Novel Coronavirus Updates for ACMA Victoria Members

This page serves to help keep ACMAV Members updated with information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus 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 13 Feb 2020.

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.

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

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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