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Health Care Professionals

 

This page provides external links to information for healthcare professionals. 
Please be aware that the situation with monkeypox (MPXV) is continuously evolving and as such, advice may change.
 

Specimen collection and testing

For information on patient referral, specimen collection and test requesting please see the guidance from the Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN) here
 

Infection control

The NSW Clinical Excellence Commision  (CEC) has information and resources on infection control for Monkeypox, which can be accessed here.
 

Information Resources

For information resources for healthcare professionals, including treatment guidelines and ATAGI clinical guidance on vaccination, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care website.
 

Vaccination

If your patients are enquiring about receiving the JYNNEOS vaccine, please direct them to the ACON website. Here they can find more information about the vaccine and register their interest in being vaccinated.

Please inform your patients that expressing their interest does not guarantee that they will receive a vaccination. Instead, their information will be passed to NSW Health for further assessment. Once a person is deemed eligible for vaccination, they will be invited to book an appointment via SMS. 

Please advise your patients that they should NOT contact ACON or SHIL directly, as ACON and SHIL are unable to comment or provide any information about when patients will be notified of the assessment outcome. ACON and SHIL are also unable to cancel or change any bookings.

Health care providers are able to directly refer vulnerable and marginalised high-risk gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) who eligible for vaccination to the Crown Street MPXV vaccination centre. High-risk GBMSM who are also HIV infected with CD4<200, sex industry workers, homeless, significant drug use, or Aboriginal and/Torres Strait Islander are eligible for this pathway. Call SHIL on 1800 451 624 to refer a patient.

Close contacts of monkeypox

If your patient is a close contact of monkeypox and symptomatic, please manage them as clinically appropriate according to Australian Government guidance.

If your patient is a close contact of monkeypox and is asymptomatic, please direct them to follow the advice from the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA), which is available here. If the patient has not yet been contacted by Public Health, then please notify your local Public Health Unit (PHU).


If you are concerned that a patient with suspected monkeypox is severely unwell, please contact the
Infectious Diseases team at your local hospital.
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