COVID-19

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has always put the health of our community first. Our stand on COVID-19 has been no different.

The AMA (WA) is working for the community and is at the forefront of action to contain and manage the spread of COVID-19.

Our doctors are working with government and other experts to provide guidance and strategic advice supporting our health workforce and the community at large.

It is at times like these that AMA (WA) members play a crucial role as trusted sources of information and care.

The AMA (WA), led by President Dr Andrew Miller, will continue to help guide Western Australia as we respond to COVID-19.

The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve and advice is subject to change at short notice. We strongly recommend all members continue to visit the WA Health COVID-19 website for the most recent updates.

All medical practitioners should regularly check for the most up-to-date clinical guidance, which can be found at: https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/COVID-19-clinical-alerts

Testing criteria, and who can test for COVID-19, continues to change as the situation in WA evolves. We recommend you review the most up-to-date clinical alerts on a regular basis. All medical practitioners should regularly check for the most up-to-date clinical guidance which can be found at: https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/COVID-19-clinical-alerts

As at 2 April 2020, all members of the community with documented fever (≥38◦C) AND acute respiratory infection may be tested for COVID-19 (where another diagnosis is not more likely).

Healthcare workers, aged care workers and police officers with fever OR acute respiratory infection with or without fever should be tested for COVID-19.

Public health approval is NOT required for patients that meet the criteria.

Testing for the above patients ONLY to be done at COVID clinics in metropolitan Perth; young children can be tested in Perth Children’s Hospital and/or emergency departments.

In country areas, testing can only be undertaken by hospitals, COVID clinics, health centres and remote health clinics operated by the WA Country Health Service, Silver Chain, Aboriginal Medical Services or RFDS.

 

 

As at 27 March 2020, COVID-19 testing is ONLY to be done at COVID clinics in metropolitan Perth. In country areas, testing can only be undertaken by hospitals, COVID clinics, health centres and remote health clinics operated by the WA Country Health Service, Silver Chain, Aboriginal Medical Services or RFDS.

The AMA (WA) continues to lobby Federal and WA governments on your behalf to:

  • to further expand telehealth under the Medicare Benefits Schedule;
  • expedite COVID-19 testing for health professionals; and
  • expand the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to GP clinics

The AMA (WA) has prepared a number of resources for GPs managing COVID-19 which AMA (WA) members can access below:

The AMA (WA) recognises the unique challenges faced by doctors working in Private Practice. PPE shortages, limited access to telehealth items and the prospect of a dramatic reduction in clinical activity with all elective surgery (outside urgent electives) in both public and private health systems being postponed, means many Private Practices face difficult decisions in relation to how they continue to operate.

The AMA (WA) continues to advocate on behalf of private practice, and supports WA’s private health system.

The AMA (WA) has prepared a number of resources for private practices managing their response to COVID-19 which AMA (WA) members can access below:

Doctors employed in WA’s public health system, including doctors working at SJOG Midland Public Hospital, Ramsay’s Joondalup Health Campus and WA Corrective Services, face a number of challenges related to COVID-19. The AMA (WA) continues to support public sector doctors to ensure their safety and industrial rights are a priority at this time.

Your employment terms and conditions, negotiated on your behalf by the AMA (WA), remain unchanged at this time.

AMA (WA) members are encouraged to contact the AMA (WA) Workplace Relations Team to seek expert advice and guidance on issues they have, relating to their employment or wellbeing.

WA Public Sector Labour Relations – Leave Arrangements for COVID-19
WA Public Sector Labour Relations – Workforce Arrangements
Workers Compensation & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Members with queries relating to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the AMA (WA) at covid19@amawa.com.au.