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COVID-19 Information for Dentists

 

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Updated Friday 15 July 2022
 

Vaccinations requirement update

 

The Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2022, which required the mandatory vaccination of health care workers, ceased at the end of 19 June 2022.

For NSW Health staff, the requirement for health care workers to have at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine continues to apply beyond 19 June 2022 under a Determination and Direction made by the Secretary, NSW Health.  Read more here

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NSW COVID settings 

 

From Friday 22 April, rules for household close contacts having to isolate changed. If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you are a close contact, follow these guidelines to help protect your loved ones and your community. Read more here.  

Click here for the COVID-19 risk assessment approach for household and close contacts who are health practitioners in non-hospital settings.

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Testing positive to COVID-19 in NSW 

 

The seven-day isolation requirement remains in place for anyone who has recorded a positive RAT or PCR result.

In the first instance, if you test positive to COVID-19, you must isolate at home for at least 7 days and avoid visiting high risk settings (health care, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities) for a further 3 days. 

For more information and advice for testing positive to COVID-19 – please click here.
 

Please call or email the Practice Services team if you need help

Ph:02 8436 9927 or practiceservices@adansw.com.au

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Guidance for businesses with a worker who tests positive for COVID-19 in NSW

 

A business owner or employer might be notified that a worker who has attended the workplace has tested positive for COVID-19 by:

  • the worker who has tested positive
  • an employer of a worker who visits the workplace.
  • public health authorities
 

Please follow the latest NSW Government step-by-step guidance for businesses with a worker who tests positive for COVID-19 click here.  

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Face mask rules and COVID-19 screening
 

Requirements for masks have been updated.  Masks are only required for certain high-risk settings, such as travel and hospitals.

While the mandates for wearing masks exclude private dental practice settings, ADA NSW recommends dental practitioners continue to take a reasonable and sensible approach to non-clinical mask use in dental practices.

Practice specific mask policies could be relevant for team members who have frequent contact with numerous members of the public. Whether a surgical mask is worn at the time of a COVID-19 exposure could be considered as part of a COVID-19 exposure risk assessment. 

Screening patients is still a requirement to support your assessment and management of COVID risk. Click here to view screening questions.

In NSW, COVID Safe Plans are optional.

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ACT COVID settings  

 

Rules for COVID-19 in the ACT are similar to those in NSW. 

Household contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases will not have to isolate if they have no COVID-19 symptoms but will be required to comply with risk mitigation requirements including mask wearing indoors, COVID testing requirements and not entering high-risk settings such as residential aged care facilities. Read more here

There are no changes for positive cases: the seven-day isolation requirement remains in place for anyone who has recorded a positive RAT or PCR result. For information for people who test positive to COVID click here.

Masks are no longer mandatory for many settings, however a sensible and reasonable approach to wearing them for non-clinical use is recommended. For the full list of where masks are mandatory in the ACT click here

The Check-In CBR app and a COVID-19 Safe Plan is no longer mandatory for dental practices in the ACT.  


ACT Government Information for health professionals

 The ACT Government have set up a useful webpage for health professionals to access information relating to how to manage a COVID exposure in a healthcare setting, prevention of COVID exposures and what to do if a contact has attended your workplace.

Click here to access this webpage.

Screening patients is still a requirement to support your assessment and management of COVID risk. Click here to view screening questions.
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NSW COVID-19 Health Care Worker (HCW) Exposure Matrix

 

NSW Health updated the HCW Exposure Risk Assessment Matrix for vaccinated staff on 12 January 2022. The purpose of this matrix is to assist healthcare facilities to assess staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace. 

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When appropriate PPE has been used, healthcare workers can be very confident they are adequately protected.

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NSW guidance for returned travellers from overseas

All arrivals need to follow NSW Health guidelines for recent fully vaccinated arrivals.  As advice is changing in NSW on the management of recent international arrivals, we suggest you consult this link when making risk-based decisions for when staff can return to work. 

Arrivals who work in healthcare facilities may return to work after a negative COVID-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) taken within 24 hours of arrival if appropriate additional risk mitigation measures are in place. Please contact us to discuss additional risk mitigation measures for your setting. 

Please call or email the Practice Services team if you need help
Ph:02 8436 9927 or practiceservices@adansw.com.au

 

ACT guidance for returned travellers from overseas

 

There are currently no direct international flights arriving into the ACT. Returned travellers can travel to the ACT where permitted by their port of entry and when complying with the requirements listed on this section of the ACT Government website.
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ADA NSW position on COVID-19 vaccination

 

ADA NSW supports vaccination against COVID-19 for all eligible members of the community. Our position aligns with the Commonwealth, NSW and ACT Health departments’ advice that vaccination of the Australian population against COVID-19 is an important and vital public health response to the pandemic. Read our position statement here.

All employers have an obligation, wherever practicable, to ensure the health and safety of all their workers. This includes minimising the risks associated with exposure to communicable diseases such as COVID-19. Vaccination has been identified as an effective measure to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Therefore, ADA NSW supports the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations in the dental profession and the implementation of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements in dental practices for all workers.
 

COVID-19 vaccination policy for workers in dental practices

 

To support our members, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers have provided advice in relation to ADA NSW members' ability to implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy and the various legal and practical risks and issues arising from the policy in a dental practice for all workers. Read here.

 
ADA NSW has arranged for our members to receive a HWL Ebsworth Lawyers general 15 minute telephone consultation regarding this advice at no cost. Book your free 15 minute telephone consultation by calling (02) 9334 8894. Please include your ADA NSW membership number in any communications. 

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Pre-screening before patients arrive

 

Dental practitioners should review their COVID-19 Safe Plans and use a risk-based approach to support the provision of a full range of dental care for all patients. A risk-based approach would include COVID-19 vaccination of all dental team members, COVID-19 screening for staff and patients (for COVID-19 symptoms and risk locations) and the use of appropriate infection prevention and control measures (including PPE, environmental cleaning, improving ventilation, physical distancing and team training).

Call or SMS each patient prior to attendance to pre-screen for COVID-19 risk criteria.

Where risk criteria are identified, dental practitioners should ensure systems are in place to manage patients appropriately.
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Screening patients again at the dental practice

On arrival, re-screen each patient for symptoms when they are checked in and as part of your routine clinical assessment. 

ADANSW Recommended screening questions:

  • Have you tested positive to COVID-19 within the last 10 days?
  • Are you a household contact or high-risk contact of someone who has COVID-19 in the previous 14 days?
  • Do you have COVID-19 symptoms?
  • Have you arrived from overseas in the past 7 days?
 

The screening questions above are conservative and answers should be considered as part of a general health assessment. Please consider bookmarking these links to support risk-based decision making for managing covid risk.


https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/management/self-isolation-covid-and-close
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/management/advice-for-confirmed
 

Please call or email the Practice Services team if you need help

Ph:02 8436 9927 or practiceservices@adansw.com.au


 

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