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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 and trained first aid responders in delivering potentially lifesaving CPR as safely as possible. Preparedness for CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic CPR of adults with COVID-19 in healthcare settings Basic life support...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...