Painaustralia is Australia’s leading pain advocacy body working to improve the quality of life of people living with pain, their families and carers, and to minimise the social and economic burden of pain on individuals and the community.
The Department of Health has released a 30-minute online trainingmodule covering the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 and is intended for health care workers in all settings. It also includes COVID-19 - What is it?, signs and symptoms, keeping safe - protecting yourself and others and mythbusting.
The healthgovau has released a COVID-19 video featuring Alison McMillan, Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, who demonstrates how to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for allied health professionals. https://buff.ly/2TCWgXU
The RACGP is urging people to avoid new telehealth "pop up" businesses and instead consult with their usual GP. COVID-19 has seen a surge in telehealth services that rely on quick patient turnover. Continuity of care with your usual GP is more important now more than ever.
Links are emerging between COVID-19 and patients with chronic pain, and immune conditions such as IBD, MS, and psoriasis. Preliminary clinical treatment recommendations for both stable and infected patients are reviewed in this article from PracticalPainhttps://buff.ly/2yDHDwo
Painaustralia welcomes the creation of deputy CMO for mental health @healthgovau and the appointment of Ruth Vine to this important role. Big mandate ahead and its great to see that the mental health aspects of COVID-19 will be seriously consideredhttps://buff.ly/2Lpwl1i
This pandemic highlights the importance of innovation and trying to provide services in new and more accessible ways to ensure people can still access mental health supports and services how and when they need them during these difficult times." https://buff.ly/3cZVXh9
Dramatic falls in the uptake of health care services have fuelled concerns that patients are delaying tests and treatments for fear of COVID-19 infection or facing an overwhelmed health system MJAInsight https://buff.ly/35ybdzl
“The long term harms, including increased social and health inequality, may well dwarf the death toll of covid-19 itself.” Trust is crucial in lockdown—and beyond bmj_latesthttps://buff.ly/2Wi2pJB
'I just spent my entire stimulus payment on a ketamine treatment at a private hospital for chronic pain because the public hospital I get it done at cancelled all elective admissions': life gets harder for vulnerable Australians during coronavirus crisis https://buff.ly/2zpzXO2
You may have seen information on hydroxychloroquine in the media over the last few days. Our position hasn't changed. Currently, there is no evidence to support the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. https://bit.ly/npshydrox
As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, many hospitals and health services are actually less busy than usual: Managing chronic conditions in the time of coronavirus insightSBShttps://buff.ly/2VL8rTV
Coronavirus has created a crisis for primary care doctors and their patients: How the COVID-19 is making health care access problems even worse. Important lessons for everyone as we all come to terms with the full scale of the fallout from the pandemic https://buff.ly/3eRy3Gt
As case numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise around the world, an increasing number of reports of neurological symptoms are emerging. Some studies report that over a third of patients show neurological symptoms. https://buff.ly/2KCAZZw
The Aged Care Royal Commission is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the aged care sector. If your pain management needs in aged care have been impacted by the pandemic please contact us. https://buff.ly/2yOIQAu
Immunosuppressants and Coronavirus: Here is What You Should Know Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians are advising patients to stay on their immunosuppressant medications. Here’s why. https://buff.ly/2VOnR8Z
Chronic Pain and Social Despair–Doctors Need to Listen. "similar to our lack of system readiness for COVID19 our complicated and costly healthcare system is not only unprepared to deal with the epidemic of stress in society, it contributes to the problem."https://buff.ly/2ziI52X
Should a doctor prescribe hydroxychloroquine for family and friends to treat COVID-19? According to an editorial published today by NPSMedicineWise the answer should be 'no', from medical, ethical and possibly even legal perspectives. https://buff.ly/3eI1KcU
National Cabinet has released the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability which forms part of the national response developed by the Govt for COVID-19 https://buff.ly/3ckrcDg
New research, published by International Association for the Study of Pain provides guidance for those attempting to rapidly transition to remote care with technology, and discusses the lessons for the future of the pain treatment https://buff.ly/2VygzWA
Hydroxychloroquine: The drug that many pain patients need and why it’s so important that access continues https://buff.ly/34wtUCO
"There is an urgent need for research to address how mental health consequences for vulnerable groups can be mitigated under pandemic conditions, and on the impact of repeated media consumption and health messaging around COVID-19" The Lancethttps://buff.ly/3cneDHq
“This initial assessment shows that the risks, in particular cardiovascular, associated with these treatments are very present and potentially increased in COVID-19 patients. Almost all of the declarations come from health establishments,” https://buff.ly/2y7x5oi.
Dr Nick Coatsworth and Prof Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officers provide a COVID-19 response update for Allied Health Practitioners https://buff.ly/2JQPmsR
American Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine has joined multiple American Societies in Endorsing COVID-19 Chronic Pain Best Practice Guidelines https://buff.ly/39SZFaj
“The chronic use of high dose of opioids is associated with side effects which may increase disease severity of COVID-19. This link is purely speculative, as we were unable to find any published data looking specifically at associations” Dr Andrew Huang provides a rapid response in the BMJ to the risk factors for Opioid use and disease severity of COVID-19 https://buff.ly/3dYCAGB
Interim arrangements for prescriptions for supply of medicines: Helping you get your medicine if you are confined to your home https://buff.ly/2xUeIU2
Australian Government Department of Health - COVID-19 infection control training
This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.
The RACGP has welcomed moves to allow GPs to send electronic prescriptions. Under the arrangements, patients can get a prescription from their GP directly sent to their pharmacy of choice via email or phone and their medication can be delivered to their door https://www.medianet.com.au/releases/186099/
The TGA warns consumers to be cautious when seeking to purchase products claiming to be home self-tests for COVID-19, either online or through other means. COVID-19 tests are designed to be used under the direction of a health professional. https://www.tga.gov.au/…/warning-consumers-and-advertisers-…
Can coronavirus spread through food? Can anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen make it worse? Coronavirus claims checked by experts https://buff.ly/2yarnSH
ENEWS Issue 96
Proposed Amendments to the Poisons Standard - Down-Scheduling of Cannabidiol (CBD) from Painaustralia to TGA May 2020 Download the submission
Proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard – Down-scheduling of Ibuprofen 400 mg to TGA from Painaustralia May 2020 Download the submission
Canadian Pain Taskforce Consultation on Ways to Improve How We Understand, Prevent and Manage Pain in Canada From Painaustralia May 2020 Download the submission