Update on 08.09.2020

Information regarding face masks for general consulting in non-COVID suspicious patients has been conflicting, confusing and changes frequently. Following is some of the most recent information to be used as a guide for you to make decisions in your practice. Depending on your practice location, your operating state and your personal circumstances this should be considered on a case-by-case basis. For the most up to date Australian information look at the Department of Health website.

A COVID Marshal is not required in health practices.

Current Government advice includes;

  • If you have symptoms (even if mild), get tested and self-isolate.
  • Practise good hygiene.
  • Keep 1.5 metres distance from others wherever and whenever possible.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app.

SA Health suggests conducting a risk assessment (see their page on Infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) advice;

If the patient is considered low risk;

Need more information?
If you require further COVID-19 clarification or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact the Optometry Australia Optometry Advisor Helpdesk on 03 9668 8500 or at national@optometry.org.au



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