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New expert panel to bring latest evidence and clinical experience together to prevent COVID-19 transmission in healthcare settings

30 November, 2020
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce has today announced the membership of its new expert panel for infection prevention and control (IPC), which will be jointly chaired by the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG). The formation of the panel addresses calls from the clinical sector to strengthen capacity for emerging evidence and frontline clinical experience to inform national IPC guidance...
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A year like no other: Professor Carol Hodgson takes a look back at the collaboration, collegiality and contributions inspired by COVID-19

28 November, 2020
Professor Carol Hodgson knows first-hand the challenges facing frontline health workers, researchers and guideline developers in the time of COVID. A few months into 2020, she was already...
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Weekly Communique # 33

26 November, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Updates to the living guideline Three new recommendations have been published this week covering: Bamlanivimab Fluvoxamine Intravenous immunoglobulin VTE prophylaxis for children and adolescents Further details are...
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Weekly Communique # 32

19 November, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW BREAKING NEWS: Australian-led REMAP-CAP Trial reports benefit of tocilizumab for critically ill patients with COVID-19. The REMAP-CAP investigators led by Prof Steve Webb, Monash University, have this...
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Help shape the guidelines

19 November, 2020
The second Taskforce impact survey was launched today. We are calling on Australian healthcare practitioners to participate in a brief 5-minute survey to help us understand how the...
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Weekly Communique # 31

12 November, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW IPC Panel EOI for paediatric and clinical engineering expertise The Taskforce is calling for Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified individuals with paediatric or clinical...
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Care and comfort in the time of COVID: Natasha Smallwood takes a holistic approach to health

11 November, 2020
‘COVID is one of those illnesses that speaks to how much we need a holistic approach to care and comfort,’ says Associate Professor Natasha Smallwood, Deputy Chair of...
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Julian Elliott on ANZICS ‘Meet the Experts’ podcast

10 November, 2020
This week Taskforce Executive Director, A/Prof Julian Elliott, was interviewed by Dr Swapnil Pawar on ANZICS Meet the Experts podcast to discuss the processes and challenges involved in forming the...
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Weekly Communique # 30

5 November, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Bromhexine hydrochloride added to list of 'only in clinical trials' The Disease-Modifying Treatment and Chemoprophylaxis Panel has reviewed two new trial results for bromhexine hydrochloride (commonly...
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ANZJOG publishes Taskforce paper

2 November, 2020
Led by A/Prof Joshua Vogel, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ANZJOG) has published an early access version of a Taskforce paper on the Clinical...
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Weekly Communique # 29

29 October, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Updates to the living guideline this week New recommendations Three new recommendations have been published covering: Triazavirin Other immunomodulatory agents (PIMS-TS) Aspirin and antithrombotic agents...
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IPC Panel Co-Chairs announced

29 October, 2020
The Taskforce and the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) today announced the appointments of Dr Phillipa Hore and A/Prof John Ferguson as Co-Chairs for the new Infection Prevention...
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Weekly Communique # 28

22 October, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW SAVING LIVES SAFELY: New CPR flowcharts published today The Taskforce, in partnership with the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG), has published new clinical flowcharts to guide clinicians...
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Saving lives safely: Adj Clin Prof Simon Craig on adult CPR in healthcare settings during COVID-19.

22 October, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised significant concerns about healthcare provider safety. In particular, clinicians have had to grapple with what is safe, or not safe to do in...
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Saving lives safely: Prof Peter Morley on Basic Life Support in the community during COVID-19.

22 October, 2020
Emerging data suggests that survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this may be because first responders are delaying commence of CPR...
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Saving lives safely during COVID-19: CPR flowcharts explained

22 October, 2020
Why were the flowcharts developed? The Taskforce received feedback from hospital and community representatives citing a hesitation to commence resuscitation of people in cardiac arrest during the COVID-19...
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Saving lives safely: Taskforce issues guidance on CPR during the pandemic

22 October, 2020
Healthcare workers and trained first aid responders are being urged not to delay commencing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce,...
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Weekly Communique # 27

15 October, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW New PIMS-TS recommendations The Taskforce has made two new consensus recommendations for the management of children with suspected or confirmed Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome Temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2...
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Weekly Communique # 26

8 October, 2020
With our evidence team and panels taking a much-needed break, a smaller edition today with no new recommendations or updates to the guidelines and flowcharts this week. Our next update will be next Thursday,...
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COVERAGE: A/Prof Julian Elliott on Trump treatment

7 October, 2020
Our Executive Director, A/Prof Julian Elliott spoke with Liam Mannix from The Age and Sydney Morning Herald about President Trump's treatment for COVID-19.      
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Weekly Communique # 25

1 October, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW List of drugs not recommended for use outside of clinical trials continues to grow The Disease-Modifying Treatment and Chemoprophylaxis Panel has reviewed new trial results for...
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COVERAGE: COVID ‘long-haulers’, A/Prof Elliott on Saturday AM

26 September, 2020
Our Executive Director, A/Prof Julian Elliott joined Linda Mottram on ABC Radio's Saturday AM program to discuss the importance of recognising prolonged symptoms after the acute phase of...
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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...
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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...
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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 against the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 This week the Taskforce upgraded the strength...
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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 # 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 # 12

2 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...
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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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Weekly Communique # 10

18 June, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Dexamethasone and RECOVERY Trial  Oxford University's media release detailing preliminary results from the dexamethasone arm of the RECOVERY Trial dominated international headlines. In response, 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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Weekly Communique # 9

11 June, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Time to acknowledge our expert volunteer contributions It's hard to believe that it's been 12 weeks since the Taskforce's first panel meeting. What began with...
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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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Weekly Communique # 8

4 June, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW Taskforce issues first conditional recommendation for use of an antiviral treatment for COVID-19 This week, the Taskforce has issued a conditional recommendation on the use of remdesivir: "Whenever possible...
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Weekly Communique # 7

28 May, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW The Taskforce has issued a consensus recommendation to consider increased-dose venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis for adults with severe to critical COVID-19. This recommendation was developed with input from thrombosis specialists on the Taskforce's...
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Weekly Communique # 6

21 May, 2020
Dear Taskforce Members and Contributors, Welcome to our new look electronic communique. We hope to provide you with weekly updates in a simple and efficient format so should...
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Weekly Communique # 5

14 May, 2020
TASKFORCE UPDATE This week we welcomed the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine as a new member of the Taskforce. Two new expert guideline panels have...
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Weekly Communique # 4

8 May, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW We welcomed the following new members to the Taskforce: Australian College of Midwives Key new topics of discussion across the panels this week included: Publication...
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Weekly Communique # 3

30 April, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW We welcomed the following new members to the Taskforce: College for Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology...
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Weekly Communique # 2

23 April, 2020
WEEK IN REVIEW The Consumers Health Forum (CHF) is an official community partner of the Taskforce. We met this week to develop a consumer engagement strategy; two consumer...
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Weekly Communique # 1

16 April, 2020
In the midst of another whirlwind week for all of us, it has been encouraging to see the substantial progress of the Taskforce, and also to feel an...
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