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27th June 2021

Dear ACAM Colleagues

As a community, Australia continues to face major challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis, as you will no doubt be aware, the region of Greater Sydney has now entered lockdown, including the areas of Wollongong, Blue Mountains and the Central Coast. Throughout today, infections have been recorded in most states and territories, mostly believed to be the Delta variant. Those who are impacted by this latest outbreak, our thoughts are with you. Our new COVID normal operating parameters will take some adaption for all of us.

More information concerning NSW Health lockdown guidelines consult health.nsw.gov.au.

Medical services are considered essential. You should use your common sense if this applies to your particular practice. And if in doubt consult your MDO. Those whose practices are still able to operate, consider strengthening your COVID-19 protocols that help protect yourself, staff and patients (for example: masks as mandatory for all those in your rooms, whether prescribed by your particular health department or not).

A practical tip is to wear scrubs in your work environment. The TGA has approved the Australian made cleaning product Viraclean (available through Team Medical Supplies and other medical suppliers) for COVID-19 sanitation. There is a neutral (blue) variety, good for phones, computer keyboard and items made from plastic.

A member has suggested that all EFT machines be wrapped in gladwrap (for pin insertion), with staff changing the gladwrap and wiping the device between patients. And of course gloves at all times.

It is suggested you encourage your practice staff to complete these certificates:

COVID-19 Infection Control Training (you do not need to be a NSW resident):

 https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training

 Australia Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Courses:

https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/

Downloadable workbook

https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-09/infection_prevention_and_control_workbook_final_version_sept_2019.pdf

Those of us with friends and colleagues overseas know of the devastation that COVID-19 has brought. Australia has remained the somewhat “lucky country”, but I also like to think we are a smart country, and following good guidelines contribute to our collective safety.

The board wishes all our members the best of health, and hope that we are able to see each other in the near future.

Dr Gabrielle Caswell

President ACAM

17th February 2021

Dear ACAM Colleagues

As a community, Australia continues to face major challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis.  It has been advised that vaccinations will begin as soon as Monday 22nd February.

The previous committee had to make the difficult, but responsible decision to cancel the 2020 conference; thus far the new board has not considered the conference.  Impacting on their decision making are the rolling lockdowns, changing social distancing requirements, boarder closures and quarantine conditions placed on interstate travellers, all of which impact on the planning of a successful conference.

The board has been busying itself with a review of the education program and the introduction of CPD program.  Dr Andrew Clark has accepted the role of Censor In Chief, under the advice and guidance of Dr Sharron Phillipson, who will mentor him in his new role.

Most colleagues have by now experienced restrictions in their clinical environment and have observed the latest advice.  Your college has found two educational opportunities (free of charge) that may help in your endeavour to keep your practice safe:

It is suggested you encourage your practice staff to complete these certificates:

Downloadable workbook https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-09/infection_prevention_and_control_workbook_final_version_sept_2019.pdf

A practical tip is to wear scrubs in your work environment, and mask patients, if able, as per recommendations.  Take note of the recommendations and precautions that have been promoted, ensure a safe working environment for you, your staff and most importantly your patients.  Those of us with friends and colleagues overseas know of the devastation that COVID-19 has brought.  Australia has remained the somewhat “lucky country”, but I also like to think we are a smart country, and following good guidelines that contribute to our safety.

The board wishes all our members the best of health, and hope that we are able to see each other in the near future.

Dr Gabrielle Caswell
President ACAM

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