New evidence-based ‘living guidelines’ for clinicians caring for people with COVID-19 have been launched by a taskforce comprising a large coalition of peak Australian health professional groups. The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce has been convened by the Australian Living Evidence Consortium, led by Cochrane Australia based in Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Melbourne. The initial focus of the guidelines, which are updated weekly, is on definitions of disease severity, monitoring and markers of clinical deterioration, antiviral medications and other disease modifying treatments and respiratory support. Access the guidelines via www.covid19evidence.net.au.
The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is now available, providing evidence-based information, advice and support tailored to the mental health and wellbeing challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivered by Beyond Blue, the service offers a range of supports including self-help tools, phone counselling from mental health professionals and peer support. Information is provided on a range of issues such as coping with loneliness, managing mental health if infected with the virus and coping as a healthcare worker. Support is also provided for essential service workers and small businesses.