COVID-19 has and continues to have an enormous impact on the aged care sector, with Geriatricians having played an important role in the COVID-19 response. Since the outbreak reached Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in early 2020, we have been collecting resources that support the work of geriatricians to provide the best possible health service to older people during the pandemic.

Australian Resources

  • ANZSGM Statement on COVID-19 Response in Residential Aged Care Facilities.
    Australian Human Rights Commission Guidelines on the rights of people with disability in health and disability care during COVID-19 (2020).
  • COVID-19  Risk Assessment Tool devised by – Professor Kwang Lim,  Dr Rosie Watson and Frances Crotty, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

ANZ–Melbourne Institute Health Sector Report

Cognitive impairment patients

Medicines Management during COVID-19

  • COVID-19 Fast Responsee-Learning courses from the University of Melbourne
    The Department of Health’s MBS response to COVID-19 is regularly updated on MBS Online.
  • The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce has compiled a resource of emerging research that provides national, evidence-based guidelines that are regularly updated for the clinical care of people with COVID-19. The Taskforce includes peak health professional bodies across Australia whose members are providing clinical care to people with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities

  • The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) have developed these national guidelines for the prevention, control and public health management of COVID-19 outbreaks in residential care facilities in Australia.

COVID-19 Infection Control Training

  • The Australia Federal Department of Health  online training for Aged Care workers on appropriate health management techniques in all aged care settings. This 30-minute module covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.
  • The Doctors for Doctors site provides a directory of where you can access health care for stress and mental illness.

New Zealand Resources

Managing Tele-Consultations

  1. Phone consultations – COVID-19 resource – V1 23 March 2020
  2. Communications tips for all stages – COVID-19 resources – V1 23 March 2020
  3. Goals of Care COVID-19 resource – V1 23 March 2020
  4. Giving serious news – COVID-19 resource – V1 23 March 2020

Global Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guide on How COVID-19 spreads
  • University of British Columbia,  Faculty of Medicine has published a special COVID-19 edition of its e-magazine, Pathways, focussing on seniors’ health.