COVID-19 Updates for ACMA Victoria Members

This page serves to help keep ACMAV Members updated with information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak originating from Wuhan, China. If you have resources that will be helpful to other members please let us know via Facebook or email to our office. Last update 6 Mar 2020.

If you are a patient and you think you may have been exposed to the Novel Coronavirus please:

If you are a doctor and your patient may have been exposed to the Novel Coronavirus please:

  • Isolate the patient in a separate room and place a surgical mask on them
  • Wear a disposable, fluid resistant long-sleeved gown, gloves, eye protection and surgical face mask when reviewing the patient to exercise droplet and contact transmisson precautions
  • Wear a fitted P2/N95 mask if conducting aerosolising procedures (eg collecting nasal swabs or sputum)
  • Call the Dedicated Victorian Department of Doctor Hotline on 1300 651 160 if your patient meets suspected case criteria
  • 18 Mar 2020 9:33 AM | Dixon Woon (Administrator)

    A recording of the webinar is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhOQ4U1Rqak&feature=youtu.be

    The presentation from Prof Allen Cheng is available COVID-19 - ACMAV 11 Mar 2020.pdf

  • 9 Mar 2020 9:37 PM | Jason Chuen (Administrator)

    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Update
    9 March 2020

    Status: Active

    Date issued: 9 March 2020 - (Update to Alert issued 7 March 2020)

    Issued by: Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria

    Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public

    Key messages 

    Cases 

    • The department has confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 taking the total of cases in Victoria to 15.
    • The twelfth case is a woman in her 50s, a visitor from Indonesia. She became unwell in Perth some days after arriving in Australia and flew to Melbourne from Perth on Virgin Airlines flight VA682 on Monday 2 March while symptomatic.  
    • The thirteenth case is a woman in her 20’s, recently returned from a holiday in Colorado. She became unwell on 4 March, and flew home to Melbourne from Los Angeles on flight QF94, arriving 0940am, Friday 6 March. 
    • The fourteenth case is a woman in her 50s who has returned from travel to Iran. She became unwell on 18 February. She flew home via Kuala Lumpur, arriving in Melbourne on flight MH149 at 9am, Friday 6 March.
    • The fifteenth case is a man in his 50s who recently returned from Trinidad and Tobago travelling via Houston and San Francisco flying home to Melbourne on flight UA60, arriving 29 February. 
    • All potential exposure sites are listed in the summary table below. Anyone who was at any if these sites should be aware of their health and seek medical advice if they become unwell. 
    • The department will continue to contact close contacts from the relevant flights as the details become available.

    Case definition

    • The case definition has been updated to include testing any returned travellers from any country outside Australia with a clinically compatible illness.

    Screening clinics

    Read the full alert: 2019-Coronavirus-disease (COVID-19) - Update - 9 March 2020

    Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.

  • 9 Mar 2020 12:49 PM | Jason Chuen (Administrator)

    Australian Federal Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy has issued a letter to all doctors. You can download the letter here.

    He has also conducted a press conference of which the transcript is also available here.

  • 6 Mar 2020 12:00 AM | Jason Chuen (Administrator)

    6 Mar 2020 Update  Due to multiple queries we conducted a brief Q & A session with expert ID physicians Prof Allen Cheng and Dr Jason Kwong. You can see the questions and their answers here.  


  • 2 Feb 2020 12:00 AM | Jason Chuen (Administrator)

    2 Feb 2020 Update — Together with AMA Victoria and the Victorian DHHS, ACMAV arranged a special online webinar briefing for primary care doctors treating high-risk Chinese Community patients on 4pm on February 1st.

    Guest panellists included ID Physicians Prof Allen Cheng, Dr Lyn Li Lim, and Dr Jason Kwong, Deputy Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Annaliese van Diemen, Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton and A/Prof Julian Rait of AMA Victoria.

    Please note that this briefing is for clinical education and not for media release. Information is Victorian-specific and current as of 4pm 1 Feb 2020.

    Please note that international travel advisories and case definition have changed since this briefing.


Victorian Department of Health & Human Services Information

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has regular updates and resources on the COVID-2019 situation which are accessible here. Please check regularly for new information.

Interstate Resources

For potential cases please call:
  • ACT - Communicable Disease Control on (02) 5124 9213 (BH) or page (02) 9962 4155 (AH)
  • NSW - Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055
  • QLD - 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • SA - CDCB Medical Officer 1300 232 272
  • NT  | TAS WA

International Resources

Further international updates are available from:

Media Coverage

Media coverage of 2019-nCov is available at:

Federal Department of Health Information

The Australian Federal Department of Health also has regular updates and resources regarding 2019-nCov which is accessible here.

Academic Journal Coverage

Here are a selection of early academic papers regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019:

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