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  • COVID-19

Covid-19 guidance and resources

26 March 2020 ASMS

There is a range of guidance and advice out there for frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve compiled some of the information and resources which are available to help support ASMS members and ensure their own health and safety is looked after. As you know the situation is rapidly evolving and some of the information could change.

Ministry of Health guidance

MOH questions and answers for primary healthcare workers

MOH resources for health professionals


The government has announced approved childcare companies which can look after the children of essential workers in their homes under strict protocols. It’s contained in the Ministry of Education’s update for schools.

Pregnant staff

The Canterbury and West Coast DHBs have put out guidance regarding Covid-19 and pregnancy 

Vulnerable and workers over 70

National guidance for DHBs to reduce risk of infection of vulnerable or at-risk staff.

Don’t bring it home

The Covid-19 “don’t bring it home” printable resource. PDF

Leave provisions

Advice on leave and absences in relation to Covid-19 has been put together by the National Bipartite Group which brings DHBs and health unions together. 

Oral health treatment

Guidelines for oral health services at COVID-19 Alert Level 4 

Medico-legal FAQs

MPS advice on protecting your health or working conditions


The Telehealth leadership group in conjunction with the Ministry of Health have produced a resource to aid clinicians to use telehealth 

Change of duties or extra hours

ASMS has put together advice to support you: Changes of duties or extra hours during the Covid-19 emergency

PPE advice

Advice from the Ministry of Health for staff caring for COVID-19 positive patients in hospital