The safety of our staff, students, health colleagues and rural and remote communities is at the forefront of all of our decisions. SQRH has implemented a range of measures to address the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Throughout all of our premises a strict regime of cleaning and plans to abide by social distancing rules began in mid-March and will continue in accordance with government regulations.
Where possible, nursing, midwifery and allied health students continue with their rural placements with added communication and support from our team about working in health settings that are dealing with the full force of the pandemic.
Students housed in our accommodation have access to increased supplies of cleaning products and have been advised to disinfect shared spaces and regularly used surfaces (such as kitchen bench tops, door handles etc).
We moved all of our education programs to online platforms and will adjust delivery methods as restrictions ease in the later half of 2020.
The SQRH student-led Health and Wellness Clinic transitioned to a full telehealth service on 6 April but with the ability to increase the number of people gathering and the opening of gyms and pools, the clinic re-opened as a face-to-face service on July 6.
We are working in a rapidly changing environment and we will make changes to plans to fit with the Australian Government’s regime of social distancing and work practice measures.
We would like to thank our consortium, The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service, plus our numerous stakeholders for their unwavering support in these unprecedented times.
We stand ready to assist and support Southern Queensland rural health professionals and university colleagues in the ongoing fight to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our motto “Be part of the solution” has never been more relevant.