Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources

At Multicultural Aged Care Inc. (MAC), our primary responsibility and concern remains the safety and welfare of all members of CALD community groups and especially older people, and our staff and volunteers.

In light of the current public health concerns posed by coronavirus (COVID-19), the advice from the Department of Health and the Office for Ageing Well, Multicultural Aged Care has made the difficult decision to suspend the CHSP Social Support Group activities, and the Muslim Meals Service, until further notice. In regards to our training programs, we are updating our resources to make them available online, and are exploring alternative delivery options for our training sessions and network meetings.

Message regarding COVID-19 from the MAC Chairman and CEO

Latest Aged Care Updates

July 1

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 1 July 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Short-Term Restorative Care and Transition Care factsheets
      • Workforce surge measure
      • Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) alliance webinar
    • Resources
      • Short-Term Restorative Care factsheet
      • Transition Care factsheet

COVID-19 Update 30 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. There have been a total of 443 cases reported in SA.
There are three active cases in SA and 436 people have been cleared of COVID-19.
There have been four reported deaths in SA from COVID-19. There have been more than 151,000 tests undertaken in SA.


Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 30

COVID-19 Update 30 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. There have been a total of 443 cases reported in SA.
There are three active cases in SA and 436 people have been cleared of COVID-19.
There have been four reported deaths in SA from COVID-19. There have been more than 151,000 tests undertaken in SA.


Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

“Engaging your Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors in times of COVID-19” Webinar

What are the lessons learned from the coronavirus epidemic? Join us to explore examples of good practice from a range of aged care providers across Australia, and discuss their strategies in meeting the needs of culturally diverse clients. You will walk away with an overview of the successes and failures and an idea of where we are heading next as we move to a ‘new normal’.

For aged care services providers (frontline staff, team leaders and managers) who are supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors who live in residential aged care homes or at home.

Thursday, 2 July, 2020 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ACST

Register for the Zoom session on Thursday here.

Program

  • PICAC TAS – Facilitating the session
  • PICAC NSW & ACT – Diverse needs require a diversity of responses
  • PICAC NT – The impact of isolation: CALD-perspectives from residential aged care facilities (RACFs)
  • PICAC SA -Evidence from two state-wide surveys: what organisations have been doing and what they have learnt so far
  • PICAC VIC – Experiences from the Australian Multicultural Community Services
  • PICAC WA – Organisational development for the post-COVID-19 world
Transitioning out of COVID-19 – Information for older people and Accessing CHSP in SA

Two fact sheets are attached for your information:

South Australia is taking a measured, staged approach to easing restrictions, which balances health, economic and social considerations. COVID-19 remains a risk to the community, particularly older people. Unlike some other risks present in our community, an uncontrolled COVID-19 outbreak can grow considerably if there are no measures in place. It is important that we continue to limit the ability for COVID-19 to be transmitted and spread, and continue to test everyone with COVID-19 symptoms. We all have a responsibility to play our part by physically distancing and following good hygiene practises.

The current risk of COVID-19 transmission in South Australia is low, however, older people and people with chronic health conditions are more at risk of serious infection from COVID-19 and should continue to take extra precautions. Those at risk should talk to their doctor about what is appropriate for them.

To maintain social connections and improve wellbeing, older South Australians are encouraged to resume activities, within the current level of restrictions.

Good hygiene practices like washing your hands regularly, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and maintaining physical distancing wherever possible are the best ways to protect you and others from COVID-19.

Click here to visit the SA Health website for more information for the community about COVID-19 (scroll down to the Older people section for the fact sheets).

Source: Office for Ageing Well

June 29

COVID-19 Update 29 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. There have now been a total of 443 cases reported in SA.
A child under 10, a woman in her 30s, and a woman in her 40s have all tested positive after arriving on the repatriation flight from Mumbai.
There is no risk to the wider community as the three people have been in quarantine since arrival and will remain in isolation until they are cleared of the virus.


Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 26

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 26 June 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Residential respite factsheet
      • Temporary subsidy increase for Home Care Packages during COVID-19
      • Translated resources
      • Reminder: Stay COVID free
    • Resources
      • Flu vaccination FAQs

National Cabinet Statement – Media Statement – Prime Minister

Press Conference Australian Parliament House, ACT– Transcript – Prime Minister

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on the review of physical distancing and person density restrictions

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on the safe return of crowds to stadiums, arenas and large theatres

Updated resources from Dept. of Health


Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 24

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 52 – SA Health

Further easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Restrictions are being eased in South Australia with the introduction of a 1 person per 2 square
metre density rule from Monday 29 June.
COVID Safe Plans continue to be required for defined public activities.
An approved COVID Management Plan will be required for some activities, including large public
gatherings. Further details will be announced soon.
Find out more, including an updated Roadmap at www.covid- 19.sa.gov.au/recovery.

SA Health contact tracers head to Victoria

A team of SA Health’s contact tracing experts from the Communicable Disease Control Branch have
travelled to Victoria to help prevent a potential second wave.
SA Health’s public health team has over 440 contact tracers on standby to protect South Australians from COVID-19.


Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 23

COVID-19 Update 23 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 3 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions will begin from Monday 29 June 2020.
More information on the easing of restrictions is available at SA.GOV.AU.


Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

June 22

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 51 – SA Health

Easing of aged care COVID-19 restrictions
Changes to COVID-19 aged care restrictions mean residents are now be able to leave aged care facilities and return without restriction.
Children of any age can also now visit residential aged care facilities. If they are aged 6 months and over, they must have had their flu vaccine.
Residents can have up to two family members, friends or volunteers providing a social support visit each day, and aged care facilities can now approve additional visits where this is appropriate or necessary.
Anyone planning a visit will need to meet the following criteria in order to protect vulnerable people within our community.
To be permitted to visit you must:
˃ have documentation of your flu vaccination
˃ have no symptoms of illness
˃ have not travelled overseas or to certain states and territories in the last 14 days
Find more information and the new Direction on the SA Health website.


Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No. 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 - South Australia

Dear colleagues,

As you are aware, on 27 March 2020, the State Coordinator issued a Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit entry into residential aged care facilities in South Australia.

These measures are being implemented as a precaution to ensure vulnerable older South Australians continue to remain safe from COVID-19, however, in light of the current low level of risk in the community, the following changes to the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 have been made to ease restrictions in aged care facilities from 18 June 2020:

  • Residents may now leave an aged care facility and return for any reason.
  • Children under the age of 16 years are now able to visit, provided that they have had their flu vaccination (babies under 6 months are exempt from the flu vaccination requirement).
  • Whilst care and support visits are generally limited to one visit per day by up to two people, aged care facilities are now able to approve additional visits where this is appropriate or necessary. It should be noted that these visits may include family members or friends providing social support to a resident.
  • Visitors coming from the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tasmania are now permitted to visit aged care facilities within 14 days of entering South Australia. Visitors coming from other states/territories are only permitted to visit within 14 days if they are providing end of life support to a resident (and are required to self-quarantine at all other times).

The updated Direction, as well as FAQ for operators, fact sheet for visitors and infographic, are attached to this email. These documents, along with a range of other useful information / documents, are also available on the Aged Care Facility Visitation in SA page of the SA Health website.

All South Australian aged care facilities are strongly encouraged to ease their own restrictions in line with the Direction. While protection of residents and staff has to be paramount, this should not be at the expense of the wellbeing of residents and their families. Measures should be put in place to ensure that residents can receive visitors safely, and facilities should maintain a low threshold for COVID-19 testing of both residents and staff. A Guideline for management of COVID-19 in residential care facilities in South Australia has been released, outlining how SA Health will support aged care facilities in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 being detected.

Please be advised that SA Health has surplus PPE available to aged care facilities, if you are unable to currently source. Facilities can email HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au to seek PPE. It’s important that you continue to test all residents who meet the current CDCB testing criteria and that PPE is worn for that resident while awaiting a result.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Fact sheet – Information for Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities_Updated 18 June 2020

FAQ for Operators of Residental Aged Care Facilities – Emergency Management (Residental Aged Care Facilities No 5) (COVID1-9) Direction 2020

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020

20057.1 Aged Care-COVID-infographic-V5.2

Step 2 ‘Plus’ of easing COVID-19 restrictions - South Australia Only
  • All business and activities which are currently allowed to operate will be able to increase their room and venue limits from 19 June (except for indoor group fitness classes) if they complete the Step 2 Plus COVID-Safe Plan.
  • Restrictions on public activities will be eased to allow venues to have up to 75 people in a single room but must still apply:
    • one person per four square metres and
    • physical distancing of 1.5 metres
  • There will be up to 300 people allowed per venue IF
    • There are no more than 75 people per room
    • The venue is big enough for the one person per four square metres and 1.5 metres physical distancing.
  • If they do not need to increase their limits (or cannot due to density requirements), they can continue to use their existing COVID-Safe Plan.
COVID-Safe Plan
  • The Step 2 Plus COVID-Safe Plan will be available on SA.GOV.AU from early next week.

Source: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/home/dashboard

Grants SA - New COVID-19 Support Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for community organisations so they can continue to provide services and support to vulnerable South Australians during this unprecedented time.

A total of $3.35 million has been committed towards the Department of Human Services’ Grants SA COVID-19 Support Grants as part of the State Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funding will be prioritised to support organisations who provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians in response to COVID-19.

Applications are now open and close on 30 October 2020. Please visit www.dhs.sa.gov.au/grantssa for the COVID-19 Support Grants guidelines and application form.

For more information
Grants SA Team
Department of Human Services
Phone:
1300 650 985
Email: grantssa@sa.gov.au

June
June 23

COVID-19 Update 23 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 3 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions will begin from Monday 29 June 2020.
More information on the easing of restrictions is available at SA.GOV.AU.

 

June 19

Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No. 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 – see separate tab

COVID-19 Update 19 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 50 – SA Health

 

June 18

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 18 June 2020– Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Examples of innovation in aged care services
      • Reminder – staying up to date with State and Territory directions
    • Resources
      • Examples of innovation on the ACQSC website

COVID-19 Update 18 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

New Infographics from SBS – available in up to 60 languages.

   

 

June 17

COVID-19 Update 17 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

We have undertaken a risk assessment for a 35-year-old male who recently travelled to Adelaide from Pakistan, via Melbourne, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne on 9 June.

Upon arrival in Adelaide on 16 June, the man was tested and returned a low-positive result, however, in accordance with national guidelines it has been determined that he is not an active case and there is no risk to the public.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 17 June 2020 – Department of Health

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 49 – SA Health

South Australia man determined not an active case
SA Health has undertaken a risk assessment for a 35-year-old man who recently returned home to Adelaide from Melbourne and had been overseas. The man tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne on 9 June while he was in quarantine. Following daily symptom checks, he was cleared by Victoria on 14 June.

Given recent overseas travel history, he was swabbed at Adelaide Airport upon arrival on 16 June as per standard processes. He was placed in quarantine as a precaution. The man was tested and returned a low-positive result, however, in accordance with national guidelines it has been determined that he is not an active case and there is no risk to the public.

 

June 16

COVID-19 Update 16 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

The State Government has announced a further easing of current Step 2 restrictions from next Friday 19 June 2020.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 48 – SA Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 16 June 2020 – Department of Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 16 June 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
      • Workforce Retention Bonus Payment
      • Update to the CDNA guidelines on outbreak management in residential care
    • Resources
      •  Retention Bonus application
      • CDNA guidelines on outbreak management in residential care
 
June 15

COVID-19 Update 15 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

The State Government has announced a further easing of current Step 2 restrictions from next Friday 19 June 2020.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 47 – SA Health

Updated roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions
Further easing of current Step 2 restrictions in South Australia will come into effect from Friday 19 June 2020.
Restrictions on public activities will be eased to allow venues to have up to 75 people in a single room with a maximum of 300 per venue. Physical distancing and density requirements still apply.
From 20 July, the 14 day mandatory self-quarantine will no longer be required for travellers entering South Australia from interstate.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 15 June 2020 – Department of Health

The risks of mass gatherings are real – Department of Health – Statement from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly about COVID-19 and the risks of mass gatherings.

 

June 14

COVID-19 Update 14 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

The State Government has announced a further easing of current Step 2 restrictions from next Friday 19 June 2020.

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 14 June 2020 – Department of Health

 

June 13

COVID-19 Update 13 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

The State Government has announced a further easing of current Step 2 restrictions from next Friday 19 June 2020.

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 13 June 2020 – Department of Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 13 June 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Advice for pregnant aged care workers
      • Testing of residents and workers
    • Resources
      • Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID‑19 – further language translations now available 

Information for the Aged Care Sector Newsletter #13 2020 – Department of Health 

In this issue:

  • Dementia training and education for aged care staff

Commonwealth Home Support Programme:

    • Advice for CHSP providers in the lead up to the extension

 

June 12

COVID-19 Update 12 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

The State Government has announced a further easing of current Step 2 restrictions from next Friday 19 June 2020.

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 12 June 2020 – Department of Health

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

 

June 11

COVID-19 Update 11 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 46 – SA Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 11 June 2020 – Department of Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 11 June 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Re-admission of residents from other health facilities
      • Update on Sonic in-reach pathology
      • ‘It’s ok to have home care’ infographic
    • Resources
      • In-home care infographic

Department of Health resources updated recently:

 

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on positive coronavirus test in person who attended protest in Victoria – Department of Health

 

June 10

COVID-19 Update 10 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Department of Health Facsheets updated recently:
COVID-19 and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme – information for clients, families and carers

 

June 9

COVID-19 Update 9 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

 

June 8

COVID-19 Update 8 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Department of Health Facsheets updated recently:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Use of masks by the public in the community
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information for Families
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Restrictions on entry into and visitors to aged care facilities
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – It’s ok to have home care

 

June 7

COVID-19 Update 7 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

 

June 6

COVID-19 Update 6 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 6 June 2020 – Department of Health

 

June 5

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on large gatherings and the need for continued caution

COVID-19 Update 5 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 2 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is now underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

 

June 4

COVID-19 Update 4 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

June 3

COVID-19 Update 3 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Roadmap to recovery – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

 

June 2

COVID-19 Update 2 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Further funding for COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research – Department of Heatlh
The Australian Government is investing $66 million from the Medical Research Future Fund into finding a vaccine and treatments for COVID-19, as well as better preparing for future pandemics.

 

June 1

COVID-19 Update 1 June 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 45 – SA Health

  • Step 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions
  • Pathology testing

Department of Health Facsheets updated today:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Use of masks by the public in the community
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information for Families

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

May
CHSP Update: Personal monitoring technology for Senior Australians

Update: Personal monitoring technology for Senior Australians

The Department of Health has advised Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers that they may use unspent funds in 2019-20 to purchase personal monitoring technology for their vulnerable clients up to the value of $1,000 per client.
Technology may include systems that monitor clients for changes in behavioural patterns and send alerts, that is, they are not only for alerts during emergencies such as a fall (see advice below).

Following a number of questions from providers, the Department of Health can provide the following information:

  • Vendors of personal monitoring systems are not responsible for assessing a client’s need to purchase a device.
  • CHSP providers are responsible for working with clients to determine whether they have a need and willingness to use personal monitoring technology. CHSP providers are accountable for determining a client’s need and are not to relinquish this responsibility to a personal monitoring system vendor.
  • A RAS or ACAT aged care assessment is not required.
  • Providers who are approached by new clients requiring this technology in urgent circumstances due to COVID-19 may provide one-off assistance to purchase personal monitoring technology without the need for an assessment.
  • Where a provider does not have 2019-20 unspent funds available and the client has an identified need for personal monitoring technology, the provider is to direct the client to contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to request a referral for a ‘COVID-19 personal monitoring system’. My Aged Care can issue a blanket referral through to all CHSP providers in the client’s area. This will allow a CHSP provider with available 2019-20 unspent funds to accept the referral, and ensure that clients whose provider does not have available 2019-20 unspent funds are not unfairly disadvantaged,
  • For CHSP providers accepting a referral for a ‘COVID-19 personal alarm monitoring system’, the provider needs to check the client’s record to ensure they have not previously been assessed for and received a personal monitoring system. Providers may source monitoring technology up to the value of $1,000 for clients who would benefit, regardless of the amount of other Goods, Equipment and Assistive Technology the client has already accessed under the CHSP in 2019-20. For example, if a client has received a walking frame and shower chair to the value of $500 under the CHSP in 2019-20, and would also benefit from a personal alarm during the COVID-19 pandemic, they may still be provided with an alarm and 12-month monitoring subscription up to a value of $1,000 by a CHSP provider with unspent funds.  The provider does not need to be funded to deliver goods, equipment and assistive technology.

Further information can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/personal-monitoring-technology-for-senior-australians


Personal monitoring technology for Senior Australians

As announced by the Federal Government, Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service providers are now able to use unspent 2019‑20 funding to purchase technology‑based personal monitoring systems, such as personal and home monitoring devices or alarms, for their most vulnerable clients requiring monitoring support. This is important for older Australians and their informal carers and family who are self-isolating to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19, thereby reducing their support and social connectedness. Older Australians in receipt of Home Care Packages will also be able to use their packages to access monitoring services.

Can all CHSP providers use unspent funding on personal monitoring technology?
Any CHSP provider with unspent funding in 2019-20 is able to use these funds to purchase personal monitoring technology for clients whose personal health and safety is at risk during the COVID-19 crisis.

What personal monitoring technology can be purchased and at what cost?
With client agreement, CHSP providers may purchase up to $500 worth of personal monitoring technology including:

  • personal monitoring systems which, through the push of a button or automated technology, send an alert to a monitoring centre or family member in the case of an emergency, such as a fall or health crisis;
  • network access subscriptions and 24/7 monitoring services (for personal and home alarms) for up to 12 months (which must be purchased in 2019-20); and
  • technical training, initial set-up support and ongoing support for clients with their personal monitoring system.

A range of technology options are available in the private market, and the Department does not recommend any particular brand or device.  CHSP service providers will need to source the monitoring equipment themselves with a view to accessing equipment that best meets the needs of the client.

Which clients are eligible?
Existing CHSP clients where social isolation due to COVID-19 is creating health and safety risks. Clients which may fall into this category include:

  • clients with dementia (who may be at risk of wandering or accidents);
  • clients with an elevated falls risk;
  • clients who live alone (or with a partner who could not help if an incident were to occur); or
  • clients who have limited or no family/friends to provide routine check-ins or support if required.

CHSP providers are responsible for determining whether clients have a need for personal monitoring technology. It does not require an aged care assessment.

CHSP providers must obtain client agreement and may ask them to contribute to the cost of the technology, in line with their client contribution policy.

Providers who are approached by new clients requiring this technology in urgent circumstances due to COVID-19, may provide one-off assistance in accordance with the assessment rules allowing six-weeks support without the need for an assessment.

How do CHSP Providers report any funding spent on personal monitoring technology?
All CHSP Providers are required and able to report funding spent on personal monitoring technology in DEX.  

Can CHSP Providers purchase IT for social connection?
CHSP providers, funded to provide social support individual or group), can use grant funds to purchase IT, such as tablets, smart devices, and internet subscriptions to help connect older people to their family, carers and social groups under existing CHSP grant rules. This support should be capped at $500 per person per year (or up to $1,000 in exceptional circumstances) in accordance with CHSP arrangements for other aids, equipment and assistive technology. This is not an option at the moment for CHSP providers not funded to provide social support.

What does this mean for home care providers?
Home Care Package care recipients will also be able to use their packages to access personal monitoring services to keep them safe at home.  

Home Care providers should:

  • assist care recipients to choose the care and support that best meet their goals, care needs and preferences within the limits of the resources available, and
  • consider reasonable costs and best use of home care package funds when determining the type of equipment and range of functionality required.

Additionally the Care Plan should:

  • be reviewed in consultation with care recipients as care needs change while the effects of the ongoing pandemic unfold,
  • reflect the purchase of suitable equipment as being needed to meet care needs and goals, and
  • specify whether the equipment is leased, who owns it and who is responsible for any ongoing maintenance and repair costs.

 

Community Home Support Programme
Community Grants Hub
South Australia
Department of Social Services
26 May 2020

 

May 31

COVID-19 Update 31 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

May 30

COVID-19 Update 30 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Principles for COVID-19 public transport operations – Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
As people begin to return to work and school, principles have been developed to provide guidance on public transport for operators and passengers.

Don’t be fooled by the misinformation about cures and treatments for COVID-19 circulating on social media. Get your information from trusted sources. For myth-busting and accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19 Australia, view the Australian Government mythbusting page.

 

May 29

COVID-19 Update 29 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 1 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 2 easing of restrictions has been brought forward to Monday 1 June and new maximum limits on people have been set.
For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for older Australians

An information sheet for older Australians, their family and friends about how to protect older Australians from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information sheet includes advice on:

    • what COVID-19 is
    • how it is spread
    • symptoms
    • who needs to get tested
    • risk to older people
    • whether to go out
    • getting other vaccinations
    • what it means for recipients of Home Care Packages
    • how to get medical services
    • visiting friends and family
    • wearing masks
    • getting help
    • suspicious messages about COVID-19
    • arrangements for cancelled events or holidays

Update following National Cabinet meeting – Media Release – Prime Minister

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on tobacco use, e-cigarette use and COVID-19 – Department of Health

Public transport road map to keep South Australians safe – Media Release – Stephan Knoll MP | Better Services

Release of the Australian National Disease Surveillance Plan for COVID-19 –  Department of Health
The Australian National Disease Surveillance Plan for COVID-19 is part of the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). It describes a national approach for disease surveillance — the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related date — for COVID-19.

 

May 28

COVID-19 Update 28 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Step 1 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is underway.
Visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery to view the updated roadmap and Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 2 easing of restrictions has been brought forward to Monday 1 June and new maximum limits on people have been set.
For more information the general public should call SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 28 May 2020

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Advice for pregnant aged care workers
      • Testing of residents and workers
    • Resources
      • Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID‑19 – further language translations now available

 

New SBS infographics: Breaking down coronavirus concerns

SBS has created new infographics providing clear and factual information about the following concerns:

    • Should I get the flu shot?
    • Am I drinking too much alcohol?
    • Does the coronavirus only affect older people?

These are the latest in SBS’s collection of easy to use infographics, covering a range of topics, available in up to 60 languages. They are available in two file formats; a PNG file you can easily share on social media and in any e-communications, or as a printable PDF file.

COVID-19 Myths in English  

 

May 27

COVID-19 Update 27 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

May 26

COVID-19 Update 26 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 44 – SA Health

  • Updated roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions
  • COVID-19 Mental Health Support web portal
  • Palliative Care Resources

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 26 May 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Government invests $57 million to improve palliative care
    • Update on conducting face-to-face Aged Care assessments
    • Fact sheet – The Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19
  • Resources
    • Video for Aged Care workers – how and when to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as presented by Alison McMillan, Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.
    • Video COVIDSafe App – presented by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Nick Coatsworth explaining how the COVIDSafe app works and why it is important to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
 
May 25

COVID-19 Update 25 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

May 24

COVID-19 Update 24 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

May 23

COVID-19 Update 23 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 22 May 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • COVID-19 Guide for Home Care Providers
      • Visiting aged care homes webinar
      • Information related to the use of P2 masks
    • Resources
      • COVID-19 Guide for Home Care Providers

 

May 22

COVID-19 Update 22 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 43 – SA Health

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on restoration of elective surgery and hospital activity – Department of Health – A statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) about the restoration of elective surgery and hospital activity.

 

May 21

COVID-19 Update 21 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Statement from Deputy Chief Medical Officer about COVID-19 – Department of Health – Statement from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nick Coatsworth about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 21 May 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Advice on face to face social support groups
    • COVID-19 manufacturer response register

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide for Home Care Providers – Department of Health – updated 20 May – This guide is for providers of aged care and disability services who offer home care and support services to older people living at home and people with disability living in the community. It provides information and guidance on how to stay safe from coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

May 20

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 42 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update  May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide for Home Care Providers – Department of Health – updated 20 May – This guide is for providers of aged care and disability services who offer home care and support services to older people living at home and people with disability living in the community. It provides information and guidance on how to stay safe from coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

May 19

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 41 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 19 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Helping businesses get back to work with ‘COVID-clean’ toolkit – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | David Pisoni MP | More Jobs

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 19 May 2020

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Reminder: Staff and visitor entry screening
      • Reminder: Stay at home if you are unwell
      • Translated COVID-19 aged care resources
    • Resources
      • Translated versions – it’s ok to have home care fact sheet
      • COVID-19 symptoms
      • CDNA guidance for symptom monitoring in health and aged care workers
      • The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s screening guidance

 

May 18

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 40 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 18 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

World-Class COVID-19 testing bolstered – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC

 

May 17

COVID-19 Update 17 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

May 16

COVID-19 Update 16 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Expanding COVID Capacity While Creating Jobs at Women’s and Children’s Hospital – Media release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC | More Jobs | Better Services

Easing the COVID-19 restrictions – no time for complacency – Department of Health – An opinion piece by the Australian Government’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd.

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 16 May 2020

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Safe work Australia guides
      • Emergency leave for aged care residents
      • Translated COVID-19 aged care resources
    • Resources
      • The Department of Health’s website new COVID-19 specific aged care page
 
May 15

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 39 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 15 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID 19 and the new generation 5G mobile phone network – Statement from the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy.

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan – Department of Health – The National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan responds to the mental health and wellbeing needs of all Australians during the response and in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan has been developed under the co-leadership of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Government and has been informed by all jurisdictions.

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statements on 14 May 2020 – Department of Health – 3 statements from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee about COVID-19.

 

May 14

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 38 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 14 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 14 May 2020

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Aged Care Visitor Access Code
      • Security of Tenure during COVID-19
      • Respite Care during COVID-19
      • International Nurses Day 2020
    • Resources
      • Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19
      • Translated guides for when to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in aged care during COVID-19

 

May 13

COVID-19 Update 13 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

May 12

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 37 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

New protections for South Australians during the Covid-19 pandemic – Media Release – Vickie Chapman MP | Better Services

Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 – COTA

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020 – Department of Health

Today’s newsletter contains information about the 3-step plan for a COVIDSafe Australia that was announced by National Cabinet on Friday 8 May.

Australians aged 70 years or older, 65 years or older with chronic health problems, Indigenous Australians 50 years or older or with chronic health problems and people with compromised (weakened) immune systems will continue to be encouraged to stay at home where possible, as governments across Australia move forward with the new 3-step COVIDSafe plan.

This edition also contains information about the Jobs Hub platform to connect employers with Australians looking for work, including within the aged care sector.

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • 3-step plan for a COVIDSafe Australia
    • Jobs Hub information
    • Residential Aged Care Webinar link
  • Resources
    • Presentation from the outbreak management webinar powerpoint
 
May 11

COVID-19 Update 11 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 36 – SA Health

Stage 1 COVID-19 restrictions eased in SA – A message from the Premier

Press conference – Australian Parliament House – Transcript – Prime Minister

Free parenting webinar tackles COVID-19 concerns – Media Release – Michelle Lensink MLC

 

May 10

COVID-19 Update 10 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Roadmap to Recovery – The South Australian government has released a Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 53.8 KB), with stage one to start on Monday 11 May.

Crack team at SA Pathology to protect aged care residents – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC

 

May 9

Protecting Older Australians COVID-19 Update 9 May 2020 – Department of Health

Roadmap to Recovery – The South Australian government has released a Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 53.8 KB), with stage one to start on Monday 11 May.

 

May 8

COVID-19 Update 8 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 35 – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians COVID-19 Update 7 May 2020 – Department of Health

Roadmap to Recovery – The South Australian government has released a Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 53.8 KB), with stage one to start on Monday 11 May.

Press conference – Australian Parliament House – Transcript – Prime Minister

Update on Coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

 

May 7

COVID-19 Update 7 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 34 – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians COVID-19 Update 7 May 2020 – Department of Health

Speak up, stop elder abuse – Media Release – SA Health

 

May 6

COVID-19 Update 6 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 33 – SA Health

Open Your World launches

Today the South Australian Government launched Open Your World, the new statewide wellbeing strategy, platform and campaign.
Open Your World is a single source of information, with a dedicated website promoting wellbeing, including tips on staying healthy, activities for kids and online resources for learning and skill development.
It aims to help South Australians build resilience and support physical, social, mental and community wellbeing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit openyourworld.sa.gov.au.

 

May 5

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 5 May – Department of Health
In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Clarification around emergency CHSP COVID-19 funding
    • Consultation open on Aged Care Visitor Access Code
    • Rescheduled webinar alert
    • COVIDSafe app
  • Resources
    • Coronavirus flu vaccination poster for aged care facilities
    • COVID-19 Training for all aged care workers

 

COVID-19 Update 5 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 32 – SA Health

Repat COVID-19 Facility Nears Completion – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

Video Message – Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Event – Transcript – Prime Minister

Update on Coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

Safe Work Australia has developed a website with guidelines and information across 23 industries so that businesses can return to work in a COVID safe environment.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak management in residential care facilities updated 4 April 2020 – Fact Sheet – Department of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) flu vaccination poster for aged care facilities 4 May 2020 – Poster – Department of Health

 

May 4

COVID-19 Update 4 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 31 – SA Health

Webinar: Consulting on the Draft of the Aged Care Access Code – Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST – OPAN, COTA Australia, Dementia Australia and National Seniors Australia
– Who should participate: Older people receiving aged care, their families, friends and representatives.

 

May 4 – Consultation on draft Aged Care Visitor Access Code

A Visitor Access Code to ensure a nationally consistent visitation policy to residential aged care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis has been released by aged care peaks and consumer advocacy organisations for consultation with the public.

Views are sought on the attached consultation draft. Consultation is open until 3pm on Thursday 7 May.

The draft Code is also available here – https://www.cota.org.au/policy/aged-care-reform/visitor-access-code/

Responses are invited via email to:

It is anticipated that the Code will be finalised by Monday 11 May 2020.

COVID-19 Residential Care Visitor Access Code Consultation draft FINAL – PDF

 

May 3
May 2

COVID-19 Update 2 May 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Deputy Chief Medical Officer’s press conference about COVID-19 on 2 May 2020 – Transcript – Department of Health

Embracing Technology to Provide Better Health Services During COVID – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

 

May 1
April
April 30

COVID-19 Update 30 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 29 – SA Health

COVID-19 JobKeeper update for charities – Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Deputy Chief Medical Officer’s press conference about COVID-19 on 29 April 2020 – Transcript – Department of Health

GP and Nurse Teams Support COVID-19 Patients at Home – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

Full Marks for SA During COVID-19 Testing – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC

 

April 29

COVID-19 Update 29 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 28 – SA Health

New, COVID-19 Support Grants of up to $10,000 available – Media Release – Michelle Lensink MLC

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister

 

April 28

COVID-19 Update 28 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 27 – SA Health

Nurse and Midwife Training Boost for COVID-19 Surge – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services – 28 April 2020 – Media Release – Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

 

April 27
April 26

COVID-19 Update 26 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVIDSafe: New app released today to slow the spread of coronavirus – Department of Health

 

April 25

COVID-19 Update 25 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update – Department of Health

 

April 24

COVID-19 Update 24 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 25 – SA Health

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statements on 24 April 2020 – Department of Health

 

April 24 – Letter to organisations attending residential aged care facilities regarding influenza vaccination requirements

As you are aware, aged care providers are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not enter or remain on the premises of a residential aged care facility (RACF) if they are prohibited from doing so under the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. From 1 May 2020, this includes prohibiting entry by any person who has not been vaccinated against 2020 seasonal influenza (unless the person has a medical contraindication to the influenza vaccine). This restriction applies to all staff and visitors, including health practitioners, volunteers, service providers, contractors and others.

Please find attached a letter from the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr Michael Cusack, which you may wish to send to send to organisations that regularly attend your RACF, informing them of the influenza vaccination requirements. The letter includes a Statement of Acknowledgement for them to send back to you, confirming that they understand the restrictions in place and that, to the best of their knowledge, all relevant employees and contractors of their organisation have been vaccinated against 2020 seasonal influenza.

It should be noted that, in the event of an emergency, emergency services personnel are permitted to enter a residential aged care facility regardless of immunisation status.

Office for Ageing Well

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer – Letter to organisations visiting residential aged care facilities

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020

 

April 23
April 22

COVID-19 Update 22 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 23 – SA Health

 

April 21
April 21 – Important information: Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020

Please be advised that the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. The updated direction came into effect today (21 April 2020) at 0845hrs

The changes relate to:

  1. In the event of an emergency, emergency services personnel are able to enter an aged care facility, regardless of any other exclusion criteria (eg. Influenza vaccination).
  2. People who have been contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may enter a facility, provided they were wearing appropriate PPE at the time of exposure (particularly relevant for SA Ambulance and other emergency/health workers).
  3. End of life support visits are now exempt from 14 days quarantine, provided the visitor quarantines when not at the facility.
  4. Prescribed authorised officers can provide conditional or unconditional exemptions to Direction in exceptional circumstances.

The attached fact sheet is provided to assist operators in implementing the Direction. This information will also be made available on the SA Health website.

 Important note: this email is intended to reach all residential aged care providers in South Australia. If you did not receive this email directly, please advise the Office for Ageing well via officeforeageingwell@sa.gov.au to be added to the mailing list.

Office for Ageing Well
SA Health

Emergency Management Residential Aged Care Facilities COVID-19 (No 3) Direction 2020_FINAL

Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities Emergency Management Residential Aged Care Facilities No 3 COVID-19 Direction 2020

 

April 20

COVID-19 Update 20 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 21 – SA Health

Deputy Chief Medical Officer’s press conference about COVID-19 on 20 April 2020 – Transcript – Department of Health

 

April 19

COVID-19 Update 19 April 2020– Media Release – SA Health

Honour the service and sacrifice at home for ANZAC day – Media Release – Prime Minister, Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer’s advice to health care workers to protect themselves against COVID-19 – Transcript – Department of Health

SA Pathology fast tracks delivery of COVID-19 test results – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC

 

April 18
April 17

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Daily Update 17 April – Deparment of Health

COVID-19 Update 17 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 20 – SA Health

COVID-19 Testing Boost– Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

Covid-19 legal assistance for South Australians – Media Release – Vickie Chapman MP | Better Services | Lower Costs

Test Results for COVID-19 in Just One Hour– Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC

 

April 16
April 15

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Update 15 April – Deparment of Health

COVID-19 Update 15 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 18 – SA Health

COVID-19 testing blitz for South Australia – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC

 

April 14

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19 – Department of Health – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing questions around advance care planning delivery at this time, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) and the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) program will host a series of webinars this month for various health sector audiences, including aged care, GPs and healthcare/hospitals.
More information about webinars and dates. First one is on 15 April.

COVID-19 Update 14 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Covid-19 Update 14 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 17 – SA Health

 

April 13

COVID-19 Update 13 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Coronavirus Hotline to Expand Significantly – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC

 

April 12

COVID-19 Update 12 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 12 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

April 11

COVID-19 Update 11 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

 

April 10

COVID-19 Update 10 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Community Recruitment Drive for United Coronavirus Response – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC | More Jobs | Better Services

Wakefield Ready for Coronavirus Response  – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC

 

April 9

COVID-19 Update 9 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 9 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 16 – 9 April 2020 – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Update 9 April – Department of Health

Information for the Aged Care Sector Newsletter: Claiming changes for Flexible Care, Business Improvement Fund and CHSP flexibility provisions – Department of Health

New, dedicated relief hotline activated to support South Australians in need – Media Release – Michelle Lensink MLC | Better Services

Update on Coronavirus Measures – Prime Minister of Australia

 

April 8

COVID-19 Update 8 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 15 – 8 April 2020 – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Updated 8 April – Department of Health

2020 flu vaccine now available – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

 

April 7

COVID-19 Update 7 April 2020 – Media Release – SA HealthCOVID-19 Update 7 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 14 – 7 April 2020 – SA Health

Issue #15 Aged Care Quality Bulletin – Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Updated 7 April – Department of Health

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statements on 7 April 2020 – Department of Health

Modelling how COVID-19 could affect Australia – Department of Health

Update on Coronavirus Measures – Prime Minister of Australia

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

 

April 6

COVID-19 Update 6 April 2020 – Media Release – SA HealthCOVID-19 Update 13 – 6 April 2020 – SA Health

 

April 5

COVID-19 Update 5 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health$1.6 million funding boost to help vulnerable – Media Release – Michelle Lensink MLC

More Paramedics to Boost COVID-19 Response – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

 

April 4

COVID-19 Update 4 April 2020 – Media Release – SA HealthProtecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Update 4 April – Department of Health

Historic alliance between Public and Private hospitals to defeat COVID-19 – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

For the health and wellbeing of all South Australians – please stay home this Easter – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP

 

April 3

SA Health COVID-19 – Update 12 – SA HealthCOVID-19 Update 3 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Update 3 April – Department of Health

COVID-19 Guide for Home Care Providers – Department of Health

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister of Australia

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

Public transport changes in response to coronavirus – Media Release – Stephan Knoll MP

 

April 2

SA Health COVID-19 – Update 11 – SA HealthCOVID-19 Update 2 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 update 2 April – Department of Health

Further expansion of CHSP Flexibility Provisions – Department of Health

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

Early childhood education and care relief package – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

Letter from the Chief Public Health Officer to Operators of Residential Aged Care Facilities in South Australia Please find attached a letter from the Chief Public Health Officer, Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier, seeking information to be provided in the interests of monitoring and protecting the health of older people living in residential aged care facilities.

 
April 1
March
March 31
March 30
March 29

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of AustraliaNational Cabinet Statement – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

$1.1 billion to support more mental health, Medicare and domestic violence services – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

Barossa Valley COVID-19 cluster – Government of South Australia

COVID-19 Update 29 March 2020 – SA Health

March 28

COVID-19 in Australia: we are not Italy, Iran or Spain – Department of HealthCOVID-19 Update 28 March 2020 – SA Health

Deputy Chief Medical Officer’s press conference about COVID-19 on 28 March 2020 – Transcript – Department of Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update– Department of Health

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

March 27

SA Health COVID-19 – Update 6 – SA HealthProtecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update – Department of Health

National Cabinet update – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

Royal Commission statement on COVID-19 – 27 March 2020 – Media Release – Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

March 26

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update – Department of HealthNational Cabinet update – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

March 25
March 24
March 23
March 22
Update on Coronavirus Measures – Prime Minister of Australia
March 19
March 18
March 17
March 16
March 14
March 13
March 12
March 11

Where to Find More Information

Coronavirus Health Information

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information and support for Older Australians, their relatives, carers, friends or supporters on 1800 171 866.

 

Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1800 020 080

 

SA COVID-19 Information Line

1800 253 787

 

“Coronavirus Australia” government app & WhatsApp channel

Download the “Coronavirus Australia” government app in the Apple App Store or Google PlayJoin Department of Health WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

 

Healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Online Symptom Checker

Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. This tool is available online at any time. Online Symptom Checker

Department of Health Information and Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources – includes video, print, and radio resources

Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector – Your starting point for up-to-date and authoritative information and advice on COVID-19 for the health and aged care sector.

CDNA guidance for symptom monitoring in health and aged care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak – This document from the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) is for health and residential aged care settings considering monitoring workers for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Providing aged care services during COVID-19 – Resources and advice for aged care providers and workers who deliver services in residential aged care and in-home care settings. Find out when you must not go to work, getting coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, identifying symptoms in older people, and protecting yourself and the people you care for.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information on the use of surgical masks – An information sheet that answers questions about the use of surgical masks and coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – When to use personal protective equipment in aged care – This flowchart outlines when and how aged care workers should wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and others against coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) wearing personal protective equipment in aged care video – Alison McMillan, Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, demonstrates how to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for aged care workers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for workers in residential aged care facilities – An information sheet for residential aged care workers about how to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for in-home care workers – An information sheet for in-home care workers about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care workers – An information sheet for health care and residential care workers about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Personal monitoring technology for senior Australians – Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service providers can use unspent 2019–20 funding to buy up to $1000 worth of personal monitoring technology for vulnerable clients during COVID-19. Older Australians receiving Home Care Packages can also use their packages to access monitoring services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for older people

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance infographic – Updated daily

South Australian Information and Updates

SA Health Coronavirus disease COVID-19 page

SA Health Latest Updates – The latest official COVID-19 news and updates from SA Health

SA Round Up Reports – The round up report is a daily breakdown of the Information and guidelines related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that are frequently changing as the situation evolves.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) South Australian dashboard and daily update – Snapshot of the South Australian situation, and clear information regarding current restrictions.

Open Your World, the new statewide wellbeing strategy, platform and campaign.

Translated Resources

SA  Health – 6  Simple Steps – 26 languages

SA Health – Ramadan During COVID-19 – 8 Languages

Department of Health – A list of resources about COVID-19 in other languages. The resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications.

It’s ok to have home care Factsheet – This language set contains translations of information sheets for older people who may have an aged care worker visiting them at home. – Department of Health

Information about COVID-19 and the COVIDSafe app is available in 63 languages on the Department of Home Affairs website.  The COVIDSafe app privacy policy is also available in 63 languages.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – When to use personal protective equipment in aged care (other languages) – Department of Health – This language set contains translations of the personal protective equipment (PPE) in aged care flowchart. This flowchart outlines when and how aged care workers should wear PPE to protect themselves and others against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Department of Home Affairs

SBS Portal – 63 languages – videos are also available on YouTube

Ethnolink – Collated selection of translated resources from various official sources, ordered by language.

Department of Health and Human Services – Government of Victoria

Mental health support

Head to Health

During times like these it is important to continue to connect with people (online, by phone) and support each other’s mental health and wellbeing. The Australian Government website Head to Health has plenty of information to support you and your communities through this time:

https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support

Beyond Blue

This is a difficult and unsettling time, and if you need mental health support you can call the Beyond Blue Support Service. The free and confidential service is available every day to all Australians online from 3pm to midnight AEST or 24 hours a day by phone on 1300 22 4636.

The Beyond Blue Online Forums have a dedicated ‘Coping with the Coronavirus outbreak’ section for anyone seeking a safe and anonymous place to discuss their mental health and wellbeing. For practical information and tips, please visit Beyond Blue – looking after you mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

MindSpot Wellbeing Plus Course

MindSpot also offers a ‘Wellbeing Plus’ online course for people 60+ years. It aims to help older adults learn to manage stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. The course was funded by a grant from beyondblue. COVID-19 resources are also available on the MindSpot website.

Online Training and Webinars

COVID-19 Infection Control Training – Department of Health

The Department of Health has released a suite of eLearning modules, developed specifically for aged care workers.

The modules include:

  • Infection Control Training Module
  • Module 1: Personal Safety Training
  • Module 2: Families and Visitors
    • Part A: Residential Care Facilities
    • Part B: In Home Care
  • Module 3: COVID-19 and Aged Care
  • Module 4: Outbreak Management Procedures
  • Module 5: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Module 6: Laundry
  • Module 7: Catering
  • Module 8: If you suspect a case of COVID-19
  • Module 9: Work in a home care setting

 

COVID-19 Free Online Course by Altura Learning

Altura Learning has produced a training video which explains the virus and symptoms of the disease. This course also provides practical demonstrations of hand hygiene, application and removal of PPE and practical strategies to help prepare and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

 

Webinar on COVID-19 aged care preparation for home environments

Aged care, health and infectious disease experts discuss the role and capacity of home care providers, Community Home Support Programme providers and the assessment workforce as part of the national response to COVID-19.

 

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing questions around advance care planning delivery at this time, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) and the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) program will host a series of webinars this month for various health sector audiences, including aged care, GPs and healthcare/hospitals.

The ELDAC webinar series will provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.

The ACPA webinars feature panellists including ACPA representatives and various sector experts and will cover:

  • advance care planning priorities and actions required in the context of COVID-19
  • roles and responsibilities of the workforce and service providers in advance care planning during COVID-19
  • ACPA resources available for consumers, staff and service providers.

Advanced Care Planning Australia webinars (COVID-19 specific)
Advanced Care Planning Australia webinar library

 

End of Life Directions for Aged Care – ELDAC COVID-19 Webinar Series

What Age Care Providers Need to Know About Older Australians and End of Life Care

The aged care sector is facing an unprecedented challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic. Older Australians have an increased mortality rate if they contract COVID-19 and depending on their pre-morbid condition careful consideration is required to ensure the best care is provided within the right setting. Conversations around treatment decisions and quality of life are critical to ensure an individual’s wishes are known. This webinar series provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.

Home Care Providers Webinar – The aim of this webinar is to identify the palliative care issues facing home care providers in the context of COVID-19.

 

OPAN COVID-19 Special Edition Webinars

 

Centre for Dementia Learning

Centre for Dementia Learning is offering, for a short time, two modules of online training for free. The cut off date is 30 June 2020. The modules are:

What is dementia?
A problem-solving approach to behaviours.

Each module can be completed in just one hour. They include short videos and easy-to-read information. As you work through the modules, practical questions will help you apply new ideas to your workplace.

As you complete each module, you can print your own practice improvement plan shaped by your responses.

Free legal help for community groups and social enterprises

Justice Connect has created a range of initiatives to respond to COVID-19 issues. They’re providing legal help to people and community organisations affected by the pandemic. 

They have free resources and webinars on issues not-for-profits are facing, including managing contractual obligations, holding meetings, holding AGM’s, and navigating employment challenges.

Resources and FAQ for Not-for-profits

Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-isolation and test status notification form
The Australian Government is collecting this information to help inform the Government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can help by sharing details of self-isolation, and test results (if applicable). This form is voluntary to complete.

COVID Form

Consumer and Business Services - Rental advice due to COVID-19
Recognising the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on a number of South Australians, the State Government is proposing a number of initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected.

Rental advice due to COVID-19

Aged Care Royal Commission and COVID-19

Make a submission on the impact of COVID-19 on aged care services

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2020, but that deadline is also subject to ongoing review, given the effects of COVID-19.

Go to the submissions page to learn more.

Read the latest media release from the Chair of the Royal Commission about COVID-19 issued on Friday 27 March 2020 and visit the about the Coronavirus and the Aged Care Royal Commission page​.


About the Coronavirus and the Aged Care Royal Commission

Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services – 28 April 2020 – Media Release

Royal Commission statement on COVID-19 – 27 March 2020 – Media Release

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

COVID-19 information from the Commission

Guidance resources

There is a section in the accordions that details a range of useful resources related to ‘Managing infection-related risks’. This information can also be found on their Guidance resources page