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Health alert: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Skin checks high priority despite pandemic

Melanoma surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Professor Mark Smithers, issued a timely reminder to all Queenslanders on World Melanoma Day that fear of COVID-19 should not get in the way of a simple skin check that could prevent a life-threatening diagnosis.

The invisible frontline stopping the spread of COVID-19

They may not be wearing the masks or performing the tests, but the COVID-19 Response Team within the Metro South Public Health Unit is the invisible force working at the frontline, protecting the community from the spread of the virus.

MSH Public Health Unit and COVID-19

Across the country, teams of doctors, nurses and public health officers work with COVID-19 patients to help them through a detailed process to retrace their movements.

PA ICU upskilling nurses ahead of surge

In preparation for the pandemic surge, PA Hospital was working hard to upskill the workforce training more than 140 nurses to care for patients who may require intensive care.  

Protecting the mental health of frontline medical workers

As part of a new study commissioned by University of Queensland, Metro South Health (MSH) researchers have developed a set of recommendations to manage the mental health of frontline medical workers during viral outbreaks, such as COVID-19. 

PA Patients treated to high tea

The team from the Spinal Rehabilitation Unit at PA Hospital have enlisted the help of kitchen staff to brighten the days of long-stay patients at the hospital.

PA’s answer to pandemic ICU Expansion strategy

As part of the pandemic planning for COVID-19, key areas of the hospital have been repurposed in preparation for escalating demand as the pandemic progresses. 

COVID-19 testing criteria expanded

Queensland’s testing criteria has now been expanded so that anyone in the state who has a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms can get tested.

App research caring for carers

QEII Hospital Emergency Nurse Practitioner and PhD Candidate, Hui (Grace) Xu, is researching a user-friendly smartphone app to manage stress and reduce burnout in hospital emergency departments (ED).  

Nurse grads on frontline of global health challenge

They have only just begun their graduate nursing year but they've been thrown in the COVID-19 deep end and will be equipped to take on anything once the global health crisis is over.

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