Queensland COVID-19 updates

This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in Queensland.

 

For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Greater Brisbane is currently under enhanced restrictions following detection of COVID-19 hotel quarantine leakage.

 

The following local government areas in greater Brisbane are affected:

  • Brisbane
  • Ipswich
  • Logan
  • Moreton Bay
  • Redlands

 

People who have been in these local council since 2 January 2021 areas also need to adhere to these restrictions.

Following a 3 day lockdown, from 6pm 11 January 2021 ‘stay-at-home’ orders for greater Brisbane have been revoked.  Until the end of the incubation period following community exposure, the following restrictions will be in place:
  • Masks must be worn in indoor locations (except seated hospitality patrons and physically distanced office staff) and public transport.
    Masks must be carried at all times.
    Pharmacists, pharmacy staff, patients and their carers must continue to wear masks at all times.
    Masks do not need to be worn while exercising outdoors, for hospitality patrons or in a private vehicle
    Masks are not required to be worn when outdoors at a safe distance from other people
  • Hospitality must adhere to 4m.sq rule
  • Private gatherings limited to 20 people
  • Restrictions on visits to hospitals, aged care, disability accommodation and prisons remain.
These rules will be in place until 1:00 am on 22 January 2021.
People who have been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021 need to follow these rules, even if they are no longer in this area – including mask use. This may affect pharmacists who are practising outside of greater Brisbane.

 

 

Queensland Health has published information on restrictions, and FAQs on their website.

 

 

Key points for pharmacists:

  • The Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has actively discouraged stockpiling of masks. PSA recommends pharmacist limit supply to quantities which will be adequate for people and their families to get through the lockdown period.
  • All pharmacists, pharmacy staff and patients must wear masks.
  • Continue to adhere to medicine supply limits
  • Direct anyone with possible COVID-19 symptoms, or people who have been to exposures sites to COVID-19 testing centres and isolate until they receive their results
  • Actively communicate these restrictions to patients, colleagues, family and friends – including via social media.

 

PSA will continue to keep members updated via the PSA Early Career Pharmacist Facebook group. Members can contact our team via phone on 1300 369 772 (available until 7.00pm (Qld) weeknights) or membership@psa.org.au.

Face masks required in Greater Brisbane

 

Until 22 January 2021, all pharmacists and pharmacy staff in the greater Brisbane region must:

  • Wear a surgical mask whilst at work
  • Wear eye protection when within 1.5m of patients (see below).

 

This is also a requirement for people who have been in greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021.

The current testing criteria in Queensland can be found here.

QLD Health has published information and advice for Queensland Opioid Treatment Program providers to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Access the fact sheet containing key information and actions for consideration to assist pharmacists in maintaining the care of patients receiving treatment here.

 

General information on the Queensland Opioid Treatment Program can be accessed here.

Your local Public Health Unit can be found on the Queensland Health website.

Fever clinics are specialist clinics for people who may be infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These clinics help to keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres. This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps the emergency department available for emergencies.

 

Queensland fever clinics are managed by each individual Hospital and Health Services (HHS). GPs should check their local HHS website for details and opening times of the fever clinics in their local area.

PHN Phone Email Website
Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast (07) 5456 8100 info@ourphn.org.au www.ourphn.org.au
Gold Coast 07 5635 2455 info@gcphn.com.au www.healthygc.com.au
Western Queensland 07 4573 1900 admin@wqphn.com.au www.wqphn.com.au
Darling Downs and West Moreton 07 4615 0900 info@ddwmphn.com.au www.ddwmphn.com.au
Northern Queensland 07 4034 0300 hello@primaryhealth.com.au www.primaryhealth.com.au
Brisbane North 07 3630 7300 contactus@brisbanenorthphn.org.au www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au
Brisbane South 1300 467 265 contactus@bsphn.org.au www.bsphn.org.au

If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.

PSA Submission to Queensland Parliament – Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee – Inquiry into the Queensland Government’s health response to COVID-19. Download the full submission here.