Resources

COVID-19 resources for members

This page provides links to a range of key resources and information to help our members readily access information to assist in monitoring and managing the situation and its potential impact on the eye health and vision care sector.

We will regularly update these links as needed and add new ones and/or extra content as this becomes available.

Upcoming webinars

10 June – ‘COVID-19 and Disability: lessons learned so far’ webinar, ACFID

Health department information

ACT

ACT Health

NSW

NSW Health

NT

Department of Health

QLD

Queensland Health

SA

Department for Health and Wellbeing

Tas

Department of Health and Human Services 

Vic

Department of Health and Human Services (for general public. for health services and daily updates)

WA

WA Health

Other Australian Government resources

Communicable Disease Network of Australia – National guidelines for public health units

Management Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update

Australian Government – Essential information

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Smartraveller (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Department of Home Affairs

National Coronavirus Helpline

HealthDirect (social media assets)

HealthDirect COVID-19 Symptom Checker 

Quick links to government support for businesses and households impacted by COVID-19

The following are quick links to the measures available to small and medium businesses, sole traders and households under the $189 billion economic support package recently announced by the Prime Minister:

Small or medium business with reduced cash flow?
Click here for more information about available support

Is your business financially distressed?
Click here for more information about available support

Employ an apprentice or trainee?
Click here for more information about available support

Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46

More information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response can also be accessed via www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au

Professional associations

RANZCO

RANZCO – COVID-19 triage guidelines

RACS

Optometry Australia

Optometry Australia – Triaging urgent and critical care 

Optometry Australia: Good Vision for Life – find an optometrist

Australian College of Optometry (ACO)

Orthoptics Australia

NACCHO

VACCHO

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Mental health support and information

The major changes COVID-19 is having on so many areas of people’s lives and the uncertainty that surrounds many aspects of the pandemic, can be upsetting and unsettling.

This document provides a summary of some of the resources available to support individual Australians and their families whose emotional and/or mental health is being impacted by the current situation.

COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing support and information – Word

COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing support and information – PDF 

Online training and resources

Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne – COVID-19 resources

University of Melbourne – Communicating COVID-19: Preparing clinicians to tackle challenging questions

APNA: COVID-19 Prevention Course – FREE

COVID-19 response update for Allied Health Practitioners – 2 April – Notes taken by Vision 2020 Australia team members form that webinar can be accessed here.

Charities, ACNC and COVID-19 webinar – ATO

COVID-19 infection control training for health, disability and aged care providers and their staff

Webinars for aged care providers

Webinar for primary and allied health providers – Notes taken by Vision 2020 Australia team members from that webinar can be accessed here, and the webinar transcript is now available.

DHHS and NDS COVID-19 Briefing for Disability Sector, 27 March 2020

Vision 2020 Australia staff participated in a joint briefing focussed on supporting the disability sector through COVID-19 and its impacts. In summary:

  • The briefing highlighted the importance of working together to ensure that people with disability and their service providers are supported as much as possible in a rapidly evolving and dynamic environment.

Professor John Catford and others reminded participants that:

  • We should remain as optimistic as possible acknowledging that Australia is still considered to be in the early stages of the pandemic impact and at this stage, the majority of the coronavirus cases are from people who have travelled overseas, rather than community-acquired transmission.
  • Personal hygiene behaviours are critical – regularly washing your hands, being careful of coughing and sneezing, and reducing contact with others as much as possible, particularly if you are unwell.

It was noted that disability services are an essential service, however it is not business as usual for those services or their clients.

  • The area of Behaviour Support has unique challenges due to personal distancing and isolation measures, so the care of clients and first responders is being carefully considered
  • The NDIA is concentrating on reviewing data, and planning ahead as much as possible to mitigate service disruption. This includes the provision of advance payments to some providers, relaxation of cancellation rules, options for telehealth and other remote models of service delivery, and overall, more flexibility in client plans. Details of these will be available on the NDIA’s website.
  • Access and availability of personal protection equipment still remains a challenge which state and federal governments are working on together as a critical issue

If members would like a copy of the more detailed notes from the webinar taken by Vision 2020 Australia staff, please email Janine Sherrard on jsherrard@vision2020australia.org.au

ATO resources

ATO COVID-19 response

Online services

Support for small business

Support for large business

ATO COVID-19 web content

Dealing with disasters

International resources

World Health Organization

WHO emergency dashboard

WHO situation reports

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness has issued a statement in support of the World Health Organisation – you can read the statement here in PDF or Word format

United Nations

World Economic Forum

Media releases and recent announcements

Health releases

World Health Assembly resolution on COVID-19

COVID-19: Potentially lifesaving immunoglobulin treatment

Elective surgery restrictions eased

Looking after people with existing health conditions during COVID-19

$1.5 million to support clinical management of COVID-19

Expansion of telehealth services

Spread telehealth to stop spread of coronavirus

Elective surgery

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander releases

World first rapid COVID-19 testing to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Securing the essentials for remote communities

$123 million boost to Indigenous response to COVID-19

Reducing the spread of COVID-19 to Indigenous Communities

Government backs remote communities with COVID-19 support

Disability releases

Morrison Government continues rollout of the NDIS in face of coronavirus

Further initiatives to support NDIS participants and providers during coronavirus pandemic

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

Emergency Planning and Response Issues Paper – Disability Royal Commission

Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council Communique

Supporting Australians most at risk in the wake of coronavirus

NDIS participants to receive priority home delivery from leading supermarkets

Immediate response plan to focus on people with disability during Coronavirus

Statement of Concern – The response to the COVID-19 pandemic for people with disability

New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19 

Community development programme

COAG Disability Reform Council – Communique

Seniors releases

Aged Care Royal Commission calls for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services

Free COVID-19 support line for Senior Australians

Working together to support Senior Australians in Aged Care

Support to keep people active and healthy as COVID-19 restrictions continue

Aged Care Royal Commission statement on COVID-19

Measures to support Senior Australians and those who care for them

ACFID statement on COVID-19

Key publications and recent literature

British Medical Journal

The Medical Journal of Australia

The Lancet

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet 

NEW – Paula M Marinho, Allexya A A Marcos, André C Romano, Heloisa Nascimento, Rubens Belfort Jr, Retinal findings in patients with COVID-19, The Lancet, published: May 12, 2020
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31014-X

NEW – Mark DP Willcox DSc , Karen Walsh BOptom , Jason J Nichols OD , Philip B Morgan PhD , Lyndon W Jones DSc, The ocular surface, coronaviruses and COVID‐19, Wiley Online Library, 13 May 2020
https://doi.org/10.1111/cxo.13088

NEW – Sophia Mirza Saleem, Louis R. Pasquale, Paul A. Sidoti, James C. Tsai, Virtual Ophthalmology: Telemedicine in a Covid-19 Era, American Journal of Ophthalmology,
2020, ISSN 0002-9394, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2020.04.029.

Chunyan Qiao, Hui Zhang, Mingguang He, et al. Symptomatic COVID-19 in Eye Professionals in Wuhan, China,
Ophthalmology, 2020, April 18, ISSN 0161-6420,
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.04.026.

Cheema M, Aghazadeh H, Nazarali S, Ting A, Hodges J, McFarlane A, Kanji JN, Zelyas N, Damji KF, Solarte C. Keratoconjunctivitis as the initial medical presentation of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): A case report. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2020 Apr 2.

Editorial: Zeri F, Naroo SA. Contact lens practice in the time of COVID-19. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2020 Mar 19.

Nagra M, Vianya-Estopa M, Wolffsohn JS. Could telehealth help eye care practitioners adapt contact lens services during the COVID-19 pandemic?. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2020 Apr 18.

Lyndon Jones, et al., The COVID-19 pandemic: Important considerations for contact lens practitioners, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clae.2020.03.012. Published April 6

Ivan Yu Jun Seah, Danielle E. Anderson, Adrian Eng Zheng Kang, Linfa Wang, Pooja Rao, Barnaby Edward Young, David Chien Lye, Rupesh Agrawal,
Assessing Viral Shedding and Infectivity of Tears in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Patients,
Ophthalmology, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.03.026. Published March 26

Wu P, Duan F, Luo C, et al. Characteristics of Ocular Findings of Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hubei Province, China. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online March 31, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1291. Published March 31

Jun ISY, Hui KKO, Songbo PZ. Perspectives on Coronavirus Disease 2019 Control Measures for Ophthalmology Clinics Based on a Singapore Center Experience. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online March 31, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1288
Published March 31

Ivan Seah & Rupesh Agrawal (2020) Can the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Affect the Eyes? A Review of Coronaviruses and Ocular Implications in Humans and Animals, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, DOI: 10.1080/09273948.2020.1738501 (published 16 March)

Ocular manifestations and clinical characteristics of 534 cases of COVID-19 in China: A cross-sectional study, Liwen Chen, Chaohua Deng, Xuhui Chen, Xian Zhang, Bo Chen, Huimin Yu, Yuanjun Qin, Ke Xiao, Hong Zhang, Xufang Sun
medRxiv 2020.03.12.20034678; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.03.12.20034678
This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and should not be used to guide clinical practice.

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1 , van Doremalen, Neeltje, Bushmaker, Trenton, Morris, Dylan H, Holbrook, Myndi G, Gamble, Amandine, Williamson, Brandi N, Tamin, Azaibi, Harcourt, Jennifer L, Thornburg, Natalie J, Gerber, Susan I, Lloyd-Smith, James O, de Wit, Emmie, Munster, Vincent J, New England Journal of Medicine 2020/03/17

Novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): The importance of recognising possible early ocular manifestation and using protective eyewear, Ji-Peng Olivia Li, Dennis Shun Chiu Lam, Youxin Chen, Daniel Shu Wei Ting, British Journal of Ophthalmology 2020;104:297-298.  (added on 23 March 2020)

All eyes on Coronavirus: What do we need to know as ophthalmologists, Khanna R, Honavar SG. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, 2020;68:549-53.

Novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): The importance of recognising possible early ocular manifestation and using protective eyewear, Li J-PO, Lam DSC, Chen Y, et al. British Journal of Ophthalmology. Published Online 13 February 2020

Revisiting the dangers of the coronavirus in the ophthalmology practice, Seah, I., Su, X. & Lingam, G. Eye  (2020)

Consensus of Chinese experts on protection of skin and mucous membrane barrier for healthcare workers fighting against coronavirus disease 2019, Yicen Yan, Hui Chen, Liuqing Chen, Bo Cheng, Ping Diao, Liyun Dong, Xinghua Gao, Heng Gu, Li He, Chao Ji, Hongzhong Jin, Wei Lai, Tiechi Lei, Li Li, Liuyi Li, Ruoyu Li, Dongxian Liu, … Dermatologic Therapy, First published: 13 March 2020

Stepping up infection control measures in ophthalmology during the novel coronavirus outbreak: an experience from Hong Kong. Lai, T.H.T., Tang, E.W.H., Chau, S.K.Y. et al. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2020).

Evaluation of coronavirus in tears and conjunctival secretions of patients with SARS‐CoV‐2 infection Jianhua Xia MM Jianping Tong MD Mengyun Liu MM Ye Shen MD Dongyu Guo MD. Journal of Medical Virology. Published:26 February 2020

Peng, Y. and Zhou, Y.‐H. (2020), Letter to the editor: Is novel coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) transmitted through conjunctiva?. J Med Virol. doi:10.1002/jmv.25753 (Published March 16)

Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and its inactivation with biocidal agents. Kampf G, Todt D, Pfaender S, Steinmann E. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2020 Feb 6.