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 15 October 2021  

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  • 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
  • Thursday, 14 October 2021
    School Immunisation Program

    A school-based immunisation program will be rolled out to selected schools this term. Pop-up vaccination clinics will be established at more than 20 schools across the state from later this month as part of a six-week blitz to administer first and second doses.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 14 October 2021
    Walk-in Pfizer COVID-19 Appointments

    Vaccination clinics at Noarlunga, Elizabeth, Wayville, and Pooraka are now accepting walk-in Pfizer COVID-19 appointments. Please note walk-in appointments are limited and priority will be given to those with existing bookings. Please note eligibility criteria and opening hours vary. The most convenient option is to book a preferred date and time using the Vaccine Clinic Finder.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 08 October 2021
    Vaccination for healthcare workers

    The Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 places COVID-19 vaccination requirements on all people working in a public hospital, private hospital or ambulance service, including patient transport service in South Australia. This includes all services provided by a Local Health Network, not just those physically located in a hospital.

    This direction requires all people engaging in work or duties at one of the above settings to have had at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination and evidence of a booking to receive a second dose by 12.01 AM Monday 1 November 2021. 


    More information is available on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 01 October 2021
    Adelaide Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified exposure locations in Adelaide. Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 29 September 2021
    Moderna Vaccine Update

    The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is now available at participating pharmacies to anyone aged 12+ years. Moderna is being used successfully in the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union, the United States and Singapore. To find a participating pharmacy, visit the Department of Health’s website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 24 September 2021
    SA Exposure Locations

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

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021
    Pooraka COVID-19 vaccination clinic

    The Pooraka COVID0-19 vaccination clinic is now open 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday at the South Australian Produce Market. Individuals aged 16+ can book a Pfizer vaccine at the clinics. 
    Please visit the SA Health website to book.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 20 September 2021
    Vaccine Information Session for Multicultural Communities

    Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine at one of SA Health's information sessions for multicultural communities, hosted by Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease.
    For more information or to register, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 20 September 2021
    COVID-19 vaccination milestone

    South Australia has reached a major milestone with 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered. 
    More than 610,000 South Australians are now fully vaccinated. 
    Find more information or book an appointment on the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 17 September 2021
    COVID-19 Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics

    From 14 September 2021, a pop-up vaccination clinic is available at Adelaide Myer Centre. The clinic offers appointments and 100 walk-in appointments each day.
    Walk-in appointments are also available at the SA Produce Market in Pooraka.
    Bookings can be made via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 17 September 2021
    COVID-19 Ridgehaven Testing Site Relocation

    The Ridgehaven testing site at Waterworld will close at 5pm on 19 September 2021 and re-open at the Modbury Sports and Community Club (entry via Jack High Lane) at 12pm on 20 September 2021.
    For more information and other testing options, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 13 September 2021
    Year 11 and 12 student COVID-19 vaccination

    Year 11 and 12 students can get priority access for COVID-19 vaccination at SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics during September. This will allow them to be fully vaccinated before they finish school.
    Year 11 or 12 can get walk-in at the following SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics without an appointment by showing their student ID:

    • Wayville (before 3.30pm)
    • Elizabeth
    • Enfield
    • Noarlunga
    • Port Augusta
    • Whyalla
    • Port Lincoln
    • Victor Harbor (call before attending 0468 576 150)
    • Mount Barker (call before attending 0468 576 150)
    • Gawler (call before attending 0468 576 150)

    They can also book an appointment at any GP or SA Health vaccination clinic.
     

    SA Health
  • Monday, 13 September 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccine Updates (13 Sep)

    From Monday 13 September, children aged 12 to 15 and people aged over 60 will be able to book a Pfizer appointment at SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics. All SA Health clinics will offer vaccines to children 12 to 15 years, except for the pop-up clinics at Adelaide Myer Centre and Pooraka.

    People who already have an existing booking for their first dose of AstraZeneca at an SA Health vaccination clinic, should not cancel their appointment. They will have the option to have Pfizer or AstraZeneca at their appointment.

    Bookings can be made online via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 13 September 2021
    Mobile Vaccination Clinic in Southern Adelaide

    The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network COVID-19 Vaccination Mobile Clinic will be visiting community centres in the southern suburbs over the coming weeks. Anyone aged 16+ years can book into one of the following sessions:

    • Wardli Youth Centre, Christie Downs | Wednesday 15 September, 2PM - 6PM 
      Book here
    • Marion Cultural Centre | Monday 20 September, 10AM - 3:30PM
      Book here
    • Hackham West Community Centre | Wednesday 22 September, 1PM - 3PM
      Book here 
    • Hackham West Community Centre | Thursday 23 September, 10:30AM - 3PM
      Book here
    • Christie Downs Community House | Friday 24 September, 12:30PM - 3PM
      Book here
    SA Health
  • Friday, 10 September 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccination and Pregnancy Update

    mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, are recommended for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy. 
    Those who are pregnant, and their unborn baby have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. For more information visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021
    COVID-19 Testing Campaign

    SA Health has launched new campaign materials that encourage all South Australians with symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, to get tested.
    Click here to view and download campaign materials.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021
    SA COVID-19 Exposure Locations (8 Sep)

    SA Health’s list of identified COVID-19 exposure locations has expanded. You can access a list of the exposure locations and relevant public health actions via the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 03 September 2021
    COVID-19 Testing Site Update

    From today, the Repat (Daw Park) COVID-19 drive-through testing site entrance has moved to Francis St, Daw Park. (Entry to Francis St is from Daws Rd.)
    To book a COVID-19 test, visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021
    Virtual Urgent Care Service

    The Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital launched this week, allowing children aged 1 to 18 years with non-life threatening conditions to receive advice and coordinated care over a video platform.
    For further information click here or call the Women’s and Children’s GP Liaison Unit on 08 8161 8207.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021
    No fault COVID-19 Vaccine Indemnity Scheme

    The no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme has been finalised offering protection to Australians receiving a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine. From 6 September Australians who suffer injury and loss of income due to their COVID-19 vaccine will be able to register their intent to claim from the COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme webpage.

    Visit the Department of Health website for more information.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021
    SA Exposure Locations Update

    SA Health has identified additional exposure locations in the State associated with the positive cases of COVID-19 interstate. You can access a list of the exposure locations and relevant public health actions via the SA Health website

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021
    COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinic

    The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network COVID-19 Vaccination Mobile Clinic will be visiting community centres in the southern suburbs over the coming weeks. Anyone aged 16+ years can book into one of the following sessions:

    Hackham West Community Centre, 44 Glynville Dr
    Wednesday 1 September 12pm-3pm
    Book here

    Hackham West Community Centre, 44 Glynville Dr
    Thursday 2 September 10am-3pm
    Book here

    Christie Downs Community House, Corner Flaxmill & Morton Rds
    Friday 3 September 12pm-3.30pm
    Book here

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021
    SA COVID-19 Exposure Locations

    SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19 in New South Wales.
    Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions here.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 27 August 2021
    Updated clinical guidance on use of COVID-19 vaccine

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)’s resource on use of the COVID-19 vaccine has been updated with new information including:

    • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • The minimal interval because any COVID-19 vaccines
    • Serious adverse events that may warrant the use of an alternative vaccine brand for subsequent doses

     

    Click here to access this resource.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 27 August 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Update

    People aged 12 – 15 years of age are now eligible to get vaccinated if they meet the following criteria:

    • children with specified medical conditions
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children
    • children in remote communities, as part of community outreach vaccination programs
    • those on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and/or living with disability requiring frequent assistance with activities of daily living.

     

    Please also note that GP practices that have capacity and available stock may book patients based on the eligibility criteria but Phase 1 populations should still be prioritised.
     

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccination Progress Update

    As of 24 August 2021, 50.26% of South Australians aged 16 years and over have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 30.78% have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated.

    A record 98,712 South Australians received a vaccine last week (previous record was just over 87,500).

    Find more information or book an appointment at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021
    New Activities Direction

    From 24 August 2021, a new Activities Direction came into effect, which includes changes to seated food and beverage consumption at a bar or counter.
     
    The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions are available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

    SA Health
  • Friday, 13 August 2021
    COVID-19 Vaccine Update


    From Monday 16 August, all South Australians aged 16 and over will be eligible to book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccines:

    • The Pfizer vaccine is available for everyone 16 to 59 years of age. 
    • The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for people aged 18 to 59 years. To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, people will need to make an informed decision by speaking with the vaccination provider at their appointment. 
    • People aged 60 years and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. 
       

    Bookings are essential at all SA Health vaccination clinics. More information, including how to book, will be available on Monday.

    Monitor covidvaccine.sa.gov.au for the latest information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccine roll out.
     

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 28 July 2021
    COVID-19 Update for SA


    Restrictions update:

    Stay at home restrictions are easing as of 12.01am Wednesday 28 July 2021. To protect South Australians, capacity and density limits still apply to certain public activities, businesses, vanues and gatherings. 

    Although restrictions are easing, people who have been directed to self quarantine must complete their 14 day quarantine, unless instructed otherwise by an authorised officer. 

    More information, including the new Direction, is available via covid-19.sa.gov.au.

    SA exposure locations update:

    SA Health has changed advice for several exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia. 

    You can check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions via the SA Health website.

    Masks update:

    From 12.01am 28 July 2021, masks will be mandatory under the Activities Direction for: 

    • Shared indoor public spaces 
    • Passenger transport services
    • Health care services 
    • High risk settings 
    • Personal care services
       

    Masks are strongly recommended to be worn in indoor workplaces, especially open plan offices, and in adult learning settings like university and TAFE. 

    There are exceptions to these mandatory requirements. For more information about the rules and recommendations around wearing a mask, please visit the SA Health website.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021
    7-day Lockdown for SA

    To stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state, SA Health announced that as of 6.00pm Tuesday 20 July, SA will go into a 7-day lockdown (level 5 restrictions) with stay at home requirements set to be in place. 

    There will be 5 essential reasons to leave your home -

    • Undertake essential work (definition of essential work/worker can be found here)
    • Shop for essential goods and services 
    • Medical reasons 
    • Care and caregiving 
    • Exercise (with people in the same household) 

    Please refer to the following SA Health links for updated information -

    SA Health will provide updates as they becomes available.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 20 July 2021
    COVID-19 Health Alert for SA

    SA Health has identified exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia. Exposure locations have been identified in Adelaide, Craigmore, Glenelg, Greenacres, Golden Grove, Hindmarsh, Modbury, Munno Para, Ridgehaven, St Agnes, Wynn Vale and Yattalunga. 

    Action is required by the community. You can check the exposure locations and relevant public heath actions via the SA Health website.

    In response to these cases, new restrictions came into effect as of 12.01am 20 July 2021. These restrictions include changes to density requirements, private gatherings, retail, hospitality, personal care services and sport. 

    People must also wear a mask at all times when in a health care service, shared indoor public spaces and when in passenger and public transport services. 

    More information, including the new Direction and FAQs can be found via covid-19.sa.gov.au.

    SA 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

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021
    COVID-19 Update - Border Restrictions and Public Activities Direction


    The following message is based off information provided by SA Health -

    As of 8.26pm on 27 June, entry to South Australia is prohibited for travellers from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and the ACT. 

    Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to South Australia, and people fleeing domestic violence, however on arrival they must -

    • Quarantine for 14 days 
    • Get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible 
    • Get tested on day 5 and day 13 of quarantine 
    • Wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time they come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period (i.e. when seeking testing). 

    For specific information on travel restrictions that apply, please visit sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.


    From 12.01am on 29 June, a new Public Activities Direction will come into effect, which includes changes to density requirements and capacity limits for gatherings. 

    The new Direction also outlines the mandatory use of face masks in all health care settings. 

    The new Direction and FAQs will soon be available to access via covid-19.sa.gov.au.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 30 April 2021
    SA’s First Mass Vaccination Clinic Opens

    More South Australians are set to gain access to the COVID-19 vaccine, with the opening of the state’s first mass vaccination clinic at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

    The Wayville clinic will initially open as a Pfizer-only clinic focused on health care staff, police and fire and emergency workers under 50.

    It is expected to begin operating as a ‘dual clinic’ with both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines from Monday 10 May, with the clinic being able to receive bookings from anyone aged 50 and over after that point.

    Additional information about the clinic can be found via this FAQ. Find our more about COVID-19 vaccinations at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 07 December 2020
    Masks in health care settings

    All people in health care settings must wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when in the physical presence of other people on the premises. A person will be considered to be in the physical presence of another person if they are in the same room as that other person.

    Reusable cloth masks can now be accepted in some health care settings. Single-use surgical masks should be worn in some clinical environments.

    There are exceptions for mandatory mask use in health care settings. This includes situations where a mask will hinder the provision of care or communication, there is a relevant medical condition or the person is under 12. A live in staff member or a resident of a residential care facility are not required to wear a mask. Hospital inpatients are generally not expected to wear masks except when being transported through public spaces.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 04 December 2020
    Masks in General Practices - From Dr Emily Kirkpatrick

    The Direction has now been changed to allow cloth masks to be worn in health care settings. All people (care providers, patients, clients etc.) entering health care facilities are still required to wear masks, but it is no longer specified to be single-use surgical masks. Masks are only required when in the presence of other people. For example, care providers running telehealth appointments alone in office, or hospital patients alone in single rooms, are not required to wear a mask.

    There are exceptions to mask wearing in health care settings that do not require a formal exemption. This includes situations where the mask will hinder the care which is being provided, there is a medical condition, communication with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing is required, the person is under 12 and the person is a live in staff member or a resident of a residential care facility.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 03 December 2020
    Two New Pop Up Testing Sites are Available Across Adelaide

    Two new testing sites are available across Adelaide

    • a new pop-up COVID-19 testing site is open in Warradale until 10 December. The site will be operate 8am to 6pm, 7 days and will be located on the corner of Morphett Road and Cook Crescent. 
       
    • an indoor COVID-19 testing site is open in Parafield Gardens to replace the COVID-19 mobile testing site at Parafield Airport. It will be open 8am to 6pm, 7 days at Morella Community Centre.

    Find more information and testing options at sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020
    New Direction - Mandatory Mask Use in All Health Care Settings, Requirements to Complete COVID Safe Plans and Use Approved Contact Tracing System

    An update has been made to the public activity restrictions in South Australia which came into affect at 12:01am Tuesday 1 Dec.

    The new Direction includes updates that affect all health care services including requirements for staff and all persons visiting the service to wear surgical masks, a requirement to complete a COVID Safe Plan, and use an approved contact tracing system (eg. COVID-SAfe Check In, Scan Tek).

    A 72 grace period has been extended in relation to health care facilities completing a COVID Safe Plan and generating a QR code for display at the premises.

    Links and resources for more information:

    Adelaide PHN is actively working with SA Health to clarify the implications, advocate for and support primary health care services across our region in relation to the new Direction. We will continue to update providers as we know more.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 30 November 2020
    Torrensville and Glandore Pop Up Mobile Testing Sites

    Two pop-up COVID-19 testing sites have opened in Torrensville and Glandore:

    • Thebarton Community Centre, cnr Ashwin Pde and South Rd.
    • Glandore Community Centre, Naldera St (relocated from Kurralta Park).

    The clinics will operate until Sunday 6 December, 8.00am – 6.00pm. No booking or referral is required.

    Find more information and testing locations at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

    SA Health
  • Sunday, 29 November 2020
    Additional locations of concern identified in response to Parafield Cluster - testing recommendations expanded and isolation advice

    As contact tracing continues, additional locations of concern have been identified. For people who have visted the locations of concern at the specified times and dates there are three levels of recommendations:

    • Locations, such as the such as the Intensive English Language Institute (Flinders University), are associated with a requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days and seek COVID-19 testing on day 1 and 12 of quarantine (self-quarantine advice also applies to those living with a person who visited the location) - details and locations can be found via the Parafield Cluster Isolation Direction
       
    • Locations such as Flinders University Sturt Campus, Big W Brickworks, Kmart Kurralta Park and Foodland Norwood, are associated with a requirement to seek testing immediately and isolate until a negative result is received
       
    • Locations such as On The Run Hilton, Anaconda Mile End, Guzman y Gomez Glandore and Boost Juice Glenelg, are recommended to monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms appear
       

    For all the details, locations and current recommendations - see SA Health's Contact Tracing webpage

    SA Health
  • Friday, 27 November 2020
    Updated Hours and Alternative Testing Services Given High Heat Weather Forecast

    A number of COVID-19 testing clinics have updated hours today and tomorrow (Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November) due to heat. Patients needing COVID-19 testing are encourged to consider the GP Respiratory Clinics (appointment based) or to consider the pop-up COVID-19 testing site that has opened today at the Adelaide Showgrounds (Goodwood Rd, Wayville) from 8am to 9pm (walk-in testing site, air-conditioned, car parking available via Rose Terrace).

    For all other testing sites, patients should be advised to plan ahead (i.e. consider testing early or in the evening during the coolest part of the day) and check the opening hours on SA Health's website www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 26 November 2020
    Two new locations of concern identified by SA Health Contact Tracing Team - Armada Arndale Shopping Centre and Port Adelaide Plaza

    Anyone who visited Armada Arndale Shopping Centre or Port Adelaide Plaza on the specified dates and times should monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if symptoms appear. The list of locations and advice can be found at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 24 November 2020
    Woodville High School Closure - Anyone Who Attended the School on Mon 23 Nov Must Self Isolate Immediately Along With Household Members

    New SA Health Notification: Anyone who attended Woodville High School on Monday 23 November must isolate immediately with all members of their household until further notice. The school has closed on Thursday 26 November to undergo cleaning and support contract tracing efforts. 

    SA Health
  • Monday, 16 November 2020
    Adelaide Parafield Cluster - COVID-19 Health Alert

    SA Health is contacting anyone who visited the Emergency Department at the Lyell McEwin Hospital between 5.30pm Friday 13 November and 8.00am Saturday 14 November who may have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. 

    A list of locations linked to this cluster have been specified and can be found via sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

    If you or someone in close contact has visited any of the locations listed, please monitor your symptoms and get tested immediately if symptoms appear.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 06 November 2020
    A Pop Up Testing Site in Magil

    From Monday 9 November, a pop-up mobile testing site will open in Magill.The site will be on the corner of St Bernards Road and Edward Street and will operate 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week. No referral or appointment is required and all ages are welcome. 

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 05 November 2020
    Updated Aged Care Restrictions - including changes for those working in RACFs

    The latest Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 12) (COVID-19) includes changes to restrictions for people visiting and working in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). Changes include:

    • No restrictions on number of visitors to a resident
    • Personal care workers should only work at one RACF where possible, however, if they do work at more than one, a register must be kept by each facility
    • Staff providing care to a resident do not need to wear a mask, unless caring for a resident who has been tested for COVID-19
    SA Health
  • Friday, 30 October 2020
    Elizabeth COVID-19 Testing Site to remain open

    Due to the success of the dedicated pop up testing site, the Elizabeth testing site will remain open. The site operates 9.00am - 5:00pm at the corner of Goodman Rd and Elizabeth Way. 

    SA Health
  • Monday, 26 October 2020
    COVID-19 Quick Reference Testing Guide Flowchart

    SA Health's popular flowchart 'COVID-19 Quick Reference Testing Guide' has been updated online. This resource can be used to guide patients seeking testing for COVID-19 and support access to appropriate care. 

    SA Health
  • Monday, 26 October 2020
    Home Quarantine App

    A procurement process is underway for a new home quarantine app that would ensure eligible arrivals into South Australia could safely quarantined from home instead of in a medi-hotel. The app would only be available to those eligible to home quarantine in South Australia, or close and casual contacts of confirmed cases. At this stage, international travellers would continue to quarantine in medi-hotels.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 16 October 2020
    Elizabeth mobile testing site extended

    A mobile COVID-19 testing site will operate in Elizabeth from Monday 19 October to Sunday 1 November. The site will operate from 9.00am to 5.00pm and will be located on the corner of Goodman Road and Elizabeth Way

    SA Health
  • Friday, 09 October 2020
    Group Singing and Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 Transmission Fact Sheet

    A risk reduction factsheet regarding group singing has been developed to provide advice for relevant audiences - this resource is suitable for patients participating in activities such as religious singing practices and choirs.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 08 October 2020
    Travellers entering SA from NSW are being asked to self isolate immediately if they have visited any of the locations during the specified times within a NSW health alert

    NSW Health is alerting the public to the locations that were visited by confirmed cases of COVID-19. These locations can be found on the NSW Health website at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates.

    Anyone who has recently arrived in SA from NSW and has been to any of the locations at the dates and times listed should self-isolate immediately.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 07 October 2020
    Elizabeth mobile COVID-19 testing site will be operating at a new location

    From Wednesday 7 October until Sunday 11 October, the Elizabeth testing site will operate from the corner of Goodman Road and Elizabeth Way 9.00am to 5.00pm. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to attend the site for a free COVID-19 test. 

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 30 September 2020
    New Health Alert (Update #24) Regarding COVID-19

    SA Health have updated advice to doctors regarding COVID-19 via a new health alert (#24). The new health alert has been issued as a result of border changes and Queensland no longer being considered an area of increased risk. Given the likely increase in cross border travel and the school holiday period, doctors should remain vigilant. Other advice for doctors included in this new health alert is the reccommendation to keep informed about interstate cases and outbreaks, to wear PPE when assessing persons who have recently travelled from Victoria, and to test anyone who presents with symptoms of COVID-19.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 28 September 2020
    Quick Easy Read COVID-19 Resources Released

    SA Health's quick read resources can help people (and patients) understand COVID-19, what they can do to help stop the spread, and where they can find help and support. The new resources cover topics such as contact tracing, physical distancing, self-isolation, symptoms and testing. 
     

    SA Health
  • Friday, 25 September 2020
    CDCB New Fax Number

    The South Australian Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) has changed its fax number to (08) 7425 6696 from (08) 8226 7187. Please use the new fax number when contacting the CDCB by fax, including when faxing medical and laboratory notifications. Doctors are asked to change the CDCB fax number in all your references, contacts and databases. Please note that many other notifiable conditions can be reported quickly and easily online instead of faxing - see sahealth.sa.gov.au/notifiablediseasereporting

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  • Thursday, 24 September 2020
    A mobile COVID-19 testing site will be operating in Elizabeth from Monday 28 September until Friday 2 October.

    The site will operate from 9.00am to 5.00pm and will be located on the corner of Goodman Road and Langford Drive in Elizabeth. 

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  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020
    Two new cases recorded for South Australia (23 Sept 2020)

    Both cases arrived from overseas and have been in hotel quarantine since their arrival. The man and woman, both in their 20s, tested positive on their day one test and will remain in isolation at their medi-hotel.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020
    Changing hours at the WCH and RAH COVID-19 Clinics

    COVID-19 Clinics at the Women's and Childrens Hospital (WCH) and Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) will be updating their hours of operation. From today (22 Sept) the WCH COVID-19 testing clinic will be operating 9.00am - 6.00pm 7 days a week. From Sat 26 Sept, the RAH COVID-19 clinic will also commence under the new operating hours of 9.00am to 6.00pm 7 days a week. 

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  • Thursday, 17 September 2020
    Angaston testing clinic to close

    The drive-through testing clinic at Angaston Hospital, temporarily established due to a positive COVID-19 result in routine wastewater testing, will close from 3pm this Friday 18 September. People can continue to access COVID-19 testing at the drive through clinic at Tanunda Hospital (7 days, 9am-5pm). Alternatively, testing is also available at the Angaston Respiratory Clinic (by appointment only).

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  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020
    New Walk In COVID-19 Testing Clinic at the QEH

    A new walk in COVID-19 testing clinic has opened at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital to provide easier access to testing for those in the local community. The clinic is operating 9.00am to 6.00pm 7 days a week and can be accessed via Gate 5 on Woodville Rd. No booking or GP referral is required.

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  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020
    Coming Soon: SA Health’s Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service

    A new Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service will see the recruitment of up to 150 dedicated nurses and midwives to deliver state's response to COVID-19. A leadership team is also being established. These roles will commence in the coming weeks.

    SA Health
  • Friday, 04 September 2020
    Health Exemption Applications can now be Completed Online

    People seeking 'health exemption' essential traveller status for compassionate grounds, providing health services, or urgent medical, dental or health treatment require written approval from SA Health before submitting a Cross Border Travel application. The application can now be accessed and completed via an online portal

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020
    No active cases of COVID-19 in SA

    South Australia now has no active COVID-19 cases with 459 people cleared. More than 386,000 tests have been undertaken in SA. 

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  • Thursday, 03 September 2020
    The drive through testing service at Hampstead Rehab will be closed Sat 5 Sept for planned maintenance

    Patients experiencing respiratroy symptoms can book into a GP-led Respiratory Clinic or find more information about testing options via SA Health's website here

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  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020
    SA Health Release Aboriginal Communities COVID-19 Positive Health Action Plan

    Detailing the plan, developed in consultation with Aboriginal communities, for a coordinated SA Health, SA Police and SA Ambulance Service response in the event of an occurrence of a positive COVID-19 test in a rural or remote Aboriginal community.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 24 August 2020
    A cluster of COVID-19 cases in the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas has been identified - find advice for travellers

    Returning travellers:

    • all travellers returning from Queensland
      should watch for symptoms on their return to South Australia and to get tested for COVID-19 if any symptoms develop
       
    • people in South Australia who have attended a venue during the times and dates associated with the outbreak 
      are asked to self isolate for 14 days from the date they attended the venue -  venue list available via Queensland Health's website
       
    • all travellers returning from the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas
      should not attend nursing homes or visit vulnerable people for 14 days from their return (this includes all health care and aged care workers)

     

    South Australians considering travel to Queensland are asked to reconsider if possible and/or be aware that quarantine requirements into South Australia may change rapidly.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 18 August 2020
    Changes to providing care at RACF: all employees or contractors who provide personal care or nursing care to residents must complete Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training

    This restriction to working at an RACF site comes into affect 27 August. This restriction follows other recent changes regarding the wearing or PPE when providing personal or medical care to residents at a distrance of less than 1.5m, and restrictions for persoanl care workers working across multiple sites.

    SA Health
  • Monday, 17 August 2020
    Active Surveillance in Medi-Hotel Staff

    SA Health will commence testing of asymptomatic workers in medi-hotels. Noting that we continue to have active cases of COVID-19 from overseas passengers within medi-hotels, from today hotel and security staff will be tested similarly to the asymptomatic testing already underway in health and aged care workers (among others). This precautionary testing is another step in protecting the community. There is no requirement for workers undergoing asymptomatic testing to self-isolate while waiting for their result.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 13 August 2020
    Changes to Residential Aged Care for personal care workers and medical workers

    From 27 August, all personal care workers in residential aged care facilities will not be able to work across multiple sites. At present, these restrictions do not apply to other employees or contractors. Additionally, all nursing, medical, allied health and personal care workers will be required to wear personal protective equipment when working within 1.5 metres of residents. 

    SA Health
  • Friday, 07 August 2020
    Drive through testing facilities at the Repat Health Precinct and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre no longer require a referral form or booking

    Both drive through facilities are operating 8:00am to 4:30pm for cars and motorbikes only. 

    From today, this announcement means no dedicated COVID-19 testing service across metropolitan Adelaide requires a GP referral or specimen collection form.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 05 August 2020
    New drive through COVID-19 testing services opening tomorrow in Aldinga

    A new drive-through COVID-19 testing location will be opened at the Aldinga GP Plus Health Care Centre tomorrow. The facility will operate 8.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week. No booking or GP referral is required and all ages are welcome. Follow the heading link to SA Health's website for a list of all other testing services currently available.

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020
    New testing recommendations released to support local doctors (health alert #22 amended)

    The health alert (#22 amended) includes:

    • an update on several locations visited by cases while infectious (northern suburbs of Adelaide)
    • an outline of the current testing recommendations and
    • a summary of the relevant information and links for doctors providing care and advice to patients confirmed/suspected to have COVID-19 infection
    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 04 August 2020
    From Wed 5 August, a new drive-through location will open in Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi

    The 'metropolitan mobile and pop-up clinic' can be accessed via Wakefield Road (left-hand turn only) and will operate from 8.00 am - 6.00 pm, 7 days a week. This facility is for cars and motorbikes only (drive through). All ages are welcome and no booking or GP referral is required.

    Find a list of testing options on the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 30 July 2020
    Updated COVID-19 Testing Recommendations Released

    SA Health have released a health alert covering the latest changes to testing recomendations across South Australia including the testing of people who have travelled into South Australia (i.e. ongoing essential travellers and travellers entering prior to border closure on Wed July 29) from NSW, Vic and ACT. Testing recommendations also continue for anyone experiencing COVID-19 compatible symptoms 

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 29 July 2020
    Certificate of Compliance COVID-19 Testing for Travellers

    SA Health have developed a COVID-19 Testing Certificate of  Compliance relevent for clinics and providers supporting the mandatory day 1 and day 12 testing of travellers who have arrived from NSW, ACT, Vic:

    SA Health
  • Friday, 24 July 2020
    Record number of COVID-19 tests undertaken across SA yesterday - 4336 tests in total

    With this surge in testing, increased waiting times continue at the metropolitan COVID-19 clinics and GPs are recommended to encourage patients to seek testing via a GP Respiratory Clinic (booking themselves online or over phone) or provide patients with a referral/collection form in order for SA Pathology to book patients into a drive through testing service.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 23 July 2020
    More translated COVID-19 resources available - including symptoms of COVID-19 and 6 simple steps posters in 16 languages

    Please share these resources with any relevant community members attending your clinics

    SA Health
  • Sunday, 12 July 2020
    Outbreak of COVID-19 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel Liverpool in Sydney

    SA Health has been notified by NSW Health of a significant outbreak of COVID-19 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel, Liverpool in Sydney - the hotel is on the Hume Highway and is a popular stop for interstate truck drivers. Anyone who visited the hotel between 3-10 July must must self-quarantine and be tested

    SA Health
  • Friday, 10 July 2020
    New public health alert: COVID-19 Update, Testing Recommendations and Victoria

    A new CDCB Health Alert has been issued relating to COVID-19 and Victoria and the request that anyone from Victoria is tested at Day 1 and 12. Some people who have recently crossed the border may have a request form, whereas others may telephone your clinic for a request form or to have a test. Travellers who have arrived within the last 14 days are asked to get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms. All essential travellers under schedule 2 are now required to wear a mask in SA for a period of 14 days when out in public (provided as they enter the state).

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 02 July 2020
    Get Your Applications in for SA Health’s COVIDSafe Awards

    Innovative SA businesses that have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for the SA Health COVIDSafe Awards. Winners from each category will be awarded $5,000. Nominations close midnight Sunday 5 July 2020.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 25 June 2020
    COVID-19 Interim Clozapine Management Guidelines

    The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist has released interim guidlines to reduce risk of infection for those recieving clozapine by limiting clinic visits for screening. 

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 18 June 2020
    GP Guide for providing care to sporting teams

    This SA Health factsheet has been released to provide general advice for GPs on delivering care to local sporting teams in South Australia

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020
    Updated Home Isolation Advice Fact sheet Released

    New version with updated advice from SAPOL regarding the requirements of essential travellers and clarifying the need for poeple to isolate after having a test (if they have symptoms).

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020
    Resources to support promotion of COVIDSafe App

    General practices and other primary care providers are encourgaed to promote the COVIDSafe app to their patients - a drop box of resources is available to support promotional efforts here

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 14 May 2020
    From today (14 May) with easing restrictions elective surgery will begin to be fully restored in SA both in the public and private sectors

    The Emergency Management Direction has been revoked and a new directive issued. Lifting these restrictions allows hospitals to prioritise surgeries based on need.

    SA Health
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020
    Fluad Stock: SA Health Release a List of Local Providers with Available Stock (PDF available for a limited time)

    The list includes providers (name, phone number and suburb) who had Fluad® Quad Influenza vaccine for persons 65 years and older available as at 7 May 2020.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020
    Additional support for COVID-19 patients self-isolating at home

    South Australians who test positive for COVID-19 will receive daily support throughout self-isolation from two new dedicated teams -The COVID-19 GP Assessment Team and nurse-led SA Health Remote Monitoring Service

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020
    Testing Blitz Ongoing and Additions to Testing Recommendations - Public Health Alert #18

    Commencing 1 May, testing will continue to be recommended for anyone experiencing any fever or respiratory symptoms. Testing recommendations has also been extended to those experiencing an unexplained loss of smell and/or altered sense of taste. Those with clinically compatible symptoms of COVID-19 who are ALSO either a close contact of a confirmed case OR returned from overseas in the previous 14 days should also access testing.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 30 April 2020
    BreastScreen SA Reopens Services Following COVID-19 Closure

    BreastScreen SA is restarting its breast cancer screening program from Thursday 30 April 2020

    SA Health
  • Tuesday, 21 April 2020
    Restrictions to Ease on Elective Surgery From April 27

    Following decision by National Cabinet, the SA Direction in relation to appropriate surgery will be revised and elective surgery will commence in a staged manner from April 27.

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  • 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
  • Thursday, 14 October 2021
    School Immunisation Program

    A school-based immunisation program will be rolled out to selected schools this term. Pop-up vaccination clinics will be established at more than 20 schools across the state from later this month as part of a six-week blitz to administer first and second doses.

    SA Health
  • Thursday, 14 October 2021
    Walk-in Pfizer COVID-19 Appointments

    Vaccination clinics at Noarlunga, Elizabeth, Wayville, and Pooraka are now accepting walk-in Pfizer COVID-19 appointments. Please note walk-in appointments are limited and priority will be given to those with existing bookings. Please note eligibility criteria and opening hours vary. The most convenient option is to book a preferred date and time using the Vaccine Clinic Finder.

    SA Health

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  • 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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