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

September 23 - Important information: Updated Emergency Management Direction for Residential Aged Care Facilities

Dear colleagues,

Please be advised that the Direction issued by the State Coordinator under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit entry into residential aged care facilities in South Australia has been updated.

The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 comes into effect at 12.01am on Thursday, 24 September 2020. The only change in the new Direction is that interstate visitors from the NSW are now permitted to visit residential aged care facilities in South Australia without needing to self-quarantine for 14 days. All other provisions remain the same.

A number of fact sheets (attached and available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare) have been updated to reflect this change:

  • FAQ for Operators of RACF
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment
  • Information for visitors to RACF
  • Interstate visitors providing end of life support to a resident
  • Restrictions on visiting RACF infographic

For further information about aged care restrictions in South Australia, please visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 9) (COVID-19) Direction 2020

FAQ for Operators of RACF – Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 9) Direction 2020

COVID19 Screening Checklist for Residential Aged Care Facilities

Fact sheet – Information for Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities

Fact sheet – Interstate visitors providing end of life support to a resident

Aged Care COVID infographic – Restrictions on Visiting Residential Aged Care Facilities – updated 24 September 2020

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well


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

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

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

 

September 23

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 23 September 2020

In this newsletter we begin with the latest information from Victoria and how the drop in outbreaks and case numbers is allowing for a shift in focus to prevention and recovery. While everyone continues to remain vigilant and there is still a long way to go, this is positive news and a credit to everyone who has been impacted and doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus, while maintaining quality and safe care of residents.

This edition also provides information on Dementia Action Week and updated advice from NSW Health on restrictions in residential aged care facilities and home care providers.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce. Please also encourage them to subscribe for future updates.

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:

 

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 21

COVID-19 UPDATE 102: MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2020

Mt Gambier testing facility update 

From tomorrow, the testing facility located at the Mount Gambier Hospital will be moved to the Mount Gambier Showgrounds. 

The site will operate from 8.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days. No booking or referral is required.

COVID-19 clinic update

From tomorrow, the COVID-19 clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be changing its hours of operation to 9.00am to 6.00am.

From Saturday 26 September, the COVID-19 clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be changing its hours of operation to 9.00am to 6.00pm.

Both clinics will continue to operate 7 days a week. 

Find more information on testing options at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 1,983 tests yesterday
  • 445,080 tests in total
  • 466 confirmed cases in total
  • 462 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well


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 22

COVID-19 UPDATE 103: TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

New South Wales border restriction update

From Thursday 24 September, people entering South Australia from New South Wales will no longer be required to complete 14 days self-quarantine.

People entering SA before midnight tomorrow night will still be required to complete the full mandatory 14 days quarantine. This is because people who have arrived in the preceding 14 days present a different health risk.

People entering SA from NSW from midnight tomorrow night are still required to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration.

More information, including a new Cross Border Travel Direction and updated frequently asked questions, will be available on thewww.covid-19.sa.gov.au website shortly.

COVID-19 clinic update

The COVID-19 clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has now changed its hours of operation to 9.00am to 6.00pm.

From Saturday 26 September, the COVID-19 clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be changing its hours of operation to 9.00am to 6.00pm.

Both clinics will continue to operate 7 days a week.

Find more information on testing options at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,140 tests yesterday
  • 447,220 tests in total
  • 466 confirmed cases in total
  • 462 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well


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 16 - Important information: Updated Emergency Management Direction for Residential Aged Care Facilities

Dear colleagues,

Please be advised that the Direction issued by the State Coordinator under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit entry into residential aged care facilities in South Australia has been updated.

The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 came into effect at 12.01am on Wednesday, 16 September. The only change in the new Direction is that interstate visitors from the ACT are now permitted to visit residential aged care facilities in South Australia without needing to self-quarantine for 14 days. All other provisions remain the same.

For further information about aged care restrictions in South Australia, please visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020

FAQ – Operators of Residential Aged Care Facilities

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well


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

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

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

September 8 - Updated information: COVID-19 Restrictions – Information for older South Australians

An updated fact sheet is attached for your information: COVID-19 Restrictions – What older people need to know (PDF 308KB) – information current as of 7 September 2020.

The fact sheet provides older people with important information about COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia.
Click here to visit the SA Health website for more information for the community about COVID-19.

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well


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
September 15

COVID-19 UPDATE 99: TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2020

Update to SA border restrictions

From midnight tonight, people travelling to South Australia from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

People are still required to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration. Travellers from the ACT will be required to identify that they have been in only low community transmission zones (QLD, WA, NT, TAS) in the 14 days prior to their arrival in SA.

More information, including an updated Direction, will be available on the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website shortly.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,654 tests yesterday
  • 427,106 tests in total
  • 466 confirmed cases in total
  • 462 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, 16 Sept.: How do we do ‘cultural safety’ in the time of COVID-19? – Victorian Transcultural Mental Health

Tuesday, 22 Sept.: Plain Language Spoken Communication – Drop the Jargon Special Edition – Centre for Cultural, Ethnicity & Health (CEH)

 

September 14

COVID-19 UPDATE 98: MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

Tailem Bend testing facility update 

From midnight tonight, the Tailem Bend testing facility will operate from 12.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days.

The site, located at Tasco Caltex Tailem Bend Roadhouse, Princes Highway, provides free COVID-19 testing for interstate truck drivers and interstate travellers requiring swabs. No booking is required.

Find more testing options at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 1,447 tests yesterday
  • 424,452 tests in total
  • 466 confirmed cases in total
  • 462 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, 16 Sept.: How do we do ‘cultural safety’ in the time of COVID-19? – Victorian Transcultural Mental Health

Tuesday, 22 Sept.: Plain Language Spoken Communication – Drop the Jargon Special Edition – Centre for Cultural, Ethnicity & Health (CEH)

 

September 11

COVID-19 UPDATE 96: FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020

Christmas pageant update

This year’s Christmas pageant will go ahead on November 14 in a COVID Safe format at Adelaide Oval.

The twilight event will be broadcast live, with further details will soon be released by event organisers soon.

New case – old infection

A woman in her 20s who arrived in South Australia from overseas has tested positive to COVID-19 on her day 12 test. The result represents an old infection and she is not considered infectious. She is currently in quarantine in a medi-hotel.

The woman returned a negative day 1 test, however, it is not uncommon for people with an old infection to return both positive and negative results on subsequent tests as the virus continues to shed.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,277 tests yesterday
  • 416,649 tests in total
  • 466 confirmed cases in total
  • 462 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 

September 10

COVID-19 UPDATE 96: THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

Let’s not undo all the good

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, should seek testing. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • fever OR chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell

People should get tested for COVID-19 each time they become unwell or if they develop new symptoms (with no alternative illness to explain these symptoms).

More information about testing locations and options is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new case today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,926 tests yesterday
  • 413,372 tests in total
  • 465 confirmed cases in total
  • 461 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 

September 8

COVID-19 UPDATE 95: TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2020

New Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service
The new Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service will see the recruitment of up to 150 dedicated nurses and midwives to deliver state’s response to COVID-19.

A leadership team is also being established to strengthen and coordinate the response and includes the roles of Director of Nursing for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Nursing and Midwifery Service and a new Nursing/Midwifery Director – Medi-hotel. These roles will commence in the coming weeks. 

New case – old infection
A woman in her 30s who arrived from overseas has tested positive to COVID-19. She is currently in hotel quarantine and is not considered infectious. This case represents an old infection.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,498 tests yesterday
  • 404,963 tests in total
  • 465 confirmed cases in total
  • 461 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths 

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 

September 7

COVID-19 UPDATE 94: MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2020

New drive-through testing facility
A new drive-through COVID-19 testing location has opened at Angaston Hospital to provide easier access to testing for those in the local community.

 

It will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, 7 days a week. All ages welcome and no booking or GP referral required. This facility is for cars and motorbikes only (no walk-ins or cyclists).

New COVID-19 case (Saturday 5 September)
A woman in her 20s, who was transiting through South Australia while relocating to the Northern Territory, was diagnosed with COVID-19. She has been in quarantine at a medi-hotel since her arrival in SA.

Wastewater testing results
There have recently been two positive tests from our wastewater testing. The samples were taken at the Bolivar and Angaston treatment plants, which are the wastewater catchments for 700,000 houses and 2,000 respectively.

While the source of the samples cannot be determined, the results could be linked to previously known cases. These results are a strong reminder to everyone to get tested if you develop symptoms.

South Australia testing number update
More than 400,000 COVID-19 tests have now been undertaken in South Australia.

Now is not the time to be complacent. Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested. Find more information at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 1,434 tests yesterday
  • 401,471 tests in total
  • 464 confirmed cases in total
  • 460 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 
September 4

COVID-19 UPDATE 93: FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2020

Update to COVID-19 restrictions
From Saturday 5 September, the maximum number of people able to attend a wedding or funeral will increase to 150 people. Consumption of food and alcohol can resume for people seated at a bar. However, food preparation and production cannot occur at the same bar. 

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

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,963 tests yesterday
  • 394,052 tests in total
  • 463 confirmed cases in total
  • 459 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths 

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

August
August 28

COVID-19 UPDATE 88: FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2020

Public Activities Direction update

From today, gatherings of 50 people are permitted at residential premises, providing the 1 person per 2 square metre density requirement is adhered to.

People getting married are also now allowed to undertake one dance at either the wedding ceremony or reception at relevant licensed premises.

Cross border travel update

People entering South Australia from low community transmissions zones (Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia) can now travel by air via Sydney or Canberra Airport.

Cross border community members living on the South Australia and Victorian border can now travel within 40km of the border. Cross border community members who have had their essential traveller status revoked will be required to re-apply.

Find more information, including the new Public Activities and Cross Border Travel Directions, on the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website.

Workplace risk mitigation plans

Essential sectors with individual specialist workers that are required to enter and exit South Australia need to have a Workplace Risk Mitigation Plan approved by the Department for Health and Wellbeing. This applies to particular Schedule 2 essential travellers identified in the Cross Border Travel Direction.

This Plan identifies potential risks and hazards, as well as the controls in place to mitigate these potential risks.

More information, including guidance on developing a Risk Mitigation Plan, is available on the SA Health website.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 active COVID-19 case
  • 4,266 tests yesterday
  • 369,379 tests in total
  • 463 confirmed cases in total
  • 458 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 28 August 2020

Today’s newsletter provides an update on the work of the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, including information for isolating staff, communication resources, and a reminder on the notification protocols for suspected COVID-19 cases.

We have included the latest information for aged care providers from Qld Health and NSW Health. And a reminder on the census date for the workforce retention bonus second payment.

Additionally, we have information on National Meals on Wheels Day and resident nutrition during COVID-19.

We thank you for your hard work to protect older Australians and encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce.

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

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (VACRC) Update
    • Update for Queensland Providers
    • Updated NSW Health Advice for Residential Aged Care Facilities and Home Care Providers
    • Workforce Retention Bonus Second Payment
    • National Meals on Wheels Day
    • Nutrition during COVID-19
  • Resources
    • Updated Victorian EPA advice on clinical waste
    • Establishing communications fact sheet for aged care facilities

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter

 
August 27

COVID-19 UPDATE 87: THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2020

New border medi-hotel

A new medi-hotel has been established in the state’s south east to provide quarantining facilities for individuals crossing the border.

The facility will primarily be used for essential travellers, members of the cross-border community who receive and exemption and local residents who cannot safely quarantine at their normal place of residence.

The new facility will be managed with the same strict health and safety protocols that have been effective in Adelaide-based medi-hotels.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,190 tests yesterday
  • 365,116 tests in total
  • 463 confirmed cases in total
  • 456 people have recovered from COVID-19

4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 
August 25

COVID-19 UPDATE 86: TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 2020

Update to COVID-19 restrictions

A number of restrictions will ease from Friday 28 August.

  • Residential gatherings will be able to have up to 50 people.
  • The 40km travel buffer zone for cross border communities in Victoria and South Australia will be reinstated (this will only occur if there is no community transmission in those areas between now and Friday 28 August).
  • People transiting to SA through Sydney or Canberra airports from Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland or Tasmania will no longer be required to undertake 14 days self-isolation.

More information will be available on the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website once new Directions are issued.

COVID-19 Queensland health alert

There’s a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Queensland that appears to be locally acquired with no known source or contact.

SA Health has issued a public health alert advising all travellers returning to South Australia from the greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas since 22 July to:

  • closely monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop, even if only mild
  • not visit or attend work in any aged care or disability care service until 14 days after travelling back into SA and a COVID-19 test is negative

not visit vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those with chronic health problems, until 14 days since travelling back into SA.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,890 tests yesterday
  • 354,497 tests in total
  • 463 confirmed cases in total
  • 456 people have recovered from COVID-19

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 
August 24

COVID-19 UPDATE 85: MONDAY 24 AUGUST 2020

Stop the Spread campaign

This week SA Health launched the next phase of the Stop the Spread campaign.
This encourages the community to continue following health advice to stop the spread of COVID-19 in South Australia.

COVID-19 Queensland health alert

SA Health is calling on all travellers returning to South Australia from the greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas to closely monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops symptoms, no matter how mild, should be tested for COVID-19.

Anyone in South Australia who visited any of the venues posted by Queensland Health during the dates and times listed is requested to self-isolate for 14 days from the date they attended the venue.

Expansion of State Control Centre – Health

The State Control Centre – Health (SCC-H) will be expanded to ensure South Australia is equipped to tackle the long term challenges of COVID-19.

The SCC-H will be relocated into a larger, dedicated area within SA Health headquarters and up to an additional 40 staff will join the team to support the state’s response to the pandemic.

New COVID-19 case (Sunday 23 August)

A nurse who has returned from Victoria has tested positive to COVID-19. She has been in quarantine since her arrival

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 1,805 tests yesterday
  • 351,607 tests in total
  • 463 confirmed cases in total
  • 456 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

Prioritising Advance Care Planning in COVID-19 response

ACPA has launched a new report recommending that ACP could be better used as part of Australia’s COVID-19 crisis to help manage a surge in healthcare demand and reduce the need for rationing. It makes a case recommending that more ACP conversations should be happening now with older Australians and those with chronic conditions. The report argues that this approach may help to avoid scenarios where people who are hospitalised with coronavirus and prefer to avoid invasive treatment, are not unnecessarily ‘competing’ with people who would want it.

Source: Advance Care Planning Australia

Independent Review of Newmarch House

An independent review into the COVID-19 outbreak at Newmarch House was commissioned by the Department of Health to understand what occurred and what could be learned from the experience. The review was undertaken by Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly.

The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck has written to providers in relation to the release of the report. The full report on the Newmarch House COVID-19 experience is available on the department’s website.

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians

 
August 24 – Important information: Aged Care Direction single site provision for personal care workers

Dear colleagues

As you are aware, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 requires the implementation of a number of new workforce measures in residential aged care facilities (RACF) as a precaution to ensure vulnerable older South Australians continue to remain safe from COVID-19.

In particular, from 27 August 2020, personal care workers are only permitted to provide personal care to residents at one RACF.

It is acknowledged that the implementation of this new single site provision for personal care workers creates a range of operational issues that need to be worked through to ensure operators are able to fill their rosters appropriately, and that these issues may be particularly complex in regional areas.

Whilst operators of RACF must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not enter or remain on the premises of the RACF if they are prohibited from doing so under the Direction, the safety and wellbeing of aged care residents remains SA Health’s highest priority.

As such, if your RACF is unable to comply with clause 6(1)(a) of the Direction from 27 August, please forward a request for exemption due to exceptional circumstances to officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au by no later than COB, Tuesday 25 August 2020.

For further information about aged care restrictions in South Australia, please visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 
Important information: Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020

Dear colleagues,

As you are aware, on 27 March 2020, the State Coordinator issued a Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit entry into residential aged care facilities in South Australia. This Direction has subsequently been amended a number of times to reflect the evolving status of COVID-19 in our community.

These measures are being implemented as a precaution to ensure vulnerable older South Australians continue to remain safe from COVID-19. In light of the increased level of risk in South Australia due to the outbreaks interstate, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 will be revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

The Direction comes into effect on 14 August 2020 at 00:01hrs, however, operators have until 27 August 2020 to implement some of the new provisions. The full Direction is attached and will available online at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/aged-care

Key changes include:

Workforce – these provisions take effect from 27 August 2020

  • All personal care workers are only permitted to work at one residential aged care facility (RACF).
    • If a personal care worker intends to work at a different RACF, there must be 14 days between work shifts at the first and second RACF.
    • At present, these restrictions do not apply to other employees or contractors, for example nurses are still permitted to work across multiple RACF.
    • It should be noted that these restrictions do not preclude personal care workers from having additional employment in settings outside of a RACF.
  • Any person providing nursing, medical, allied health or personal care services to residents at a RACF must wear appropriate PPE, in accordance with Australian Guidelines, whenever a distance of 1.5m between themselves and the resident cannot be maintained.

Training – the training requirements will take effect from a date determined by the Department for Health and Wellbeing

  • All employees or contractors who provide personal or nursing care services to residents must complete COVID-19 infection control training of a kind, frequency and by a date determined by the Department for Health and Wellbeing.
    • Details about the approved training will be made available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Workforce management plans – these provisions take effect from 27 August 2020

  • All RACF must have a Workforce Management Plan in place that requires:
    • All employees, contractors and volunteers to provide details of any additional places of employment they may have.
    • All employees, contractors and volunteers to notify the RACF if they become aware of a case of COVID-19 being identified at any of their other places of employment.

COVID-19 Infection Control Plans – must be submitted to the Department for Health and Wellbeing by 27 August 2020

  • All RACF must submit a COVID-19 Infection Control Plan for facility communal areas to the Department for Health and Wellbeing for approval, which must be available for inspection by authorised officers and any persons entering the RACF.
    • The COVID-19 Infection Control Plan must be submitted to the Department for Health and Wellbeing by 27 August 2020
    • The RACF may continue to operate while they are waiting for their plan to be approved by the Department.
    • Details about the COVID-19 Infection Control Plan requirements, including a template, will be made available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Isolation requirements – these provisions come into effect immediately

  • Any resident who has undertaken a COVID-19 test must remain isolated and segregated in the RACF while awaiting a test result.
  • No other person who has undertaken a COVID-19 test is permitted to enter a RACF while awaiting a test result.

SA Health, through Office for Ageing Well, is continuing to work with representatives from the aged care sector to facilitate implementation of these new requirements.

FAQ for operators of RACF have also been developed – these are attached and also available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020

FAQ for operators of RACF

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

 

August 17

COVID-19 UPDATE 80: MONDAY 17 AUGUST 2020

COVID Marshal online training

COVID Marshal online training is now available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/covid-marshals.

From Friday 21 August, businesses and activities across a number of sectors must have a COVID Marshal.

This includes those that involve any of the following:

  • hospitality
  • gyms and fitness centre
  • indoor and outdoor sports clubs
  • swimming pools available for public use
  • social and community clubs
  • religious or faith-based ceremonies
  • supermarkets and hardware stores
  • distribution centres
  • businesses or activities that are required to have a COVID Management Plan.

Active surveillance in medi-hotel staff

SA Health will commence testing of asymptomatic workers in medi-hotels. Noting that we continue to have active cases of COVID-19 from overseas passengers within medi-hotels, from today hotel and security staff will be tested similarly to the asymptomatic testing already underway in health and aged care workers, and truck drivers. This precautionary testing is another step in protecting the community.

There is no requirement for workers undergoing asymptomatic testing to self-isolate while waiting for their result, which is consistent with national guidance for asymptomatic testing.

New COVID-19 case

A woman in her 30s who returned from overseas on a repatriation flight has returned a positive test result. She has been quarantining in a medi-hotel since her arrival and is a close contact of yesterday’s confirmed case.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,585 tests yesterday
  • 323,111 tests in total
  • 462 confirmed cases in total
  • 450 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health, Office for Ageing Well

Free influenza (flu) vaccinations

The Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA), in partnership with Terry White, Cumberland Pharmacy, is offering free flu vaccines to the temporary visa holders, international students, and the people who are financially stressed.

Bookings are available on the 18th and 19th of August from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.

The vaccination will be given by registered male and female pharmacists at the MCCSA office at 113 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 5000.

Find out more information at this link.

While the flu vaccine will not stop you getting COVID-19, it will help to stop the spread of flu and reduce the chances of you becoming seriously ill with the flu.

This is important because getting the flu can make you more at risk to other illnesses.

SA Health has a webpage with information for multicultural and CALD communities – www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidmulticultural

Please regularly check this page for new information.

Source: SA Health, Multicultural SA

 

August 7

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 7 August 2020

Today is Aged Care Employee Day. We begin this newsletter with a message of sincere thanks to our extraordinary aged care workforce who continue to protect and care for our older Australians during these difficult times.

This edition contains information on the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 grant, which is now open. We are also reminding providers that the extended Workforce Retention Bonus round closes on August 14.

We have included information on the dispatch of face shields to residential aged care facilities in Victoria.

The AHPPC has released a new statement supporting additional measures in Victoria.

For those in Victoria who need assistance, contact the Commonwealth Department of Health Victorian State Office on 1800 078 709.

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

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Aged Care Employee Day
    • Opening of the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 (SACWIC) grant opportunity
    • Dispatch of face masks and face shields in Victoria
    • AHPPC supports additional measures to improve the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria
    • Workforce retention bonus payment
  • Resources
    • Updated: It’s ok to have home care fact sheet

Read the newsletter in full: Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 7 August 2020

Source: Dept. of Health: Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 7 August 2020

 

August 6

COVID-19 UPDATE 74:  THURSDAY 6 AUGUST 2020

New COVID-19 case

A woman in her 20s, linked to the Thebarton cluster, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This takes the total number of cases linked to this cluster to five. She will be required to isolate in a medi-hotel.

Around 70 close contacts will be required to quarantine in a medi-hotel and approximately 1,100 casual contacts are required to self-isolate until Saturday 15 August.

Restrictions on hospital visitors

To protect the health and safety of people in our health services and hospitals during COVID-19, SA Health is putting in place limits on visitor numbers.

From today, only one visitor per patient is allowed in Emergency Departments and Outpatient Departments. This is to ensure physical distancing can be adhered to and to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms.

Find more information on visiting public hospitals and health services on the SA Health website.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 6,002 tests yesterday
  • 264,410 tests in total
  • 457 confirmed cases in total
  • 445 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health

 

August 5

COVID-19 UPDATE 73:  WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST 2020

New drive-through testing location

A new drive-through COVID-19 testing location will be opened at the Aldinga GP Plus Health Care Centre tomorrow. The facility will operate 8.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week. No booking or GP referral is required and all ages are welcome.

Find other COVID-19 testing locations and options at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

Case removed from SA numbers

After further testing, a potential case under investigation yesterday has returned a negative result and has been removed from the total number of cases.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,553 tests yesterday
  • 258,408 tests in total
  • 456 confirmed cases in total
  • 444 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 5 August 2020

Today’s edition reminds providers of the need to ensure the contact details for each resident’s authorised representative are up-to-date, secure and readily available to key staff at residential aged care facilities. This is essential preparedness for effective communications.

The Department of Health has published new guidance on the use of face shields, which are now a requirement in aged care settings in Victoria.

This edition also provides a summary of the increased restrictions now in force for aged care services operating in both New South Wales and Queensland, as due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in both jurisdictions.

Thank you to all providers and our wonderful aged care workforce, especially those in Victoria, who continue to support our senior Australians during this critical time.

For those in Victoria who need assistance, contact the Commonwealth Department of Health Victorian State Office on 1800 078 709.

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

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Prepare your communications
    • Training on face shield use
    • Updated restrictions and advice from Queensland
    • Updated restrictions and advice from NSW
    • Reminder – contact the Commonwealth
  • Resources
    • Six Steps to Stop the Spread

Read the newsletter in full: Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 5 August 2020

Source: Dept. of Health

 

August 3

COVID-19 UPDATE 71:  MONDAY 3 AUGUST 2020

Update to COVID-19 restrictions
From Wednesday 5 August, gatherings at homes in South Australia will be limited to 10 people.
Additionally, the standing consumption of food and drink will no longer be permitted. Further details will be available shortly on the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website.

COVID-19 school closures
Two schools, Roma Mitchell Secondary College and Thebarton Senior College are closed as a student who attended the sites has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Department for Education has enacted its COVID-19 protocol and the sites have been shut to allow deep cleaning to occur. The schools will both remain closed on Tuesday 4 August.

COVID-19 cases – Saturday 01/08/20

  • A man in his 20s who has returned from overseas and has been in quarantine since his arrival

COVID-19 cases – Sunday 02/08/20

  • A teenager who has returned from interstate and has been in quarantine since her arrival.
  • A woman in her 20s who is a close contact of a confirmed case.

COVID-19 cases – Monday 03/08/20

  • A man in his 50s who arrived on a repatriation flight from overseas
  • A man in his 50s who is a close contact of a confirmed case

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,336 tests yesterday
  • 250,229 tests in total
  • 455 confirmed cases in total
  • 443 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: SA Health

July
July 17

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 17 July 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Mobile testing units in Victoria
      • Aged care workers across Victoria now required to wear face masks
      • Aged care workers in South Western Sydney required to wear face masks
      • Stay COVID free, do the three and stay home if unwell
    • Resources
      • Survey on COVID-19 communications

 

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

There is a significantly higher risk of COVID-19 in SA due to the current outbreak in Victoria. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you need to get tested as soon as possible.

If you know someone with symptoms of COVID-19, encourage them to seek testing. Once you get a test, return home immediately and wait for your results.

If you receive a negative test result, you should still stay at home and not attend work, school or childcare until you are feeling well again.

Do not go to public places if you are unwell – this includes work, education, childcare, shopping centres, sporting events, social or religious gatherings.

Everyone must continue to follow measures that will help stop the spread. Practice good hygiene, keep 1.5 metres distance from others and stay at home if you are unwell.

July 16

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

Further testing on a potential case from yesterday has returned a very low positive result and this positive test has been added to our case numbers.

The woman, in her 40s, is not contagious and the case is considered to be an old infection. She had previously travelled overseas and undertook mandatory 14 days quarantine in Victoria, where she had returned two negative tests.

 

SA Health Round Up Report: COVID-19 Update 61: Thursday 16 July 2020 – SA Health

New case added to SA numbers

Further testing on yesterday’s potential COVID-19 case has returned a very low positive result. This positive case has been added to South Australia’s case numbers.

The woman, in her 40s, is not infectious and the case is considered to be an old infection. She had previously travelled overseas and undertook mandatory 14 day quarantine in Victoria, where she returned two negative tests.

Locally produced masks to protect health workers

The first South Australian made D95+ masks are being fit-tested to local health workers. These respirator masks must be fitted to each individual to ensure it is sealed to the skin.

Manufacturer Detmold has delivered 2,700 D95+ masks to metropolitan hospitals, with country hospitals to receive their first deliveries of masks later this month.

COVID-19 testing and medicare

There is no cost to Medicare eligible patients for COVID-19 testing if you are tested at SA Health or PHN facilities. Private providers may charge a gap for COVID-19 testing.

Overseas residents who fall ill in Australia (and are not eligible for Medicare) often have health or travel insurance. For those who do not have adequate insurance coverage, SA Health hospitals and COVID-19 testing centres will waive the costs of diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.

Find more information about testing at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

July 15

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 15 July 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Advice on use of masks and PPE
      • Emergency CHSP COVID-19 funding
      • Statement from the Commissioner on COVID-19 situation in Victoria
      • Retention bonus reminder
    • Resources
      • Survey on COVID-19 communications
      • Retention Bonus FAQs

 

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

Further testing is underway today into a possible case. The person has a history of overseas travel and initial South Australian results were inconclusive and may represent an old infection. The person will remain in isolation until the results of further tests are clear. As is usual practice, SA Health will provide an update once the latest test results are available, which are expected to be within the next 24 hours.

 

SA Health Round Up Report: COVID-19 Update 60: Wednesday 15 July 2020 – SA Health

Further testing underway into possible case

This person has a history of overseas travel and initial South Australian results were inconclusive and may represent an old infection. The person will remain in isolation until the results of further tests are clear.

As is usual practice, SA Health will provide an update once the latest test results are available, which are expected to be within the next 24 hours.

SA Health text alerts

SA Health are sending text alert messages to people who have entered South Australia from Victoria since the border restrictions changed on 9 July. These messages advise people to get tested in the first 24 hours and on day 12 of their 14 day self-quarantine period.

These messages will be sent daily to SA residents who have returned from Victoria and are self-quarantining.

Some essential travellers crossing the border will have received the text alert, however, essential travellers only need to be tested if symptoms develop (even if symptoms are very mild).

July 14

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

Due to the increased risk of COVID-19, restrictions on people entering SA from NSW and the ACT will not be eased from 20 July as planned. People entering from NSW and the ACT can still enter SA, but will need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

There is a significantly higher risk of COVID-19 in SA due to the current outbreak in Victoria. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you need to get tested as soon as possible. If you know someone with symptoms of COVID-19, encourage them to seek testing. Once you get a test, return home immediately and wait for your results. If you receive a negative test result, you should still stay at home and not attend work, school or childcare until you are feeling well again.

Do not go to public places if you are unwell – this includes work, education, childcare, shopping centres, sporting events, social or religious gatherings. Everyone must continue to follow measures that will help stop the spread. Practice good hygiene, keep 1.5 metres distance from others and stay at home if you are unwell.

 

Letter from the Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health for residential aged care

Please find attached a letter from Dr Ann Koehler, Deputy Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health in relation to timely contact tracing to control the spread of COVID-19 in aged care facilities and the community.

Source: SA Health

Click to access Letter-from-Dr-Ann-Koehler-Deputy-Director-CDCB.pdf

July 13

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

There is a significantly higher risk of COVID-19 in SA due to the current outbreak in Victoria. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you need to get tested as soon as possible. If you know someone with symptoms of COVID019, encourage them to seek testing.

Once you get a test, return home immediately and wait for your results. If you receive a negative test result, you should still stay at home and not attend work, school or childcare until you are feeling well again.

Do not go to public places if you are unwell – this includes work, education, childcare, shopping centres, sporting events, social or religious gatherings. Everyone must continue to follow measures that will help stop the spread. Practice good hygiene, keep 1.5 metres distance from others and stay at home if you are unwell.

SA Health has been notified by NSW Health of a significant outbreak of COVID-19 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel, Liverpool in Sydney. This hotel is on the Hume Highway and is a popular stop for interstate truck drivers. Anyone who visited the hotel between 3-10 July must:

    • Immediately self-isolate until 14 days after they were last there
    • Attend a clinic for testing even if they have no symptoms
    • Watch for symptoms and get retested should any respiratory symptoms occur, no matter how mild
    • Even if they get a negative test, stay in isolation for 14 days.
July 12

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

SA Health has been notified by NSW Health of a significant outbreak of COVID-19 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel, Liverpool in Sydney. This hotel is on the Hume highway and is a popular stop for interstate truck drivers.  Anyone who visited the Hotel between 3-10 July must self-quarantine and be tested.

July 10

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 10 July 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Letter to Home Care and CHSP providers
      • CHSP emergency funding reminder
      • Summary of supports for seniors in Victoria
      • Reminder about who to contact with a positive COVID-19 case
      • Survey reminder
    • Resources
      • Survey on COVID-19 communications

 

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

From today, templates for COVID Management Plans can be accessed online. High risk public activities that require a COVID Management Plan include:

    • Gatherings and activities of more than 1,000 people.
    • Licenced premises under the Liquor Licencing Act 1997 where both dancing and the consumption of liquor occurs.
    • The operation of a nightclub, where the principle purpose of the premise is for the consumption of liquor, the playing of loud, amplified music and dancing.

All COVID Management Plans will be reviewed by SA Health and the assessment process may involve site visits and inspections.

If there is an increase in community transmission of COVID-19, existing COVID Management Plans may be reviewed to ensure activities are still safe to proceed.

In the event of a widespread outbreak, approval for COVID Management Plans may need to be revoked.

For more information and to submit at COVID-19 Management Plan, visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

July 9

COVID-19 Update 9 July – Media Release – SA Health

Everyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days and has any symptoms (even if mild), or have been in contact with someone with symptoms, should get tested.

A hard border closure is now in effect between SA and Victoria and all SA residents and essential travellers approved to enter SA will be required to quarantine for 14 days, or perform their essential duties under strict guidelines.

Step 3 of the SA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions is underway. More information on the easing of restrictions is available at SA.GOV.AU.

July 8

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 8 July 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Managing health risks as COVID-19 restrictions ease
      • Survey for aged care workers on communication during COVID-19
    • Resources
      • COVID-19 action plan
      • Coronavirus living well in the COVID-19 pandemic fact sheet
      • Statement from Minister Colbeck: Senior Australians urged to stay vigilant
      • Survey on COVID-19 communications

Unspent 2019-20 Funds Stocktake and CHSP COVID-19 Performance Reporting – Department of Health

Department of Health recently updated resources:

July 7

Minister Colbeck’s letter to Aged Care Providers 7 July 2020 – Department of Health

The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, and Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, has today written to aged care providers to personally thank them for your role in protecting older Australians during COVID-19. The Minister is also urging all providers to remain vigilant and have an up to date outbreak management ready to be activated, if and when needed.

You can read the Minister’s letter here.

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

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. There have been a total of 443 cases reported in SA.
There are three active cases in SA and 436 people have been cleared of COVID-19.
There have been four reported deaths in SA from COVID-19. There have been more than 163,000 tests undertaken in SA.

July 6

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on recommendations for managing of health risk as COVID-19 measures lift – Department of Health – A statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) about how to manage health risks as COVID-19 measures lift.

July 4

Victoria not alone in latest COVID-19 response – Department of Health – An opinion piece by the Australian Government’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly.

July 3

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 3 July 2020 – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • An update on COVID-19 in Victoria
      • Workforce retention bonus payment
      • Workforce Surge FAQs
      • Social support for senior Australians during COVID-19
    • Resources
      • Victorian residential aged care services – COVID-19 ‘Are you alert and ready?’
      • Victorian home care service providers – COVID-19 ‘Are you alert and ready?’
      • First 24 Hours of an outbreak in a residential facility
      • Workforce FAQs

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 3 July 2020 – Addition – Department of Health

In this edition:

    • What’s new:
      • Updated ‘Industry Code on Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’
      • Translations of COVID-19 resources
    • Resources
      • Industry Code on Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19

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

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. There have been a total of 443 cases reported in SA.
There are three active cases in SA and 436 people have been cleared of COVID-19.
There have been four reported deaths in SA from COVID-19. There have been more than 157,000 tests undertaken in SA.

SA Health Round Up Reports: COVID-19 Update 56

Get tested poster (translated)
SA Health has developed a poster explaining the signs and symptoms of coronavirus to look out for and encouraging people to get tested.
The poster is available in 16 languages: English, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Dinka, Greek, Hakka Chin, Italian, Khmer, Mandarin (Chinese Simplified), Nepali, Persian, Polish, Spanish, Swahili and Vietnamese.

July 1

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

In this edition:

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

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

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

SA Health Round Up Reports: COVID-19 Update 55

New resources available on SA Health website
˃ COVID-19 Fact Sheet – Guidance for Transport and Tour Vehicles
˃ COVID-19 Fact Sheet – Guidance for Sport Change Rooms
˃ Frequently Asked Questions – Communal / Shared Food

June
June 30

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

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

 

June 29

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

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

 

June 26
June 24

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 52 – SA Health

Further easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

SA Health contact tracers head to Victoria

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

 

June 23

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

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

 

June 22

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 51 – SA Health

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

 

June 19

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

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

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 50 – SA Health

 

June 18

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

In this edition:

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

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

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

  

 

June 17

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

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

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

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

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 49 – SA Health

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

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

 

June 16

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

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

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 48 – SA Health

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

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

In this edition:

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

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

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

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 47 – SA Health

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

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

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

 

June 14

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

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

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

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

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

 

June 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this edition:

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

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

In this issue:

  • Dementia training and education for aged care staff

Commonwealth Home Support Programme:

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

 

June 12

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

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

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

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

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

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

 

June 11

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

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

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

Round Up Reports COVID-19 Update 46 – SA Health

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

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

In this edition:

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

Department of Health resources updated recently:

 

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

 

June 10

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

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

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

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

 

June 9

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

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

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

 

June 8

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

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

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

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

 

June 7

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

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

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

 

June 6

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

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

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

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

 

June 5

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

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

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

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

 

June 4

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

 

June 3

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

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

 

June 2

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

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

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

 

June 1

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 45 – SA Health

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

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

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

May
CHSP Update: Personal monitoring technology for Senior Australians

Update: Personal monitoring technology for Senior Australians

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

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

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

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


Personal monitoring technology for Senior Australians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home Care providers should:

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

Additionally the Care Plan should:

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

 

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

 

May 31

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

 

May 30

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

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

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

 

May 29

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

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

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for older Australians

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

This information sheet includes advice on:

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

Update following National Cabinet meeting – Media Release – Prime Minister

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

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

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

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

 

May 28

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

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

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

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 28 May 2020

In this edition:

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

 

New SBS infographics: Breaking down coronavirus concerns

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

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

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

COVID-19 Myths in English  

 

May 27

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

 

May 26

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 44 – SA Health

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

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

In this edition:

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

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

 

May 24

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

 

May 23

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

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

In this edition:

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

 

May 22

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 43 – SA Health

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

 

May 21

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

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

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

In this edition:

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

 

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

 

May 20

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 42 – SA Health

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

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

 

May 19

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 41 – SA Health

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

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

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update 19 May 2020

In this edition:

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

 

May 18

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 40 – SA Health

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

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

 

May 17

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

 

May 16

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

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

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

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 16 May 2020

In this edition:

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 39 – SA Health

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

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

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

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

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

 

May 14

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 38 – SA Health

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

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 Update 14 May 2020

In this edition:

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

 

May 13

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

 

May 12

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 37 – SA Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this edition:

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

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 36 – SA Health

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

Press conference – Australian Parliament House – Transcript – Prime Minister

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

 

May 10

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

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

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

 

May 9

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

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

 

May 8

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 35 – SA Health

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

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

Press conference – Australian Parliament House – Transcript – Prime Minister

Update on Coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

 

May 7

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 34 – SA Health

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

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

 

May 6

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 33 – SA Health

Open Your World launches

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

 

May 5

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

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

 

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 32 – SA Health

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

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

Update on Coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister

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

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

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

 

May 4

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 31 – SA Health

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

 

May 4 – Consultation on draft Aged Care Visitor Access Code

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

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

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

Responses are invited via email to:

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

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

 

May 3
May 2

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

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

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

 

May 1
February-April

April

April 30

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 29 – SA Health

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

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

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

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

 

April 29

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 28 – SA Health

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

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

 

April 28

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 27 – SA Health

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

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

 

April 27
April 26

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

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

 

April 25

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

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

 

April 24

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 25 – SA Health

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

 

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

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

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

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

Office for Ageing Well

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

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

 

April 23
April 22

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

COVID-19 Round Up Reports Update 23 – SA Health

 

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

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

The changes relate to:

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

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

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

Office for Ageing Well
SA Health

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

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

 

April 20

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

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 21 – SA Health

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

 

April 19

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

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

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

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

 

April 18
April 17

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

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

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 20 – SA Health

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

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

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

 

April 16
April 15

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

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

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 18 – SA Health

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

 

April 14

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

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

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

COVID-19 Round Up Report Update 17 – SA Health

 

April 13

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

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

 

April 12

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

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

 

April 11

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

 

April 10

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

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

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

 

April 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update on Coronavirus Measures – Prime Minister of Australia

 

April 8

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

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

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

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

 

April 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update on Coronavirus Measures – Prime Minister of Australia

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

 

April 6

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

 

April 5

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

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

 

April 4

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

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

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

 

April 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

April 2

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

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

Further expansion of CHSP Flexibility Provisions – Department of Health

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

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

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

 
April 1

March

March 31
March 30
March 29

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

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

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

Barossa Valley COVID-19 cluster – Government of South Australia

COVID-19 Update 29 March 2020 – SA Health

March 28

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

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

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

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

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

March 27

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

National Cabinet update – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

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

March 26

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

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

February

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