COVID-19 Primary Care Update 24/05/2022

24 May 2022

Good evening,

Transition to the Public Health Act

After more than two years, the Major Emergency Declaration has been lifted today.

Amendments have been made to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 to enable some important public health measures to remain.

This is essential to protect the South Australian community and ensure the health system’s resources can manage COVID-19 cases. Under the Public Health Act, existing requirements will continue to apply, including requirements for:

  • isolation of positive COVID-19 cases
  • close contacts
  • mask wearing in health care settings, correctional services, passenger transport, and airports and airplanes
  • COVID-19 vaccination for health care, residential aged care and in-home disability care workers · testing of international arrivals
  • COVID Safe Check-In in hospitals, residential aged care and disability care facilities.

More information is available on the SA Health website.

Consolidated Measures Direction

The Emergency Management (COVID-19 Requirements) (Consolidated Measures) Direction 2022 came into effect yesterday. This includes the current Activities, Arrivals, and Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements Directions.

This Direction, alongside the Residential Aged Care Facilities, Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination and In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination, will continue to be in force under the Public Health Act. More information is available on the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website.

Primary Care Update Mailing List

The Primary Care Update email list was created in early 2020 to facilitate rapid and wide communication with community primary care providers across South Australia. The initial list was populated from contact details obtained from various stakeholder bodies using a delegation under the Public Health Act.

Since then the list has been maintained by requests to be added or removed and no further delegation has been utilised to update the mailing list. If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please reply to Health.COVID-19GPLiaison@sa.gov.au and request removal and this will be actioned promptly.

Please forward this update to any colleagues who may not have received it and contact us at Health.COVID-19GPLiaison@sa.gov.au to be added to our mailing list or with any other enquiries.

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Department for Health and Wellbeing