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Paediatric care during the COVID-19 pandemic
Children’s Health Queensland is committed to supporting GPs statewide as part of our integrated care approach to deliver the best possible care for children and young people. The following information and resources are focused specifically on general practice care of children during the pandemic. It has been developed based on emerging data and evidence around the management of children with COVID-19 and will continue to evolve rapidly. If you have any questions or feedback on what additional information you would find valuable, email IntegratedCare.CHQ@health.qld.gov.au.

Note: For the latest available information to assist Queensland clinicians to diagnose and/or treat patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) refer to the Queensland Health’s COVID-19 information for Queensland clinicians.

Latest updates

HealthPathways COVID-19 response

GPs can access up-to-date information about assessing, managing and caring for patients with COVID-19, specific to their local area via the HealthPathways Community site. Clinicians practicing in the Gold Coast or other areas without HealthPathways can access management advice here.

Transmission of COVID-19 by children

The Children’s Health Queensland Infection Management and Prevention Service has produced a position statement on the risk of COVID-19 and transmission by children.

Service changes at Children’s Health Queensland

For the latest information on COVID-19-related service impacts and changes at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and across Children’s Health Queensland’s statewide services, visit the dedicated COVID-19 page.

Providing ‘up close’ examinations safely

Appropriate PPE should be worn when conducting a physical examination of a patient’s mouth or throat (by close inspection or other instrument such as nasendoscope). The examination should only be performed if absolutely required to inform clinical management.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has released a practical guideline for general practitioners performing eye examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use of nebulisers for children

General practice guidelines for the use of nebulisers for children during the COVID-19 response should be followed where available. Clinical advice should be provided in context with the service and the patient’s needs. Unnecessary use of nebulisers should be avoided for children with asthma and croup, however, they should not be withheld if clinically required. To learn more, download the use of nebulisers for children during a COVID-19 outbreak simulation package, designed by Children’s Health Queensland’s Simulation Training Optimising Resuscitation for Kids (STORK) team.

Transmission of respiratory viruses

Respiratory viruses are predominantly spread by droplet, and sometimes local aerosol. Secondarily, respiratory viruses spread may be spready by contact and fomite mediated transmission. Read the Children’s Health Queensland’s infectious diseases position statement on respiratory virus transmission for more information.

Useful links and resources

Useful links

Project ECHO
Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network
Queensland Specialist Immunisation Service
Children’s health fact sheets

Key contacts

Queensland Children’s Hospital

General enquiries
t: 
3068 1111 (switch)

Children’s Advice and Transport Coordination Hub
t: 13 CATCH (13 22 82)
f: 07 3068 2089

Health Information Access
f: 07 3068 4809
e: CHQ_HIA@health.qld.gov.au

Outpatient Call Centre
t: 1300 762 831
(Select option 2 for GP priority line for advice on referrals)

Pharmacy
t: 07 3068 1900

Child and Youth Community Health Service

Child Health Service
t: 1300 366 039 (Greater Brisbane Metropolitan area) or
13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)