Health Alert – COVID-19

Please note

From October 15, all COVID-19 Health Alerts are available from the Westvic News Express page.

October 7

Posted at 4.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 6 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,237 including 1,195 from regional Victoria.

There are currently no confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS.

Today’s 14-day average case number for regional Victoria is 0.3.

October 6

Posted at 4.30pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 15 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,233 including 1,195 from regional Victoria.

There are currently no confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS.

Today’s 14-day average case number for regional Victoria is 0.3.

>Webinars/training

The next Project ECHO COVID-19 session will be held this Thursday and focus on Getting Back to School in Regional Victoria, Part 1.  Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

October 5

Posted at 3.35pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 9 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,220 including 1,195 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Colac Otway – 1

Today’s 14-day average case number for regional Victoria is 0.3.

October 2

Posted at 4.00pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 7 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,191 including 1,192 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Colac Otway – 1

Today’s 14-day average case number for regional Victoria is 0.2.

September 30

Posted at 4.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 13 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,169 including 1,192 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Colac Otway – 1

Today’s 14-day average case number for regional Victoria is 0.3.

September 25

Posted at 4pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 14 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,118 including 1,192 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 1
  • Colac Otway – 2
  • Horsham – 1

September 24

Posted at 4.35pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 12 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,105 including 1,192 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 1
  • Colac Otway – 2
  • Horsham – 1

September 23

Posted at 4.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 15 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,100 including 1,192 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 2
  • Colac Otway – 5
  • Horsham – 1

September 22

Posted at 4.55pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 28 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,076 including 1,192 from regional Victoria.  Five active cases (total cases: 16) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 2
  • Colac Otway – 8
  • Horsham – 1

September 21

Posted at 4.15pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 11 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,051 including 1,192 from regional Victoria.  Five active cases (total cases: 16) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 2
  • Colac Otway – 10
  • Horsham – 1

>Webinars/training

The Department of Health’s latest COVID-19 GP webinar will be held this Thursday, 24 September from 11.30am to midday. When you’re ready to join the webinar, use this link:
https://publish.viostream.com/app/s-n6ikd6a

September 18

Posted at 4.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 45 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 20,012 including 1,199 from regional Victoria.  Six active cases (total cases: 20) are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 6 active cases (total cases: 16) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 3
  • Colac Otway – 14
  • Horsham – 1

Posted at 2.55pm

>COVID-19 health measures extended

The Federal Government has announced the extension of a range of COVID-19 health measures for a further six months, to 31 March 2021. These measures include Medicare-subsidised telehealth and pathology services, GP-led respiratory clinics and home medicines delivery. For more details, read the Minister’s media release.

September 17

Posted at 4.15pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 28 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,970 including 1,201 from regional Victoria.  Eight active cases (total cases: 20) are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 6 active cases (total cases: 16) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 3
  • Colac Otway – 16
  • Horsham – 1

September 16

Posted at 3.40pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 42 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,943 including 1,201 from regional Victoria.  Ten active cases (total cases: 20) are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 8 active cases (total cases: 16) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 3
  • Colac Otway – 20
  • Horsham – 1

September 15

Posted at 4.55pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 42 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,911 including 1,198 from regional Victoria.  Thirteen active cases (total cases: 20) are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 7 active cases (total cases: 13) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 4
  • Colac Otway – 22
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Horsham – 1

>Webinars/training

This week’s Project ECHO COVID-19 session will focus on The Regional Roadmap to re-opening – Sustainability vs Vigilance.  Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

>Restrictions update

The State Government has announced regional Victoria will progress to the third step of the reopening roadmap from 11:59pm on 16 September. For more details, read the Premier’s media release

September 14

Posted at 5.30pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 35 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,872 including 1,196 from regional Victoria.  Thirteen active cases (total cases: 20) are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 8 active cases (total cases: 13) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 6
  • Colac Otway – 23
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Horsham – 1

September 13

Posted at 3.55pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 41 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,835 including 1,197 from regional Victoria.  Sixteen active cases (total cases: 20)are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 8 active cases (total cases: 13) are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 7
  • Colac Otway – 26
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Horsham – 1

September 12

Posted at 3.10pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 37 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,800 including 1,193 from regional Victoria.  Eighteen active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac and 7 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 7
  • Colac Otway – 28
  • Warrnambool – 1

September 11

Posted at 6.25pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 43 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,767 including 1,195 from regional Victoria.  Seventeen active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 10
  • Colac Otway – 33
  • Horsham – 2
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

>Testing clinics

Ballarat Health Services (BHS) has announced that it has combined with Ballarat Community Health for COVID-19 testing. Statement from BHS:

“Ballarat Health Services is encouraging anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to make an appointment for a test at Little Bridge Street or Lucas testing facilities. Ballarat’s health organisations continue to work together to adjust the number of testing appointments available across the city, in response to demand and priority testing areas. Ballarat Health Services has closed the Sebastopol pop-up clinic, and will join the Ballarat Community Health clinic in Little Bridge Street from today.”

For more details on testing clinics in western Victoria, refer to our Respiratory and Assessment Clinics page.

September 10

Posted at 4.30pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 51 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,728 including 1,187 from regional Victoria.  Seventeen active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 11
  • Colac Otway – 29
  • Surf Coast – 1
  • Horsham – 2
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

September 9

Posted at 3.30pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 76 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,688 including 1,186 from regional Victoria.  Fifteen active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 15
  • Colac Otway – 30
  • Surf Coast – 1
  • Horsham – 3
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

>Webinars/training

Part 3 of  Housing, crowding and caring: primary care’s role in promoting health behaviour change will take place at this week’s Project ECHO COVID-19 session on Thursday.  Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

>Healthcare worker protection

The Federal Government in conjunction with the Australian Medical Association has announced new measures to help provide increased protection to help reduce the number of healthcare workers being infected with COVID-19. These include a new partnership between the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) and the National COVID-19 Evidence Taskforce led by the Living Guidelines Consortium. Read more in the Minister’s media release.

September 8

Posted at 4.40pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 55 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,615 including 1,178 from regional Victoria.  Fifteen active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 16
  • Colac Otway – 25
  • Ballarat – 1
  • Surf Coast – 1
  • Horsham – 3
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

>Aged care support

Western Victoria PHN has released a tip sheet to support GPs working in residential aged care facilities. The flyer incorporates the expertise of a range of stakeholders including Professor Michael Murray, the head of the Federal Government’s Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Aged Care Expert Advisory Group chaired by Dr Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal. Download the flyer (PDF 236KB)

For other aged care support information, go to our Patient Populations Support page in the COVID-19 Response section.

September 7

Posted at 4.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 41 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,574 including 1,178 from regional Victoria.  Sixteen active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 16
  • Colac Otway – 25
  • Ballarat – 3
  • Surf Coast – 1
  • Horsham – 3
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

>Testing criteria

DHHS has released updated Case and Contact Management Guidelines. As part of these, testing criteria has been updated to include older adults in the community presenting with non-respiratory symptoms of COVID-19. A copy of the guidelines is available from the DHHS website.

The Western Victoria HealthPathways COVID-19 information has also been updated to reflect the latest changes.

September 6

Posted at 5.25pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 63 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,538 including 1,178 from regional Victoria.  Fifteen active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 19
  • Colac Otway – 24
  • Ballarat – 2
  • Surf Coast – 1
  • Horsham – 3
  • Warrnambool – 2
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

>Restrictions update

The State Government has today released the Coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening roadmap: Regional Victoria. This roadmap relates to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community. For more details, visit the Victorian Government website

Posted at 12.45pm

People from Apollo Bay and nearby communities who have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms are urged to get tested and isolate as they await their result after viral fragments of coronavirus have been detected in wastewater taken from the Apollo Bay sewer network. Great Ocean Road Health – Apollo Bay testing clinic on McLachlan Street, is open from 9am until 4pm seven days a week (appointment only). Please 5237 8500 to book. For more details, read the DHHS media release

September 5

Posted at 5.55pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 76 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,479 including 1,176 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 21
  • Colac Otway – 23
  • Ballarat – 2
  • Surf Coast – 1
  • Horsham – 3
  • Warrnambool – 2
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

September 4

Posted at 5.25pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 81 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,415 including 1,173 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 38
  • Colac Otway – 22
  • Ballarat – 3
  • Surf Coast – 2
  • Horsham – 3
  • Warrnambool – 2
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

September 3

Posted at 4.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 113 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,336 including 1,166 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 38
  • Colac Otway – 17
  • Ballarat – 4
  • Surf Coast – 2
  • Horsham – 2
  • Warrnambool – 2
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

>COVID-19 data

The State Government has published genomic and epidemiology data used to track the spread of coronavirus in Victoria. Access the data through the Department of Health and Human Services website.

September 2

Posted at 3.40pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 90 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,224 including 1,154 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 40
  • Colac Otway – 12
  • Ballarat – 5
  • Surf Coast – 3
  • Horsham – 2
  • Warrnambool – 2
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

September 1

Posted at 4pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 70 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,138 including 1,150 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 50
  • Colac Otway – 11
  • Ballarat – 5
  • Surf Coast – 3
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

August 31

Posted at 5.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 73 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,080 including 1,147 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 50
  • Colac Otway – 11
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 3
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

>Webinars/training

Part 2 of  Housing, crowding and caring: primary care’s role in promoting health behaviour change will take place at this week’s Project ECHO COVID-19 session on Thursday.  Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

August 30

Posted at 4.10pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 114 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 19,015 including 1,144 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 55
  • Colac Otway – 10
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 3
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 3
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

August 29

Posted at 4.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 94 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,903 including 1,137 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 59
  • Colac Otway – 9
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 3
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 3
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

August 28

Posted at 6.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 113 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,822 including 1,129 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 65
  • Colac Otway – 9
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 5
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

>Webinars/training

Registrations are now open for the next round of Department of Health hosting webinars fo primary health care professionals. For more information or to register, click the relevant link:

See also WVPHN COVID-19 Response section

August 27

Posted at 3.45pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 113 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,714 including 1,124 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 71
  • Colac Otway – 9
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 6
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

August 26

Posted at 4.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 149 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,608 including 1,112 from regional Victoria.

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 66
  • Colac Otway – 9
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 6
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1

>COVID-19 data

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated data on its website to provide interactive maps and charts on case numbers and locations. View the new data

>Clinical waste management

Advice on how to manage clinical waste from COVID-19, and arrange for collections in various workplace settings has now been released by DHHS. Read the fact sheet

>Mental health support

Western Victoria PHN is working quickly to identify suitable locations for two new mental health hubs in our region as part of the Federal Government’s $26.9 million commitment to creating 15 mental health response clinics in Victoria. Read more

Posted at 12pm

>COVID-19 notifications

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that medical practitioners can now notify the department of a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) online: COVID-19 Notification form.

Practitioners can still notify by phone if that is their preferred option by calling 1300 651 160 hotline.

August 25

Posted at 4.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 148 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,464 including 1,109 from regional Victoria. Eighty-four cases have been linked to the Australian Lamb Company in Colac.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 74
  • Colac Otway – 8
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Horsham – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 7
  • Ararat – 1

August 24

Posted at 5.10pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 116 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,330 including 1,104 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 88
  • Colac Otway – 11
  • Ballarat – 6
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Horsham – 2
  • Glenelg – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 7
  • Ararat – 1

>PPE Update

Western Victoria PHN has received a limited amount of reusable eye goggles from the National Stockpile. We are currently sending a one-off package of goggles to each of the 225 general practices on our existing mailing list. These practices should start receiving the goggles early next week. For information on using, cleaning and disinfecting the goggles, read the Department of Health fact sheet.

Eligible allied health practices in our region may also request a one-off supply of reusable goggles via the online request form.

August 23

Posted at 4.40pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 208 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,231 including 1,096 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 90
  • Colac Otway – 12
  • Ballarat – 5
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Golden Plains – 1
  • Horsham – 2
  • Glenelg – 2
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 7
  • Ararat – 1

August 22

Posted at 3.55pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 182 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 18,029  including 1,091 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 98
  • Colac Otway – 13
  • Ballarat – 4
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 1
  • Horsham – 2
  • Glenelg – 4
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 7
  • Ararat – 1

August 21

Posted at 4.50pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 179 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 17,852 including 1,081 from regional Victoria. Fifty-five cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong). View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 109
  • Colac Otway – 12
  • Ballarat – 13
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 1
  • Horsham – 2
  • Glenelg – 4
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 7
  • Ararat – 1

>Clinical support

Reminder: Western Victoria PHN is seeking Expressions of Interest from registered, non-practising or retired general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals with experience in clinical settings, keen to support primary health care colleagues in general practice. Roles may include clinical support, COVID-19 screening or administration tasks. Find out more 

August 20

Posted at 5.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 240 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 17,683 including 1,068 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 118
  • Colac Otway – 15
  • Ballarat – 18
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 1
  • Horsham – 2
  • Glenelg – 5
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 8
  • Ararat – 1

August 19

Posted at 7.10pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 216 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 17,446 including 1,041 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 151
  • Colac Otway – 36
  • Ballarat – 22
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 3
  • Horsham – 3
  • Glenelg – 5
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 8
  • Ararat – 1

>Testing clinics

Refer to the Respiratory and Assessment Clinics page  for the latest contact details of all GP-led Respiratory Clinic and health service assessment centres in our region.

August 18

Posted at 5.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 222 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 17,238 including 1,033 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 159
  • Colac Otway – 39
  • Ballarat – 24
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Golden Plains – 3
  • Horsham – 3
  • Glenelg – 5
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 7
  • Ararat – 1

>Webinars/training

Part 4 of the Stepping up our Residential Aged Care Pandemic Response Planning discussion will take place at this week’s Project ECHO COVID-19 session on Thursday.  Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

August 17

Posted at 5.40pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 282 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 17,027 including 1,021 from regional Victoria. Fifty-three cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 155
  • Colac Otway – 42
  • Ballarat – 28
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Golden Plains – 4
  • Horsham – 3
  • Glenelg – 5
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 5

>Mental health support

Western Victoria PHN welcomes today’s announcement from the Federal Government for additional funding to establish 15 mental health clinics in Victoria including six in regional Victoria. For more details, read the Prime Minister’s media release

>Clinical support

Two new HealthPathways have been published specifically about medical professionals looking after themselves and after other clinicians:

August 16

Posted at 4.50pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 279 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 16,764 including 1,006 from regional Victoria. Eighty-three cases have been linked to the Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 52 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 158
  • Colac Otway – 48
  • Ballarat – 27
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Golden Plains – 7
  • Horsham – 3
  • Glenelg – 7
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 1

>State of Emergency extended

The State Government has announced the State of Emergency across Victoria has been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday, 13 September 2020 which allows the Victorian Government to continue enforcing physical distancing and isolation requirements as well as other directions from the Chief Health Officer. Read the Premier’s media release

August 15

Posted at 4.35pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 303 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 16,517 including 997 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 169
  • Colac Otway – 55
  • Ballarat – 26
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 11
  • Horsham – 3
  • Glenelg – 7
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 1

August 14

Posted at 4.35pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 372 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 16,234 including 984 from regional Victoria.  Eighty-three cases have been linked to the Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 48 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).   View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 167
  • Colac Otway – 59
  • Ballarat – 25
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Golden Plains – 11
  • Horsham – 3
  • Glenelg – 7
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1

>PPE directives

The Department of Health has published a fact sheet on COVID-19 Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment by health care workers in areas with significant community transmission Download the fact sheet

>Webinars/training

  • Next week’s Department of Health COVID-19 response update for General Practitioners will be on 20 August Register here
  • The next COVID-19 response update for primary care and allied health practitioners will be on 19 August Register here

August 13

Posted at 5.45pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 278 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 15,863 including 957 from regional Victoria.  Eighty-two cases have been linked to the Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 45 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).   View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 172
  • Colac Otway – 61
  • Ballarat – 24
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Golden Plains – 11
  • Horsham – 3
  • Glenelg – 5
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Pyrenees – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1
  • Warrnambool – 1

>Testing clinics

Regional testing push

The State Government today announced that from tomorrow a major regional testing effort will commence. See the Respiratory and Assessment Clinics page  for contact details of all GP-led Respiratory Clinic and health service assessment centres in our region.  Please note, only symptomatic testing is available and bookings are still required at the majority of these testing centres.

For more details on today’s announcement, read the Premier’s media release

Pop-up testing in Ballarat

Statement from Ballarat Health Services:

“Ballarat Health Services has  a Rapid Response Testing Team (RRTT) who can quickly set up mobile COVID-19 testing clinics. In the past this has included onsite at local businesses and for school staff prior to onsite learning going back last term. Our RRTT can be allocated to industries or locations that the Department of Health and Human Services determines are most at risk of exposure or spread of an outbreak.

As announced by the Premier today, Ballarat is experiencing a worrying rise in cases of COVID-19. To increase our city’s testing capacity, our RRTT will be deployed at the Sebastopol Dental Clinic over the coming days.

The site will also house the Ballarat Health Services staff testing clinic.

Testing is by appointment only, for:

  • Ballarat Health Services staff and their household members with symptoms
  • Members of the public with symptoms
  • People who have been advised by contact tracers to get tested (with or without symptoms)

Details on how to book an appointment will be available on our website tomorrow.”

August 12

Posted at 4.55pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 410 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 15,646 including 957 from regional Victoria. DHHS is also investigating an outbreak at Corio Village Shopping Centre (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 179
  • Colac Otway – 74
  • Ballarat – 22
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 11
  • Horsham – 4
  • Glenelg – 11
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Pyrenees – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1

>PPE directives

DHHS has updated the Guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers web page including details on sourcing supplies. View the page

August 11

Posted at 4.35pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 331 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 15,251 including 932 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 180
  • Colac Otway – 85
  • Ballarat – 20
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 11
  • Horsham – 4
  • Glenelg – 12
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Central Goldfields – 1

>Telehealth

The Federal Government has developed the COVID-19 Telehealth Items Guide to support health professionals in understanding the requirements associated with telehealth items and their appropriate use.  Download the guide

>Webinars/training

The next Project ECHO COVID-19 session will be held this Thursday at 7.30am. The session will be Part 3 of Stepping up our Residential Aged Care Pandemic Response Planning. Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

August 10

Posted at 4.50pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 322 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 14,957 including 909 from regional Victoria.  Forty-four cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).   View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 168
  • Colac Otway – 87
  • Ballarat – 17
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 11
  • Horsham -3
  • Glenelg – 16
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1

>Clinical support

A reminder that the COVID-19 section of HealthPathways is regularly updated to reflect current advice and guidance on provision of care, practice support and testing and referral information. To gain access to HealthPathways please email: healthpathways@westvicphn.com.au.

August 9

Posted at 3.25pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 394 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 14,659 including 889 from regional Victoria. Eighty-three cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 40 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).   View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 164
  • Colac Otway – 89
  • Ballarat – 18
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 13
  • Horsham – 5
  • Glenelg – 15
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1

>Mental health support

The State Government has announced an extra $59.7 million dollars for mental health support services. This includes funds for establishing a HOPE post-suicide prevention program at Warrnambool and for providing additional clinical capacity for the existing service at Ballarat. Read the Premier’s media release

August 8

Posted at 3.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 466 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 14,283 including 862 from regional Victoria. Eighty-three cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 38 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong). DHHS is also looking into two cases linked to Ballarat Health Service and one case linked to Sinclair Meats in Ballarat.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 154
  • Colac Otway – 92
  • Ballarat – 18
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 13
  • Horsham – 5
  • Glenelg – 15
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 2
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1

August 7

Posted at 5.40pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 450 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 13,867 including 839 from regional Victoria. Eighty-three cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 36 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 150
  • Colac Otway – 92
  • Ballarat – 15
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 13
  • Horsham – 5
  • Glenelg – 13
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Queenscliffe – 1
  • Hepburn – 1
  • Moyne – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1

>Mental health support

The Federal Government has announced a further $12 million to ensure people in Victoria can access 24/7 mental health support through digital and telephone counselling services during the pandemic. The funding will ensure that existing helplines can meet increased demand, and can connect clients to ongoing and more intensive support when needed.

For more details, read the Minister’s media release.

>Webinars/training

The Department of Health is hosting several webinars next week to assist primary health care professionals across various topics and disciplines. For more information or to register, click the relevant link:

August 6

Posted at 5.30pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 471 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 13,469 including 804 from regional Victoria. Eighty-three cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 31 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 131
  • Colac Otway – 92
  • Ballarat – 16
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 12
  • Horsham – 5
  • Glenelg – 14
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Queenscliffe – 1
  • Hepburn – 1
  • Moyne – 1

>Health professionals support

Western Victoria PHN has set up online communities of practice (CoPs) for each of our regions to enable GPs to network with each other and to share information about region-specific issues, responses, strategies and supports with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CoPs are not designed to provide clinical advice regarding COVID-19 assessment or management but will be a valuable means for our general practitioners to collaborate and share their knowledge and experiences.

To join the COVID-19 CoP in your region, please email qi@westvicphn.com.au and provide your name, practice and location.

August 5

Posted at 4.20pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 725 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 13,035 including 771 from regional Victoria. Eighty cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 28 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 132
  • Colac Otway – 91
  • Ballarat – 13
  • Surf Coast – 6
  • Golden Plains – 12
  • Horsham – 6
  • Glenelg – 13
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 2
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Queenscliffe – 1
  • Hepburn – 1
  • Moyne – 1

>Elective surgery

The State Government today announced that it will pause all Category 3 and non-urgent Category 2 elective surgery in regional Victoria:

“Where possible, Category 3 and non-urgent Category 2 surgery which is already booked should still take place, however that will be at the hospital’s discretion. No new non-urgent surgeries will be booked.”

For more information, read the Minister’s media release.

>Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria

A reminder that all of regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 restriction levels from 11.59pm tonight (Wednesday). For more details, go to the DHHS website.

See also WVPHN COVID-19 Response section

August 4

Posted at 5.15pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 439 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 12,335 including 728 from regional Victoria. Seventy-eight cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 25 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 120
  • Colac Otway – 87
  • Ballarat – 12
  • Surf Coast – 5
  • Golden Plains – 10
  • Horsham – 6
  • Glenelg – 13
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 2
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 2
  • Queenscliffe – 1
  • Hepburn – 2
  • Moyne – 1

>Webinars/training

The next Project ECHO COVID-19 session will be held this Thursday at 7.30am. The session will be Part 2 of Stepping up our Residential Aged Care Pandemic Response Planning.

Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

August 3

Posted at 6.10pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 429 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 11,937 including 703 from regional Victoria. Seventy-seven cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 20 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 106
  • Colac Otway – 89
  • Ballarat – 11
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 10
  • Horsham – 7
  • Glenelg – 13
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 2
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Queenscliffe – 1
  • Hepburn – 2
  • Moyne – 1

>Mental health support

The Federal Government has announced it will provide ten additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for people subjected to further restrictions in areas impacted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Minister’s media release

>PPE directives

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has published new guidance on PPE for health care workers, advising that staff directly involved in treating patients must wear eye protection. PHNs are distributing surgical and P2 masks on behalf of the Federal Department of Health (DoH) to general practices (including practices in Aboriginal community controlled health organisations), community pharmacies and some allied health practitioners in our region. We are also able to provide a one-off supply of 50 single-use gowns to general practices. We are currently seeking clarity from DHHS and DoH regarding eye protection supplies and whether PHNs will have a role in this. We will provide updates as they become available.

To order masks or gowns, complete and submit the appropriate form:

August 2

Posted at 5.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 671 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 11,557 including 661 from regional Victoria. Seventy-two cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 98
  • Colac Otway – 88
  • Ballarat – 11
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 10
  • Horsham – 7
  • Glenelg – 11
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 2
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1
  • Ararat – 1
  • Pyrenees – 1
  • Queenscliffe – 1

>New and updated restrictions for regional Victoria

  • From 6pm today (Sunday), Victoria will enter a State of Disaster. This will give police additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions.
  • From midnight tonight (Sunday), a face covering will be mandatory whenever you leave home anywhere in Victoria.
  • From midnight on Wednesday, regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 restrictions.

For more information, read the Premier’s Statement

August 1

Posted at 4.45pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 397 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 10,931 including 620 from regional Victoria. Sixty-eight cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 14 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 88
  • Colac Otway – 76
  • Ballarat – 11
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 10
  • Horsham – 7
  • Glenelg – 12
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1
  • Ararat – 1

July 31

Posted at 4.05pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 627 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 10,577 including 595 from regional Victoria. Sixty-eight cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 13 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater (Geelong).  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 73
  • Colac Otway – 78
  • Ballarat – 10
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 8
  • Horsham – 7
  • Glenelg – 13
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 1
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1
  • Ararat – 1

>Updated restrictions

DHHS has added details of the updated restrictions including the use of face coverings throughout Victoria and the new restrictions for the Geelong and surrounds area to their website.

>Workforce support

WVPHN is seeking expressions of interest from registered, non-practising or retired general practitioner, nurse or allied health professional with experience in clinical settings looking to  potentially help out at GP clinics in western Victoria. Read more

>Mental health resources

Beyond Blue has published translated information on their Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service in over 63 languages. This information is available on their website.

July 30

Posted at 4.50pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 723 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 9998 including 565 from regional Victoria. Sixty-four cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 59
  • Colac Otway – 76
  • Ballarat – 10
  • Surf Coast – 4
  • Golden Plains – 8
  • Horsham – 7
  • Glenelg – 13
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians – 2
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1
  • Ararat – 1
  • Corangamite – 1

>Testing clinics

The Respiratory and Assessment Clinics page  has been fully updated to provide the latest contact details of all GP-led Respiratory Clinic and health service assessment centres in our region.

Posted at 12.15pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 723 COVID-19 cases since yesterday. In light of this, important new restrictions and directives have been announced by the State Government today to help control the spread of COVID-19:

  • from 11:59pm tonight in the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you will no longer be able to visit people or have visitors at home.
  • from Sunday 2 August at 11:59pm, a face covering will be mandatory whenever you leave home anywhere in Victoria.

For more details on the new requirements, read the Premier’s statement

Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton has also produced a video explaining how to safely wear a face covering. View this video on the DHHS website.

Please continue to check this health alert or follow us on Facebook or Twitter where we will provide further details as they become available.

July 29

Posted at 4pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 295 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 9304 including 500 from regional Victoria. Fifty-one cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 44
  • Colac Otway -54
  • Ballarat – 10
  • Surf Coast – 3
  • Golden Plains – 8
  • Horsham – 7
  • Glenelg – 6
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians -1
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1
  • Ararat – 1

>Webinars/training

This week’s Department of Health COVID-19 response webinar for General Practitioners will feature important updates and further discussion on use of PPE during the COVID-19 outbreak. Book here

>New WorkSafe requirements

The State Government has announced that from today (July 29) employers are required to notify WorkSafe immediately if they become aware that a worker has received a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis:

“This also applies to people who are self-employed and also to contractors who may have attended the workplace during their infectious period. The new Regulations, made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, will assist WorkSafe to reduce the risks to health and safety in the workplace arising from coronavirus and will be in force for 12 months.”

July 28

Posted at 6pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 384 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 9049 including 485 from regional Victoria. Fifty cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and DHHS advises it has been notified of a single staff member case at Opal South Valley Aged Care in Geelong.  View DHHS epidemiological data

Confirmed active cases in the WVPHN catchment region as identified by DHHS are as follows:

  • Greater Geelong – 35
  • Colac Otway -54
  • Ballarat – 10
  • Surf Coast – 3
  • Golden Plains – 6
  • Horsham – 7
  • Glenelg – 6
  • Warrnambool – 1
  • Northern Grampians -1
  • Southern Grampians – 1
  • West Wimmera – 1

>Elective surgeries

Recent announcements regarding suspension of most elective surgeries are not applicable in western Victoria. The Government has stated the following:

“There will be no changes to elective surgery in regional Victoria, but regional cases will continue to be monitored to ensure those hospitals have the resources and capacity they need to manage any increase in presentations.”

Read the Premier’s media release

July 27

Posted at 4.55pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 532 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 8696.  View DHHS epidemiological data

>Masks for vulnerable patients

DHHS will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to vulnerable Victorians; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians; and workforces who come into direct client contact and deliver Victorian Government funded health and human services to a range of vulnerable Victorians.  More details including information on ordering masks, go to the DHHS website

July 24

Posted at 5.25pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 300 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 7405 including 424 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

>Community mask distribution

DHHS has released advice regarding the distribution of reusable masks to the community. This includes guidance for GPs who may wish to hand out masks to vulnerable patients. More information is available from the DHHS website

>Telehealth

A reminder: From Monday 20 July 2020, GPs and other medical practitioners working in general practice may only perform a COVID-19 telehealth service where they have an existing relationship with the patient, or record for compliance purposes how their patients qualify for any exemptions to this requirement. More details from MBS Online

July 23

Posted at 4.45pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 403 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 7125 including 398 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

>Clinical support

The COVID-19 section of HealthPathways is regularly updated to reflect current advice and guidance on provision of care, practice support and testing and referral information. To gain access to HealthPathways please email: healthpathways@westvicphn.com.au.

July 22

Posted at 4.45pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 484 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 6739 including 384 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

>Practice Facilitator support

A reminder that our Practice Facilitators remain available to help practices across western Victoria in their responses to and management of COVID-19 related issues. Practice Facilitators will  continue to reach out to practices over coming days to identify opportunities to help and support health providers during this challenging period. However, if you have a pressing matter, please contact our practice facilitation team via email: qi@westvicphn.com.au 

>Aged care support

The Australian and Victorian Governments have collaborated with representatives from the aged care sector on additional measures to ensure aged care providers are equipped to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and can continue providing quality care. Read more

For other details on COVID-19 specific aged care support resources, go to our COVID-19 Patient Populations Support page

July 21

Posted at 4.40pm

Victoria has recorded an additional 374 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 6289 including 382 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

>Webinars/training

The next Project ECHO COVID-19 session will be held this Thursday at 7.30am. The session will continue the focus on stepping up testing and tracing in light of the growth in active cases in our region. The panel will include Infectious Diseases Physicians from Ballarat and Geelong.

Register your attendance via the Project ECHO COVID-19 page.

>Information for patients

The Department of Health and Human Services has translated a video providing important information on using face masks in 14 languages. Please share via your networks to ensure the community is kept informed.  View on YouTube

July 20

Victoria has recorded an additional 275 COVID-19 cases since yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 5942 including 348 from regional Victoria.  View DHHS epidemiological data

>Testing clinics

A new Community Health Respiratory Clinic has opened in Ballarat today at 16 Little Bridge Street. To book appointments phone: 1800 054172. This centre is in addition to the UFS Respiratory Clinic in Lucas.

For information on other testing clinics in western Victoria including downloadable flyers, go to the Respiratory and Assessment Clinics page

>Webinars/training

This week’s Department of Health COVID-19 response webinar for General Practitioners will feature important updates and further discussion on use of PPE and wearing masks during the COVID-19 outbreak. Book here

>PPE Masks

Masks are available through Western Victoria PHN  to general practices (including practices in Aboriginal community controlled health organisations), pharmacies and some allied health providers operating within the WVPHN catchment region.