Updates

PPE in residential aged care and disability care accommodation services

Queensland Health has provided guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) in residential aged care and disability care accommodation services.

The guidance has been developed by a panel of infection control and public health experts and is designed to provide clarity and consistency for decisions regarding PPE use in pandemic settings specifically for residential aged care and disability care accommodation services. It provides infection prevention and control recommendations and considerations around use of face masks in people with disabilities.

The guidance should be read in conjunction with the Health System  COVID-19 Response Plan and other advice provided by Queensland Health as part of the COVID-19 response.

Risk levels

The guideline defines three levels of pandemic transmission risk and recommends associated PPE requirements for residential aged care and disability care accommodation services.

From 31 August 2020 increased restrictions have been put in place for people living in the Local Government Areas listed:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire
  • City of Ipswich
  • Gold Coast City
  • Goondiwindi Region
  • Lockyer Valley Region
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City.
  • Scenic Rim Region
  • Somerset Region
  • South Burnett Region
  • Southern Downs Region
  • Toowoomba Region
  • Western Downs Region.

These areas are determined as ‘Moderate Risk’ in the Public Health Direction – Queensland COVID-19 Restricted Ares Direction (No 5).

All other Local Government Areas remain on ‘Low Risk’ and PPE use should not change until further notice.

Further information can be found on the Queenlsand Health website.

Read the Pandemic Response Guidance on personal protective equipment in residential aged care and disability care accommodation services.

Disability sector information sessions

NDS will be holding information COVID-19 update sessions for Queensland disability providers on the updated requirements.

QDN will be holding free webinars for Queenslanders with disability and their supporters.