April 05 2022
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Posted September 01, 2023
From 30 August 2023, NSW Health changed the mask wearing policy which includes changes to mask wearing in NSW hospitals.
NSW Health may change their mask wearing policy again in the future if cases increase.
Find out more here: Guidance on wearing face masks | NSW Government
Use of face masks in general practice medical centres and pharmacies is no longer nationally mandated. However, both the RACGP and NSW Health continue to recommend mask use for the practice team, patients, and visitors especially during the colder months. Practices can make it a condition of entry to the practice to wear a mask.
The wearing of face masks by patients who display respiratory symptoms is recommended, including to communicate this to patients in advance and have processes in place for patients who cannot wear a mask or cannot communicate with clinicians wearing a mask.
The use of N95 masks, rather than surgical masks, + eye protection is recommended for within 1.5 metres of patients with respiratory symptoms. RACGP-COVID-19-infection-control-principles.pdf.aspx
Visitors may still be required to wear a mask in NSW when visiting high-risk settings such as aged and disability care and it is recommended to check with the facility beforehand.
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