Recent update - Tasmania

Keep up to date with what's happening in Tasmania and what this means for your practice.

This page was last updated 9 May 2022.

Here we have compiled an update to changes to  COVID-19 restrictions and what they mean for your practice. Not a member yet? Contact us to find out more about how to join ADATas to be kept up to date and supported with member-only services and resources.

Changes to close contact directives

From 12.01am Monday 2 May 2022 close contacts of COVID 19 cases will no longer be required to quarantine.

Check In TAS

Check in Tas is no longer required at any workplace or premises from 12.01am Monday 2 May 2022. Businesses should keep their code in case it is needed in future.

Related guidance and resources are in the process of being updated.  Check for updates.

COVID safety plans

Businesses should review and update their COVID Safety Plans to show how they will comply with the minimum standards for managing the risks of COVID-19 to keep staff and other people within the setting safe.

Face masks

Masks remain mandatory in premises that are primarily used for health and medical treatment.   This applies to anyone over the age of 12 years, unless they have an exemption.   Masks are also required for all close contacts when outside their home.

Recovered from COVID 19

People who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks are not considered to be close contacts and do not need to get tested. After this period the normal rules apply.

Screening

One key measure to minimise the risk of exposure is careful screening of patients for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. These patients should have their care deferred until they have recovered and are no longer required to isolate.

Preparing your business for COVID 19 cases

Ensure your COVID 19 Safety plan and Outbreak Management plan is updated. Details and templates are available here.

Tasmanian Government directions

Keep updated with the current Tasmanian Government directions here

The ADAVB also has information on Risk Mitigation and PPE that may also be useful (member login required)

Access to care

Ahpra and the National Boards have released a joint statement 'Facilitating access to care in a COVID-19 environment' which says:

National Boards expect all health practitioners to facilitate access to care regardless of someone’s vaccination status. People cannot be denied care if steps can be taken to keep the person, health practitioners and their staff safe. Good practice involves keeping health practitioners, staff and all patients safe when caring for people. Some practitioners may be considering how best to do this while also facilitating access to care in the current COVID-19 environment. In meeting their public health obligations, health practitioners have a responsibility to promote the health of the community through evidence informed health education. Health practitioners play a critical role in helping the community understand the benefits of being vaccinated and many resources recommend that people talk to their health practitioner about the benefits of being vaccinated.

Practitioners must firstly comply with public health orders in their state or territory. The principle of safely facilitating access to care should then guide decisions about treating people in a COVID-19 environment.

Noting some of these scenarios would not work in all practice settings, non-vaccinated people could be:

  • seen in a dedicated room or outside the physical practice
  • required to wear a mask (if not medically exempt)
  • seen at dedicated times only, or wait in a safe area outside until called in for their appointment
  • asked to advise if they have had a recent negative COVID-19 test result prior to attending
  • seen virtually/via telehealth, if appropriate, or
  • referred to another health practitioner if safe access cannot be facilitated.