Outbreaks, testing and management
On this page:
- Testing for Covid-19
- Lung Function and Spirometry testing
- Information on QLD Health Directions and Restrictions
- Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions
- Other links
Brisbane South PHN is supporting our primary care providers to prepare for and help limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our region.
We are working with government, peak bodies and the Metro South Hospital and Health Service (MSHHS) to deliver timely and accurate information, and are committed to working with you to ensure our primary health care workers are informed, supported and equipped to deliver safe, high-quality health care to our communities in regard to COVID-19.
We’re here to help and are working hard to make sure that we add value; connecting with you and offering support as we work together to navigate these challenges.
Testing for COVID-19
Testing helps us find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible. This will ensure we are doing everything we can to manage Queensland’s response to the pandemic.
Test for any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of smell and/or taste
- Runny nose
- Vomiting or nausea
The person being tested should be isolated pending test results. Further information on assessment and management of patients with suspected COVID-19 and the assessment for suspected COVID-19 Flowchart.
People who have been to identified contact tracing locations should get tested, regardless of symptoms. Keep up-to-date with the most recent contact tracing information.
The CDNA National guidelines for COVID-19 website summarises recommendations for surveillance, infection control, laboratory testing and contact management for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Selected private collection centres conduct COVID-19 specimen collection, please click below to see which centres offer this service:
Point-of-care (PCR) testing
It is recommended that testing for COVID-19 is via PCR. There are restrictions that prohibit who can perform point-of-care testing. Please see the following links for further information.
- Point-of-care serology tests direction
- Public Health Laboratory Network statement on the use of point-of-care tests
- TGA COVID-19 testing in Australia – information for health professionals
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander point-of-care testing
For the latest clinical practice guidelines in the Brisbane south region, please refer to SpotOnHealth Healthpathways.
Contact the public health unit closest to you:
|Public health unit||Location||Telephone (general enquiries)||Fax (general enquiries)|
|Metro South (Brisbane South)||Level 1, 39 Kessels Road, Coopers Plains Qld 4108PO Box 333, Archerfield Qld 4108||(07) 3156 4000||(07) 3156 4045|
Lung Function and Spirometry testing
Managing asthma during the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic recommendations:
- Do NOT perform spirometry or peak expiratory flow on patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, are febrile, have symptoms of a viral illness, or who have an escalating acute respiratory condition.
- Use only spirometers that use inline filters
- The respiratory plume of exhaled particles contains virus for several hours and surfaces may retain viruses for several days.
More information on the recommendations can be obtained from the below statements:
- Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand update on lung function testing
- National Asthma Council Australia spirometry infection control recommendations for Primary Care – February 2021
Other useful resources:
Information on QLD Health Directions and Restrictions
Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions
- Latest Updates
- Border Restrictions
- Designated COVID-19 Hospital Direction
- Disability Accommodation Services Direction
- Residential Aged Care Direction
- Hospital Visitors Direction
- Mandatory Face Masks Direction
- Movement and Gathering Direction
- Restrictions on Business, Activities and Undertakings Direction
- Interstate Places of Concern (Stay at Home in Qld) Direction
Queensland Health had developed an Asset Library of COVID-19 resources such as posters and images that can be used by all health care providers
Department of Health has Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and health care managers
The RACGP has a number of resources to support GPs and the general practice team during COVID-19.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality has developed COVID-19 resources here.
National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce developed clinical flowcharts that cover:
- Assessment for suspected COVID-19
- Management of adults with mild COVID-19
- Management of adults with moderate to severe COVID-19
- Management of adults with severe to critical COVID-19
- Respiratory support for adults with severe to critical COVID-19
- Management of people with COVID-19 who are older and living with frailty and/or cognitive impairment
- Management of people with COVID-19 who are receiving palliative care
- Care of people with Post-acute COVID-19
- Preparedness for CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic
- CPR for adults with COVID-19 in healthcare settings
- Basic Life Support for adults in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic