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

06/08/20: 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 the flowcharts this week reflect:

  • New recommendation on use of combination immunoglobulin plus methylprednisolone
  • Updated recommendation on use of hydroxychloroquine
  • Updated recommendations on VTE prophylaxis
  • Inclusion of latest guidelines from CDNA (V3.6)

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:

  • Overarching principles of care for people who are receiving palliative care or frail older people  new
  • Hydroxychloroquine for post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS-TS)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Prone positioning
  • Convalescent plasma
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Skin to skin contact for parents and newborns

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“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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