Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources

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

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

Message regarding COVID-19 from the MAC Chairman and CEO

Latest Aged Care Updates

January 25 - TGA provisionally approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia - Dept. of Health

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia.

The first priority groups in Australia will start receiving a vaccine in February.

This registration means Pfizer’s vaccine has met the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy, and will be provided for free to all Australian residents.

It has been provisionally approved in Australia for people 16 years of age and over.

Two doses will be required, administered at least 21 days apart.

The approval is subject to strict conditions, and Pfizer will be required to continue providing information to the TGA on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine.

Priority groups such as aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine will be delivered at up to 50 hospital sites across Australia, and in residential aged care and disability care facilities.

The National Rollout Strategy details how the vaccine will be distributed more widely over coming months through over 1,000 distribution sites.  

The next steps in the process will include batch testing these newly arrived doses, establishing cold storage facilities for the vaccine, training health providers to administer it, and finalising distribution sites.

This Australian Government has several agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in place, including those produced by AstraZeneca and Novavax.

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.

January 25 - Pfizer vaccine approved - Media release: Prime Minister of Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia.

The Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy.

The TGA provisional approval is for individuals 16 years of age and older. Two doses will be required – at least 21 days apart.

A priority group of Australians are expected to now receive their first dose of the vaccine as soon as it can be received from Pfizer and the necessary checks are undertaken by the TGA, prior to its distribution.

The latest advice given to the Government from Pfizer is that shipping and the first vaccinations are expected to be in late February.

If there are delays in shipping or production, the possibility remains that commencement could be in early March, however guidance remains for late February.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the TGA approval was an important step in the fight against COVID-19.

“I welcome the TGA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine, with our own Australian experts finding it is safe, effective and of a high standard,” the Prime Minister said.

“Australians should take confidence in the thorough and careful approach taken by our world-class safety regulator.

“Our priority has always been to keep Australians safe and protect lives and livelihoods.  Today’s approval is another big step forward for our community, particularly in the protection of our most vulnerable people.”

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the-world class regulators at the TGA have been working tirelessly to introduce a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.

“The TGA’s processes are I believe the best in the world and we have ensured that they are thorough.” Minister Hunt said.

“The TGA has placed safety above all else.”

“Australia’s high bar has been met; the vaccine has been approved as effective in stopping severe disease. I thank all those involved in the development and assessment of this COVID-19 vaccine, including the researchers, Pfizer, BioNTech and the medical experts at the TGA who have worked around the clock and over Christmas.”

“This approval and the upcoming roll out of the vaccine will play an important part in our ability to manage the pandemic in 2021.” 

“Australia’s vaccination program has been based on the medical advice from the medical expert panel led by Professor Brendan Murphy.  As a result we are in the fortunate position of having secured 140 million doses of vaccine, one of the highest per capita rates in the world. We will continue to review the medical advice and monitor and adapt to developments around the world,” Minister Hunt said.

The Government continues to work with Pfizer on the final date of delivery of vaccines, noting that Pfizer has experienced some temporary production delays from its European manufacturing plant as it ramps up production to meet extraordinary global demand.
The Government’s latest advice remains that the first doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive and be rolled out in late February.  Final dates will be confirmed by Pfizer shortly and are subject to shipping and distribution. 

In Australia the vaccine will be rolled out in five phases over the coming months and, over time, will involve more than 1,000 vaccination administration sites.

Head of the TGA, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt said the TGA has been working non-stop to get the Pfizer vaccine assessed, while maintaining the most rigorous standards of safety, quality and efficacy.

“I would like to thank our clinical and medical officers, scientists, pharmacists and experts in statistics, laboratory analysis and manufacturing assessment who have worked tirelessly on assessing this vaccine,” Adjunct Professor Skerritt said.

“We’re thrilled to have this product pass the rigorous regulatory process and receive provisional approval.”

“Our job is by no means done. In fact the monitoring of vaccine safety post-approval is an important part of the regulatory review of vaccines.

“We now check the individual batches of vaccines that are destined for Australians while closely monitoring the safety and efficacy of the vaccine as it is rolled out.

“We will also continue our work on the regulatory review for potential approval of other vaccines, notably the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines, as well as vaccines delivered through the COVAX facility.”

As the rollout begins across 30 – 50 hospital sites, people who need protection the most will get the vaccine first. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers.

The priority groups have been determined based on the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) which oversees Australia’s highly successful immunisation program.

“There is intense ongoing work which will continue over the coming month, including batch testing of newly arrived doses, establishing cold storage facilities for the vaccine, training health providers to administer it, finalising distribution sites with states and territories, checking sites and protective equipment for safety, and scaling up systems for ongoing safety monitoring,” Minister Hunt said.

The Australia Government, states and territories, regulators and the health and medical sectors are working together to finalise arrangements under the Australian Vaccination Strategy and detailed roll out plans. Further information about the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine National Roll-out Strategy can be found on the Department of Health website.

Phase 1a
Quarantine and border workers  
Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation  
Aged care and disability care staff  
Aged care and disability care residents  
Number of doses up to 1.4m
Phase 1b
Elderly adults aged 80 years and over  
Elderly adults aged 70-79 years  
Other health care workers  
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55  
Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability  
Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing  
Number of doses up to 14.8m
Phase 2a
Adults aged 60-69 years  
Adults aged 50-59 years  
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54  
Other critical and high risk workers  
Number of doses up to 15.8m
Phase 2b
Balance of adult population  
Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases  
Number of doses up to 16m
Phase 3
< 16 if recommended  
Number of doses up to 13.6m

About the TGA Provisional Approval Pathway

The provisional approval pathway allows sponsors to apply for time-limited provisional registration on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Approval through the provisional pathway is on the basis of preliminary clinical data where there is the potential for a substantial benefit to Australian patients. For more information visit the TGA website.

 

Source: Prime Minister of Australia


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.

January 22 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 18 November 2020 - Dept. of Health

Thank you for continuing to stay up to date with the latest information via this newsletter.

This edition includes an update on the roll-out strategy for the COVID-19 vaccines. Residential aged care facilities will play an important role in protecting residents and workers.

We also cover the conclusion of the single site funding arrangement (SACWIC Grant) and the latest aged care directions in NSW and QLD. There are also reminders on staying up-to-date with exposure locations and IPC Lead training requirements.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. Please note you can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Update on Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines for residential aged care facilities
    • Funding support for single site arrangements is ending
    • Updated NSW directions to aged care providers for visitors and staff 
    • Updated Queensland directions for aged care providers and visitors 
    • Reminder: Stay up to date with COVID-19 exposure locations and alerts
    • Reminder: IPC lead training requirements
  • Resources
    • Updated: COVID-19 guidelines for infection prevention and control in residential care facilities
    • Report: Weekly data snapshot on COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care

 

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.

January 21 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 186: Thursday 21 January 2021

COVID-19 restriction update

From Friday 22 January, the number of people permitted in a residential premises will increase. Up to 200 people will be permitted in residential premises, providing there is an approved COVID safe plan, QR Code and COVID Marshal. The 1 person per 2 square metre applies to all gatherings.

Gatherings of up to 50 people at residential premises are still permitted without these additional requirements.

More information, including a new Public Activities Direction, is available on the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website.

Port Augusta testing site update

From Saturday 23 January, the Port Augusta COVID-19 mobile testing clinic will be changing its operating hours to 9am to 9pm, seven days. To find other COVID-19 testing locations visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

COVID-19 case update

There has been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man is his 40s and a woman in her 20s, both who returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Both cases are considered old infections but have been added to our numbers are they were not previously reported overseas.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new case today
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,594 tests yesterday
  • 931,274 tests in total
  • 596 confirmed cases in total
  • 587 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 20 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs Updates

COVID-19 vaccine

The Commonwealth Australian Department of Health will be rolling out Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine.

SA Health is working closely with the Department of Health to develop a vaccine plan for South Australia.

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will be different from other vaccination programs.

It will be made available to South Australians in phases from mid-February.

The first phase will be made available to people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 or who have the highest risk of being exposed to, or spreading, the virus.

This includes residents and staff of aged and disability care facilities, medi-hotel and airport staff and health care workers in high risk areas, such as COVID-19 testing clinics and emergency departments.

The vaccine program will take time to roll out. It is expected the vaccination of the general community will begin from mid-2021.

Each person requires two doses of the vaccine, so it will take time for all South Australians to be immunised against the virus.

More information about how, where and when people can access the vaccine will be available in the coming months.

Once the vaccine is available in Australia, it will only be one of keeping the community safe and healthy. It is important people continue to practice good hygiene, physical distancing and getting tested and staying home when sick.

Some key information about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The first doses of the vaccine will be given to people who need it most.
  • The vaccine will be free.
  • The vaccine will be available for everyone in South Australia in a phased roll out.
  • The vaccine will be voluntary.
  • The Therapeutic Goods Administration assesses the vaccine for safety, quality and effectiveness.

Source: DPC: Multicultural Affairs Updates


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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 185: Wednesday 20 January 2021

COVID-19 testing site update

A number of testing sites have updated operating hours this weekend due to the hot weather forecast.

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January

  • Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am, 6pm to 9pm
  • Hampstead drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am, 6pm to 9pm
  • Repat drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am, 6pm to 9pm
  • Aldinga drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am
  • Port Adelaide drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am

To check the opening hours or to find other alternative testing locations near you visitwww.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting

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.

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Commonwealth Australian Department of Health will be rolling out Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine. SA Health is working closely with the Department of Health to develop a vaccine plan for South Australia.

The vaccine will be first made available to South Australians in phases from mid-February.

Some key information about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The first doses of the vaccine will be given to people who need it most.
  • The vaccine will be free.
  • The vaccine will be available for everyone in South Australia in a phased roll out.
  • The vaccine will be voluntary.
  • The Therapeutic Goods Administration assess the vaccine for safety, quality and effectiveness.

More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. The case is a man is his 30s who recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 6 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,755 tests yesterday
  • 927,680 tests in total
  • 594 confirmed cases in total
  • 584 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 16 - Updated Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 29) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Effective 0001 hours on Sunday 17 January 2021, the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 28) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 will be revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 29) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Key changes:

QLD border restrictions

  • From 0001 on 21 January 2020, Greater Brisbane will join the rest of QLD as a low community transmission zone.

Under the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction 2021, ‘low community transmission zone’ has the same meaning as in the Cross Border Travel Direction. As such, from 21 January 2020, visitors Greater Brisbane will be permitted to enter a RACF in South Australia within 14 days of arrival.

Please note that restrictions on visitors from prohibited locations in NSW remain in effect at this time.

Visit the Cross-border travel page for more information.

Updated advice in relation to aged care visitation will be included on the 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.

January 16 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 184: SATURDAY 16 January 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 12.01am Sunday 17 January, people entering South Australia from the Greater Brisbane Area will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. They will be required to seek a COVID-19 test on day 1, day 5 and day 12.

People currently in quarantine from the Greater Brisbane Area must remain in quarantine until contacted by SA Health and authorised to leave.

Anyone who visited particular high risk locations must remain in quarantine for the remainder of their 14 day quarantine period. More information on these locations is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

From 12.01am Thursday 21 January, people entering South Australia from the Greater Brisbane Area will no longer be required to seek COVID-19 testing (unless they have symptoms). However, people who enter between 12.01am 17 January and 12.01am 21 January must complete all three tests (day 1, day 5 and day 12).

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

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man is his 40s and a child who both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,164 tests yesterday
  • 915,555 tests in total
  • 593 confirmed cases in total
  • 577 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 15 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 183: FRIDAY 15 January 2021

Queensland border restriction update

From 12.01am Sunday 17 January, South Australia will ease quarantine restrictions for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane Area. Testing on Day 1, 5 and 12 will still be required.

More information, including a new Direction, will be available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au soon.

COVID-19 Peppers medi-hotel cluster review

SA Health has released a review into the COVID-19 cluster at the Peppers medi-hotel in November 2020. There was no observed significant breach in personal protective equipment (PPE), and no direct contact between guests and medi-hotel staff.

No single event or significant breach in infection control practices appears to be clearly responsible for the transmission of COVID-19 from the primary case to medi-hotel staff or the other guests.

Rather a combination of events and factors, including minor breaches in infection control practices and airflow, are considered most likely to have created an environment where the potential for transmission could occur. Seven recommendations have been made to address these factors and reduce the risk of transmission occurring again within a medi-hotel as outlined in the report.

COVID-19 case update

Today’s case is a woman in her 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 6,485 tests yesterday
  • 911,391 tests in total
  • 591 confirmed cases in total
  • 577 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 15 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 18 November 2020 - Dept. of Health

Today’s newsletter contains information about a free webinar that will be held by the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (VACRC) on Friday 15 January. The webinar will provide an update on COVID-19 in the Victorian aged care sector and lessons learnt from the outbreaks of 2020.

There is information on the support the Australian Government is currently providing for single site working arrangements in Queensland, Victoria and NSW, as well as a reminder on IPC lead training requirements and further details about asymptomatic testing in metropolitan Melbourne Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs).

We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates.

Please note, you can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • VACRC webinar update on COVID-19 in the Victorian aged care sector
    • Australian Government support for single site working arrangements
    • Updated NSW directions for aged care providers and visitors
    • Updated Queensland directions for aged care providers and visitors
    • Reminder on IPC lead training requirements
    • Stay up to date with COVID-19 exposure locations and alerts
    • Information about asymptomatic testing in metropolitan Melbourne RACFs
  • Resources
    • Report: Weekly data snapshot on COVID-19 outbreaks in Residential Aged Care. 
    • Multicultural stakeholder kit – How are you feeling today? Campaign resources
    • COVID-19 collection guide – labelling

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.

January 14 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 182: THURSDAY 14 January 2021

NSW border restrictions

Effective 12.01am today, the following areas are considered Prohibited Locations:

  • Greater Sydney Region (as defined by the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 NSW)
  • Central Coast Council (NSW)
  • Wollongong City Council (NSW)

People are not permitted to travel to South Australia from the above prohibited locations unless they are an essential traveller or have an exemption.

People who entered South Australia from New South Wales between 8 January and 13 January 2021 who are currently in quarantine can apply to SA Health for a review of their quarantine requirement. They must be able to provide evidence (eg receipts or accommodation records) that they have not been in a Prohibited Location in the preceding 14 days. Applications with supporting evidence should be made using the SA Health Essential Traveller exemption application.

People who entered South Australia before 8 January 2021 must remain in quarantine for the remainder of their 14 days. For more information and the latest updates visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

The new Cross Border Travel Direction, Supervised Quarantine Direction and updated frequently asked questions are available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 vaccine update

Making safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to all South Australians is a key priority for SA Health. SA Health is working closely with the Commonwealth Department of Health to develop an implementation plan for South Australia in line with the Vaccine Roadmap announced by the Federal Government.

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout will be complex and vastly different from how vaccination programs are normally administered. It is expected that the vaccine will first be made available to South Australians incrementally from mid-February.

As doses will initially be limited, access to vaccines during the early period of the roll out will be made available to those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID 19 or who have the highest risk of being exposed to, or spreading, the virus.

The first phase will include residents and staff of aged and disability care facilities, medi-hotel and airport staff, and health care workers working in high risk exposure and transmission areas, such as COVID testing clinics and emergency departments. The program will take several months to roll out, with vaccination of the general population expected to begin from mid-2021.

For the latest information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine or follow SA Health on Facebook and Twitter.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,850 tests yesterday
  • 904,906 tests in total
  • 590 confirmed cases in total
  • 575 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 14 - COVID-19 Mental Health Translated Resources Available Now - Department of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and the related social and economic impacts of physical distancing and isolation measures have had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, with particular challenges faced by multicultural communities.

The Australian Government’s COVID-19 Mental Health Campaign (the Campaign) has launched to encourage people to prioritise their mental health, learn how to know the signs of someone not coping, and provide information on the support services available.

Cultural Perspectives is contacting you on behalf of the Department of Health to seek your support to raise awareness of this campaign and the key messages around mental health in multicultural communities. We have developed the following resources in multiple languages that can help you talk to your community, including:

  • A stakeholder toolkit with campaign information, social media images and copy, newsletter and web text
  • Multilingual factsheets:

           Signs and symptoms
           Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
           Where to go for help and support

To help multicultural communities whose mental health and wellbeing is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking you to please support the campaign by downloading the resources and sharing them through your communications channels (website, newsletters, social media) into your communities and networks.

Together we’re hoping to:

  • Destigmatise that anyone’s mental health and wellbeing can be affected by the pandemic (and other challenges experienced this year like floods and bushfires);
  • Build literacy around knowledge and identifying signs when something is wrong;
  • Support communities to make mental health and wellbeing a priority, seek help if needed; and
  • Encourage help seeking behaviours.

Download the Toolkit

Coronavirus has affected many people around the world. Look out for your community members and help them understand the importance of looking after their mental health with these multilingual factsheets. They are available in 16 languages, including: Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek, Spanish, Sinhalese, Tamil, Korean, Macedonian, Indonesian, Nepali, Urdu, Croatian and Persian.

Download the factsheets:

About headtohealth.gov.au
Head to Health can help you find online mental health services from trusted Australian mental health service providers and organisations.
Head to Health brings together free and low-cost apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources.

Visit the Website

Source: Cultural Perspectives on behalf of the 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 181: WEDNESDAY 13 January 2021

New South Wales update

From midnight tonight, people travelling from regional New South Wales will be allowed to enter South Australia but will require a COVID-19 test on day one, day five and day 12. There will be no requirement to isolate while awaiting test results unless you have symptoms.

More information will be available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au soon.

COVID-19 face masks update

Face masks (covering mouth and nose) are mandatory at all times while on an airplane or at any airport during your journey. People present at an airport in South Australia must also wear a face mask. This includes people working at the airport.

There are some exemptions to this requirement:

  • A person is not required to wear a mask if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition (evidence of a relevant medical condition must be produced on request i.e. letter from GP or medical professional).
  • A mask is not required to be worn in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • A mask is not required to be worn when a person is eating or drinking.
  • A child under the age of 12 is not required to wear a mask.

Learn more about face masks: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks

COVID-19 case update

Today’s cases are two men in their 30s who recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,212 tests yesterday
  • 899,056 tests in total
  • 590 confirmed cases in total
  • 575 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 13 - Refresher module - mandatory training requirements for aged care workers from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Under clause 6(1)(b) of the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction 2020, all employees or contractors who provide personal care or nursing care to residents at a RACF must complete COVID-19 Infection Control Training of a kind, frequency and by a date determined by the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

To comply with the Direction, all relevant workers were required to complete the Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers online training module, available at https://launch.sahealth.sa.gov.au/ by 1 October 2020. (New staff and staff returning from leave are required to complete the training prior to entering the premises of a RACF). RACF must keep records of completion of the mandatory COVID-19 infection training, which must be provided to an authorised officer on request.

COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training

All employees or contractors who provide personal care of nursing care to residents at a RACF must complete the COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training online module every two (2) months. RACF must keep records of completion of the mandatory COVID-19 infection training, which must be provided to an authorised officer on request.

The COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training online module consists of four scenarios. After reading each of the scenarios, staff will be asked a question about what could have been done differently in the scenario. The module takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Important: Every 2 months, staff need to re-complete the same refresher training module. The module needs to be reset before commencing – staff will need to log in and then click ‘Reset course and start again’. Then click ‘Start course’.

 Access the refresher training module here: https://launch.sahealth.sa.gov.au/

For further information about COVID-19 and aged care in South Australia, please visit: 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 180: TUESDAY 12 January 2021

Wastewater testing results

Weekly wastewater testing results will be made available on the SA Health website.

Testing wastewater can help provide an early warning signal of COVID-19 infections in people living in a particular wastewater catchment area.
However, it can also be due to people who have recently recovered from COVID-19 who can sometimes continue to shed virus fragments into the sewerage system for several weeks even after they are no longer infectious.

Positive results do not necessarily mean there is a risk to the community. SA Health will inform the community when a positive result requires action from the community.

COVID-19 testing update

People who are due to have a COVID-19 test on Wednesday 13 January, or are feeling unwell and need to get a test, are encouraged to plan ahead. Regular updates of clinic wait times will be provided on the SA Health Facebook page.

For testing clinic location and opening hours visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 15 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,690 tests yesterday
  • 893,844 tests in total
  • 588 confirmed cases in total
  • 569 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 11 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 179: MONDAY 11 January 2021

COVID-19 testing site update

A number of testing sites have updated operating hours this week due to the hot weather.

To check the opening hours or to find an alternative testing location, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

Bushfires and COVID-19

People in self-quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19 can leave their home if they are in an emergency or their home is unsafe. They should try to get back home as soon as they can safely.

During an emergency, if people need to attend an emergency relief centre or a Bushfire Last Resort Refuge, they need to stay outside, alert emergency services (eg, Police or relief authorities at the location) and follow instructions. People should review theirBushfire Survival Plan.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new COVID-19 case today. The case is a child who recently arrived from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 15 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,462 tests yesterday
  • 889,156 tests in total
  • 588 confirmed cases in total
  • 569 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 178: FRIDAY 8 January 2021

COVID-19 Queensland update

Queensland Health has identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites. If anyone was at a location listed on the Queensland Health contact tracing website and they are currently in SA they should:

  • Immediately self-quarantine for 14 days commencing the last day they were at the exposure site.
  • Get a COVID-19 test immediately and again on day 5 and day 12 of quarantine.
  • Contact SA Health at health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au and advise you were at a location.

If you have been in Greater Brisbane Area between Saturday 2 January and Thursday 7 January 2021:

  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately. Self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • You must get a second COVID-19 test again on 13 January. You do not need to self-isolate after your second test unless you have symptoms.
  • You must not attend any event with an approved COVID Management Plan or attendance of over 1,000 people (e.g. a major event or festival).

If you have been in Greater Brisbane Area since Saturday 2 January and travel to SA on Friday 8 January:

  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately. Self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • You must get a COVID-19 test again on day 5 and day 12. You do not need to self-isolate after your second or third test unless you have symptoms.
  • You must not attend any event with an approved COVID Management Plan or attendance of over 1,000 people (e.g. a major event or festival).

If you have been in Greater Brisbane Area since Saturday 2 January and travel to SA from 12.01am Saturday 9 January:

  • You are required to self-quarantine for 14 days commencing on the date of your arrival in SA, not counting the day of arrival.
  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately within 24 hours, on day 5, and day 12.

For the latest information and advice visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases today including a man in his 40s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,482 tests yesterday
  • 874,438 tests in total
  • 585 confirmed cases in total
  • 569 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

January 8 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 18 November 2020 - Dept. of Health

As this is our first newsletter for 2021, we would like to wish everyone working hard to protect older Australians in their care a very Happy New Year. We would also like to remind you that this bulletin is now published weekly.

Today’s newsletter contains updated information on visitation directions for RACFs. Aged care providers and staff are urged to ensure they remain up to date with state and territory health orders, particularly as they relate to COVID-19 hotspots.

This edition includes information on surveillance testing of asymptomatic aged care staff and residents in NSW and Victorian residential aged care facilities. There is also a general reminder on accessing personal protective equipment (PPE).

We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates.

Please note, you can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Updated advice on visitation restrictions for residential aged care facilities
    • Testing of asymptomatic staff and residents of NSW and Victorian residential aged care facilities 
    • General reminder on using and sourcing PPE
    • Stay up to date with COVID-19 exposure locations and alerts
  • Resources
    • Updated fact sheet: Guidance on preparing for and implementing single site workforce arrangements
    • Report: Weekly data snapshot on COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care. 
    • Updated campaign resources: National COVID-19 mental health campaign 

To read 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.

January 7 - Australia's COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy announced - Department of Health

The Australian Government has announced Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy.

The Prime Minister has announced Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy, which details sites and priority populations for initial vaccinations, and the phases in which vaccine doses will be made available in Australia.

View the Prime Minister’s announcement.

View the strategy.

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.

January 7 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 177: THURSDAY 7 January 2021

COVID-19 exposure locations

COVID-19 public exposure locations continue to be identified in other states. Please visit the SA Health website for the latest information and advice at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,430 tests yesterday
  • 868,956 tests in total
  • 582 confirmed cases in total
  • 568 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 176: WEDNESDAY 6 January 2021

New South Wales update – Amended time

NSW Health has identified a venue in Broken Hill (NSW) visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you visited Gourmet Cribtin on Saturday 2 January 10.00am – 10.40am (Central Time):

  • Get tested immediately.
  • Immediately self-quarantine for 14 days commencing the last day you were at the exposure site.
  • Contact health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au and advise you were at the location.

Victoria update

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has identified new COVID-19 public exposure locations including Chadstone and East Melbourne (MCG). Visit the SA Health website to check exposure site locations, dates and times, and follow the advice: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a teenager who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 6,254 tests yesterday
  • 863,526 tests in total
  • 582 confirmed cases in total
  • 567 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 175: TUESDAY 5 January 2021

New South Wales update

NSW Health has identified a venue in Broken Hill (NSW) visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you visited Gourmet Cribtin on Saturday 2 January 10.40am – 11.20am:

  • Get tested immediately.
  • Immediately self-quarantine for 14 days commencing the last day you were at the exposure site.
  • Contact health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au and advise you were at the location.

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

Cross Border Travel Registration

People travelling from New South Wales, who completed a Cross Border Travel application before 1 January 2021 and have not yet travelled, should reapply. If you are planning travel to SA, aim to complete the cross border travel registration form at least 7 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.

COVID-19 case update

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. Further investigations have determined two overseas acquired cases reported yesterday are old infections and have been removed from our case numbers.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,877 tests yesterday
  • 857,272 tests in total
  • 581 confirmed cases in total
  • 567 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 174: MONDAY 4 January 2021

New COVID-19 cases

Four new cases of COVID-19 today, including three women in their 20s and one man in his 30s. All recently returned from overseas and returned positive results on their day one test. All have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 13 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,606 tests yesterday
  • 851,395 tests in total
  • 583 confirmed cases in total
  • 566 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 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.

December 31 - Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 21)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 21)(COVID-19) Direction 2020

Effective 0001 hours on Friday 1 January 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 20) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 will be revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 21) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. Changes are consistent with amendments to the Cross Border Travel Direction No 26, which will replace the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 25) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

Key changes:

NSW border restrictions

  • Anyone entering South Australia from New South Wales is prohibited from entering a Residential Aged Care Facility in South Australia within 14 days of arrival.
    • Cross border community members who are permitted to enter South Australia and travel within the cross border corridor under the Cross Border Direction are also permitted to enter residential aged care facilities located within the corridor.
    • Relatives who travel from NSW to provide end of life support to a resident are permitted to visit a residential aged care facility (RACF) within 14 days of entering SA, however, they must wear appropriate PPE while on the premises of the RACF and self-quarantine at all other times.

All other aspects of the previous Direction remain in place (noting that the provisions relating to face masks that ceased operation on 23 December 2020 have been removed).

The full version of the Direction will soon be available at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/aged-care

Further information about the COVID-19 and Aged Care will be available on the 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Home Affairs – 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