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Supporting Australia’s healthcare professionals with continually updated, evidence-based clinical guidelines

28/5/20: Weekly Communique from the National Steering Committee


High-priority, evidence-based clinical COVID-19 guidelines updated weekly with the latest research

We have developed recommendations that cover:

View all evidence-based recommendations here:

We will revise and add recommendations each week as our evidence teams and expert panels identify priority clinical questions and synthesise new research.


Flowcharts incorporating living guideline recommendations and guidance issued or endorsed by Taskforce members

We have developed clinical flowcharts that cover:

Changes to flowcharts this week reflect:

  • Addition of consensus-based recommendation for increased-dose VTE prophylaxis
  • Replacement of NMB practice points with evidence-based recommendation
  • Addition of remarks to accompany recommendations for prone positioning and ECMO
  • Inclusion of latest guidelines from CDNA (V2.11)
  • Inclusion of latest AHPPC guidance for PPE in hospitals (released 26 May 2020)

under review

Continuously reviewing new evidence to update recommendations and address new priority questions

We are currently reviewing evidence to develop recommendations and flowcharts to guide practice in areas including:

  • The use of remdesivir as a disease-modifying treatment
  • Safety of hydroxychloroquine
  • Timing of mechanical ventilation
  • Tracheostomy
  • The use of corticosteroids
  • Recommendations for children and adolescents new
  • Recommendations for pregnant and perinatal women new

What further
guidance is needed?

Your views help us to identify and prioritise questions to include in the living guideline.

To check if your topic area or question is already being considered by our team please review this list.

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Suggest a new topic or clinical question. Please note that our living guideline aims to

“Provide specific, patient-focused recommendations for the clinical care of people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, where care for this patient group differs from usual care provided to patients with similar clinical conditions (pneumonia, severe acute respiratory distress, etc.)”.

*The following topics are currently included:
• Definition of disease severity
• Monitoring and markers of clinical deterioration
• Disease modifying treatments (e.g. antimalarials)
• Respiratory support
• Corticosteroids
• Anticoagulants


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Find COVID-19 studies around the world


Cochrane’s COVID-19 Study Register is a freely-available, continually-updated, annotated reference collection of human studies on COVID-19, including interventional, observational, diagnostic, prognostic, epidemiological, and economic designs.

Find COVID-19 studies in Australia


The ANZCTR is an online registry of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. A list of coronavirus/COVID-19 studies currently recruiting in Australia is available here.

Core Outcomes for COVID-19 Research


The COVID-19-COS project is an international initiative bringing together patients, the public and health professionals to identify, prioritise and agree on the most important outcomes for research in COVID-19.

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