COVID-19 information for health professionals


Notification of COVID-19

‘Human coronavirus with pandemic potential’ was declared an urgently notifiable disease under Part 9 of the Public Health Act 2016. This includes notification of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information go to our notifiable infectious diseases page

Clinician alerts

General Practitioners (GPs)

Hospitals

Clinician alerts - archive

View the previous clinician alerts.

Testing

Testing for COVID-19 must occur in accordance with the COVID-19 Testing Directions (external site).

Testing criteria

Testing locations

GeneXpert COVID rapid test

Point of Care Serology Testing (POC)

Given the serious limitations and risks associated with the COVID-19 point of Care (POC) serology tests for acute detection and diagnostic purposes, the Chief Health Officer deemed them an unacceptable risk to be used in that way and has prohibited them under the Public Health Act 2016 (external site). The prohibition applies to all persons, whether health professionals or not and includes the acute screening of staff for work purposes.

Their use as a screening tool for people post infection and for research public health screening purposes is not prohibited. Other POC polymerase chain reaction tests are not affected by these restrictions.

Laboratory Serology Testing

An individual develops antibodies as part of an immune response to a virus. Serology testing for COVID-19 involves measuring antibody levels in a blood sample. It does not play a role in the diagnosis of acute illness, however it may be useful for the diagnosis of past COVID-19 infection. Widespread use of serology testing to determine whether a person has previously had COVID-19 is not recommended, but it can be useful in identifying historical cases of infection in a person with a compatible illness and identified risk factors, such as overseas travel or contact with a confirmed case. It can also be a useful tool to identify an index (first) case, when the source of an outbreak is unclear.

GP testing online form

GPs to receive Covid19 test results

COVID-19 Clinic staff are now collecting GP information (where available) with the consent of the person presenting for testing.

This information will be added to the PathWest request form and PathWest will process and send out results as per usual.

Communication of both negative and positive results to GPs, particularly for Covid-19 positive patients recovering in their homes, provides the opportunity for more comprehensive follow up as appropriate.

Laboratory testing information

Clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines

Up-to-date clinical guidelines for GPs, hospitals and health professionals.

Infection prevention and control

Hospitals

Pharmaceutical

Position statements

The following recommendations and/or position statements have been endorsed by the WA Department of Health

Mental Health

Palliative care

HealthPathways

HealthPathways (external site) includes the latest information for COVID-19 patient assessment and management.

Self-isolation

Self-isolation means you must stay in your home, hotel room, or other accommodation even if you are perfectly well with no symptoms. If you live in a unit or apartment block you must stay in your unit or apartment. You cannot attend public places such as work, school, shopping centres or go on a holiday. Only people who usually live with you should be in the home. Do not see visitors.

You must stay in your place of isolation and NOT GO OUT, except to seek medical care. You should call ahead for advice.

If you require urgent medical assistance call 000 and let them know that you are in self-isolation due to COVID-19.

Can I leave quarantine early?

No you cannot without the express permission of the WA Police Force or an authorised Officer.

A Centre Direction is a legal document and is enforceable by WA Police Force.

Any person who leaves or attempts to leave quarantine early is committing an offence and will be investigated by WA Police Force who may lay charges.

Infection prevention and control and PPE

COVID-19 Pandemic Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Advisory Group – Terms of Reference (PDF 201KB)

Hospitals and healthcare settings

Non-healthcare settings

Resources

Fact sheets and further resources
Last reviewed: 17-08-2020