get vaccinated if eligible, wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, physical distance where possible, get a PCR test if they have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home if unwell and spend time outdoors when socialising where possible.
    For more information or to book a vaccine appointment, please visit the SA Health website. 

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 08 February 2022
    Close contact testing requirements update

    If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get a PCR test as soon as possible. This will now be a requirement for close contacts with COVID-19 symptoms.

    If you are a close contact with COVID-19 symptoms, you must now get a PCR test for your initial and day 6 tests.

    If you are a close contact but have no COVID-19 symptoms, you can get a PCR test, or you can still access free rapid antigen tests from RAT Collection Points across the state. To improve the sensitivity of rapid antigen testing, you will now receive more free tests and will be required to test on day 1, 3, 5 and 7 of your quarantine.

    If you have any COVID-19 symptoms and test negative using a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test to confirm your negative result.

    For more information or to find a testing site near you, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 07 February 2022
    Recommencement of elective surgery

    From today, elective surgery will resume, with a staged plan to increase the number of procedures over the next four weeks.
    For more information, please refer to the new Direction.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 04 February 2022
    Booster Vaccinations for People Aged 16 and 17 Years

    Booster vaccinations are now available for people aged 16 years and older.
    People aged 16 and 17 who have received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago are now eligible for a Pfizer vaccine booster.
    Walk-ins are available at Wayville, Playford, Noarlunga, Kilkenny, Enfield, Adelaide (Myer Centre), North Adelaide (Women’s and Children Hospital), Port Augusta and Whyalla. 
    Online bookings will be available in the coming days via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 31 January 2022
    Booster Vaccination Requirements

    Updated Emergency Management Directions are now in place for:

    • Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination

    • In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination

    • Forensic Science SA Vaccination

    • Residential Aged Care Facilities 

    People working in these settings who have been infected with COVID-19 must have had, or have evidence of booking to receive, a COVID-19 booster shot within 4 months of their positive COVID-19 test or within 4 months of their second dose, whichever is later.
    All other people working in these settings must have had, or have evidence of booking to receive, a COVID-19 booster shot within 4 months of their second dose.
    More information, including the new Directions and updated frequently asked questions, is available on the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 31 January 2022
    COVID-19 Appropriate Surgery Update

    Updates to the Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic have now come into effect to allow elective paediatric surgery.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 28 January 2022
    COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Aged 5 to 11 Years

    All South Australians aged 5 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
    COVID-19 in young children is generally mild, however, it is possible that your child could become severely ill and have long term effects if they catch COVID-19. Children with pre-existing conditions are at greater risk of severe disease from COVID-19. 
    Vaccination will help protect your child, your family and the community. For more information, visit the SA Health website or click here to make a booking.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022
    COVID Positive Children

    Most children with COVID-19 will only experience a mild illness or will have no symptoms at all and can safely remain at home without the need for medical support. Household contacts will need to quarantine and get tested.

    Children who need medical care will be supported at home by GPs from the COVID-19 Response Care Team (CRCT).

    For children who need extra care, COVIDKids is a dedicated South Australian service for children and young people with COVID-19, managed by specialist staff at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The CRCT will assist with referring children to this service.
     
    In an emergency, or if your child has symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call Triple Zero (000). Tell them your child has COVID-19.

    For more information, please visit the COVID Kids website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Test Collection Point in Salisbury

    A new rapid antigen test (RAT) collection point is now open in Salisbury. If you are a close contact, you can register online to access a RAT kit from the collection points. Each RAT kit contains two free rapid antigen tests.
     
    To register to collect your kit and find a SA Health RAT collection point, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022
    Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics

    Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated.
    You can have your first, second or booster dose at a mobile clinic, subject to availability. 
    For more information, including availability and age eligibility requirements for each mobile clinic, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022
    New Rapid Antigen Test Collection Points

    New rapid antigen test (RAT) collection points are now open in Onkaparinga and Charles Sturt.
    If you are a close contact, you can register online to access a RAT kit from the collection points. Each RAT kit contains two free rapid antigen tests. 
    To register to collect your kit and find a SA Health RAT collection point, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 24 January 2022
    Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Approved

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.

    The protein-based vaccine has been approved for those aged 18 years and older as primary two dose course, with a three-week interval between doses. The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is provisionally approved for primary vaccination only. It has not been approved for booster doses or for children.

    It is expected that supplies will be available from February onwards pending final approval from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. For more information, visit the TGA website

    SA Health
  • Friday, 21 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Test Collection Point in Port Adelaide Enfield

    A new rapid antigen test (RAT) collection point opened today in Port Adelaide Enfield.

    If you are a close contact, you can register online to access a RAT kit from the collection points. Each RAT kit contains two free rapid antigen tests.

    To register to collect your kit and find a SA Health RAT collection point, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 21 January 2022
    Vaccination Appointments for Children Aged 5 to 11 Years at Wayville

    New appointments are available for children aged 5 to 11 at the Wayville COVID-19 vaccination clinic (Goyder Pavilion). There will be up to 1,000 more appointments per day available for children.

    To book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 21 January 2022
    Wayville COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinic

    A new dedicated booster vaccination clinic is now open at Wayville in the Jubilee Pavilion (Adelaide Showgrounds). The clinic is available for anyone 18 years and over who has had their second dose at least 3 months ago (regardless of vaccine type).

    There will be 8,000 more booster appointments available each week, increasing to 15,000 in the coming weeks. Bookings are essential.

    For more information and to book an appointment, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022
    COVID-19 Testing Site Hot Weather Closures

    Some testing sites have updated operating hours over the coming days due to the hot weather forecast.
    To check the opening hours, find alternative testing locations or to book, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 20 January 2022
    Booster Vaccination Update

    The booster interval has now changed from four to three months in South Australia.
    People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose three months after receiving their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    Booster doses are available at participating SA Health vaccination clinics, GPs, pharmacies, and Respiratory Clinics.

    To book an appointment, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022
    Vaccinations During Pregnancy

    If you are pregnant, it is safe to get your first, second and booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at any stage of pregnancy.
    You and your unborn baby have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 than non-pregnant people, including:

    • 5 times higher risk of requiring a hospital admission.
    • 2-3 times higher risk of needing treatment in a hospital intensive care unit.
    • 1.5 times higher of being born preterm or admission to a special care nursery.

    You can get a booster if you are pregnant, aged 18 and over, and had your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago.
    For more information about getting your COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 18 January 2022
    Resources for Vaccinating Children

    Resources have been developed to educate children about the COVID-19 vaccination including a ‘How to protect yourself from COVID-19’ book and an animated video for children aged 5 to 11.

    The Enfield COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now also a dedicated clinic for families.

    For more information about COVID-19 vaccination for children and to book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 17 January 2022
    South Australian Omicron Modelling

    The State Government has released the modelling, undertaken by Professor Joshua Ross at the University of Adelaide, that projects the impact of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant in South Australia.
    Major findings of the modelling include:

    • South Australia could have experienced a peak of between 30,000 to 40,000 cases a day by the third week of January without the implementation of restrictions on Boxing Day 2021.
    • The likely peak of cases is now expected to be between 6,000 and 10,000 cases a day, with the peak expected to arrive between 15-25 January.
    • At the peak, the modelling predicts SA will see around 370 hospital admissions and 50 people in ICU at peak occupancy.
    SA Health
  • Friday, 14 January 2022
    Vaccination Program Recruitment

    SA Health is expanding its vaccination program. Qualified clinicians who are not currently employed within SA Health are encouraged to apply. Current AHPRA COVID-19 sub-registration is required. 

    More opportunities to join the fight against COVID-19 are available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 14 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Testing Collection Point

    The first Adelaide Rapid Anitgen Testing (RAT) collection point is now open in Josie Agius Park in the South Parklands. If you are a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 you can access a kit of two free rapid antigen tests. You must register on the SA Health website to collect your kit from a RAT collection point.

    More sites will open across the state in the coming days.

    Fore more information on registering for tests, reporting results and understanding your result, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 13 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Testing Update

    From today, Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) can be used to diagnose COVID-19. This means if you test positive for COVID-19 with a rapid antigen test you do not need to confirm your result with a PCR test.
    If you are a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 you can access a kit of two free RATs. You must register on the SA Health website to collect your kit from a RAT Collection Point. The first Adelaide RAT Collection Point will be opening in Josie Agius Park in the South Parklands tomorrow and more sites will open across the state in the coming days. 

    For more information on registering for tests, reporting results and understanding your result, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022
    Updated Operating Hours at Testing Sites

    COVID-19 testing sites have updated operating hours today due to the hot weather forecast. The latest updates on site closures and updated testing site hours will be provided on the SA Health Facebook page.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022
    COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds

    Children aged 5 to 11 can now get their COVID-19 vaccine. Children will receive two doses of the Paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 8 weeks apart. This vaccine is a third of a dose compared to the vaccine for people aged 12 and over.
     
    For more information about the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 10 January 2022
    Dedicated Booster Clinic in Mile End

    South Australia’s first ever dedicated booster vaccination clinic is opening on Wednesday 12 January in Mile End. The clinic will have initial capacity to vaccinate 9,000 people a week, increasing to 15,000 per week in coming weeks.
    Anyone 18 years and over who had their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago is eligible for a booster dose.


    To continue to make it easier for South Australians to get vaccinated mobile clinics administering first, second and booster doses have been made available across:

    • Davoren Park
    • Elizabeth Downs
    • Munno Para
    • Salisbury

    For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and to book an appointment, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 10 January 2022
    COVID-19 Booster Requirements

    A booster of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine now forms part of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for:

    • Individuals employed or engaged by or on behalf of residential aged care facilities
    • Disability support workers
    • Individuals engaged in work or duties at in-home and community aged care

    All workers must have had, or have evidence of a booking to have, a booster within four weeks of becoming eligible. People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose four months after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


    All visitors to residential aged care facilities are also required to receive a COVID-19 booster dose within four weeks of becoming eligible.

    This requirement will come into effect on 29 January 2022.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 07 January 2022
    Mandatory Booster Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Workers

    The requirement for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for people who work in health care settings will now include a booster of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
    All staff must have had, or have evidence of a booking to have, a booster within four weeks of becoming eligible. People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose four months after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    This requirement applies to all people engaging in work in health care settings and will come into effect on 29 January 2022.

    For more information including FAQs, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022
    Testing Positive to COVID-19

    Positive COVID-19 test results will be notified by a SMS or phone call from SA Health and/or the laboratory.

    After the initial notification, self-isolate immediately. If other people are living in the same household, separate yourself away from them and stay in a different room. Inform your close contacts and advise them to get tested and quarantine for 7 days if they’re vaccinated, or 14 days if not vaccinated since their last contact with you. A close contact is defined on the SA Health website.

    The COVID-19 Response Care Team will ask questions about symptoms, medical history and if the person can safely isolate from others. They’ll make an assessment and give people information to help keep them safe during their isolation.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 06 January 2022
    Hindmarsh Testing Site Extended Hours

    The COVID-19 testing site at Hindmarsh Education Development Centre now has extended opening hours. The testing site is now open 7.30AM to 10.30PM every day. No referral or appointment required. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    COVID Vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds

    Bookings are now open at most SA Health vaccination clinics for children aged 5 to 11. Appointments will now be available from Wednesday 12 January to allow enough time for vaccine distribution. Selected GPs, Respiratory Clinics and pharmacies will also be vaccinating children aged 5 to 11.
     
    Children aged 5 to 11 will receive two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 8 weeks apart. The dose is one third of the amount compared to the vaccine for people aged 12 and over.

    Make a booking here or for more information about COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 to 11, visit the SA Health website.  

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Rapid Antigen Testing

    With higher rates of COVID-19 now in our community, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is now available in South Australia for the general public to use at home.
     
    RATs are an effective screening tool for people who do not have any symptoms. Like any screening test, a positive RAT needs to be confirmed using a PCR test. It provides an indication that you might have a COVID-19 infection, but a PCR test needs to be taken to confirm the result.
     
    RAT are for people with no symptoms and can be very helpful in the following circumstances:

    • Before entering a high risk setting, for example healthcare or aged care,
    • Before going out where there may be crowds,
    • Before going to work, especially if it is a critical worksite, or
    • To provide reassurance to asymptomatic people who are feeling anxious or worried.

    RATs will be sold commercially in supermarkets and pharmacies.
     
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Public Hospital Visitors

    Visitor restrictions for public hospitals have been updated. Please check with individual hospitals for local visitor information before attending. Visits are permitted for:

    • End of life and palliative care
    • Compassionate reasons
    • Maternity, neonatal, and paediatric services (one visitor per day)

    The safety and welfare of everyone in our hospital and health services is our priority. Thank you for helping keep our patients, staff and community safe.
     
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    New Testing Site

    A new walk-in COVID-19 testing site is now open at the Education Development Centre (ground floor south wing), 4 Milner Street Hindmarsh. The site will open 10.30am to 10.30pm, 7 days. 

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Exposure sites, contacts and diagnosis requirements

    In South Australia, a ’close contact’ is now be defined as:

    • Household members or an intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their infectious period 
    • People who have had close personal interaction with a COVID-19 case during their infectious period 
    • People who have been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
    • People who have been at an exposure site at the specified date and time

    Close personal interaction means an interaction for 15 minutes or more in close proximity that occurs indoors where masks are not worn by the contacts and the case. 

    Unvaccinated and vaccinated close contacts must:

    • Immediately quarantine for 7 days since they had contact with a COVID-19 positive person or were at the exposure location
    • Get an initial PCR test
    • Get a PCR test again on day 6 if initial test negative (a negative day 6 PCR test is required to be released from quarantine)
    • Get a PCR test again immediately if symptoms develop (be mindful of symptoms for up to 14 days)
    • Not attend high risk settings or COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after exposure
    • Wear a surgical mask when around others
    • Avoid contact with vulnerable people (young children, elderly, pregnant people, people with chronic health conditions), avoid non-essential activities where possible and avoid shared spaces and maintain physical distancing on days 8 to 14 after exposure.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Vaccine Boosters

    From today, people over 18 years can book their COVID-19 booster dose 4 months after the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    COVID-19 booster vaccinations are an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the omicron variant.
    Bookings are essential. For more information or to book an appointment, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022
    Extended Vaccination Clinic Hours

    Wayville COVID-19 vaccination clinic has extended hours this week and will open until 8.00PM weekdays.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 14 December 2021
    Rapid Antigen Testing in Health Care Settings

    While the use of COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at home is currently prohibited in South Australia, health care settings are now able to undertake rapid antigen testing, as detailed in the Emergency Management (Prohibition of Certain Point of Care Tests No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. A person who receives a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as possible and quarantine as directed until receiving a negative test result.
     
    For more information, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 10 December 2021
    Adelaide COVID Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified new exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19. Action is required by the community. Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 09 December 2021
    New COVID-19 Directions

    The following Emergency Management COVID-19 Directions have been updated and are in effect from 8 December 2021:
    •    Education and Early Childhood Settings Vaccination
    •    In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination
    •    Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination
    •    Passenger Transport Vaccination

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 08 December 2021
    Visiting Public Hospitals

    From 7 December 2021, there are new visitor guidelines for public hospital and health care services. All visitors must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry, wear masks and not attend if they have been unwell in the past 72 hours. Unvaccinated visitors must wear PPE during their visit and undertake a COVID-19 test 48 hours after their visit. 
    For further information, please refer to the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 06 December 2021
    Upcoming Mobile Vaccination Clinics

    Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. Please visit the SA Health website for a full list of locations.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 06 December 2021
    COVID-19 Advice for People in the Onkaparinga LGA

    One COVID case has been classified as unlinked due to a yet unknown source of infection. This case spent time in the Port Noarlunga region. People in the Onkaparinga LGA, including Port Noarlunga and Reynella, who have any symptoms of COVID-19, are strongly encouraged to seek testing with any symptoms whatsoever, and isolate until they receive a negative test result. SA Health is working to increase capacity in testing sites in this area. To find a testing location, visit the SA Health website.
     
    Anyone from this area who is aged 12+ years is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and should get vaccinated to protect themselves and the community. Please visit the SA Health website for vaccination options.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 03 December 2021
    Rapid Antigen Test Kits

    The use of over-the-counter COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits is currently prohibited in South Australia. These tests are much more likely to miss cases of COVID-19 than oral and nasal swab PCR testing, particularly when there are low levels of COVID-19 in the community.
     
    Use of RAT in South Australia will be introduced when there is spread of COVID-19 in the community. At all times, people with symptoms, even if mild, need to get a PCR test at a pathology site, not use a RAT.

    To find a testing location, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021
    Updated Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified exposure locations in Adelaide associated with positive cases of COVID-19. Action is required by the community. Please check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021
    COVID-19 Testing Prior to Elective Surgery

    From December 1, patients who present to SA Health sites for elective surgery should receive a COVID-19 test in the preceding 72 hours prior to attending and 48 hours prior for paediatric elective surgery patients. 

    There is a significant increase in risk of illness or death for patients undergoing elective surgery who are COVID-positive. Surgery is also associated with aerosol generating procedures which can put healthcare workers at an increased risk of catching the disease themselves.

    Making sure patients are COVID-negative prior to elective surgery will ensure they are minimising the risks to themselves and to the staff taking care of them.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021
    Drive-through Vaccination Clinic

    Adelaide's first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00AM to 7.00PM at the SA Produce Market in Pooraka.

    Pfizer vaccines will be available to anyone aged 12+ years. Bookings are recommended but not essential and can be made online here.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 29 November 2021
    Clarification of the COVID Exposures in Primary and Community Health Care Settings Risk Matrix

    Fit checking vs fit testing 
    Fit checking of Particulate Filter Respirators (PFRs) is required for exposure assessment. Fit testing is recommended but not required to determine if someone meets the close contact criteria.


    Definition of vaccinated and unvaccinated contact
    Vaccinated/Unvaccinated contact refers to the person who has been exposed (ie in the primary care matrix this is referring to the staff member or patient who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19). Case refers to the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The vaccination status of the person who already has COVID-19 is irrelevant to the exposure assessment process and will not impact on quarantine and testing requirement for someone who has had contact with the person with COVID-19.


    Length of wear for PFRs: Advice from the SA Health COVID-19 Infection Control Services Team 
    The current advice as per the Department of Health's Infection Control Expert Group's use of face masks and respirators in the context of COVID-19 fact sheet states that you can use a PFR continuously for a single session of care. If removed (e.g. for a meal break or drink), it should be discarded and replaced with a new one. A correctly fitted PFR (i.e. with adequate face-seal), often becomes uncomfortable with prolonged use. Prolonged use can cause headache, thermal stress, painful pressure on the bridge of the nose and/or adverse respiratory and dermatological effects. If any of these occur the wearer is more likely to unconsciously loosen or adjust it and risk contaminating their hands and face or be noncompliant with its use. A mask/PFR should also be changed it if becomes soiled, moist or damaged.

    For more information on infection control and PPE visit the SA Health website.

    Clarification on eye protection
    Acceptable eye protection includes face shields, closely fitted wrap-around goggles or safety glasses. Prescription glasses that do not provide side protection from droplets are not considered eye protection

     

    For further information, please refer to the COVID Exposures Matrix.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 29 November 2021
    Access to Purchase PPE via SA Health

    SA Health is able to assist GPs and ACCHOs with access to purchase PPE at cost price, including N95/PFs, where they are unable to obtain supplies of these critical items via usual commercial sources.

    For further information please contact the SA Health Procurement Team via phone 08 8425 9200 or email HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 29 November 2021
    COVID-19 Guidance for Residential Aged Care Facilities

    An updated Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) Emergency Management Direction is now in effect. 

    The following guidance and resources are available to help RACF prepare for living with COVID:

    For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 26 November 2021
    COVID Exposure Sites

    SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19. Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 22 November 2021
    HealthCheck SA Mobile App

    HealthCheck SA is a mobile app that guides users through their quarantine, testing and/or symptom check requirements.  

    Features of HealthCheck SA include:

    • Quarantine schedule 
    • Multiple, randomised location check-ins using live face recognition 
    • Personalised testing schedule
    • Daily symptom checks 
    • Health and wellbeing support and resources


    HealthCheck SA will also be used to manage the quarantine, testing and symptom check requirements of positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021
    COVID-19 Health System and Primary Care Response Strategies

    SA Health has released the COVID-19 Health System Response Strategy outlining all elements of the system-wide planning for the management and care of COVID-19 patients in South Australia. 

    SA Health has also released the Primary Care Response Strategy that underpins the community response.

    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 15 November 2021
    Testing and Quarantine Requirements for Contacts of a COVID-19 Case

    SA Health has released the testing and quarantine requirements for contacts of a COVID-19 case. For further information, please refer to the SA Health document.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 15 November 2021
    Upcoming Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

    Additional mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations and opening times are available across Adelaide. For the full list of clinics, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 12 November 2021
    Multicultural Festival walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic

    On Sunday 14 November, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the Multicultural Festival in Victoria Sqaure from 10AM to 5PM. No booking required. The pop-up clinic is available to anyone aged 12+ years. For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 12 November 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Video

    Dr Emily Kirkpatrick and Professor Helen Marshall explain why COVID-19 vaccination is important while pregnant, breastfeeding and planning pregnancy in this new video resource. Access the video via the YouTube website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    COVID-19 Direction Update: Residential Aged Care and Healthcare Workers

    Changes have been made to the Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction, Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction as well as a new In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination Direction.

    Healthcare workers who give person to person allied and scientific professional care in chiropractic therapy and osteopathy require a COVID-19 vaccination. By 6 December 2021 they must have:

    • Received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination, 
    • Received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for that COVID-19 vaccine, 
    • Provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request. 

     

    From 6 December 2021 a person must also not enter a Residential Aged Care Facility unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must have received all doses of an approved or recognised vaccine. 

     

    For further information, please visit the South Australian COVID-19 website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    Mobile and Pop-up Vaccination Clinics available across Adelaide

    Mobile clinics across Adelaide are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. Mobile clinics provide first or second COVID-19 vaccination doses.

    Please visit the SA Health website for the full list of locations and available times.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    COVIDKIDS

    COVIDKIDS is a new dedicated virtual service for children and young people with COVID-19. COVIDKIDS engages experienced paediatric nurses, doctors and other supporting staff from the Women's and Children’s Hospital to assess children with COVID-19 without them and their families needing to leave home.


    For more information, please visit the Women’s and Children’s Hospital website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 08 November 2021
    COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations

    COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are recommended to maintain immunity against the virus. Individuals aged 18+ years who have had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster dose. Booster doses are available now at participating GPs, pharmacies and Respiratory Clinics and from Wednesday 1 December at SA Health vaccination clinics. 

    The following SA Health staff can get their booster dose at SA Health vaccination clinics now:

    • medi-hotel and quarantine pathway workers
    • frontline at-risk health care workers
    • ICU and emergency department staff
    SA Health
  • Friday, 05 November 2021
    Kilkenny COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

    The Kilkenny COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open for appointments and walk-ins for people aged 12+ years. 
     
    The clinic is located at 10-14 Regency Road and open:

    • Wednesday: 9.30AM - 5PM
    • Thursday: 12PM - 7PM
    • Friday: 9.30AM - 5PM
    • Saturday: 9.30AM - 5PM
    • Sunday: 12PM - 4PM

    For more information to and to make a booking, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 05 November 2021
    Retail Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-in Weekend

    This Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November, SA Health is holding a Retail Worker Walk-in Weekend. Retail workers and their families can walk in without an appointment to receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Retail workers are essential to keep our state running during the pandemic and are at risk of contracting COVID-19 in their workplace. Retail workers can walk-in this weekend to the following clinics:

    • Adelaide Myer Centre: 9.30AM - 3.30PM
    • Elizabeth Playford Civic Centre: 8.30AM - 2.-00PM
    • Munno Para Shopping City: 9.00AM - 3.00PM
    • Noarlunga Centre: 8.45AM - 3.00PM
    • Adelaide Showground Wayville: 8.00AM - 3.00PM

    For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 05 November 2021
    Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station

    The new Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, 7 days a week. The testing station is located at 185 Philip Highway (enter via Walsh Street).

    Bookings are available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021
    Munno Para COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

    The Munno Para COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is now open for appointments and walk-ins at Munno Para Shopping Centre (near Harvey Norman). The clinic is open 9.00AM - 3.00PM, 7 days a week and is available to individuals aged 16+ years.

    For more informaiton and to book, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021
    Mobile and Pop-up Vaccination Clinics

    The following mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics will be available this week:

    • Adelaide - Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga (Adjacent Reconciliation Plaza): Tuesday 2 November, 10am – 6pm 
    • Christies Beach Sports and Social Club: Friday 5 November, 3pm – 8pm 
    • Gepps Cross - Roma Mitchell Secondary College: Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm 
    • Ingle Farm Shopping Centre: Wednesday 3 November, 11am – 6pm 
    • St Clair Recreation Centre: Wednesday 3 November, 9.30am – 3pm 
    • Tea Tree Plaza (Near Woolworths entrance parking area): Thursday 4 November, 12pm – 7pm 

    Please visit the SA Health website for the full list of vaccination options. 

    SA Health
  • Monday, 01 November 2021
    School Community Vaccination Days

    Participating schools are hosting community vaccination days for their wider community. Anyone can attend and no appointment is required.

    Please visit the SA Health website for the full list of participating schools, available dates and times.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 29 October 2021
    COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinics at Bunnings

    During the next month pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be set up in Bunnings carparks. People will be able to walk in, with no appointment required, and receive the vaccine from a trained vaccination provider. Pop-up clinics will be available at the following Bunnings locations:
     

    • Munno Para West: Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 October 8am – 5pm 
    • Edwardstown: Friday 29 October 8am – 4pm and Friday 19 November 8am – 4pm 
    • Mile End: Saturday 30 October 8am – 4pm and Saturday 20 November 8am – 4pm 
    • Prospect: Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 November, 8am – 5pm 
    • Marion: Saturday 6 November 8am – 4pm 
    • Woodville: Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 November 8am – 5pm 
       
    SA Health
  • Friday, 29 October 2021
    COVID-19 Rapid Assessment and Treatment Centre

    The state government has announced a $5.5 million-dollar Rapid Assessment and Treatment Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This will be the first hub in South Australia to see positive COVID-19 patients who require medical treatment but do not need to be in hospital. 

    Further centres are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 95% of COVID-19 cases are expected to be treated outside of hospital and the centres will play a key role in treating South Australians with mild to moderate symptoms.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 28 October 2021
    Vaccination Milestone

    As of 27 October 2021, over 80% of South Australians aged 16+ years have received at least 1️ dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

    For more information about COVID-19 vaccines or to book an appointment, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 27 October 2021
    COVID-Ready Plan

    The state government has released its COVID-Ready Plan outlining the safe easing of restrictions and how COVID-19 will be managed in SA. The plan details easing restrictions once vaccination milestones are reached. For more information and to view the plan, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 22 October 2021
    Vaccination Requirements for Additional Healthcare Settings

    The Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect on 20 October 2021.
    This direction expands COVID-19 vaccination requirements to include people working in:

    • primary community healthcare facilities (general practice clinics, dental clinics, private nurse offices); 
    • pharmacies; 
    • specialist outpatient facilities (including consulting suites of private medical specialists, including reproductive services, and any setting provided by allied health and scientific professionals); 
    • private pathology centres; 
    • private radiology centres (including breast screening centre); 
    • defence health settings (including Garrison health centres, deployed and exercise health support and clinical health training); 
    • facilities for the collection, manufacture and distribution of blood and biological products; 
    • Aboriginal community controlled health services; 
    • the Department for Health and Wellbeing, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health and Wellbeing SA. 

    Staff working in the above healthcare settings must have received at least one vaccine dose by 8 November. For further information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 20 October 2021
    Super Walk-in Weekend

    On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October, participating COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be offering walk-in appointments. 

    Children 12 to 15 years must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver.
    For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 18 October 2021
    Vaccine Recommendations for Immunocompromised People

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommend that people aged 12+ years who are severely immunocompromised have a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is to increase the level of immunity for severely immunocompromised people to as close as possible to the general population.


    Eligible patients can get a third dose from their GP or a SA Health vaccination clinic or pharmacy with evidence of eligibility. For more information, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 15 October 2021
    Additional Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified additional exposure locations in Adelaide associated with a positive case of COVID-19. Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021
    SA Pathology COVID-19 Testing Update

    SA Pathology recommends that all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 undergo PCR (not antibody) testing.

    SARS-CoV-2 serology plays no role in diagnosis of acute COVID-19 disease and should not be used for immunity testing. Most positive serology results will represent false-positives because of the low incidence of COVID-19 infection in South Australia.

    All SARS-CoV-2 serology testing requests need to be approved by a Communicable Diseases Control Branch (CDCB) medical officer prior to the collection of blood by calling 1300 232 272

    Any questions about SARS-CoV-2 serology testing should be directed to the SA Pathology on-call clinical microbiologist on 8222 3000.

    SA Pathology
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020
    SA Pathology have removed the registration requirement for people to receive their COVID-19 test results via text message

    Anyone who has had a COVID-19 test will now be sent their negative result via text message directly. If people provide only a landline number, they will receive a phone call with their results.

    SA Pathology
  • Tuesday, 21 July 2020
    Mobile COVID-19 testing services being deployed to SA areas near Victorian border as part of preparations for outbreaks and/or hotspots

    SA Pathology's four new mobile collection services provide flexibility, by taking testing to communities that don’t currently have access to a clinic. Mobile services are currently in operation at Tailem Bend from 8am to 4pm, with no GP referral needed. Bordertown, Mt Gambier and Yamba mobile testing services are being utilised specifically for travellers entering SA from Victoria.

    SA Pathology
  • Tuesday, 16 June 2020
    SA Pathology establishes new Vulnerable Testing Centre at Mile End

    The opening of this dedicate collection site follows the opening of two other similar sites across the metro region, and serves to reduce exposure risk and infection for immunocomprimised patients. The centre is open Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm and can be found at 10 Railway Tce, Mile End. Patients need to book appointments by calling 8222 3000.

    SA Pathology
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020
    Expanded Domiciliary Service for COVID-19 Testing

    From Wednesday 29 April, the collection capacity of the Domiciliary service has been expanded to now accomodate up to 60 patient visits per day.

    SA Pathology
  • Monday, 20 April 2020
    Negative Test Results To Be Delivered by Text Message

    A new COVID-19 Digital Health Service has launched to streamline the delivery of negative COVID-19 test results, enabling patients to access them from a secure online platform. Initially available to patients testing via SA Health's COVID-19 clinics and drive through testing services, the service will be expanded across the state in the coming weeks.

    SA Pathology
  • Thursday, 16 April 2020
    Changes to Booking Patients Into COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Services

    Under new arrangements, there is no longer a requirement for GPs to phone and arrange patient bookings into Repat or Hampstead drive through collections services. GPs should fax pathology forms and SA Pathology will contact patient directly to arrange booking. 

    SA Pathology
  • Wednesday, 08 April 2020
    New Collection Centres To Be Established Next Week For Immunocompromised and Vulnerable Patients

    SA Pathology will establish two dedicated Collection Centres in Hyde Park and Elizabeth to reduce the risk of exposure to infectious diseases for immunocompromised and vulnerable patients.

    SA Pathology
  • Tuesday, 07 April 2020
    SA Pathology Notice - Call for Providers to Specify Preferred Collection Service on Pathology Requests

    SA Pathology are receiving a high volume of COVID-19 pathology requests that do not specify the preferred collection service. Find fax numbers for each COVID-19 collection service via this notice. 

    SA Pathology
  • Thursday, 03 March 2022
    Molnupiravir Added to PBS

    Lagevrio® (molnupiravir) is now listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Section 85 program as an Authority Required (Streamlined) benefit for patients with mild-moderate COVID 19 who have a high risk for developing severe disease, reducing the need for admission to hospital.

    Additional information is available below:

    For more information, please visit the PBS website.

    Department of Health
  • Monday, 07 February 2022
    COVID-19 Oral Treatments for Residential Aged Care

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved use of the new oral anti-viral treatment for COVID-19 in Australia – Lagevrio® (molnupiravir). 


    The treatment, taken as capsules, is indicated for adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at increased risk of progressing to severe disease. A Registered Nurse or carer supervised by a nurse can administer the treatment. For more information, please read the use of Lagevrio® fact sheet.

    The Australian Government will deploy Lagevrio® (molnupiravir) through the National Medical Stockpile to all residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Facilities with an outbreak will be prioritised for earliest distribution. 
     
    For more information, please visit the Department of Health website.
     

    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021
    New COVID-19 Vaccines Multicultural Outreach Resource

    The Department of Health has developed a new resource providing the latest COVID-19 vaccine information in a range of languages. The resource includes videos, factsheets, posters and social media assets to keep everyone informed.

    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
    Guidance on the Use of PPE for Health Care Workers


    SA Health Health has recently updated their 'Infection Control and PPE Advice' page.

    The page includes information regarding -

    • Hospital based care
    • Non-hospital based care 
    • PPE and infection control resources
       

    Visit bit.ly/3y7RfZf to find out more.


    The Department has released a document intended to provide guidance on the use of PPE for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The document includes the following information -

    • Summary of key recommendations 
    • Risk assessment to inform the use of PPE
    • Putting on and taking off PPE
    • Reporting breaches in PPE
       

    Access the 'Guidance on the use of PPE for Health Care Workers in the Context of COVID-19' here

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 28 May 2021
    Targeted AstraZeneca Expressions of Interest for General Practices

    Following the successful onboarding of primary care vaccination sites between March and April 2021, the Commonwealth is further expanding participation in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program through general practices to up to 900 additional sites.  
     Following the successful onboarding of more than 4,600 primary care vaccination sites between March and April 2021 (including 4,400 general practices), the Commonwealth is further expanding participation in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program through general practices to up to 900 additional sites.  

    The focus of this targeted EOI is for general practices to indicate their interest in joining the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. All general practices not currently participating in the vaccine roll-out are invited to apply through this EOI, however, practices located within and around the regions identified to have limited access to COVID-19 vaccines will be prioritised to be brought on board in the first instance. The results of this EOI may be used to bring further practices on board as the roll-out progresses. 
     
    Please refer to this documentation for full information and to apply.
     
    To bring on practices as soon as possible, this EOI is only open for a limited period, opening 2pm EST Thursday 27 May 2021, and closing Midday (AEST) Monday 31 May 2021. 
     

    Department of Health
  • Monday, 12 April 2021
    New COVID-19 Resources

    The Department of Health has updated the following information resources on their website:

    To see a full list of updated resources, please visit the Department of Health website

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 09 April 2021
    ATAGI statement on AstraZeneca vaccine in response to new vaccine safety concerns

    Following a review of the use of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the following recommendations have been made and accepted by the Australian Government:

    • ATAGI recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in adults aged under 50 years. This recommendation is based on the increasing risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 in older adults (and hence a higher benefit from vaccination) and a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 50 years. 
    • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits. 
    • People who have had the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years. 
       

    A statement from the ATAGI on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been released and more information, including FAQs, will be available soon.
     

    Department of Health
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccines Multicultural Outreach Stakeholder Pack

    The Department of Health have developed a COVID-19 Vaccines Multicultural Outreach Stakeholder Pack

    This document provided translated information on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Australia and the importance of continuing to practise COVIDSafe behaviours, including:

    • How vaccines work 
    • The vaccine approval process to ensure safety and efficacy
    • Vaccinations have now commenced in Australia 
    • Who are the first people eligible to get vaccinated 
    • Community members talking about COVID-19 vaccines 
    • COVIDSafe behaviours
       

    For further information, please visit health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines-languages

    Department of Health
  • Tuesday, 02 March 2021
    Department of Health Vaccine Eligibility Checker

    The Department of Health has developed an online tool to assist people to understand the phased COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. 

    More information about the the roll-out for priority groups will provided as it becomes available. 

    To access the tool, please visit this link - https://bit.ly/3b70tfK 

    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out to RACFs

    The Australian Government has commenced the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out across Australia, with residential aged care facilities (RACFs) being among the first who can choose to receive the vaccine. 

    The Department of Health has today released a COVID-19 Vaccine Aged Care Readiness Toolkit to assist RACFs in planning for the vaccine roll-out and preparing facilities for vaccination. 

    For further information about the vaccine roll-out, please visit the Department of Health website

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 12 February 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program Now Available

    The Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program is now available for all authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers, including general practices, health professionals in hospitals, state and Commonwealth vaccination clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and pharmacies. 

    For more information, including what the modules will cover and how to enrol, please visit The Department of Health's website

    Department of Health
  • Monday, 01 February 2021
    GP EOI Extension and FAQ Version 2: Phase 1b of COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out

    The Department of Health have today released the first version of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in response to the recent COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out EOI.

    A copy of the second iteration can be found here.

    Note that the EOI deadline has been extended and will now close on 11:59pm AWST on 3 February 2021. 

    Department of Health
  • Thursday, 28 January 2021
    GP EOI FAQ: Phase 1b of COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out

    The Department of Health have today released the first version of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in response to the recent COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out EOI. A second iteration will be provided over the coming days, with further information as it becomes available. 

    A copy of the FAQ documentation can be found here

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 22 January 2021
    General Practice Participation in Phase 1b of COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out

    The Department of Health have just released an Expression of Interest (EOI) to all Australian general practices regarding participation in Phase 1b of the Australian Government's COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. 

    A copy of the communication from the Department of Health, including the EOI documentation and the EOI response form can be found directly here.

    The response form will open at 9am AEDT Saturday 23 January 2021, and will close at 11.59pm AWST Monday 1 February 2021.

    Further information about the roll-out will be provided as soon as it becomes available. 

    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 28 October 2020
    PPE Buyers Guide Released by Department of Health to Support Purchasing of PPE

    A number of Australian Government agencies have been working together for some months on PPE supply.  As part of this work the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, in collaboration with the Department of Health, has developed a PPE Buyer’s guide. This guide is intended to help buyers of PPE be more confident in their purchasing decisions, by providing information and factors to be aware of when buying PPE.

    Department of Health
  • Monday, 07 September 2020
    Commonwealth release support for ‘hotspot’ areas and identify stages for determining ‘hotspot’ areas across Australia

    Acting Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Paul Kelly, has released information about the support the Commonwealth will provide to ‘hotspot’ areas.This includes the stages that will determine a ‘hotspot’ area. Defining a hotspot area will help determine the Commonwealth support needed such as deployment from the National Medical Stockpile, deployment of medical teams and additional support funding.

    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020
    Updated Direction on Distribution of PPE from National Medical Stockpile via PHNs - Tranche 4 (Surgical Masks and P2/N95 Respirators)

    The update includes information relevant to local primary health care providers regarding the PPE available for distribution via Adelaide PHN from the Commonwealth's National Medical Stockpile. The update covers eligibility criteria, quantities of PPE available for distribution and guidelines on appropriate use. This update is currently being incorporated into Adelaide PHN's PPE distribution webpage and EOI forms. 

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 31 July 2020
    PSR to consider impact of COVID-19 on 80/20 rule.

    Professional Services Review (PSR) are alerting providers that the impact of COVID will be considered for any practitioner referred by the Department of Health for breaching the 80/20 rule. This rule refers to practitioners rendering 80+ attendance items on 20 or more days in any 12 month period - a very high level of servicing used as a marker for potential breaches in provision of adequate clinical care. 

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 10 July 2020
    Strengthening telehealth arrangements - continuous care with telehealth stage seven

    The Australian Government has announced further strengthening telehealth arrangements as recommended by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). From July 20, Telehealth GP providers will be required to have an existing and continuous relationship with a patient in order to provide Telehealth services - encouraging continuous care arrangements between a patient and their regular GP. Find the AMA's media release here or see the Hon. Greg Hunt's (Minister for Health) announcement here

    Department of Health
  • Monday, 06 July 2020
    COVID-19 Health Professionals National Disability Advisory Service (managed via Healthdirect)

    From Tuesday 7 July GPs and other health professionals caring for people with disability can access a new pilot telephone advisory service aiming to provide specialised clinical advice across COVID-19.  The service provides specialised advice regarding the care of a person with disability diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 - this includes adjustments to their healthcare to ensure they receive COVID-19 testing/treatment with minimum distress and support in regard to communication and management of issues such as behaviours of concern.

    To access the service call 1800 131 330. The service is available between 7.00 am - 11.00 pm (AEST) seven days a week. 

    Department of Health
  • Thursday, 04 June 2020
    Prof Michael Kidd’s COVID-19 Update Webinar for GPs now available to watch

    The focus of this webinar was on the impact of COVID-19 for people with disability, along with providing an update on the Australian Government's COVID-19 response

    Department of Health
  • Thursday, 28 May 2020
    Five new fact sheets for health professionals regarding supporting people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Included in the suite is a fact sheet specifically for primary health care workers.

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 22 May 2020
    Department of Health
  • Monday, 11 May 2020
    Privacy Checklist for Telehealth Resource

    A checklist resource aims to assist GPs with privacy compliance when delivering telehealth services

    Department of Health
  • Saturday, 09 May 2020
    GP Update - Prof Michael Kidd AM

    Including an update on the announcement of a 3 step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia, promotional of TEN: The Essental Network supporting frontline health workers, a highlight of the statistics of GP telehealth across the country, a summary of available resources and evidence relevant to primary care delivery and more. 

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 08 May 2020
    Clinpath has been contracted to provide rapid sample collection and testing within RACFs

    Federal Government announced that Sonic Healthcare (Clinpath in SA) has been contracted to provide rapid sample collection and testing within RACFs. The service runs seven days per week in urban and rural areas. GPs to request the testing. For infomration see the COVID-19 information pack here or a flowchart here.  

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 01 May 2020
    Prof Michael Kidd GP Update on COVID

    An update for GPs from Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer & Principle Medical Advisor

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 01 May 2020
    Consultation on draft Aged Care Visitor Access Code

    A Visitor Access Code to ensure a nationally consistent visitation policy to residential aged care homes during the COVID-19 crisis is now open for consultation - have your say, consultation open to 7 May!

    Department of Health
  • Sunday, 26 April 2020
    COVIDSafe: New App to Slow Spread of Coronavirus Announcement

    The Australian Government today launches the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe. The health initiative uses technology to automate and improve what state and territory health officials already do manually. Download the app from the App Stores.

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 24 April 2020
    Additional $6 million to support drug and alcohol - online and phone support services

    The funding has been allocated to a variety of services including Hello Sunday Morning’s Daybreak Program, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Turning Point's online counselling, SMART Recovery, and Matilda Centre's Cracks in the Ice and Positive Choices portals.

    Department of Health
  • Friday, 24 April 2020
    Prof. Michael Kidd AM - GP Update 24 April

    Including an update on recommencement of cat 2 and certain cat 3 surgery, telehealth guidance, GP Respiratory clinics and more

    Department of Health
  • Thursday, 23 April 2020
    Minister Hunt announces the funding and launch of the Critical Health Resource Information System for Australian hospital ICUs

    This tool will soon to be operating in all public and private hopsitals with Intensive Care Units (ICU) and will provide a bird’s eye view of every ICU around the country using live data such as the number of available ICU beds and equiptment like ventilators. 

    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 22 April 2020
    Free COVID-19 Support Line for Senior Australians - 1800 171 866

    Senior Australians, their families and carers can now call a dedicated free call support line. The phoneline aims to support the mental health of those impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and add an additional layer of support for those in isolation. Call the COVID-19 support line on 1800 171 866.

    Department of Health
  • Monday, 20 April 2020
    New Telehealth MBS Items to Support Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19

    As of 20 April 2020, two new bulk-billing incentive items have been introduced for services provided to patients who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 (for metro GPs new telehealth item #10981). For details see the FAQ here or MBS Website here

    Department of Health
  • Saturday, 11 April 2020
    Prof. Michael Kidd AM - GP Update

    GP update from the Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor - inlcudes update on bulk billing, clarification on point of care serology testing, free NBN upgrade for general practice, electronic prescribing and more.

    Department of Health
  • Saturday, 04 April 2020
    Prof. Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer’s, GP Update on COVID (4 April)

    Including updates on flu vaccinations, FAQs regarding telehealth, research highlight and promotion of available resources to support GPs. 

    Department of Health
  • Thursday, 02 April 2020
    Department of Health
  • Monday, 30 March 2020
    Deputy Chief Medical Officer COVID-19 Update for GPs

    Including discussion around expansion of Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for ALL Australians and extra incentives for GPs.

    Department of Health
  • Monday, 30 March 2020
    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2020
    Department of Health
  • Saturday, 21 March 2020
    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020
    Department of Health
  • Friday, 13 March 2020
    Department of Health
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    Department of Health
  • Wednesday, 01 December 2021
    Roll up for our mob vaccination event - Christies Beach

    Come along to this free community event on Wednesday 15 December from 10.00AM to 2.00PM at Rotary Park, Christies Beach, to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Enjoy free lunch, coffee, ice cream and live music by Nancy Bates. Health workers will be available to discuss vaccine concerns. Those who get vaccinated on the day will go into the draw to win great prizes and receive a thank you gift. 

    Other
  • Wednesday, 17 November 2021
    Roll Up for Our Mob COVID-19 Vaccination Event

    Come along to a free community event on Saturday 27 November 10AM - 2.30PM in North Haven to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. The event will feature cultural activities, live music, free lunch, coffee, and ice cream. Health workers will be available to discuss vaccine concerns. Those who get vaccinated on the day will go into the draw to win great prizes and receive a thank you gift. 

    Other
  • Thursday, 19 November 2020
    Adelaide General Practices Providing Dedicated Testing Services

    * This post was updated Tuesday 24 November 

    The following general practices in Adelaide are now providing dedicated COVID-19 testing services.

    • Morphett Vale Family Practice - swab testing by appointment only 
      1 Doctors Road, Morphett Vale
      Mon-Fri: 8.30am-7.00pm 
      Sat-Sun: 9.00am-3.00pm
      Please call 8384 7977 to make an appointment
       
    • Midwest Medical Centre - drive through clinic by appointment only 
      678 Port Road, Beverley
      Various days and times available. Please call 0436 344 642 to make an appointment
    Other
  • Thursday, 12 November 2020
    Spirometry Infection Control Recommendations for Primary Care (Nov 2020)

    Spirometry is the most frequently performed pulmonary function test in general practice. Endorsed by Australia's peak respiratory organisations, the attached recommendations have been updated to guide the performing of point-of-care spirometry in primary care settings under the current local pandemic circumstances (no, or small numbers, of COVID-19 cases and no known community transmission).

    Other
  • Friday, 30 October 2020
    SAHMRI Evidence Updates - Exploring the Evidence Behind COVID-19 Questions

    The team at SAHMRI are working to assess the evidence on a range of COVID-19 questions. The team have a great website listing common questions regarding the virus, prevention methods and responses along with the sythesised research data and evidence that form the answer. The team's work is being used to develop policy and planning here in South Australia and makes for an interesting and reliable read. 

    Other
  • Monday, 19 October 2020
    NCIRS Special Edition Webinar: SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development: is a finish line in sight?

    National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveilance Australia (NCIRS) have invited providers to register for a special edition, extended webinar discussing the latest developments in the journey towards COVID-19 vaccines. 23 November 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm ACST (8 – 9:30 am GMT / 7 – 8:30 pm AEDT).

    Other
  • Friday, 09 October 2020
    Antigen tests: the Lancet’s article comparing PCR and POC testing

    In recent weeks, there has been increased interest in antigen testing. COVID-19 antigen tests are immunoassays that detect presence of viral antigen specific to SARS-CoV-2. A positive result implies current infection. This differs from PCR which can detect old virus and has a higher sensitivity. Rapid antigen tests may be easier to perform with quicker turn-around times (15-30 min) and are ‘single patient’ tests. TGA approval is being sought for rapid COVID-19 antigen testing. The Lancet has published an informative article comparing PCR and POC testing- read the article here

    Other
  • Wednesday, 07 October 2020
    Monash University invite participation in survey ‘the barriers and use of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic’

    Developed with GPs, this survey is an important means to capture the general practice perspectives and experiences with respect to PPE and the impact it has had on your practice. Eligible participants will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw for one of ten $100 Westfield Gift Vouchers.

    Other
  • Wednesday, 30 September 2020
    RACGP New COVID-19 Clinical Resources

    These resources are focused on supporting GPs and the general practice team during COVID-19. Topics covered include: telehealth, infection control, clinical care, patient resources and advocacy and finance

    Other
  • Friday, 28 August 2020
    COVID-19 Health Professionals Disability Advisory Service

    On behalf of the Commonwealth, Healthdirect Australia has established the COVID-19 Health Professionals Disability Advisory Service. The service is available to support health professionals involved in the care of people with disability, including those diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

    Health care professionals can call the service from 8am to 9pm (AEST) Monday to Friday on 1800 131 330.

    Other
  • Wednesday, 26 August 2020
    New Drive Through Testing Service Opens Para Hills West

    McIntyre Medical Centre has opened a drive-through collection clinic, supported by SA Health, providing COVID-19 collections for patients in the northern suburbs. The service operates at 33 McIntyre Road (Para Hills West), is strictly by ‘appointment only’, and open from 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. To book an appointment please call 0409 419 804.

    Other
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020
    RACGP and SA Health Webinar - Keeping Your Practice COVID-Safe

    SA Health, in conjunction with RACGP, are hosting a webinar about infection prevention and control measures in order to maintain the safety of GPs, staff and patients. The webinar will be held Thurs 3 Sept 6.30pm (ACST). Click the title to register. If you cannot login via the RACGP portal, please email sant.events@racgp.org.au

    Other
  • Sunday, 23 August 2020
    Updates to CDNA SoNG: guidance for COVID-19 Clearance

    The CDNA SoNG has been updated with new guidance on clearance of COVID-19 positive patients; eligibility includes the use of two negative swabs, 24 hours apart, in conjuction with other criteria when releasing patients from isolation who are yet to have complete resolution of their symptoms  (i.e. persistent post-viral cough).

    Other
  • Monday, 10 August 2020
    Round 6 of ANU’s Quick Clinician Survey

    ANU Medical School's Academic Unit of General Practice is leading the Australian arm of an international research for policy project. This rolling survey is helping to track the response and capacity of primary care practices in dealing with COVID-19 and is helping monitor impact of the pandemic on “usual” general practice. Round 6 open now (7-13 Aug) and takes <5 minutes to complete.

    Other
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020
    New National Research Released - exploring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of Australian children and families

    Royal Children's Hospital National Child Health Poll COVID-19: Effects of the pandemic on the lives of Australian children and families is now available. The Poll found that the pandemic affected the daily lives of children and families in many challenging ways, but there were also some silver linings.

    Other
  • Friday, 24 July 2020
    ANU Seeking GP & Practice Nurse Feedback: COVID-19 Survey For Policy Impact Round 5

    The ANU Medical School's Academic Unit of General Practice is leading the Australian arm of an international research for policy project - tracking the response and capacity of primary care practices to deal with COVID-19 as well as the ongoing impact of the pandemic on “usual” general practice. The survey takes < 5 minutes to complete. Round 5 of the survey opens on 24 July and closes on Thursday 30 July. Detail information sheet available here.

    Other
  • Monday, 20 July 2020
    The International Hospital Federation (IHF) has launched a COVID-19 “Beyond the Call of Duty” Response Recognition Programme

    Worldwide nominations are open for outstanding and innovative organisational responses or actions in facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions due by 1 September 2020.

    Other
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2020
    From 18 July, people arriving in SA from overseas will incur the costs for mandatory, supervised hotel quarantine

    Find out more about the fee structure as well as associated FAQs via the sa.gov.au COVID-19 information page

    Other
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020
    Sax Institute Release COVID-themed Issue of Public Health Research and Practice

    Includes research regarding modeling a second wave in Australia and the impact of social distancing, testing and use of the COVIDSafe app could have on reducing transmission. 

    Other
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020
    Information Paper Point of Care Spirometry Infection Control Post Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

    A learning module for consideration by GPs. Includes recommendations for infection control. Written by Dr Kerry Hancock (FRACGP) and Richard Paresons (CRFS) from the Spirometry Learning Module (SLM) Development Group.

    Other
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020
    APNA’s COVID-19 Nursing Guide: ‘Why General Practice Needs Nurses More Than Ever’

    APNA have developed a new guide to making the most of the nurse role during COVID-19. RACGP, ACRRM and AAPM approved - it shows how nurses attract revenue streams that will sustain practices today & into the future.

    Other
  • Tuesday, 23 June 2020
    Call for local Health Care Workers to participate in BRACE Study - testing BCG vaccine against severe COVID-19

    All health care workers across SA, who work in a health care setting or have face to face contact with patients, are invited to participate in a global multi-centre research trial recruiting at the RAH. Participants in the BRACE trial will receive the BCG vaccine, traditionally used to prevent tuberculosis, or a placebo vaccine. A BRACE information sheet is available for more information. Register at mcri.edu.au/BRACE or contact brace.trial@sahmri.com

    Other
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020
    Skylight’s COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line (1800 02 2020) now has a video call option available

    Skylight Mental Health is offering the COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line and Web Chat. Available for all South Australians from 5:00pm - 11:30pm, 7 days per week and is delivered by peers who have a mental health lived experience. Call COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line on 1800 02 2020. Webchat at skylight.org.au/covid-19-support-line. Call or use webchat to request a video call.

    Other
  • Friday, 01 May 2020
    Temporary measures enacted under the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) to help ensure business continuity across COVID

    In addition to other recent changes - now flexible arrangements under the PIP Teaching Payment Incentive and further clarification regarding the eHealth Incentive arrangements are included - details here. Eligible doctors are being granted a 6 month extension to 3GA workforce program placements expiring from 1 May 2020 - more info here.

    Other

| COVID-19 Resources

Resources to support GPs, general practice and other primary care providers working across the Adelaide metropolitan region.

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Key links to reliable sources of COVID-19 information for primary health care providers

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Community Helplines & Support

  • COVID-19 Community Mental Health Support

    SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Web Portal
    Includes a virtual support network (a list of locally based specialist support services) and resources to support the mental health of South Australians.


    Dedicated COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line - 1800 632 753
    For South Australians feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19. Staffed by Lifeline counsellors and includes phone, video and call-back and follow up call support. Operating 8:00am - 8:00pm, 7 days. 


    Head to Health COVID-19 Support Webpage
    Information page with practical tips, resources and links for supporting mental health and wellbeing in light of COVID-19.


    Beyond Blue

  • South Australian COVID-19 Information Community Helpline - 1800 253 787

    A dedicated State helpline, available to community, providing local COVID-19 info (8:00am - 8:00pm, 7 days)

  • National Coronavirus Helpline - 1800 020 080

    Supportline for those seeking information on COVID-19, operating 24/7.

  • Reporting COVID-19 Suspected Breaches of Quarantine and Isolation in South Australia

    To reporting a suspected breach of quarantine or isolation orders – community are directed to contact:

    • SA Police on 131 444
    • Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
    • or to complete an anonymous online report at crimestopperssa.com.au
  • Healthdirect

    In addition to the National Coronavirus Helpline, Healthdirect are supporting:

    • COVID-19 Information page
      An information page for community members about coronavirus including general information, FAQ, resources and guidance on seeing a doctor and reducing risk
       
    • Coronavirus Symptom Checker
      Note: Based on national testing critera, some state based testing criteria is missing

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Resources, phone lines and links to support the mental health of GPs and primary care providers
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