Two new cases in Qld, CHO ‘recalibrating’ border plans after NSW quarantine decision

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 but health officials have said both are of little concern to the community.

The first is a flight crew member who was tested in hotel quarantine but didn’t receive their result until after they had left.

They are now on their way to Papua New Guinea.

“So that’s one case of no risk to Queensland but a risk out there, so we’ll manage that,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

The other case is a fully vaccinated truck driver who travelled into Queensland from Victoria.

“He arrived coming through the Goondiwindi border area,” Dr Young said.

“Coming through Ipswich he got a phone call from Victoria, he immediately pulled over, contacted us and he’s now in the Prince Charles Hospital.

“So he’s been no risk to anyone at all. He’s totally asymptomatic.

“I thank him very, very much for what he did to respond so quickly.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Health Officer has admitted she may need to “recalibrate” her thinking about the reopening of the border after New South Wales announced it would reopen to the world on November 1.

It means fully vaccinated travellers would be allowed to enter the southern state without having to quarantine, either in a hotel or at home.

Unvaccinated travellers will still have to undergo quarantine requirements.

When asked about what it meant for Queensland, Dr Young said she still had to look over the announcement in full.

“There’s just been an enormous change this morning that I haven’t been able to get my head around so I need to go and work out what that change means,” she told reporters.

“It’s not just a change that will impact on NSW .. it then leads to a flow on to every other state.

“So I just need to re-calibrate my thinking that I’ve been coming to over the last few weeks.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath was also asked if the announcement by NSW will see the government hesitate to reopen the borders

“No,” Ms D’Ath said.

“We will look at what is happening here in Queensland and our vaccination rates and the measures that we can take to keep Queenslanders safe

“That’s been our priority.

“We’re concentrating on, when the virus comes to Queensland, and it will, what are we doing to protect our community.”

Ms D’Ath said there was still a lot of discussions that need to be had about what the NSW decision means for the rest of the country.

“They’ve just announced this, this morning,” she said.

“Scott Morrison’s going to have to explain how he sees this working in one single state when it’s international borders

“And I hope this is discussed at a national level with all the Premiers.”

Ms D’Ath still refused to give any hint as to when the state government would open the borders back up, insisting that decision was down to the people of Queensland.

“How quickly we open our borders domestically and internationally is in the hands of Queenslanders,” she said.

“You can decide, go out and get vaccinated today

“That is the one thing that we need to protect our community

“We can provide the pop-up clinics, the mass vaccination centres, the pharmacies and the GPs.

“We can provide the vaccine but we can’t drag people in to get vaccinated, that is up to you as Queenslanders.

“What sort of Christmas do you want to see? What kind of 2022 do you want to see?”

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson taking coronavirus ‘one-day-at-a-time’ on the Gold Coast

Tom Hanks has provided an Instagram update, while isolating on the Gold Coast with coronavirus.

He and wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed yesterday, after presenting to the Gold Coast University Hospital with flu-like symptoms.

They’re believed to be doing fine, and have updated social media this morning, along with some advice.

“Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us.

“We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else.

“There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time.

“There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no?

“Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx,” his post reads.

Gold Coast University Hospital building

Burnt-out junior doctors fearful of making a mistake at major Gold Coast hospitals

A REPORT card into the Gold Coast’s two major hospitals has found junior doctors are tired and overworked and terrified it’ll lead to a serious mistake.

The latest AMA Queensland public hospital report card showed more than half of the junior doctors at the Gold Coast University Hospital and more than 40 per cent of those at Robina Hospital are concerned about making a clinical error due to fatigue caused by the hours they work.

Deputy Chair of the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training Dr Marco Giuseppin said the six-year-old University Hospital scored an overall grade of C+, among the worst results in the state, and needed to improve across the board.

Robina Hospital fared a little better in the report card, with the facility scoring an overall grade of B-.

However, it did show a quarter of doctors in training are working a whopping 90 hours of overtime each fortnight.

“New doctors are more likely to burnout, get depressed or suffer anxiety, so it’s important to provide practical support and advice in those early years,” he said

“Doctors in safe, healthy workplaces can focus on providing the best patient care.”

The survey also revealed 14 per cent of Gold Coast Hospital doctors in training had been bullied or harassed, 14 per cent had witnessed bullying and 26 per cent had seen and experienced workplace bullying.

“There are clearly cultural issues still to be fixed,” Dr Giuseppin said.

“It is very troubling that only 25 per cent of bullying incidents are being reported at Gold Coast Hospital and a third of those surveyed felt their safety had been compromised at work.

Instances of bullying were also reported at Robina, with 24 per cent of doctors in training had been bullied or harassed, five per cent had witnessed bullying and 19 per cent

had seen and experienced workplace bullying.

“It is very troubling that only 13 per cent of bullying incidents are being reported at Robina Hospital and a quarter of those surveyed felt their safety had been compromised at work,” Dr Giuseppin said.

The AMA is calling on the state government to expand their wellbeing program, which it claims has been proven to support early career doctors.