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Weekly Communique # 24

24 September, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Six-month milestone for the Taskforce There was great anxiety among clinicians back in March, as Australia prepared to face the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Taskforce held it's first Steering Committee meeting. Drawing on the expertise of Australian Living Evidence Consortium we brought together key peak professional bodies whose members were closely engaged in the pandemic response and recognised...
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Navigating COVID-19 ‘tiger country’

22 September, 2020
In the first of a new series profiling Taskforce members, we catch up with Professor Josh Davis. An Infectious Diseases physician at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital and researcher...
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Weekly Communique # 23

17 September, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW New recommendations on VTE prophylaxis for pregnant and postpartum women The Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel together with the Expert Advisory Group have developed four new consensus...
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What happens if I get COVID-19?

15 September, 2020
Finding trusted answers amid the widespread coverage of questionable claims and dubious data on unproven treatments is not easy. The good news is there are clear guidelines and...
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Weekly Communique # 22

11 September, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Commonwealth announces new ICEG/Taskforce partnership Commonwealth Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, this week announced the establishment of a new partnership between the Infection...
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New palliative care flowchart

10 September, 2020
The Care of Older People and Palliative Care Panel has published a clinical flowchart for the Management of people with COVID-19 who are receiving palliative care. Co-Chair of the...
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Commonwealth announces new ICEG/Taskforce partnership

9 September, 2020
Commonwealth Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, this week announced the establishment of a new partnership between the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) and the Taskforce as...
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New evidence of life-saving benefit of corticosteroids in critically ill people with COVID-19

3 September, 2020
A landmark meta-analysis conducted for the World Health Organisation was published in JAMA this week, reporting that corticosteroid use improves survival in critically ill patients with COVID-19. The analysis pooled...
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Weekly Communique # 21

3 September, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW New recommendations for children and adolescents, and pregnant women The Paediatric and Adolescent Care Panel have developed two new consensus recommendations for respiratory support covering...
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Weekly Communique # 20

27 August, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW The Care of Older People and Palliative Care Panel has published a clinical flowchart for the Management of people with COVID-19 who are older and living...
Communique

Landmark publication of COVID-19 Core Outcomes Set

26 August, 2020
Our congratulations to Taskforce colleagues Professor Allison Tong and the COVID-19-Core Outcomes Set (COS) Workshop Investigators on publication of their landmark work in Critical Care Medicine. The paper reports...
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Taskforce contribution commended by Victorian Government

25 August, 2020
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews this week highlighted the state's support for the work of world-leading medical researchers, making significant strides in the battle against Coronavirus. Taskforce Executive Director, A/Prof Julian Elliott...
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Weekly Communique # 19

20 August, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW New recommendations for Child and Adolescent Care It has been a busy week for the Child and Adolescent Care Panel with two new consensus recommendations...
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Weekly Communique # 18

13 August, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW New pregnancy and perinatal care recommendation: Skin-to-skin contact This week the Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel made a consensus recommendation on skin-to-skin contact between parent...
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Weekly Communique # 17

6 August, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW 'Do not use': The Taskforce has strengthened its recommendation</strong against the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 This week the Taskforce upgraded the strength if...
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Coverage of Taskforce hydroxychloroquine recommendation

5 August, 2020
Science reporter for the The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Liam Mannix spoke to Taskforce Executive Director, A/Prof Julian Elliott regarding the 'Do Not Use' recommendation for the...
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Weekly Communique # 16

30 July, 2020
Dear colleagues, On behalf of all members of the Taskforce, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Victorian colleagues caring for people with COVID-19 during...
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Weekly Communique # 15

23 July, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Rooming-in recommendation The Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel have made their third conditional recommendation. This week's concerns Rooming-in: For women with COVID-19 who have given birth,...
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Pregnancy and perinatal care guideline recommendations

23 July, 2020
This week Professor Caroline Homer AO, Co-Chair of the Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel, explains the recent guideline recommendations which cover: Mode of birth Breastfeeding Rooming-in
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Weekly Communique # 14

16 July, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW This week we experienced a shift in the level of alert among the clinicians who form Australia's frontline healthcare response to COVID-19, particularly in Victoria....
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Weekly Communique # 12

9 July, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Taskforce makes first recommendation on Dexamethasone The Taskforce has made two conditional recommendations on the use of dexamethasone in treatment of patients with COVID-19: Consider...
Communique

Weekly Communique # 13

9 July, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW COVID-19 and breastfeeding Following last week's recommendation on mode of birth, the Taskforce has now made a conditional recommendation on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is supported irrespective of...
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Taskforce makes recommendation for use of dexamethasone for patients receiving oxygen

3 July, 2020
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce today gave a conditional recommendation for use of dexamethasone for the treatment of people with COVID-19 who are receiving oxygen or mechanical ventilation. The...
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Weekly Communique # 11

25 June, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Dexamethasone now under review by the Taskforce Following Tuesday's (23 June) pre-print release of results of the dexamethesaone arm of the UK's RECOVERY study, the...
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Statement from the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce on media release of results of dexamethasone arm of the UK RECOVERY Trial

17 June, 2020
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce (the Taskforce) has noted the media release of preliminary results from the dexamethasone arm of the RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY)...
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Taskforce issues first recommendation for drug treatment for COVID-19

5 June, 2020
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce today gave a conditional recommendation for use of remdesivir in treatment of people with COVID-19. The Taskforce is comprised of 28 peak health...
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