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.

Latest Aged Care Updates

September 14 - Important information for RACF - Updated fact sheet - RACF Emergency Management Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Under the RACF Emergency Management Direction, from 17 September 2021, residential aged care workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and have evidence of a booking to receive, or have received, a second dose.

The fact sheet “Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities – RACF Emergency Management Direction” has been updated. The fact sheet outlines the requirements around mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers and provides clarification about exemptions (more information below).

Exemptions to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement are limited to the below circumstances:

Medical exemption

  • The RACF must be provided with a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person has a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The medical certificate must include whether the exemption is required on either a permanent or temporary basis.
  • AHPPC recommends that medical exemptions should be in line with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) clinical guidance on COVID-19 vaccine in Australia in 2021

Pregnancy

  • The RACF must be provided with a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person is pregnant.
  • Note: Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss vaccination and timing with their health professional. On 9 June 2021, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and ATAGI released a joint statement recommending that pregnant women are routinely offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy due to the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

 Temporary exemption granted by an authorised officer for one of the following reasons:

  • the person is not reasonably able to access a COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September 2021
  • the person’s work or duties at a RACF is necessary to provide for specialist clinical care of a resident; or
  • the person’s work or duties at a RACF is necessary to ensure maintenance of the quality of care available to residents.

Requests for temporary exemptions (not medical exemptions or pregnancy) must be made in writing to the Department for Health and Wellbeing via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au

Applications should be submitted by the RACF or the person’s employer. All applications must include contact details of the applicant and any information relevant to the exemption request, including why that person’s work or duties are necessary to provide for specialist clinical care of a resident or to ensure maintenance of the quality of care available to residents.

Exemptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of an authorised officer, for a maximum period of 4 weeks. For example, a temporary exemption may be given where it has been necessary to deploy staff at short notice to ensure continuation of quality of care at a RACF or to ensure the provision of specialist clinical care in rural settings.

Temporary exemptions may be granted, subject to the following conditions:

  • The unvaccinated person must continue to wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when in the physical presence of other persons on the premises of the RACF.
  • The unvaccinated person must have weekly COVID-19 tests during the period of the temporary exemption and provide the RACF with evidence of a negative test result.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing will provide the RACF with written advice (via email) about whether or not the temporary exemption has been granted by an authorised officer. Requests for exemptions on other grounds will not be considered.

The updated fact sheet is attached and will be available online shortly.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 14 - Mandatory COVID Vaccination - Information for Residential Aged Care providers - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Action required – Update your data on My Aged Care today

All providers are required to ensure their workforce COVID-19 vaccination and exemption data is updated today via My Aged Care.

It is critical providers are keeping their data via My Aged Care as up to date as possible prior to 17 September.

From 17 September onwards, the data you report will be used to assess your compliance with mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination requirements as outlined in the relevant public health orders in your state or territory.

FAQs on exemptions to mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination in residential aged care

A fact sheet addressing some of the most common questions around exemptions is now available on the department’s website.

The fact sheet covers:

  • The difference between an exemption and an exception
  • How to report exemptions in My Aged Care
  • What constitutes a permanent medical exemption versus a temporary medical exemption
  • Exemptions and pregnancy
  • Exemptions and exceptions related to accessing a vaccine
  • Exemptions and exceptions related to staffing levels
  • Exemptions specific to a State or Territory public health order
  • Evidence required to prove an exemption
  • Record keeping in relation to exemptions

With the deadline for mandatory vaccination now just a few days away, it is critical that providers, facility managers and IPC leads understand the requirements for accepting, recording and reporting vaccination information accurately.

Reporting vaccination information in My Aged Care when you have multiple outlet IDs at one site

Providers that have multiple My Aged Care outlets co-located at one residential aged care site and operate as one service are requested to use one outlet ID for reporting their worker and resident vaccination information in My Aged Care.

To drive consistency in the My Aged Care data, it is crucial that those providers operating multiple My Aged Care outlets from one residential aged care site are reporting the same way.

If you operate multiple My Aged Care outlets from one site, but the facility operates substantially as one, please choose one outlet ID to report against, and report “zero” against the other co-located IDs. Please do not duplicate your reported information for each co-located outlet. Conversely, where possible, please do not split your workers and residents across the co-located outlet IDs, unless the sites are operating completely independently, as different facilities.

Recording all workers and residents against a single outlet ID will ensure we have an accurate view of vaccine need, and ensure that public reporting of vaccination rates is accurate.

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 13 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 342: Monday 13 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds and people aged over 60
From today, children aged 12 to 15 and people aged over 60 will be able to book a Pfizer appointment at SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

All SA Health clinics will offer vaccines to children 12 to 15 years, except for the pop-up clinics at Adelaide Myer Centre and Pooraka.

People who already have an existing booking for their first dose of AstraZeneca at an SA Health vaccination clinic, should not cancel their appointment. They will have the option to have Pfizer or AstraZeneca at their appointment.

Appointments are in high demand, and more will be added as more vaccine becomes available.

Bookings can be  made online via the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

Year 11 and 12 student COVID-19 vaccination
Year 11 and 12 students can get priority access for COVID-19 vaccination at SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics during September. This will allow them to be fully vaccinated before they finish school.

Year 11 or 12 can get walk-in at the following SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics without an appointment by showing your student ID:

  • Wayville (before 3.30pm)
  • Elizabeth
  • Enfield
  • Noarlunga
  • Port Augusta
  • Whyalla
  • Port Lincoln
  • Victor Harbor (call before attending 0468 576 150)
  • Mount Barker (call before attending 0468 576 150)
  • Gawler (call before attending 0468 576 150)

They can also book an appointment at any GP or SA Health vaccination clinic.

South Australian exposure locations
SA Health has identified new COVID-19 exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended an exposure location must follow the relevant health advice.

For the full list of exposure location and public health advice, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Queensland border update
Quarantine and testing requirements have been introduced for travellers arriving in South Australia from the City of Brisbane LGA and Logan City LGA.

For more information about quarantine and testing, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

COVID-19 case update
There is one new case of COVID-19 reported today. The case is a woman in her 20s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

There were three cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The cases are a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s who acquired their infections overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival and a man in his 20s who acquired his infection interstate and has been in quarantine since his arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 895 confirmed cases in total
  • 880 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,439,865 total vaccine doses administered
  • 4,144 tests yesterday
  • 2,166,318 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 10 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 341: Friday 10 September 2021

Cross Border Travel Direction update 
The Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction has been updated with changes to requirements for commercial transport and freight workers. 

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Southern Adelaide

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) COVID-19 Vaccination Mobile Clinic will be visiting the below locations over the next few weeks. People 16 years and over can book now.

Wardli Youth Centre, Christie Downs 
Date: Wednesday 15 September 
Time: 2-6pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/2X4JTs2

Marion Cultural Centre
Date: Monday 20 September
Time:10am-3:30pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/2X9Gxo3

Hackham West Community Centre
Date: Wednesday 22 September
Time:1-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/3l7VCyx

Hackham West Community Centre
Date: Thursday 23 September
Time:10:30am-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/3yXT3UP

Christie Downs Community House
Date: Friday 24 September
Time: 12:30pm-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/3yRwu3W

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 891 confirmed cases in total
  • 880 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,406,038 total vaccine doses administered 
  • 5,021 tests yesterday
  • 2,152,397 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 9 - What residential aged care providers and workers need to know about mandatory COVID 19 vaccination - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Currently 89 per cent of residential aged care workers are reported by providers as having received a first dose COVID‑19 vaccine, of which 68 per cent are reported as being fully vaccinated.

Next Friday, 17 September 2021, it becomes mandatory under state and territory public health orders for residential aged care workers to have received at least a first dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine.

All residential aged care workers should provide evidence of their COVID‑19 vaccination, or authorised exemption to a vaccination, to their employer before 17 September 2021.

Providers should also keep a record of workers’ vaccination status, in line with the direction set out in the relevant state or territory public health order.

All residential aged care providers are required now to report on the number of workers with an authorised exemption as part of your weekly reporting via My Aged Care, and are strongly encouraged to keep your workforce vaccination data up to date on a daily basis in the lead up to 17 September.

Where can I find the Public Health Order for my State or Territory?

Public Health Orders (PHOs) for all States and Territories can be found online at the Mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination in residential aged care page on the department’s website.

Public Health Orders (or Directions) explain how the vaccination mandate will apply to residential aged care providers in your state or territory.

All providers and workers are encouraged to review the public health order relevant to their jurisdiction to understand the scope of mandatory vaccination as well as the limited exemptions that may apply.

All providers should now be confirming with their workforce whether they have received their minimum first dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine.

All workers should now be providing evidence to their employer of their vaccination status.

Do workers need to provide evidence of their vaccination status?

Yes. Workers should provide evidence of their COVID‑19 vaccination status, or of an authorised exemption to vaccination, to their employer before 17 September.

There are two ways workers can provide evidence of their vaccination status:

  • Immunisation History Statement – this displays all vaccinations or medical contraindications and authorised exemptions, including COVID‑19, that have been reported to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). All vaccine providers must upload vaccinations to the AIR.
  • COVID-19 Digital Certificate – this is for individuals who have received all required doses of a COVID‑19 vaccine in Australia.

You can access your Immunisation History Statement:

  • online, by setting up your own myGov account and then accessing your Medicare online account; or
  • through the Express Plus Medicare mobile app; or
  • by calling the Australian Immunisation Register enquiries line on 1800 653 809 (8am-5pm, Monday to Friday AEST) and asking them to send your statement to you. Please allow up to 14 days to receive your statement in the post; or
  • by asking your doctor or vaccination provider to print a copy of your statement for you.

People do not need to have a Medicare card to be able to access their Immunisation History Statement.

A fact sheet is available for all residential aged care workers on how to prove their COVID‑19 vaccination status, including step by step guides on how to create a myGov account – How residential aged care workers can prove your COVID-19 vaccination status to your employer.

What if a worker’s vaccination status is not appearing on their Immunisation History Statement?

Some workers may be unable to produce their Immunisation History Statement if they were only vaccinated in the days leading up to the 17 September deadline. This could be because the vaccine provider has not uploaded the person’s vaccination record to the Australian Immunisation Register.

If your workforce was vaccinated on site by a Commonwealth vaccine provider, and a worker’s vaccination status is not yet appearing on their Immunisation History Statement, please email the Department at VAS.contracts.COVID-19@health.gov.au and we will follow up immediately with the vaccine provider. You will need to provide the individual’s full name, Medicare number and date of vaccination at your facility.

If a worker was vaccinated at an alternate site, such as a GP or state and territory run clinic, providers should assist their workers in contacting the vaccine provider and requesting the vaccination record be uploaded to their Immunisation History Statement.

What if a worker can’t provide their Immunisation History Statement by 17 September?

If a worker is unable to get a copy of their Immunisation History Statement prior to 17 September, they should:

  • advise their employer where and when they received their first dose COVID‑19 vaccination, and
  • provide alternate evidence such as proof of their vaccination appointment or a signed declaration that they have received a minimum first dose.

Workers must then provide a copy of their Immunisation History Statement, or show their COVID‑19 Digital Certificate as soon as possible.

Providers should record the worker as being vaccinated but is responsible for following up to ensure the worker provides the required proof of vaccination.

What if a worker cannot get vaccinated before the 17 September deadline?

Your state or territory Public Health Order will provide direction on whether or not the worker will qualify for a temporary exemption due to an inability to access a COVID-19 vaccine before the 17 September deadline.

Any exemption will need to be provided by your State or Territory’s health authority. The worker may be required to provide evidence before 17 September of an appointment to get vaccinated.

All residential aged workers currently have priority access to receive a Pfizer vaccination across all available channels. This includes on-site clinics, dedicated hubs in your community, primary care clinics and state and territory run clinics.

Workers are encouraged to seek the support of their employer to receive their vaccine now. All providers must support their workers to access a COVID‑19 vaccine.

Providers are requested to contact their local Primary Health Network as quickly as possible if you need help in assisting your workers to access a vaccine appointment.

What do workers need to take to their vaccination appointment?

Residential aged care workers can confirm their eligibility for priority vaccination by providing the following documents:

  • proof of identity (e.g. driver’s licence, passport, birth certificate) and
  • proof of employment (e.g. one of the following)
    • letter from your employer confirming you have priority access
    • current work ID card or payslip confirming you are currently employed at a residential aged care facility, and
    • Medicare card, if you have one.

What do I need to know about exemptions to mandatory vaccination?

In a very narrow set of circumstances, a temporary exemption may apply if an aged care worker can demonstrate every effort to access a vaccination by 17 September 2021 but is unable to due to supply or access limitations.

This will be a matter for individual states and territories, including determining the process for applying for and approving exemptions based on the relevant processes and decision-making bodies in each jurisdiction. We will publish more information on the department’s website as it becomes available.

In these cases, the Commonwealth should be made aware of the application of these exemptions and will utilise existing channels to ensure vaccination as quickly as possible. Once this occurs, the exemption should be revoked.

The AHPPC recommended medical exemptions to align with the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) clinical guidance on COVID‑19 vaccine in Australia in 2021.

All temporary and permanent medical exemptions must be authorised by a medical practitioner.

None of the public health directions released to date have allowed exemptions on religious, political or personal grounds.

As employers, residential aged care providers should carefully consider the formal public health orders and directions applicable to them in each of the relevant states and territories that their facilities operate.

While individuals are personally responsible for complying with the mandatory COVID‑19 vaccination requirements, providers must also take reasonable steps to ensure non-compliant workers do not enter and remain at their facility.

Providers should undertake a case-by-case assessment to take into account its workplace, its workers and the nature of the work they perform. Providers are encouraged to review information on the Fair Work Australia website which steps out COVID‑19 vaccinations, workplace rights and obligations.

How can a worker prove they have an authorised exemption to COVID‑19 vaccination?

There are only limited exemptions to receiving a COVID‑19 vaccination if you work in residential aged care. For more information visit your state or territory department of health website to understand what exemption documentation is required.

Each state or territory public health order on COVID‑19 mandatory vaccination in residential aged care will provide direction on what exemptions may be considered. The public health order will also provide direction on the evidence workers must provide to their employer as proof of an authorised exemption to a COVID‑19 vaccine.

Authorised Medical practitioners (including General Practitioners) can notify the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) of an individual who has a vaccine exemption due to medical contraindications or natural immunity which will be displayed on an individual’s Immunisation History Statement (IHS). This includes permanent vaccine exemption or temporary vaccine exemption until a specified date due to acute major illness, significant immunocompromise of short duration and pregnancy.

Top 3 residential aged care worker questions – video

Professor Michael Kidd AM, the Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer answers the top 3 questions asked by residential aged care workers.

These include:

  1. Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
  2. Can you get a COVID-19 vaccine without a Medicare Card?
  3. What are the vaccine exemptions for residential aged care workers?

Please share the video with your workforce and networks.

Resources for workers:

Resources for providers and facility managers and IPC leads:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 9 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 340: Thursday 9 September 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation recommend mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.

Those who are pregnant and their unborn baby have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 than non-pregnant people:

  • 5 times higher risk of requiring a hospital admission.
  • 2-3 times higher risk of needing treatment in a hospital intensive care unit.
  • 5 times higher chance of being born preterm or admission to a special care nursery.

For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccineandpregnancy.

COVID-19 case update

There are two new cases of COVID-19 today, reported from a medi-hotel. 
Today’s cases are a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s who both acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 891 confirmed cases in total
  • 879 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,387,462 total vaccine doses administered 
  • 5,537 tests yesterday
  • 2,147,376 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 8 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 338: Wednesday 8 September 2021

Activities Direction update

From 12.01am 9 September 2021, a new Activities Direction will come into effect. Changes include:

  • Private activity capacity has increased from 50 people to 150 people.
  • If more than 50 people are present at the private activity the following applies;
    • Restrictions on dancing and singing
    • Approved contact tracing system and records
    • COVID Marshal (independent and not impaired by alcohol or drugs).

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 vaccine information session for multicultural communities 

Hosted by Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease, learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine at one of SA Health’s upcoming information sessions for multicultural communities:

When: Tuesday 21 September 2021

Where: Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street Hindmarsh

Time: 2.00-3.30pm or 6.00-7.30pm

For more information or to register visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmulticultural

COVID-19 case update

There is one new historical case of COVID-19 today, reported from a medi-hotel. Today’s case is a child who acquired their infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. The case is not active but has been included in our case numbers as it has not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 6 active COVID-19 cases
  • 889 confirmed cases in total
  • 879 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,351,041 total vaccine doses administered 
  • 7,146 tests yesterday
  • 2,141,839 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 8 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

Keep South Australia COVID safe

There is a very high risk of COVID-19 in the community due to the outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria. Practising COVID safe behaviours is as important as ever.

Testing

If you begin to feel unwell, visit a testing centre immediately. Avoid contact with others by staying at home until you are feeling well again.

It is important to get tested when you are sick, even if you have mild symptoms, so we can find any cases of COVID-19 in the community early and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Pop-up testing clinics are available in locations in metropolitan and regional South Australia.

SA Health has launched a new campaign to encourage all South Australians with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested. Click here to view and download campaign materials to share.

We have also translated fact sheets about COVID-19 testing, available at: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtranslated.

Masks

Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask in the correct way. Make sure your mask fits securely around your face, covering both your mouth and your nose. Encourage others to wear their mask correctly too. Some people do not need wear a mask for medical reasons. You can learn more about masks at: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks.

COVID SAfe check-in

Using QR Codes to check in helps to stop the spread of COVID-19.

QR codes are now available on all public transport (buses, trains and trams) and point-to-point services (taxis, ride share).

Each business and event with a COVID Safe Plan is required to display  QR Code, and visitors/guests must check in using the free mySA GOV app.

COVID-19 vaccine information sessions: Tuesday 21 September

Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease from SA Health are holding a community information session with important information about COVID-19 vaccines. To register yourself, or other people, click on the below session you would like to attend. Please register by Monday 20 September.

Tuesday 21 September

Afternoon session

2pm – 3.30pm

 

Evening session

6pm – 7.30pm

 

SA COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health has identified new COVID-19 exposure locations in regional South Australia, linked to interstate truck drivers.

Please check the website to see if you have been to any of the COVID-19 exposure locations and follow the public health actions required.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 6 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 338: Monday 6 September 2021

SA COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19 interstate.

For more information and a list of testing sites visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 Testing Campaign

There is a higher risk of COVID-19 entering South Australia due to the current outbreaks interstate. Maintaining high rates of testing is essential to identifying any potential cases of COVID-19 in the community early to stop the spread of COVID-19.

SA Health has launched new campaign materials that encourage all South Australians with symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, to get tested.

Click here to view and download campaign materials, including posters and email signature block.

Forum on COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) and Robinson Research Institute is presenting a forum on COVID Vaccination in Children and Young People on Tuesday 21 September at the University of Adelaide. 

Expert speakers will present on evidence based research around recommendations for children globally, disease burden from COVID-19 in children, SA analysis around vaccine uptake, clinical trials of COVID in children and adolescents and the proposed rollout in South Australia.

More information and to register is available here.

COVID-19 case update

Today’s case is a woman in her 20s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival. The case is considered a historical infection and has been added to South Australia’s case numbers as it has not been counted overseas.

Over the weekend, there were four cases reported. The cases were a woman in her 50s, a man in his 30s and a boy and girl, both under 10. All four cases acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 882 confirmed cases in total
  • 871 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,336,759 total vaccine doses administered
  • 3,853 tests yesterday
  • 2,129,826 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 6 - Important information for RACF - EOI sought for COVID-19 Infection Control Link Nurse Training Program from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

SA Health is committed to supporting the aged care sector in the prevention, preparation, management and recovery stages of responding to COVID-19 situations in South Australia.

Last year, all South Australian RACF were invited to send a representative to attend Infection Control (IC) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donning and Doffing Training provided by SA Health’s Infection Control Services. The practical session is available to view online and may be used in conjunction with the Training Tool for the Correct Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Residential Aged Care Facilities.

This training supplemented the mandatory Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers online training module, which is required to be completed by all employees and contractors who provide nursing care or personal care to residents in a residential aged care facility. This online training is being reviewed and updated and more information will be provided in the coming weeks.

To further assist RACF with their outbreak preparedness activities, Office for Ageing Well invites expressions of interest from RACF to attend a free 5-day COVID-19 Infection Control Link Nurse (CICLN) training program, provided by Infection Control Services (ICS), Communicable Disease Control Branch, Department for Health and Wellbeing. The program comprises 2 days of face-to-face training (Mon-Tues) in Adelaide’s CBD and 3 days of blended delivery (MS Teams and self-directed eLearning activities) (Wed-Fri).

The 1 week training program covers:

  • Infection prevention and control in the context of COVID-19
  • Infection control risk assessment
  • Outbreak response
  • PPE and PFR fit testing
  • COVID-19 swab collection and vaccinations

* Please note, there is very limited availability for this training. More sessions may be run in the future. Please nominate only one representative in your expression of interest. *

Expressions of interest should be emailed to officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au by COB Friday 17 September and include:

  • Name of RACF
  • Name and role of person who would be undertaking the training program
  • Confirmation that the person can attend 2 days face-to-face in Adelaide CBD plus 3 days online
  • Preference for date:
  • 18 -22 October 2021
  • 22 – 26 November 2021

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 3 - Important information for RACF - Updated fact sheet - RACF Emergency Management Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Under the RACF Emergency Management Direction, from 17 September 2021, residential aged care workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and have evidence of a booking to receive, or have received, a second dose.

The fact sheet “Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities – RACF Emergency Management Direction” has been updated. The fact sheet outlines the requirements around mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers and provides clarification about exemptions.

The updated fact sheet is attached and will be available online shortly.

From 10 September 2021, anyone entering a RACF, including employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors, must use COVID SAfe Check-In (QR Code) to capture their relevant contact details. If they are not able to use the COVID Safe Check-In, they must sign in using a paper record. RACF must display the COVID SAfe Check-In QR code at the point of entry. A paper record must be made available for people who are unable to use the COVID Safe Check-In app.

Thank you for providing site data to OFAW so the QR codes can be generated and distributed ready for implementation by 10 September. You will receive the QR codes from DPC in the coming days.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 3 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 337: Friday 3 September 2021

COVID-19 testing site update
The Port Wakefield COVID-19 testing station will open from 9am to 4pm daily until Tuesday 14 September. 

For more information and other testing options, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

Interstate exposure locations
A number of new COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Queensland and Western Australia. Anyone who has visited any of the locations at the date and times should quarantine and get a COVID-19 test immediately and complete the online form to notify SA Health.

For more information or to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

COVID-19 case update
Today’s cases are a man in his 30s and a child who acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Of these, one is a historical case and not considered active. 

Two interstate acquired cases reported yesterday have returned to NSW and are no longer in South Australia. Therefore, a decision has now been made that they are no longer counted as active cases in SA. 

A woman in her 40s who was transferred from Broken Hill remains at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition. Her case has been counted in NSW and is no longer classified as an active case. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 877 confirmed cases in total
  • 870 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,302,917 total vaccine doses administered
  • 6,676 tests yesterday
  • 2,114,297 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 3 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Update your My Aged Care Workforce Vaccination data now

Nationally, 83% of residential aged care workers are reported by providers as having received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine, of those 62% are fully vaccinated.

212 aged care facilities report 100% of their workers have received a first dose COVID-19 vaccine. A further 909 facilities report that 90 – 100% of their workforce have received a first dose.

197 services report less than 60% of workers having received a first dose.

You are strongly urged to ensure your reporting is accurate and counts all currently engaged workers only. A fact sheet has been provided to all providers and facilities and will shortly be available on the website.

Please keep your data updated on a daily basis via My Aged Care as the 17 September deadline for mandatory vaccination approaches.

The data available publicly on the interactive map is as provided by you and the map is updated by 5pm each weekday.

Know your relevant Public Health Order

All residential aged care providers and facility management are responsible for knowing their obligations under the state or territory public health order on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination as it applies to you and your workforce.

All states and territories excluding Victoria have now released their public health orders, which are available on the department’s website.

The Victorian Department of Health has notified providers they need to ensure workers are vaccinated by 16 September 2021. The scope of mandatory vaccination for Victorian workers is expected to adhere to the AHPPC framework therefore workers should be strongly encouraged to get their first dose COVID-19 vaccination now.

You are strongly encouraged to view your respective state or territory health department websites for further information and guidance on compliance requirements, required evidence by workers on first dose vaccination or exemption to vaccination, as directed under the relevant public health order.

Take action now if access to a vaccine is an issue 

We are working with each facility to ensure plans are in place, and to provide support where needed, to ensure every worker has access to vaccination prior to 17 September.

If you have any workers who are unable to access a COVID-19 vaccine please urgently contact your Primary Health Network or Commonwealth State Office Manager.

Pfizer is available to residential aged care workers regardless of age. This includes workers who do not have a Medicare card.

Workers can get priority access to a Pfizer vaccine at:

  • On site clinics. These clinics are being delivered in RACFs by Commonwealth Vaccine providers, residential aged care providers or by primary care providers such as GPs.
  • Dedicated Pfizer vaccination hubs for residential aged care and disability workers only.
  • Primary Care sites, including GPs, Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Service, and
  • State and territory vaccination clinics.

All facilities have received the details on all the vaccination channels available to their workers.

All primary care and state or territory vaccination channels have been requested to prioritise access for residential aged care workers, and to offer an appointment within seven (7) days.

If workers have questions or need help to book an appointment, they can call the dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080 and select option 4.

No fault COVID-19 indemnity scheme

The Australian Government has finalised the details of the no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme following extensive consultation to ensure a comprehensive National Scheme.

The Scheme will provide Australians with quick access to compensation for COVID-19 claims related to the administration of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine delivered through a Commonwealth Government approved program.

The Scheme will be administered by Services Australia and will provide Australians with a single front door to a simple and quick administrative process for compensation. The TGA will provide guidance on recognised adverse reactions as part of their established surveillance program.

From 6 September Australians who suffer injury and loss of income due to their COVID-19 vaccine will be able to register their intent to claim from the COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme webpage.

The Scheme will cover the costs of injuries above $5,000 due to a proven adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccination. Claims will be assessed by independent experts, and compensation paid based on the recommendations.

The cost of compensation payments under this Scheme will be fully funded by the Commonwealth and is designed to help the small number of people who unfortunately experience a moderate to significant adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Scheme will be backdated to February 2021.

Mandatory vaccination for ACQSC field staff

The Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s vaccination policy requires all field staff, including quality assessors, to be vaccinated against the seasonal flu where it is available (unless medically exempt). The Commission is updating this policy to include COVID-19.

In correspondence to approved providers on 16 August, Commissioner Janet Anderson PSM stated “as a further protection for aged care consumers and staff, the Commission is introducing the same requirement”  – for all field staff to at a minimum, a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September.

Key resources to support your workers

  • Webinar series for residential aged care workers on COVID-19 mandatory vaccination – the department has held jurisdiction-specific webinars for workers in SA, TAS, NSW, QLD, ACT and NT, and VIC will be held next week. The webinars are recorded and links to the webinars will be provided to you to share with your workers as soon as possible.
  • A fact sheet is available for workers on the safety of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Pregnant women are advised to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19 is higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.
  • COVID-19 vaccines – Is it true? is available for workers providing accurate, evidence-based answers to questions about COVId-19 vaccines to share with your workforce.

Grief and trauma support in aged care: Promotional tools and translated resources including Indigenous designed content

As part of the Aged Care COVID-19 grief and trauma response package, the Government has funded expert organisations to provide free grief, trauma, dementia and advocacy support for those living, working and caring for people in the aged care sector.

This support is intended to support aged care residents, home care recipients, their loved ones, friends, families, community visitors and aged care staff during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help you share information about the free supports in your organisations, and in your communities, the following resources are available for your use. Please share the information, so that people in your community who need help can get help.

You can download and print the resources, or order in print using the resources order form. Please send the order form directly to the printers, and they will send all of the printed resources below to you at no cost.

Information to raise awareness of the supports in your organisations and communities:

Social media images (tiles) and content for you to share on your social media pages

There are multiple images for each provider/service targeted at the various audiences: aged care residents, home care recipients, families and loved ones, aged care staff, and ‘generic’

There is accompanying text that has been drafted for you to share with the images on your platforms. There is suggested content available for Facebook, LinkedIn, and twitter.

Trauma fact sheets (available across 8 languages – English, Chinese Simp, Chinese Trad, Arabic, Hindi, Filipino, Italian, Greek).

Including understating trauma, impacts of trauma, trauma loss and grief, self-care, supporting others, understanding trauma and dementia, trauma and Veterans. Targeted at:

  • older people, their families and loved ones
  • families and loved ones
  • aged care staff.

Download from the Phoenix Australia Trauma & Aged Care Support and Information hub, or order in print at no cost using the resources order form.

Grief fact sheets (available in 6 languages – English, Chinese Simp, Chinese Trad, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek)

  • What is grief?
  • Non-death grief and loss
  • Ageing and Self compassion
  • Resilience and aged care
  • Older Australians – when grief won’t heal
  • Uncertainty and aged care
  • Grief and aged care Managers
  • Self-Care for workers.

Download from the Aged Care Grief and Bereavement Support website, or order in print at no cost using the resources order form.

Newsletter content
We have newsletter content available for your use – which can work as website content or be shared as a short/long piece in your own editorials.

For more information, email ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 2 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 336: Thursday 2 September 2021

Interstate exposure locations
A number of new COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Queensland. If anyone has visited any of the locations at the date and time listed, they should quarantine and complete the online form to notify SA Health.

For more information or to complete the form visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

Cross Border Travel Direction update 
From 3.05pm 2 September 2021, a new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction came into effect which includes changes to requirements for commercial transport and freight workers. 

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 testing site update
The Repat (Daw Park) COVID-19 drive-through testing site entrance is moving. From tomorrow Friday 3 September, entry will be via Francis Street, Daw Park (entry to Francis St is from Daws Road).

To book a COVID-19 test, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

COVID-19 case update
There have been four new cases reported today. Two of the cases were announced late yesterday afternoon and include a man in his 30s and a man in his 20s who acquired their infections interstate. The two truck drivers spent time in the community in SA while infections. Both cases have since returned to New South Wales. 

A further two cases, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 40s, who acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Of these, one is a historical case and is not considered active.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 875 confirmed cases in total
  • 866 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,284,780 total vaccine doses administered
  • 6,272 tests yesterday
  • 2,107,621 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 1 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 335: Wednesday 1 September 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has identified additional exposure locations in South Australia associated with positive cases of COVID-19 interstate. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 871 confirmed cases in total
  • 864 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,267,807 total vaccine doses administered
  • 7,349 tests yesterday
  • 2,101,349 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

September 1 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

SA COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health has identified COVID-19 exposure locations in regional South Australia, linked to interstate truck drivers.

Please check the website to see if you have been to any of the COVID-19 exposure locations and follow the public health actions required: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Reminder: COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

All South Australians aged 16 and over are eligible to book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccines:

  • The Pfizer vaccine is available for everyone 16 to 59 years of age.
  • Some children aged 12 to 15 years are eligible to get vaccinated if they meet the criteria.
  • All other children aged 12-15 years will become eligible to get vaccinated in coming weeks.
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for all people aged 18 years and over. To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, people will need to make an informed decision by speaking with the vaccination provider at their appointment.
  • People aged 60 years and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine mobile clinics update

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) COVID-19 Vaccination Mobile Clinic will be visiting community centres in the southern suburbs over the coming weeks to ensure vaccinations are accessible to everyone. Anyone 16+ can book into one of these sessions:

Hackham West Community Centre, 44 Glynville Dr
Thursday 2 September 10am-3pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/38edVfw

Christie Downs Community House, Corner Flaxmill Rd & Morton Rd
Friday 3 September 12pm-3.30pm
Book here: https://bit.ly/38ihQry 

More mobile clinics are being planned across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

COVID-19 vaccine information sessions: Tuesday 21 September

Professor Nicola Spurrier and Dr Chris Lease from SA Health are holding an online community information session about COVID-19 vaccines. To register yourself, or other people, click on the below session you would like to attend. Please register by Monday 20 September.

Tuesday 21 September

Afternoon session

2pm – 3.30pm

 

Evening session

6pm – 7.30pm

Border restrictions 

For the latest information on interstate travel restrictions, including testing and quarantine requirements, please visit sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 31 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 334: Tuesday 31 August 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has identified exposure locations in South Australia associated with a positive case of COVID-19 in New South Wales. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

Border restriction update 

Effective 9.30am 31 August 2021, there are no testing or quarantine requirements for people entering South Australia from Northern Territory or Queensland.

Travellers who entered South Australia before 9.30am today and have been in Katherine and Greater Brisbane in the last 14 days, must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after arrival.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit).

Information on interstate testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate

In addition, Essential Travellers in Commercial Transport and Freight Services categories are not required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by 24 September 2021.

More information, including the new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 testing site update

A temporary COVID-19 testing site is opening tomorrow Wednesday 1 September from 9am – 4pm at 22 Snowtown Road, Port Wakefield. 

A COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic has also been set up at Balaklava Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. From tomorrow, the drive-through clinic hours will be 9.30am – 12pm and 12.30pm – 3pm, 7 days a week.

To find a testing location and opening hours, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 871 confirmed cases in total
  • 864 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Vaccination data not available at time of publishing
  • 5,294 tests yesterday
  • 2,094,000 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 30 - Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination reporting requirements for CHSP and NATSIFACP providers - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Reporting of the COVID-19 vaccination status of the aged care workforce of Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and NATSIFACP home care providers will become mandatory from October 2021.

CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers will be required to report and provide weekly updates every Tuesday on the COVID-19 vaccination status of the aged care workforce.

Starting on Tuesday 21 September 2021, all CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers will be required to keep records of workforce COVID-19 vaccinations.

On Tuesday 5 October 2021, all CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers must provide weekly reports via the My Aged Care portal for providers.

The new reporting will require CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers to record de-identified data at a service level on the:

  • total number of workers at each aged care service, and of those,
  • the number of workers at each service who have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • the number of workers at each service who have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Further information will be available on the department’s website shortly.

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 27 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 322: Friday 27 August 2021

Cross Border Travel Direction update 

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 12.38pm on Friday 27 August 2021.

Essential Travellers (excluding Victorian Cross Border Community Members and Emergency Services workers) must have evidence of a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering South Australia. 

People who arrive by air and have not had a COVID-19 test in the past 72 hours, will be turned around or escorted to a medi-hotel which will be at their own cost – they may also receive an expiation notice.

From 24 September 2021,  Essential Travellers (excluding Victorian Cross Border Community Members and Emergency Services workers and Commercial Transport and Freight) will have to show evidence they have received at least one TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Activities Direction update

The Emergency Management (Activities—Associated Direction No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 12.33pm on Friday 27 August 2021.

This Direction outlines the difference between a Private Function and Private Activity. Private Functions can only be held at a premise which is an ongoing licensed premises. An activity at a hall or other venue using a short term liquor license remains a Private Activity and cannot have more than 50 people present.

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 870 confirmed cases in total
  • 864 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,203,284 total vaccine doses administered
  • 5,872 tests yesterday
  • 2,074,555 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 329: Tuesday 24 August 2021

Activities Direction update

From 4.53pm 24 August 2021, a new Activities Direction came into effect, which includes changes to seated food and beverage consumption at a bar or counter. 

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 870 confirmed cases in total
  • 863 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,150,816 total vaccine doses administered
  • 5,380 tests yesterday
  • 2,057,689 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 24 - SPECIAL COVID-19 WEBINAR FOR RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE WORKERS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Thursday 26 August 2021 / 11.00am – 12.00pm SA time

All residential aged care workers in South Australia are invited to a special live webinar this Thursday 26 August from 11.00am – 12.00pm SA time (11.30am – 12.30pm CBR time).

This webinar is for South Australian residential aged care workers to get information about COVID19 vaccines and vaccine safety, find out how to access a priority COVID-19 vaccination and to understand more about mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and how it will be applied from 17 September 2021.

The main purpose of the webinar is to answer questions residential aged care workers might have on COVID-19 vaccination and on the SA public health order on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in residential aged care, which was released on 11 August.

The host will be Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd AM and panellists include:

  • Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, Deputy Chief Medical Officer / Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Department for Health and Wellbeing, SA Health
  • Evlynn Hayes, A/Director, Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
  • Beverly Barber, COVID-19 Vaccine Department for Health and Wellbeing, SA Health
  • Lisa Peterson, Assistant Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Health
  • Lauren Palmer, National Research & Policy Officer, Health Services Union (HSU)

Panellists will cover topics such as:

  • why it is so important to get vaccinated against COVID-19
  • how workers can access priority Pfizer vaccinations ahead of the 17 September deadline
  • how workers will be supported to be vaccinated by their workplace and government
  • some of reasons workers might feel hesitant about getting vaccinated and how they can feel more assured
  • how mandatory COVID-19 vaccination will apply in the state of South Australia.

Participants can submit questions to VacTaskForceAgedCare_Comms@Health.gov.au any time before the webinar.

Participants can also submit questions during the live webinar, and this can be anonymously if preferred.

All residential aged care facilities are asked to circulate information on the webinar to all workers (including all full time and casual workers, contractors, volunteers engaged by facilities and students on placement) and to encourage attendance – particularly by those who are yet to receive their vaccination.

This is an excellent opportunity for residential aged care workers to have any concerns addressed directly.

Please note the webinar format will enable up to 1000 participants to join the live webinar. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the health.gov.au website.

The details to join the webinar are provided below. You can join on your computer or mobile device or by phone.

When: Thursday 26 August 2021

Time: The webinar will start promptly at 11.00am – 12.00pm SA time (11.30am – 12.30pm CBR time).

Join from the event link
https://health-au.webex.com/health-au/j.php?MTID=m4ef94c610ba0cead9c98c7f0f6eb1462

Join by phone
+61-2-9338-2221 Australia Toll

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Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 24 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

SA Health – Check in at RACFs

SA Health issued the new Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) Direction

The Direction introduces requirements from 10 September 2021 for operators and all persons entering a RACF must register their attendance using the approved contact tracing systems – COVID SAfe CheckIn (QR) app or a written record.

Please visit the SA Government website to find more information, including the new Direction and frequently asked questions.

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Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 23 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

ACSA and LASA Staff Vaccination Support Service for COVID-19 Vaccination

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) as industry leaders are working together to support residential aged care providers to respond to the mandate for COVID-19 vaccination for their staff.

ACSA and LASA are working with the Department of Health to proactively engage with those providers where uptake of vaccination is low or at risk of not being achieved by the 17 September deadline.

The Staff Vaccination Support Service will build on the successful collaboration by the sector to support single site working implementation. This service will be available to all those providers identified by the Department as needing or who have requested additional support, to realise effective, efficient and safe vaccination of their staff. This service is provided by ACSA and LASA to all residential aged care approved providers.

The service will provide:

  • Local engagement at the state level with providers to identify barriers to uptake, navigate access to channels for vaccination and support providers to build a plan to address gaps or speed in uptake. This support will enable aggregated information on systemic barriers to uptake to be prepared for the Department of Health and will also identify enablers to uptake which can be shared across the sector. Each week representatives from ACSA and LASA will contact providers to discuss strategies at the local level and to monitor progress.
  • A coordinated communications campaign to support and encourage uptake at the local level as well as national activities as momentum is built towards the 17 September deadline and after
  • An employee relations toolkit for providers to support their discussions with staff as well as an advisory service for providers to discuss issues related to the mandating of vaccination.

Information will shortly be available on the department’s website.

Save-the-Date: mandatory COVID-19 vaccination webinar for residential aged care workers

A series of jurisdiction-specific webinars will be presented to residential aged care workers over the next two weeks.

The webinars are to further support the residential aged care workforce on priority COVID-19 vaccination and to provide information about your state or territory public health order for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.

Workers are encouraged to save-the-date for the webinar in their region. Dates and times are available below:

Day

Date

Time (AEST)

Jurisdiction

Thursday

26 August

11.30am – 12.30pm

SA

Friday

27 August

11.00am – 12.00pm

TAS

Friday

27 August

2.00pm – 3.00pm

QLD

Monday

30 August

11.00am – 12.00pm

VIC

Wednesday

1 September

2.30pm – 3.30pm

NSW

Friday

3 September

11.00am – 12.00pm

ACT

Friday

3 September

2.30pm – 3.30pm

NT

These live webinars will provide an opportunity for residential aged care workers to get information on mandatory vaccination and to ask any questions they may have about vaccine safety and efficacy.

Each session will be chaired by the Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd, AM or Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Adj. Professor Alison McMillan with panellists including:

  • State and territory government representatives
  • Unions
  • Clinicians.

The webinars will run for around one hour with brief opening remarks from the chairperson and panellists, followed by a substantive Q&A session aimed at addressing the questions and concerns most important to workers.

More information, including panellist and login details will be available shortly.

Webinars: trauma, grief, and loss in the aged care sector

As part of the Aged Care COVID-10 grief and trauma response package, the Department has funded expert organisations to provide grief, trauma and dementia support for those living, working and caring for people in the aged care sector.

There are several webinars that have been hosted that are available for viewing. Please encourage your staff and colleagues to view them and seek support when needed.

More information
A brochure in 64 languages as well as an Indigenous design, and poster in 10 languages raising awareness of the supports available for download are on the Department’s grief and trauma COVID-19 support services page.

Fact sheets on grief and loss in aged care, as well as trauma and self-care in aged care in multiple languages are available to order. Brochures, posters and fact sheets can be ordered in print at no cost to you using the resource order form on the program resources page.

For more information contact ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au.

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Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 328: Monday 23 August 2021

Home Quarantine SA trial

A trial of the Home Quarantine SA app will begin this week. Home Quarantine SA is a mobile app, supported by SA Health and SA Police, that will safely and effectively increase South Australia’s quarantine capacity.

The program is being trialled with a small cohort of suitable returning SA residents from interstate restricted zones.

More information will be available as the trial progresses and is reviewed.

Border restriction update

From 6.00pm 22 August 2021, all people who have been in Victoria in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering South Australia.

Essential travellers and people fleeing domestic violence are permitted, however they must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Cross Border Travel Direction and apply using the Cross Border Traveller form.

All other people wishing to travel to SA must apply for approval to enter using the SA Health Essential traveller health exemption form. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and priority will be given to urgent compassionate applications.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Record numbers of COVID-19 vaccination

Latest data shows 98,712 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered to South Australians last week, breaking the previous record of more than 87,500 in the week prior.

Last week, eligibility of the vaccine was expanded to all South Australians aged 16 years and over and a record 150,000 bookings were recorded last Monday alone.

South Australians can check their eligibility and make an appointment at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.COVID-19 case update
Today’s case is woman in her 30s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 870 confirmed cases in total
  • 863 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,135,674 total vaccine doses administered
  • 4,571 tests yesterday
  • 2,052,278 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 23 - Important information RACF Providers - Cross Border Travel Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Given the developing outbreak events interstate, multiple Associated Directions have been published over the previous few months and have varying impacts on who may enter or remain on the premises of a South Australian RACF.

The current Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—General No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 00.01 am on 11 July 2021 and should be read in conjunction with the latest Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—Associated Direction No 44) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 that came in to effect 6:00 pm on 22 August 2021.

Current limitations on entry for South Australian arrivals are outlined in the attached Cross Border Travel Table.

The following arrivals must not enter or remain in a RACF for 14 days upon arrival:

  • ACT, NSW, VICTORIA and Overseas Arrivals (currently prohibited from entering SA unless exempt)
  • People who have transited through NSW (including Sydney Airport) from an unrestricted location
  • Greater Brisbane
  • Katherine local government area of NT – within the last 14 days prior to arriving in SA but not before 15 August 2021

The following arrivals are not subject to any restrictions:

  • Tasmania and Western Australia
  • People who are arriving from any other area in Queensland (excluding Greater Brisbane)
  • People who are arriving from Northern Territory (excluding local government area of Katherine)
  • Transiting through an Airport (excluding Sydney Airport)

Further information about cross border travel requirements is available on the SA Police website: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 20 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 327: Friday 20 August 2021

Border restriction update 

Effective 9.30am 20 August 2021, restrictions have eased with Northern Territory and Queensland. Information on testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

More information on the new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Activities Direction update

From 12.01am 21 August 2021, a new Activities Direction will come into effect, which includes changes to capacity limits for gatherings at residential premises and food and beverage consumption whilst standing at a private gathering and a private function.

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction update

The new Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) Direction came into effect today at 10.57am. The Direction introduces requirements from 10 September 2021 for operators and all persons entering a RACF must register their attendance using the approved contact tracing systems – COVID SAfe CheckIn (QR) app or a written record. 

Find more information, including the new Direction and frequently asked questions, at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 869 confirmed cases in total
  • 863 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,103,513 total vaccine doses administered
  • 6,108 tests yesterday
  • 2,037,920 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 20 - Important information for RACF: QR codes and updated RACF Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Effective 10:57am, Friday 20 August 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities 40) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and will be replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities 41) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

The amendment introduces a requirement for RACF to implement the State Government’s COVIDSAfeCheckIn QR code system.

COVIDSAfeCheckIn QR codes in RACF

From 10 September 2021, anyone entering a RACF (including employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors) must check in with the COVIDSAfeCheckIn app for the purpose of capturing their relevant contact details or, when they are unable to do so, to record their details in a manual register provided for that purpose. This has been implemented to ensure contact tracers have the most efficient access to information in the event of community transmission of COVID-19, and to allow SA Health to contact those who have attended a specific site as quickly as possible.

South Australian RACF will be required to display the State Government’s COVIDSAfeCheck-In QR code at the point of entry by 10 September 2021. This will fulfill the requirement to capture relevant contact details but will not remove other entry or record keeping requirements such as vaccination status, screening requirements etc.

Important: Do not create a COVID-Safe Plan to generate a QR code. To assist RACFs in this process, Office for Ageing Well will compile a verified data set using information provided by RACF and the information will be used to generate a specific QR code for the RACF (a COVID-Safe Plan dictating density requirements is not required as these are already outlined in the approved COVID-19 Infection Control Plan). The QR code will be sent to RACF prior to the implementation date (10 September 2021).

All South Australian RACF are required to complete a short form of six (6) questions (see below link) by 5pm, Friday 27 August 2021. This should take no more than 5-10 minutes.

It is suggested that you have all of the information that will be required to complete the survey prior to you commencing it in Survey Monkey.

RACF QR code form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M99GVJ3

These questions must be completed by each individual site with a unique RACF ID (not per organisation) and must be completed by ALL sites, even if they have already implemented a voluntary QR code.

Until 10 September 2021, RACF operators must continue to maintain a register at point of entry and keep accurate staff records.

Summary of process:

  1. Each individual RACF site with a unique RACF ID is required to complete all questions (6) in the form by 5pm, Friday 27 August 2021
  2. Office for Ageing Well will compile and verify the data
  3. QR codes will be sent to RACF prior to 10 September 2021
  4. From 10 September 2021, RACF must display the new QR code and ensure that anyone entering a RACF checks in with the COVIDSAfeCheckIn app (or when they are unable to do so, record their details in a manual register provided for that purpose).

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 19 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 326: Thursday 19 August 2021

COVID-19 case update

Today’s case is a man in his 40s who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

A man in his 20s remains in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 869 confirmed cases in total
  • 863 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,087,147 total vaccine doses administered
  • 5,912 tests yesterday
  • 2,031,812 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 19 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Emergency and Crisis Management Training Program 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted vulnerabilities in aged care crisis management and in particular, effective decision making.

The Emergency and Crisis Management Training Program 2021 aims to provide aged care providers with the knowledge, tools and confidence to build or strengthen their organisation’s emergency and crisis management capability. This will assist providers to better ensure continued delivery of safe and quality care in challenging situations.

RiskLogic and First 5 Minutes, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, have developed a tailored program for aged care provider chief executive officers, board members, senior management and directors of nursing, to cover core aspects of risk and emergency/crisis response preparedness.

When is the course available?
The program will be available from August 2021. It will be delivered entirely online through a combination of:

  • self-paced eLearning modules
  • group mentoring sessions
  • one-on-one sessions with a crisis management practitioner

Who should attend?
Senior leaders of aged care providers who are seeking to better equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to build or strengthen emergency and crisis management leadership skills within their organisation.

Visit the RiskLogic website to register and find further information.

Reminder: COVID support grants available

The Commonwealth is committed to helping aged care providers manage the financial impacts associated with COVID-19, in addition to direct support through case management, PPE supply and other assistance in the event of an outbreak. A number of grant programs remain open for providers as set out below.

Aged Care Support Program Extension Grant

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program Extension will reimburse eligible aged care providers for staffing and eligible expenditure incurred on managing direct impacts of COVID-19 between 28 May 2021 and 31 March 2022. The Program will run over 1 year in 2021-22. The Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care for consumers.

The program supports costs for:

  • providing increased staff to manage care and broader requirements in a service with residents/clients who are infected or isolated due to COVID-19;
  • replacing existing staff who are infected or isolated due to COVID-19;
  • personal protective equipment, cleaning and infection control, waste management, and travel and accommodation.

To apply or find out more information about this grant visit the GrantConnect website and search for GO4863 COVID19 – Aged Care Support Program Extension.

If you need assistance please phone 02 6289 5600 or email Grant.ATM@health.gov.au.

Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19

The Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 (SACWIC) Grant Opportunity is designed to support eligible aged care providers located in hotspots or high risk locations with eligible costs associated with implementing Single Site working arrangements.

The SACWIC grant opportunity remains open until 31 December 2021. Examples of eligible workforce costs under SACWIC are those that will support eligible workers:

  • who normally work at multiple residential aged care facilities but will be working solely at the facility being applied for.
  • who are not to work because they have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, require testing or are subject to self-isolation or quarantine requirements.
  • to undertake training in the event a skills gap arises from where existing workers are not to work due to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are subject to self-isolation or quarantine requirements.

To apply or find out more information about this grant visit the GrantConnect website and search for GO4215 and search for Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19.

If you need assistance please phone 02 6289 5600 or email Grant.ATM@health.gov.au.

SA Health – information for RACFs on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

From 17 September 2021, all RACF staff, contractors and volunteers are required to have received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and have evidence of a booking to receive, or have received, a second dose.

The Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities fact sheet has been updated to cover some of the more specific questions that have been raised by the sector over the past week.

Who is mandated?
The requirement to receive a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination applies to people who are:

  • Employed or engaged by or on behalf of a RACF (whether as an employee, contractor or agency staff) to work or perform duties at a premises of a RACF on a full time, part time or casual basis, including:
    • Direct care workers (nurses; personal care workers; allied health professionals; and allied health assistants)
    • Administration staff (reception; management; administration)
    • Ancillary staff (food preparation; cleaning; laundry; garden; maintenance)
    • Lifestyle / social care (music/art therapy)
    • Transport drivers of residents of RACF
    • Volunteers engaged by a RACF to undertake duties at a RACF
    • Students on placement at a RACF; and
    • Medical practitioners and allied health professionals who attend and provide care to residents of a RACF whether employed or engaged by the resident, RACF or another person.

Note: Under the South Australian RACF Emergency Management Direction, allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, etc. are mandated to receive COVID-19 vaccination, whether employed or engaged by the resident, RACF or another person.

Who is not mandated?
Some people who must enter a RACF to provide a service, are not mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccination under the RACF Emergency Management Direction, however COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged for anyone entering a RACF. The following people are not included in this Direction:

  • In-reach services including AN-ACC/ACAT/RAS assessors, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission field staff, Aged Care Advocates delivering the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (Older Persons Advocacy Network Members), trade union officials.
  • Emergency services staff, including SA Ambulance Officers undertaking resident transport to/from hospital or providing treatment in a RACF.
  • Contractors such as trades people, delivery drivers, hairdressers, librarians, solicitors, pastoral care workers / clergy.
  • Volunteers who are not engaged by a RACF, for example community visitors providing companionship to a resident at the request of the resident.
  • Family and friends of the resident.

What exemptions are in place and how are they granted?
In a limited number of circumstances, exemptions to the requirement for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination may apply.

Requests for temporary exemptions (not medical grounds or pregnancy) must be made in writing to the Department for Health and Wellbeing by email to officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au. Requests should include contact details and any information relevant to the request.

Where can RACF workforce receive vaccination?
The Residential aged care staff vaccination FAQ provides additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

RACF staff, contractors and volunteers can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at any of the South Australian vaccination sites.

In addition, vaccination clinics and/or places for RACF staff, contractors and volunteers have been set up, including:

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare.

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 18 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 325: Wednesday 18 August 2021

New Zealand border update

From 3.22pm Wednesday 18 August, travellers coming from New Zealand or the Cook Islands will no longer be able to travel unrestricted into South Australia. They will be subject to the testing and quarantine requirements of all other overseas arrivals.

These requirements include:

  • 14 day medi-hotel quarantine
  • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 13
  • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in SA.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 1 active COVID-19 cases
  • 868 confirmed cases in total
  • 863 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,070,054 total vaccine doses administered
  • 6,355 tests yesterday
  • 2,025,900 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 11 - Important information for RACF: Updated Emergency Management (RACF No 40) COVID-19 Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

Updated RACF Emergency Management Direction – 4.57pm, 10 August 2021

Effective 4.57pm on 10 August 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 39) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 40) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. A copy of the new Direction is attached and will be available on the RACF Emergency Management Direction web page shortly.

Following National Cabinet’s decision to mandate that at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine be administered for all residential aged care workers by mid-September, and considerations made by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHCCP), the new Direction introduces vaccination requirements, compliance and exemption provisions for RACF staff, contractors and volunteers from 17 September 2021.

Under the new Direction, RACF staff, contractors and volunteers are required to have received at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September and has received or has evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose. This clause applies to any person who is:

  • employed or engaged by or on behalf of a RACF (whether as an employee, contractor or agency staff) to work or perform duties at a premises of a RACF on a full time, part time or casual basis, including:
    • Direct care workers (nurses; personal care workers; allied health professionals; and allied health assistants)
    • Administration staff (reception; management; administration)
    • Ancillary staff (food preparation; cleaning; laundry; garden; maintenance)
    • Lifestyle / social care (music/art therapy)
    • Transport drivers of residents of  RACFs
  • Volunteers engaged by a RACF to undertake duties at a RACF
  • Students on placement at a RACF; and
  • Medical practitioners and allied health professionals who attend and provide care to residents of a RACF whether employed or engaged by the resident, RACF or another person.

Volunteers who are not engaged by a RACF, for example community visitors providing companionship to a resident at the request of the resident, are not included in this Direction.

It is expected that there will be a limited number of circumstances in which an exemption may apply.

The following reasons for exemption may be granted by a legally qualified medical practitioner and evidence provided directly to the RACF:

  • the person has a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or the person is pregnant; and
  • the person provides the operator of the RACF a medical certificate from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person either has a medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis, or is pregnant.

The following reasons for temporary exemption may be granted by an authorised officer in which case evidence of the exemption should be provided in writing to the RACF:

  • the person is not reasonably able to access a COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September 2021;
  • the person’s work or duties at a RACF is necessary to provide for specialist clinical care of a resident; or
  • the person’s work or duties at a RACF is necessary to ensure maintenance of the quality of care available to residents.

For example, temporary exemptions may be given where it has been necessary to deploy staff at short notice to ensure continuation of quality of care at a RACF or to ensure the provision of specialist clinical care in rural settings.

Information about where to access COVID-19 vaccines for residential aged care workers can be found on the SA Health website.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 10 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 319: Tuesday 10 August 2021

Activities Direction update

Effective 12.01am 12 August 2021, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • 3 people per 4 square metres for seated activities (e.g. cafés, restaurants, pubs, cinemas, churches).
  • 1 person per 2 square metres for standing activities (seated consumption of food and beverage still applies).
  • 1 person per 4 square metres for gyms, indoor fitness and indoor sport.
  • Private activity cap of 50 people (e.g. an event, function or other gathering held at a place that is not a defined public activity). Household gatherings are still limited to 10 people.

Additional restrictions will also apply including:

  • Communal food and beverages are not permitted.
  • Masks required in shared indoor public spaces, passenger transport services, health care services, high risk settings, and personal care services. Other exceptions also apply.

More information, including the new Activities-Associated Direction and frequently asked questions, will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

New SA Health Travel Exemption portal

Improvements have been made to the SA Health Travel Exemption portal

New users will be required to provide two forms of identification to set up a secure account and access the portal. Acceptable identification includes an Australian driver’s licence, Medicare card, Australian passport or an Australian Visa. 

For further information visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 868 confirmed cases in total
  • 857 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 976,374 total vaccine doses administered
  • 4,096 tests yesterday
  • 1,985,470 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 10 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

2021 Census – Residential Aged Care Facilities

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducts the Census of Population and Housing every five years. The 2021 Census is on Tuesday 10 August 2021 and will be Australia’s 18th Census.

Census Field Managers have been engaging with Residential Aged Care Facilities across the country to ensure  residents can be safely counted in the Census.

In lockdown areas, the ABS has simplified ‘contactless’ procedures available, in order for residents to be safely counted in the Census. These procedures are being communicated to Census Field Managers who will focus on seeking a minimum set of  administrative data from each facility. Residential Aged Care Facilities will also be provided more time to complete this information. This approach will negate the need to appoint an establishment officer within these facilities.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in ensuring high quality Census data is collected on residents in aged care.

DVA clients and emergency leave during COVID-19

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) clients who are living in residential aged care and who would like to access emergency leave during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for extra support from the DVA Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP).

Until 30 June 2022, people living in permanent residential aged care may temporarily move out of residential aged care and return to the community or a family home during COVID-19.  A national model of emergency support, including a range of home help services, may be available through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), managed by Department of Health.

DVA can also provide support during emergency leave. DVA clients who clinically require an aid or appliance that the residential aged care home cannot provide, can access these items through RAP.

For contracted RAP items, assessing health providers should 1) use the relevant RAP form to order the item, 2) check that the question regarding Residential Aged Care Facility is answered with a note regarding emergency leave, and 3) advise the DVA-contracted supplier in their email:

  • Email marked as COVID19 – Emergency Leave and urgent
  • The start and end dates of the client’s emergency leave
  • the temporary residential address during emergency leave (and not the aged care home address)

For non-contracted RAP items and items that require a prior approval, the assessing health provider should email RAPGeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au with:

  • Email marked as COVID19 – Emergency Leave and urgent
  • The start and end dates of the client’s emergency leave
  • the temporary residential address during emergency leave (and not the aged care home address)

Additional information about emergency leave and how CHSP can provide support in the home can be found in this fact sheet.

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 9 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 318: Monday 9 August 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 2.30pm 8 August, entry to South Australia is prohibited for travellers from Queensland unless they are a permitted arrival or an essential traveller.

Find more information, including the new Cross Border Travel-Associated Direction, at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Face mask update

Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are required in all shared indoor public spaces.

If singing is essential to your practice of worship or faith based service, this is permitted, but masks must be worn at all times.

To ensure masks remain effective and protect you, you should change your mask as soon as it becomes damp, and also after you have finished singing.
Make sure you bring spare masks, a bag to keep used masks in, and hand sanitiser to use before and after putting on or taking off a mask. 

For more information on masks visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidmasks.

COVID-19 case update 

There were two cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The cases include a woman in her 30s and a child who both acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 868 confirmed cases in total
  • 857 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 963,579 total vaccine doses administered
  • 3,820 tests yesterday
  • 1,981,374 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 9 - COVID-19 Update - Mask update for places of worship and faith-based practices from Multicultural Affairs

Mask update for places of worship and faith-based practices

Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are required in all shared indoor public spaces.

If singing is essential to your practice of worship or faith-based service, this is permitted, but masks must be worn at all times.

To ensure masks remain effective and protect you, you should change your mask as soon as it becomes damp, and also after you have finished singing.

Make sure you bring spare masks, a bag to keep used masks in, and hand sanitiser to use before and after putting on or taking off a mask.

For more information on masks visit sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidmasks

Border restrictions update – Queensland

As of Monday 9 August 2021, people who have been in Queensland in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter South Australia.

Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to SA, and people fleeing domestic violence, however, on arrival you must:

  • quarantine for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 of quarantine
  • wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time you come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period (i.e. when seeking testing).

More information on interstate testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 6 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 317: Friday 6 August 2021

Interstate exposure locations

COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Western Australia, Tasmania and regional Queensland. If anyone has recently returned to SA from interstate, please continue to monitor the relevant jurisdictions health website as they are updated.

If anyone has visited any interstate exposure locations at the specified date and time, they should:

  • immediately self-quarantine
  • get tested for COVID-19
  • complete the relevant form on the SA Health website to notify that they were there.

For more information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate

Regency Park COVID-19 testing station
The Regency Park COVID-19 testing station is open 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week. Online bookings are essential. Open for cars, motorbikes and trucks only.

For more information and other testing options, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 866 confirmed cases in total
  • 850 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 936,641 total vaccine doses administered
  • 4,755 tests yesterday
  • 1,967,792 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 5 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 316: Thursday 5 August 2021

COVID SAfe Check-In on passenger transport

COVID SAfe Check-In is being rolled out across all passenger transport services, including public transport and point to point services such as taxis and ride share.

The roll out begins this week and is progressing quickly. Travellers are required to check-in on all passenger transport services with a QR code. 

In situations on public transport where people cannot check-in with a smart device, travellers are encouraged to use a registered MetroCard. 

More information is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 20 active COVID-19 cases
  • 866 confirmed cases in total
  • 842 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 923,067 total vaccine doses administered
  • 5,894 tests yesterday
  • 1,963,037 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 5 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Support for Senior Australians as COVID-19 restrictions continue

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck has issued a reminder that senior Australians affected by ongoing lockdowns can access vital support services to ensure they stay socially connected and maintain their health. You can read the Minister’s full statement.

Aged care services remain open and available to those who need them, especially for isolated Australians.

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line 1800 171 866 is an important first step for any older Australians who need support or assistance.

The Australian Government has funded the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) to help deliver education, information and advocacy services for senior Australians and their families. This extends to making information accessible for residential aged care residents and their families in areas most affected by lockdowns.

OPAN also offers a Wellbeing Check service to ensure the provision of emotional or social support, particularly for those people who have reduced or cancelled home care services due to pandemic concerns, this is available to both Home Care Package or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) recipients.

Senior Australian COVID-19 support numbers and advocacy services

  • Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line – 1800 171 866
  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement – 1800 22 22 00
  • My Aged Care Contact Centre – 1800 200 422
  • Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) – 1800 700 600 www.opan.com.au

A translation and interpreter service is available to access the above numbers. Senior Australians who require an interpreter can call 131 450, select the language they speak and provide one of the COVID-19 support numbers to access the information in their own language.

 

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 5 - COVID-19 update - Highgate Park Vaccination Clinic for RACF and disability support staff from Department of Human Services

Dear sector colleague,

I am pleased to advise that disability support staff are now able to receive their Pfizer vaccine through the new vaccination clinic at the DHS Highgate Park site at Fullarton.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and the South Australian community.

If you work in Disability Support Services or in a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF), you are eligible to be vaccinated now and are able to receive a Pfizer vaccine, regardless of age. It is vital that you get vaccinated to protect yourself and the residents you care for from COVID-19.

All RACF staff are eligible, including health practitioners, personal care workers, kitchen staff, cleaners and administrative staff.

For further information on disability workers who are eligible, please visit the SA Health website.

Highgate Park vaccination clinic

The Highgate Park COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is located at 103 Fisher Street, Fullarton.

You can book an appointment to receive your Pfizer vaccination at this clinic online.

The clinic is open Monday to Friday at the following times:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 8pm
  • Friday: 9am to 5pm.

When attending your appointment, you must complete a declaration of eligibility to verify that you are currently employed or contracted to work with a disability service provider or at a RACF. Please bring an employee ID card, timesheet or other proof of employment to your appointment.

For further information about the COVID-19 vaccine:

Source: Department of Human Services


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 4 - COVID-19 Update - Activities direction update from Multicultural Affairs

The following restrictions will come into effect from 12.01am tonight (5 August 2021):

  • 1 person per 2 square metres for defined public activities.
  • 1 person per 4 square metres for gyms and indoor fitness (indoor fitness facilities includes gyms, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, dance and Pilates studios and swimming pools).
  • Sport (including school and community sport) can return to competition – restrictions on spectators.

The below restrictions will remain in place:

  • Household gatherings limited to 10 people.
  • Private activities limited to 10 people.
  • Seated consumption of food and beverage (outdoors and indoors).
  • Communal food and beverages are not permitted.
  • No singing indoors, unless it is a performance, an education establishment or a private lesson.
  • Dancing is not permitted unless by the bridal party at a wedding or at a fitness dance studio where alcohol is not served.
  • Masks required in shared indoor public spaces, passenger transport services, health care services, high risk settings, and personal care services. Exceptions apply. Visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks to learn more.

More information, including the new Direction and frequently asked questions, will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people 16 to 59 years, however, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be provided to people 18 to 59 years if they talk with their doctor.

To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, people will need to make an informed decision by speaking with their doctor. Some conditions may mean it is not suitable and it is important that this is discussed with a healthcare provider.

The Australian Technical Advisory group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine remains safe to be administered to people aged 60 years and over.

AstraZeneca remains highly effective at preventing death and severe illness among people who have contracted COVID-19.

To find a participating GP clinic or Respiratory Clinic and make a booking to discuss vaccination, visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Border restrictions update

Information on interstate testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

SA Health has identified the below exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 interstate. Please visit our webpage to view relevant information and the health advice that must be followed if you enter South Australia from any of these locations:

More information on the Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

REMINDER: COVID-19 vaccine translated resources

As a reminder, the Commonwealth Government Department of Health website is a great source of translated information about COVID-19 (available in over 60 languages. 

 On their website you can find translated Common questions about COVID-19 vaccines and other information, including fact sheets, videos and social media graphic.

 More information: www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines-languages

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 4 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 315: Wednesday 4 August 2021

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

From today, the new Supervised Quarantine Direction comes into effect. This Direction places COVID-19 vaccination requirements on health care workers (and other workers) in specified settings.  Health care workers in these settings must not engage in the specified work unless they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA approved vaccine.

The requirements apply to any person who provides clinical care or support to a person undertaking supervised quarantine at a medi-hotel or quarantine facility.

More information on the new Supervised Quarantine Direction is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Activities Direction update

From 12.01am tomorrow, a new Activities-Associated Direction will come into effect, which includes changes to density requirements.

More information, including the new Activities-Associated Direction and frequently asked questions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 case update

There is one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 20s whose infection is linked to a previously confirmed case in the Modbury cluster.

There are two new cases identified in a medi-hotel. The cases are a man in his 30s and a man in his 60s, who acquired their infection overseas and have been in hotel quarantine since arriving in SA.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 21 active COVID-19 cases
  • 866 confirmed cases in total
  • 835 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 907,933 total vaccine doses administered
  • 7,163 tests yesterday
  • 1,957,143 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 3 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 314: Tuesday 3 August 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 1.46pm today, any person arriving in SA having transited through Sydney Airport (except those from NSW, ACT, Victoria or Greater Brisbane) must:

  • quarantine for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 of quarantine
  • wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time they come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period (i.e. when seeking testing).

If anyone transits Sydney Airport from NSW, ACT, Victoria or Greater Brisbane they must adhere to the testing and quarantine requirements that apply to these zones. 

More information on the new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

 COVID-19 vaccine update

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the preferred vaccine for people 16 to 59 years, however, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be provided to people 18 to 59 years in consultation with their healthcare provider.

To get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, people will need to make an informed decision by speaking with their healthcare provider. Some conditions may mean it is not suitable and it is important that this is discussed with a healthcare provider.

To find a participating GP clinic or Respiratory Clinic and make a booking to discuss vaccination, visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 24 active COVID-19 cases
  • 863 confirmed cases in total
  • 894,547 total vaccine doses administered
  • 10,223 tests yesterday
  • 1,949,980 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 3 - Mandatory vaccination of residential aged care workers - Dept. of Health

The Australian Government is working closely with the states and territories to implement the National Cabinet decision to mandate that at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by administered by mid-September 2021 for all residential aged care workers.

In an effort to ensure national consistency, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has considered the key parameters and endorsed the approach to defining who the relevant directions will apply to and the targeted exemptions that may be available.

States and territories are currently finalising their draft public health orders and directions. We expect further information on the specific application of these orders, including processes for managing exemptions and compliance with the orders, will be released soon.

Vaccination is strongly encouraged for all people entering a residential aged care facility and a range of mechanisms remain open to support residential aged care workers to access a vaccine. Further information on the Australian Government’s vaccination program is available on the Department’s website.

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 3 - COVID-19 update - Gradual easing of restrictions - from Department of Human Services

Dear sector colleague,

The Premier has announced that the following levelling down of restrictions will come into effect as of 12:01am Thursday, 5 August:

  • Density requirements change to 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • Sport competition can resume this weekend though there will be some conditions in place for the number of spectators in attendance.  
  • Gyms – 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • Household and private gatherings limited to 10 people maximum per household including members of house.
  • Food and beverage consumption – seated only, both indoor and outdoor.
  • Restrictions on dancing and singing to continue.

Masks are to remain mandatory in:

  • High-risk settings such as healthcare (including aged care and disability services), public transport, passenger transport and personal care environments (eg, hairdresser), and in theatres and cinemas.
  • Indoor public places where face to face interaction takes place (e.g. supermarkets, shops, etc.).
  • Secondary schools for both students and teachers (ages 12 and up), though excursions and assemblies can take place again.

Masks are also strongly recommended for indoor workplaces, particularly in common areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain such as meeting rooms, tea rooms and lifts.

The Premier advised that the current mask mandates and recommendations are likely to apply for the foreseeable future due to the heightened risk posed by the Delta strain of COVID-19 which is airborne and highly transmissible.

Whilst the majority of meetings hosted by DHS will continue to be held online at this stage, our department has made a decision to voluntarily implement the COVID Safe Check-In (QR Codes) at our worksites. The COVID Safe Check-In ensures the safety of our staff and visitors and enables SA Health to quickly contact others should there be any further risks or concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in South Australia.

All guests, visitors and contractors are asked to please scan the QR Code relevant to the floor level of the worksite building they are entering. Thank you for your cooperation in utilising this sytem when visiting DHS worksites.

Travel Advice – Queensland

With the concerning situation developing in South East Queensland, the Premier has recommended visiting South Australians return home as soon as possible to avoid any potential border restrictions with the sunshine state.

Those returning to South Australia from South East Queensland areas affected by the lockdown are required to complete 14 days of quarantine and the relevant testing requirements. See the interstate contact tracing and exposure locations page for information about travel restrictions, testing and quarantine advice for Queensland, and other states and territories.

COVID-19 Reminders

Contact Tracing

SA Health contact tracing website continues to be updated with new exposure sites, so please continue to monitor this site regularly.

Testing

Please continue to get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how minor. There are over 85 testing facilities available to visit. You can find your nearest site from a full list of clinics and testing centres available on the SA Health website.

Vaccination

For those who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, you can book your vaccination appointment online via the SA Health website. When you receive your COVID-19 vaccination, please fill in the basic information on the COVID Vaccination Register. If you have difficulties using the Register, please contact the BIT Service Desk.

New vaccination clinics for RACF staff

Two new vaccination clinics have opened in Highgate Park (operated by DHS) and Enfield providing the Pfizer vaccine for residential aged care facility (RACF) staff, along with the Medindie vaccination clinic. All RACF staff are eligible, including health practitioners, personal care workers, kitchen staff, cleaners and administrative staff.

For more information about the three clinics and how RACF staff can access the Pfizer vaccine, visit SA Health’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

For further information about the new restrictions visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the DHS COVID-19 Response team.

Source: Department of Human Services


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 3 - COVID-19 update - Enfield Vaccination Clinic from Department of Human Services

Enfield Vaccination Clinic for RACF and disability support staff

SA Health has announced that disability support staff are now able to receive their Pfizer vaccine through the new vaccination clinic at Enfield.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and the South Australian community.

People who work in disability support services or in a residential aged care facility (RACF) are eligible to be vaccinated now and are able to receive a Pfizer vaccine, regardless of age. It is vital that you get vaccinated to protect yourself and the residents you care for from COVID-19.

A new vaccination clinic has opened in Enfield providing the Pfizer vaccine for Disability Support and RACF staff.

All RACF staff are eligible, including health practitioners, personal care workers, kitchen staff, cleaners and administrative staff.

The Enfield COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is located at 55 Watson Avenue, Enfield. You can book an appointment to receive your Pfizer vaccination online.

The clinic is open Monday to Saturday:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 4pm
  • Thursday: 12pm to 7pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9am to 4pm

When attending your appointment, you must complete a declaration of eligibility to verify that you are currently employed or contracted to work with a disability service provider or at a RACF. Please bring an employee ID card, timesheet or other proof of employment to your appointment.

More Information

Source: Department of Human Services


COVID-19 Response – 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.

August 2 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 313: Monday 2 August 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 5.10pm 2 August 2021, if anyone is entering South Australia and has been in Queensland (excluding Greater Brisbane) in the last 14 days, they must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after arrival.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit). 

Information on interstate testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

As of 12.01am 3 August, commercial transport and freight operators arriving from NSW and furniture removalists arriving from ACT or Victoria are required to present evidence they have undertaken a COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours and must use an approved contact tracing system.

More information on the new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Activities Direction update

From 12.01am 5 August some restrictions on activities are easing. Changes include:

  • 1 person per 2 square metres for defined public activities
  • 1 person per 4 square metres for gyms and indoor fitness 
  • Sport (including school and community sport) can return to competition – restrictions on spectators.

More information, including the new Direction and frequently asked questions, will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 case update

There has been one historical case of COVID-19 identified today in a medi-hotel. The historical case is in a child who has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival from overseas. The case is considered an old infection but has been added to our case numbers as it has not been counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 28 active COVID-19 cases
  • 863 confirmed cases in total
  • 831 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 881,935 total vaccine doses administered
  • 10,927 tests yesterday
  • 1,939,738 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 30 - COVID-19 Update from Chief Public Health Officer

CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER COVID-19 UPDATE

Thank you to those who attended the South Australian Chief Public Health Officer’s COVID-19 update about the current COVID-19 restrictions and moving out of lockdown.

For those who were unable to attend, you can find the recording of the presentation below.

Presentation slides and the questions we didn’t get to answer are also attached.

Source: SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 30 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 312: Friday 30 July 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Dedicated vaccination clinics have opened in Highgate Park, Enfield and Medindie to provide COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations to residential aged care facility (RACF) staff, regardless of age. 

All RACF staff are eligible, including health practitioners, personal care workers, kitchen staff, cleaners and administrative staff.

Staff are required to provide evidence of their employment by way of a payslip, work identification or a letter from their employer.

For more information on eligibility, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

SA exposure locations

While some restrictions have eased, people who have visited an exposure site or have been directed by SA Health to quarantine will need to stay in quarantine for the required period.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

A woman in her 50s and a woman in her 40s have been admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) overnight and are in a stable condition. A man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s also remain in the RAH in a stable condition.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 4 people in hospital
  • 25 active COVID-19 cases
  • 859 confirmed cases in total
  • 830 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 858,606 total vaccine doses administered
  • 13,597 tests yesterday
  • 1,902,441 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 30 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

In this edition:

  • SA Health – Updated advice
  • Webinar recording now available: The Loss and Grief experienced by aged care staff in the wake of COVID-19
  • Reminder – Survey to evaluate the Aged Care COVID-19 Grief and Trauma supports

SA Health – Updated advice

While SA Stay at Home orders have ceased, the current SA Emergency Management Direction for RACFs remain in place.

Whilst public activity restrictions in the community will ease, the requirements set out in the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 and the Public Health direction to follow the approved COVID-19 Infection Control Plan, will remain in place.

Visitors to RACF for the purpose of providing care and support to a resident (eg. family and friends) can recommence from tomorrow with the following requirements:

  • Limitation on Care and Support Visits: Visitors are limited to a maximum of two visitors per day in RACFs where less than 70% of residents have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This may be two visits of one person each time, or one visit of two people together. RACFs with 70% or more of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 (with at least a first dose) are not impacted by these visitor restrictions.
  • Wearing of Masks: A person (other than a resident or a child under 12 years) must not enter or remain on the premises of a RACF, unless the person is wearing a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when in the physical presence of other persons.

The requirement for a mask does not apply:

  • when the person is eating or drinking
  • the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of the relevant care and/or impact resident safety or wellbeing
  • by a person who has a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition
  • in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Note on Sourcing PPE: SA Health can provide surgical masks to RACFs free of charge while the wearing of masks by all staff and visitors is a mandatory requirement in the RACF Emergency Management Direction. To obtain stock, please email: HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au.

Further changes to the RACF Emergency Management Direction will be communicated in the coming days.

More information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website.

Webinar recording now available: The Loss and Grief experienced by aged care staff in the wake of COVID-19

Your staff may find it useful to view a new webinar now available to provide grief and loss support to those working in the aged care sector. The webinar is provided as part of the national grief and loss support the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) is providing for those living and working in aged care, and for the loved ones of aged care recipients, who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Australian Government is funding this support as part of the Aged Care COVID-19 grief and trauma response package.

ACGB recently hosted their first in a series of 4 webinars designed to provide grief and loss support to those in and around the aged care sector: The loss and grief experienced by aged care staff in the wake of COVID-19.

You can view the webinar and please take the time to view and share it with your colleagues in aged care.

Background

Webinar Overview:
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the aged care sector in Australia. Aged Care staff have experienced extraordinary levels of uncertainty and distress. This has generated an extra dimension to the grief and loss which already has been so prominent within the aged care sector.

What the webinar covered: The webinar explored impact that COVID-19 has had on residential aged care staff. The webinar reflected on this situation, identified some of the major issues of concern and offers practical strategies aimed at assisting staff so that they can work safely and productively within the aged care sector.

Who should view the webinar?

  • All staff working in the aged care sector, including those working in residential aged care or providing home care for older persons.
  • People working in management or organisational leadership within the residential aged care sector.
  • Anyone interested in providing support with grief and bereavement issues within aged care residential settings.

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has support and information resources available in 5 languages on its aged care grief and bereavement support website. Hard copies of information in print, and in language can be ordered at no cost to you by using the order form on the program resource page.

To contact ACGB, email: education@grief.org.au.

For more information about the aged care COVID-19 grief and trauma response package, or for questions, contact ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au. Visit the program page for more information, brochures, posters, translated resources and social media content to raise awareness of the services.

Reminder – Survey to evaluate the Aged Care COVID-19 Grief and Trauma supports

The Department is committed to continuous improvement of consumer supports, programs and services.

Please complete this short, 5-minute survey to help us evaluate the aged care COVID-19 grief and trauma response package. The survey will assess:

  • how many people know about the services provided in the package.
  • how many people used the services provided
  • how the services and communication about the package could be improved

Who should fill in the survey?
We’d like to hear from all aged care stakeholders, regardless of your awareness/involvement in the package. This survey is intended to capture the aged care provider experience, so is for:

  • aged care providers, including home care and residential care
  • aged care staff
  • aged care stakeholders
  • Community Visitors Scheme auspices and volunteers

Background on the package:
The emotional and psychological impacts of COVID-19 right across the aged care sector have caused grief and trauma for many. The Australian Government has funded a Grief and Trauma Response Package (the Package) to provide grief and trauma support and resources to aged care recipients, their loved ones and the aged care staff.

You can complete the survey which will be open until 16 August 2021.

There will be a subsequent survey to capture the perspective of older people and their loved ones.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact: HealthConsult Project Manager Amy Monk via amy.monk@healthconsult.com.au or the Department project team ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au.

 

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

CALD COVID - Translated Resources

CALD In-language communication resources – stay home & religious services during COVID-19

The Department of Health has created a range of resources that explain the importance of staying home, and suggestions on how to celebrate religious events virtually in areas affected by COVID-19 outbreaks.

Posters:

Social Tiles:
You are encouraged to share these resources through your networks in areas affected by stay-at-home orders or lockdowns.

COVID-19 vaccine information in your language

Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into 63 languages. Find information in your language at www.health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines-languages.

Further translated resources are also available at the Department of Health website.

COVID-19 vaccines – Is it true?

COVID-19 vaccines – Is it true? Provides clear information addressing common questions and concerns, and separating misinformation from the facts. This resource includes evidence-based responses to a broad range of questions including:

Answers to common questions on COVID-19 vaccines is available in 63 languages, providing clear information which can be a useful guide in discussing COVID-19 vaccine with workers, residents and family members.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 29 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 311: Thursday 29 July 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has changed advice for several locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction
The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—Associated Direction No 35) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 12.01am 29 July 2021. Amendments include:

  • ACT-NSW restricted zone arrivals are prohibited (including overseas arrivals completing 14 days quarantine in ACT-NSW). Travellers may apply to the Department for Health and Wellbeing for an exemption.
  • ACT-NSW arrivals who are essential travellers remain at Level 4 and victims of domestic violence remain at Level 5. Travellers are subject to quarantine and testing provisions pursuant to their traveller category.

Case update
There are two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported today -a woman in her 80s and a man in his 40s, whose infections are linked to previously confirmed cases in the Modbury cluster. Both cases were in quarantine during their infectious period.

A man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s remain in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 25 active COVID-19 cases
  • 859 confirmed cases in total
  • 844,675 total vaccine doses administered
  • 17,436 tests yesterday
  • 1,8881844 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 28 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 310: Wednesday 28 July 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has added new exposure locations and changed advice for several locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 testing site update

Bookings are now required for COVID-19 tests between 10am and 8pm at the Victoria Park Pakapakanthi drive-through testing site, to reduce long waiting times.

The site is open 24/7 and you will still be able to drive-through without a booking anytime between 10pm and 8am. Book online at sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting

The Mile End walk-in testing site operating hours have been updated to 9am to 5pm, 7 days. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 25 active COVID-19 cases
  • 857 confirmed cases in total
  • 828 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 830,905 total vaccine doses administered
  • 16,057 tests yesterday
  • 1,871,408 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 27 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 309: Tuesday 27 July 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has changed advice for several exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Restrictions update
Stay at Home restrictions are easing from 12.01am Wednesday 28 July 2021. To protect South Australians, capacity and density limits still apply to certain public activities, businesses, venues and gatherings.

Although restrictions are easing people who have been directed to self-quarantine must complete their full 14 day quarantine, unless instructed otherwise by an authorised officer.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Masks update
From 12.01am 28 July 2021, masks will be mandatory under the Activities Direction for:

  • Shared indoor public spaces
  • Passenger transport services
  • Health care services
  • High risk settings
  • Personal care services.

Masks will be required in schools for students in Year 8 and upwards, as well as teachers and other adult visitors.

Masks are strongly recommended to be worn in indoor workplaces, especially open plan offices, and in adult learning settings like university and TAFE.

There are exceptions to these mandatory requirements. For more information about the rules and recommendations around wearing a mask visit
www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks.

COVID-19 case update
There are no new cases of COVID-19 reported today. A man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s remain in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 25 active COVID-19 cases
  • 857 confirmed cases in total
  • 816,929 total vaccine doses administered
  • 15,742 tests yesterday
  • 1,855,351 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

COVID-19 Update - Moving out of lockdown - 27 July 2021

End of South Australia lockdown

From tomorrow (Wednesday, 28 July), South Australia will be out of lockdown and stepping down to a different level of COVID-19 restrictions.

The seven-day lockdown was short and effective. This is because of the efforts of everyone in the community but this would not have been possible without all of you.

COVID-19 restrictions from 28 July 2021

To protect South Australians, there are COVID-19 restrictions for public activities, businesses, venues and gatherings.

  • 1 person per 4 square metres for defined public activities and gatherings.
  • Household gatherings are limited to 10 people (including the people who usually live there). If more than 10 people usually live in a house that is okay, but the household cannot have any visitors.
  • Private activities are limited to 10 people.
  • You must be seated while eating and drinking (outdoors and indoors – at restaurants and venues)
  • For weddings, funerals, wedding receptions, wakes:
  • at a residential premise (a house) – maximum 10 people
  • at a licensed premise – as per venue density limit (1 per 4 square metres)
  • at a venue other than a residential or licensed premise – maximum 50 people (1 per 4 square metres)
  • Weddings and funerals up to 50 people (must adhere to 1 per 4 square metres). An event after a wedding or funeral at a licensed premise must adhere to the venue’s normal density requirements.
  • No competition between schools, teams or clubs. Sport training can recommence that doesn’t involve interaction with other schools teams or clubs.
  • People (spectators) are not allowed to watch the sporting events, or sports or fitness training unless they are present as a caregiver of the participant. Only one caregiver is allowed per participant.
  • Gyms and indoor fitness facilities 1 per 8 sqm. Indoor fitness facilities includes gyms, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, dance and Pilates studios and swimming pools (other than those authorised by used for rehab purposes).
  • Dancing is not permitted at nightclubs and relevant licensed premises
  • Dancing is permitted by a bridal party at a wedding or at a fitness dance studio where alcohol is not served.
  • Onsite purchase and consumption of shisha is prohibited.
  • No singing indoors, unless it is a performance, an education establishment or a private lesson.

Working from home is still recommended if possible.

More information will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/activities-and-gatherings

Mask restrictions and recommendations

Masks are an important way to protect yourself and others. If a person wearing a mask has COVID-19 but does not know it, wearing a mask will reduce the chance of them passing the virus on to others.

Please wear a mask whenever you can.

From tomorrow, masks will be mandatory for:

  • Shared indoor public spaces
  • Passenger transport services
  • Health care services
  • High risk settings
  • Personal care services.

Masks will be required in schools for students in Year 8 and upwards, as well as teachers and other adult visitors.

Masks are strongly recommended to be worn in indoor workplaces, especially open plan offices, and in adult learning settings like university and TAFE.

You should also wear a mask when socialising with friends, family and colleagues – anyone from outside your household.

There are exceptions to these mandatory requirements, including:

  • Where a person may have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, including persons with obstructed breathing, a serious skin condition of the face, an intellectual disability, a mental health condition or persons who have experienced trauma.
  • For a person communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
  • For a person who wears hearing aids of a style that makes wearing masks difficult and where an alternative style of mask (with ties rather than ear loops) is not available.
  • For people whose work or education means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety.
  • Where the nature of the work or education means that clear enunciation (ie speech) or visibility of their mouth is essential. This includes teachers, lecturers, broadcasters or call centre staff.
  • Where a person is working by themselves in an enclosed indoor space such as an office unless and until another person enters that space.
  • When a person is consuming food, drink or medicine.
  • In circumstances where removal of the mask is lawfully required for identification purposes.
  • If the person is a child under 12 years of age.
  • When the activity involves the provision of health services or personal care services, in which case the person receiving the service need not wear a mask if it would reasonably interfere with the provision of the service.
  • Members of a bridal party do not need to wear masks during the ceremony (including photographs).

Find out more about the rules and recommendations around wearing a mask visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks

If you have been to a COVID-19 exposure location

IMPORTANT – If you are in quarantine because you have visited an exposure site or have been directed by SA Health, you must remain in quarantine for the required period.

  • Do not leave your home except in an emergency, to seek urgent medical care or have a COVID-19 test.
  • Do not have any visitors at your home.
  • Shop online or have family or friends deliver what you need to your door (do not open the door until the person delivering items has left).
  • The SA Health website will advise if other people in your household also need to quarantine.

How long do I need to quarantine for?

  • The day you last visited an exposure site is counted as day 0.
  • You must quarantine for 14 more days since this date (or as advised by SA Health).

What do I do next?

  • Follow the advice on the SA Health website.
  • Make sure you complete the online form to let SA Health know you were at an exposure site.
  • You must follow the advice on the SA Health website, even if you have not been contacted.
  • You may not always receive a phone call or SMS from SA Health. Due to the large volume of exposure sites and contacts, this is not always possible.

COVID-19 exposure sites

There are locations where positive COVID-19 cases have been in South Australia and interstate.

It is very important to check the Contact Tracing webpage to see if you have been to any locations and what you need to do.

Please check this webpage regularly: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

Source: SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 27 - Important information for RACF - Updated Emergency Management Direction and Level 5 Stay at Home Restrictions

Dear colleagues,

As announced today by the State Coordinator, Level 5 – Stay at Home orders will cease at 12:01 am on Wednesday 28 July 2021.

Whilst public activity restrictions in the community will ease, the requirements set out in the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 and the Public Health direction to follow the approved COVID-19 Infection Control Plan, will remain in place.

Visitors to RACF for the purpose of providing care and support to a resident (eg. family and friends) can recommence from tomorrow with the following requirements:

  • Limitation on Care and Support Visits: Visitors are limited to a maximum of two visitors per day in RACF where less than 70% of residents have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This may be two visits of one person each time, or one visit or two people together. RACF with 70% or more of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 (with at least a first dose) are not impacted by these visitor restrictions.
  • Wearing of Masks: A person (other than a resident or a child under 12 years) must not enter or remain on the premises of a RACF, unless the person is wearing a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when in the physical presence of other persons.

    The requirement for a mask does not apply:

    • ­when the person is eating or drinking;
    • ­the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of the relevant care and/or impact resident safety or wellbeing;
    • by a person who has a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition; or
    • ­in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Note on Sourcing PPE: SA Health can provide surgical masks to RACF free of charge while the wearing of masks by all staff and visitors is a mandatory requirement in the RACF Emergency Management Direction. To obtain stock, please email: HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au

Further changes to the RACF Emergency Management Direction will be communicated in the coming days.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 27 - COVID-19 update - New post-lockdown restrictions from Department of Human Services

Dear sector colleague,

With confirmation from the Premier this morning that the seven-day lockdown will end as of 12:01am Wednesday, 28 July, there has been an update on the new restrictions that were announced this week.

The following restrictions will come into effect as of 12:01am Wednesday, 28 July for at least seven days with the potential for extension:

  • Masks are mandatory in high-risk settings such as healthcare (including aged care and disability services), public transport, passenger transport and personal care environments (eg, hairdresser).
  • Masks are mandatory in indoor public places where face to face interaction takes place (e.g. supermarkets, shops, etc.).
  • Masks are mandatory in secondary schools for both students and teachers (ages 12 and up).
  • Masks strongly recommended indoors in your workplace –particularly important to wear in common areas like kitchens, lifts, foyers, etc.
  • Density requirements – 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • Household and private gatherings limited to 10 people maximum per household including members of house.
  • Weddings and funerals up to 50 people (may be less based on capacity of venue regarding the 1 person per 4 square metres density requirements).
  • Gyms will re-open – 1 person per 8 square metres.
  • Sports training will resume from tomorrow, however competition to resume the weekend after this (7-8 August).
  • Church services to resume this weekend – 1 per 4 square metres. No choir singing, no congregational singing. Solo singing with appropriate distancing.
  • Food and beverage consumption – seated only, both indoor and outdoor.
  • Restrictions on shisha, dancing and singing to continue.

Further advice will be provided with regards to events with approved COVID-management plans.

The new direction is now available on the COVID-19 SA Government website.

The Premier has also again stressed the importance of continuing to limit the mobility of South Australians in public once the new restrictions come into place, including a recommendation to continue working from home where possible, and to ensure regular monitoring of the SA Health contact tracing website for potential new exposure locations.

Foodbank SA Delivery
If you know of any clients who are still completing quarantine and require food delivery, Foodbank SA has recommenced the home delivery of food hampers. If you think your clients may benefit from this service, please contact the Affordable SA Helpline on 1800 025 539 or St Vincent De Paul’s on 1300 729 202.

New vaccination clinics for RACF staff
Following on from yesterday’s update, two new vaccination clinics have opened in Highgate Park and Enfield providing the Pfizer vaccine for residential aged care facility (RACF) staff, along with the Medindie vaccination clinic. All RACF staff are eligible, including health practitioners, personal care workers, kitchen staff, cleaners and administrative staff.

For more information about the three clinics and how RACF staff can access the Pfizer vaccine, visit SA Health’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the DHS COVID-19 Response team.

Source: Department of Human Services


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 26 - Important information for RACF - COVID-19 New Vaccination Clinics for RACF staff - Highgate Park and Enfield from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Please see the attached information about new COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Highgate Park and Enfield for staff of Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF).

Please ensure all RACF staff are made aware.

This information will be updated on SA Health website shortly: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 26 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 308: Monday 26 July 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has identified additional exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

Restrictions update
The State Coordinator, the Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens today announced the Stay at Home orders will be rescinded at 0001 hours on Wednesday 28 July 2021, pending further advice from SA Health.

However, he reminded the community that until then the Stay at Home orders remain in place.

As of Wednesday, restrictions are expected to be as follows:

  • 1 per 4 sqm density
  • Seated food and beverage consumption outdoor and indoor
  • Household gatherings limited to 10 people, including occupants;
  • Private activities limited to 10 people;
  • Restrictions remain on shisha, dancing and singing;
  • Weddings and funerals up to 50 people (if the venue is big enough).
  • Masks will be required in high risk settings, personal care services, passenger transport services and health care services.

More information on restrictions will be provided tomorrow on gyms, sporting events, training and larger public activities.

Changes will be detailed in the Direction and further information will be provided to the community.

Change to timing of required COVID-19 tests
Timing of required COVID-19 tests has been updated with the new Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Exposure Site Requirements No 2) Direction.

If you attended an exposure location, you are required to follow the relevant health advice on the SA Health website.

COVID-19 testing site update

Online bookings are now essential for the Ridgehaven Waterworld and Repat Daw Park COVID-19 drive-through testing sites. Book via the SA Health Testing for COVID-19 page.

The Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi drive-through testing site remains temporarily closed.

The Mile End Netball Stadium COVID-19 walk-in testing site is currently open 24/7.

Outdoor drive-through and walk-in testing sites may close at short notice due to weather. Follow SA Health on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates on site closures.

For more information and other testing options, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

COVID-19 case update Monday 26 July
There is one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 reported today, a male his 80s, whose infection is linked to previously confirmed cases in the Modbury Cluster.

In addition, there is one case today, a male in his 50s, who has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival from overseas. This case is considered a historical infection however it has been added to our case numbers.

A man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s remain in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

COVID-19 case update Sunday 25 July
There were two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday including a female in her 40s and male in his 70s, whose infections are linked to previously confirmed cases in the Modbury Cluster.

In addition there was one case, a young boy, who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 26 active COVID-19 cases
  • 857 confirmed cases in total
  • 805,033 total vaccine doses administered
  • 17,260 tests yesterday
  • 1,839,601 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 307: Saturday 24 July 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has identified additional exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

COVID-19 testing site update

From today, the Mile End Netball Stadium COVID-19 walk-in testing site is now open 24/7 until further notice.

There is also now an online booking system being trialled for the Ridgehaven Waterworld COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic and is accessible via a link on the SA Health Testing for COVID-19 page.

Outdoor drive-through and walk-in testing sites may close at short notice due to weather. Follow SA Health on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates on site closures.

For more information and other testing options, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

Vaccination in quarantine 

People cannot leave quarantine to get a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and appointments must be rescheduled.

The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can be administered up to 42 days after the first dose. The second appointment should be rescheduled within this time frame, if possible.

The second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be administered up to 12 weeks after the first dose. The second appointment should be rescheduled within this time frame, if possible. 

If the second dose appointment cannot be rescheduled, email SA Health at Health.DHWCOVID19VACCTEAM@sa.gov.au with name, contact number and booking details. Someone will be in contact to arrange a new booking at a suitable clinic. 

COVID-19 case update

There is one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 reported today. The case is a man in his 60s whose infection is linked to previously confirmed cases in the Modbury cluster.

A man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s are in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 2 person in hospital
  • 26 active COVID-19 cases
  • 852 confirmed cases in total
  • 822 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 792,104 total vaccine doses administered
  • 23,410 tests yesterday
  • 1,798,622 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 306: Friday 23 July 2021

SA exposure locations

SA Health has identified new exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19 in South Australia. Action is required by the community.

Check the exposure locations and relevant public health actions at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Mental health support 

With the current lockdown in South Australia, people may be experiencing increased feelings of stress, worry, isolation or anxiety. 

There are things that people can do to look after themselves:

  • Maintain a daily routine as much as possible.
  • Stay connected with family and friends through the phone or online.
  • Stay active – either at home or within your 2.5km radius from home.
  • Look after physical health – exercise, eat nourishing meals and get plenty of sleep.
  • Practice self-care – do something enjoyable and engage in healthy and relaxing activities.
  • Limit media intake, but keep up to date with accurate and current information from SA Health and SA Police.
  • Access internet or phone based support if needed.

Find more information on the SA Health website.

COVID-19 case update

There is one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 reported today. The case is a man in his 60s whose infection is linked to previously confirmed cases in the Modbury cluster. A man in his 80s remains in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

There is one new case identified in a medi-hotel. The case is a woman in her 40s who acquired her infection overseas and has been in hotel quarantine since arriving in SA.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 25 active COVID-19 cases
  • 851 confirmed cases in total
  • 822 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 779,059 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 23,572 tests yesterday
  • 1,775,212 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 23 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health has found more locations where positive cases of COVID-19 have been in South Australia. Action is required by the community.

It is very important to check the Contact Tracing webpage and our Facebook page often to see if you have been to any locations and what you need to do: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

More locations will be added so please check this regularly.

Support during COVID-19

It is understandable that many South Australians are feeling worried by the current COVID-19 situation in our state.

It’s really important that we look after our mental health and wellbeing and stay connected with family and friends through the phone or online during this challenging time.

We have the following fact sheet about support available during COVID-19 translated. You can find it in 35 languages on our website at: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtranslated

REMINDER: there are only 5 reasons to leave your home during the 7-day lock down if you are not in quarantine

  1. Going to work if you are an essential worker (list of essential workers).
  2. Shopping for essential goods and services, like food and medicines.
  3. Medical reasons including getting a COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 testing.
  4. Providing care and caregiving.
  5. Exercise outside. Only exercise with people you live with.

REMINDER: if you are in quarantine

If you are in quarantine because you have visited a COVID-19 exposure location, or have been directed by SA Health to quarantine, you must stay at home. The only reason you can leave your home is to get urgent medical attention.

Please visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtranslated for the translated fact sheet about how to self-isolate/quarantine at home. This is available in 35 languages.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 12 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 298: Monday 12 July 2021

NSW border update

Changes for South Australian residents returning from New South Wales will come into effect at 12.01am 13 July 2021.

More information will be available when the Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 28 is published at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

WA and NT border update

From 12.01am 11 July 2021, there are no testing or quarantine requirements for people entering SA from Western Australia or Northern Territory. 

People who arrived in SA before 12.01am 11 July must

  • get a COVID-19 test and quarantine until they receive a negative result
  • get tested again on day 5 and 13
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after arrival
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit). High risk settings include disability and aged care or correctional facilities and an emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward or oncology ward of a private or public hospital.

More information is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 reported today. The cases are a man in his 40s and a boy, who both acquired their infection overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 20 active COVID-19 cases
  • 821 confirmed cases in total
  • 797 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 660,535 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 5,338 tests yesterday
  • 1,655,070 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 13 - COVID-19 Update - South Australian exposure location from Department of Human Services

Dear sector colleague,

SA Health has today identified an exposure location associated with positive cases of COVID-19 that were recently announced. 

If you were at the below location at the specified date and time, you and your household members must:

  • Immediately quarantine for 14 days since you were at the location
  • Get tested immediately
  • Get tested again on day 5 and day 13
  • Complete this form to notify SA Health you were at this location. 

Tailem Bend – Shell Service Station, Tailem Bend

  • Friday, 9 July: 5.20pm to 7.00pm 

If you were at this location but not at the specified date and time, please monitor your health, and if symptoms develop, get tested as soon as possible.

Detailed information about exposure locations and self-quarantine and testing requirements is available at SA Health contact tracing page

COVID-19 vaccine update

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way you can protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community against COVID-19.

People living in regional areas aged 16 years and above are now able to get their COVID-19 vaccine through a regional vaccination clinic. Eligible South Australians living in regional locations can book an appointment online at Regional COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

If you are one of the many South Australians now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination you can book an appointment online via the SA Health website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the DHS COVID-19 Response team.

Source: Department of Human Services


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 8 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 296: Thursday 8 July 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 10.45am 8 July, restrictions have eased with Northern Territory, Western Australia and areas of Queensland. Information on testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

Entry to South Australia is still prohibited for travellers from New South Wales, ACT and areas of Queensland.

Find more information, including the new Cross Border Travel-Associated Direction, at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update 

There has been one new case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a man in his 20s who acquired his infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 17 active COVID-19 cases
  • 814 confirmed cases in total
  • 793 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 623,520 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 7,066 tests yesterday
  • 1,630,287 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 9 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 297: Friday 9 July 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

People experiencing homelessness in Adelaide will be able to access COVID-19 vaccination as part of a trial outreach program. 

Staff will use a decommissioned ambulance vehicle to transport and administer the vaccine, and make bookings for a second dose to ensure vulnerable members of our community receive the best protection against COVID-19.

COVID-19 case update

Today’s cases are a man in his 40s and a child who both acquired their infections overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Another man in his 20s remains in the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 18 active COVID-19 cases
  • 816 confirmed cases in total
  • 794 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 640,258 total vaccine doses administered*
  • 6,750 tests yesterday
  • 1,637,037 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by Commonwealth and SA Health.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 1 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

South Australian exposure locations of COVID-19

Five new positive COVID-19 cases were detected yesterday in South Australia with the cases linked to the Northern Territory outbreak.

SA Health has identified the exposure locations of COVID-19 in South Australia.

Anyone who has been at any of the locations during the dates and times listed should:

  • immediately self-isolate for 14 days since they were at the location
  • get tested immediately
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13
  • complete this form to notify SA Health you were at this location.

Anyone who has been at one of the locations but not at the exact date and time should monitor for symptoms and get tested as soon as they develop any.

For more information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

New restrictions on activities, gatherings, businesses and venues

To ensure we stay ahead of the highly contagious COVID-19 strain, new restrictions and recommendations have come into effect.

Home gatherings

Home gatherings in the Greater Metropolitan Adelaide Area are now limited to a maximum of 10 people only. This number includes the people who live in the home and includes children of all ages.

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions are available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Areas included in the Greater Metropolitan Adelaide area are:

  • Metropolitan Adelaide*
  • Adelaide Hills Council
  • Barossa Council
  • Fleurieu Peninsula

Dancing

  •  Dancing is not allowed in nightclubs and relevant licenced premises.
  • Bridal parties are allowed to dance at a wedding ceremony or reception regardless of where it is held.
  • Dancing is allowed at dance studios, including those holding a liquor licence, but there must be no service of alcohol.

*Council areas included in the Greater Metropolitan Adelaide Area are:

  • Metropolitan Adelaide
  • City of Adelaide
  • City of Burnside
  • City of Campbelltown
  • City of Charles Sturt
  • Town of Gawler
  • City of Holdfast Bay
  • City of Marion
  • City of Mitcham
  • City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • City of Playford
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Prospect
  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • City of Unley
  • Town of Walkerville
  • City of West Torrens
  • Adelaide Hills Council
  • Barossa Council
  • Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Alexandrina Council
  • District Council of Mount Barker
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • District Council of Yankalilla

Masks

Masks continue to be mandatory for all people in health care settings, and people providing personal care services (including nail salons, hairdressers etc).

Masks are now highly recommended in public areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, e.g. public transport, retail shops.

There are some cases where people don’t need a wear a mask, even where it is mandatory, this includes:

  • people with relevant medical conditions.
  • people under the age of 12.
  • cases where a mask would create communications difficulties in situations where a mask will impact the provision of care.

Find out more about the requirements for mandatory face masks at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks

Working from home

If possible, it is recommended that people work from home if physical distancing cannot be maintained in the workplace, unless they are essential workers.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 1 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

In this edition:

  • In the event of an outbreak
  • Who to notify if you have a confirmed case
  • NT CHO Updated directions for Alice Springs
  • New website: Grief, loss and bereavement support for aged care
  • State and territory aged care COVID-19 information

In the event of an outbreak

In the event of an outbreak in aged care, Australian Government Department of Health Case Managers would be allocated to any New South Wales Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. The Case Managers will work with the RACF to ensure:

  • Workforce capacity;
  • Application of infection prevention and control measures;
  • Adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Waste procedures are in place, and
  • Communication with family and friends associated with the RACF residents.

Residential aged care providers need to remain alert and prepared for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 at their facilities. The department encourages you to be familiar with the measures you should have in place at all times to prevent and prepare for an outbreak and how to identify and manage an outbreak in residential aged care.

Please visit our website for information and resources to assist in preparing and managing a COVID-19 outbreak, including what to do in the first 24 hours of an outbreak in a residential aged care facility.

Who to notify if you have a confirmed case

You must contact your state or territory public health unit immediately to report positive COVID-19 cases in either staff members or care recipients.

  • Australian Capital Territory – (02) 5124 9213 After Hours: 02 9962 4155
  • New South Wales – 1300 066 055
  • Northern Territory – 08 8922 8044
  • Queensland – 13 432 584 (13 HEALTH)
  • South Australia – 1300 232 272
  • Tasmania – 1800 671 738
  • Victoria – 1300 651 160
  • Western Australia – 08 9222 8588 or 08 6373 2222 (if confirmed COVID-19)

All aged care providers should also immediately notify positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test results by email to the Australian Department of Health: agedcareCOVIDcases@health.gov.au.

NT CHO Updated directions for Alice Springs

Please see the CHO Directions (No.21) Directions to lock down Alice Springs and CHO Directions (No.22) Directions to close places, activities and services in Alice Springs signed by the Chief Health Officer (CHO) 30 June 2021 at 12:42pm and 12:43pm respectively.

These directions took effect immediately and expire at 1pm on 3 July 2021.

The Directions include:

  • No visitors are permitted to enter aged care facilities, unless attending for end of life support. Persons who are permitted to enter are:
    • Workers
    • Persons providing goods or services necessary for the operation of the facility
    • Persons providing health, medical or pharmaceutical goods or services to a resident, including vaccinations
    • Persons required for emergency management or law enforcement
    • A legal practitioner providing legal services to a resident regarding end of life matters if the services cannot be provided remotely.
  • Masks must be worn by workers on the premises and by residents who are outside of their room unless the resident has a medical reason not to wear a mask.
  • Residents and workers are subject to testing as required by the CHO.

If you have symptoms regardless of where you are living, you are urged to get tested and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

This information can change rapidly so please check the NT Health website regularly for updates.

A 24-hour hotline has been established by NT Health to provide information about the lockdown arrangements, call 1800 193 111.

New website: Grief, loss and bereavement support for aged care

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) has been funded to provide national grief and loss support for those living and working in aged care, and for the loved ones of aged care recipients; who have been impacted by COVID-19.This is part of the Aged Care COVID-19 grief and trauma response package.

ACGB have launched a new aged care specific support website.

Grief and trauma comes in many forms

Many people may be suffering grief from the death of a loved one due to COVID-19. Grief can also be experienced without involving death. Many people living and working in aged care facilities, or in home care who weren’t exposed to COVID-19 outbreaks may be still feeling grief caused by lockdowns and social distancing. This kind of grief could be from missing visitors, experiences, pets, routines, and loss of important life events.

What does the website contain?

  • Information on the free services provided to those living and working in aged care and for the loved ones of aged care recipients.
  • An online registration tool, where you can register for individual/group counselling or support.
  • Fact sheets prepared by bereavement practitioners to support those in need of assistance or understanding. These fact sheets are being translated into 5 different languages: Arabic; Greek, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese. There are fact sheets that can be shared with aged care recipients, their loved ones, aged care managers and aged care staff.
  • Information on the My Grief app, which has advice for people who are bereaved, and also advice on how to help others.
  • Information on peer support programs for aged care.
  • Information on future webinars to support those in and around the sector.

Who should visit this website?

  • Aged care residents and home care recipients, and people representing/supporting them
  • Aged care sector staff including personal care workers, clinical, nursing, allied health, and wellbeing staff, and leaders and managers
  • Aged care peak bodies staff
  • People with loved ones using aged care including: families, family of choice, loved ones, friends, representatives and community visitors.

State and territory aged care COVID-19 information

As the COVID-19 situation can change rapidly, aged care providers are reminded to stay up to date on visitor restrictions, PPE requirements and other measures relating to COVID-19 in aged care, from their relevant state or territory website below:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 1 - Residential Aged Care COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Support Grant from Department of Health

The department invites applications from approved providers of residential aged care to support the COVID-19 vaccination of all staff within a residential aged care facility.

The Australian Government is supporting all residential aged care workers to be vaccinated through an $11 million grant program to enable them to attend off-site vaccination centres and general practices.

The Government established the grants program in recognition of the new requirement for mandatory vaccinations of aged care workers, to ensure all residential aged care workers have at least one dose of a COVID-vaccine prior to mid-September 2021.

The Residential Aged Care Employee Support Grant program seeks to support the aged care sector in ensuring that all residential aged care workers are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccination whilst minimising the financial impact on the residential aged care provider and the individual employee.

The grant program will contribute towards costs incurred by eligible residential aged care providers supplying or facilitating COVID-19 vaccinations for staff. Providers can apply for financial support in any or all of the following three categories:

  • Category 1: payment for each casual staff member’s off-site vaccination (maximum of 2 doses/payments per casual staff member). This payment is a contribution towards the time casual staff are absent from the facility to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at an off-site vaccination clinic; and/or
  • Category 2: one day of paid leave for casual staff (not eligible for entitlements) receiving an on or off-site vaccination, who were rostered on for a shift within 24 -48 hrs after receiving a vaccination, but suffered side effects from the vaccination and were unable to attend work for this reason; and/or
  • Category 3: facilitation of either on or off-site vaccinations for all staff (e.g. transport costs or arranging for groups of staff to be vaccinated off-site).

Providers must ensure payments received under categories one and two are provided to casual staff members in full.

Eligible staff members include:

  • Categories 1, 2 and 3: casual staff for whom the residential aged care facility is their primary place of work in the aged care sector and have been rostered on in the preceding four weeks, unless they were on annual or sick leave.
  • Category 3: all staff directly employed by the Provider.

Providers are able to apply for multiple residential aged care facilities in one online application form. The online application form will require Providers to indicate, for each residential aged care facility, which categories they require support from and the number of staff and facilities. Providers may claim costs incurred under the categories 1 and 2 between 1 March and 29 October 2021.

The grant round is open until 2.00pm AEST, Friday 29 October 2021.

The Grant Guidelines and application form are available on GrantConnect.

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians COVID-19 Update


COVID-19 Response – 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.

July 1 - Important information - COVID-19 Vaccine update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

SA Health is committed to providing all South Australians with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. Please refer to the attached information sheet for more information about the following topics:

  • Vaccine rollout
  • Vaccines and restrictions – new FAQs
  • Vaccination clinics in metropolitan Adelaide
  • Flu vaccinations
  • AstraZeneca vaccine advice
  • Vaccine safety
  • Second dose
  • Vaccination in regional SA
  • People with a disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Pregnant women
  • Roll up South Australia
  • Vaccination certificates
  • COVID-19 vaccination program and vaccine FAQs
  • Play your part in the fight against COVID-19 and roll up

SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – 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.

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 Play
Join 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
COVID-19 vaccine aged care stakeholder kit – This stakeholder kit contains information about the COVID-19 vaccine national roll out program for aged care residents, workers and their families.

COVID-19 vaccine information in your language – Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language.

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 – Aged Care Restrictions

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.

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

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

SA Health – COVID-19 symptoms – Get tested poster – 16 languages

SA Health – Multicultural and translated resources – COVID-19

Department of Health – COVID-19 vaccines multicultural audiences stakeholder pack

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

3 COVID-19 Questions – Translated into community languages for South Australia – Multicultural Aged Care

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).

Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 – The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ (Code) is now available in 20 different languages on the COTA Australia website

Department of Home Affairs – 63 different languages, including the following resources

    • Stay COVID Free Do The 3
    • Testing for COVID-19
    • What you need to know about Coronavirus
    • Help for finances and mental health
    • Protecting you from Coronavirus
    • Easing of Restrictions
    • Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia
    • COVIDSafe app – New tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19
    • It’s OK to have home care

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

 

Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers – SA Health

This course is for all employees or contractors who provide personal or nursing care to South Australian aged care homes.

This course meets the infection control training requirements identified by SA Health.

This course may also be relevant to carers working within the disability sector.

 

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

Grants SA - New COVID-19 Support Grants - Closes 30 October 2020

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

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.