Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources

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

Latest Aged Care Updates

COVID-19 Update from SA Health - 12 September 2022

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COVID-19 Update from the Department of Health - 14 June 2022

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COVID-19 Update from SA Health - 10 May 2022

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COVID-19 Australian Government Alert - 22 April 2022

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Influenza Vaccination Update from the Department of Health - 04 April 2022

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COVID-19 Update from SA Health - 30 March 2022

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COVID-19 Australian Government Alert - 30 March 2022

Access the latest COVID-19 information from the Australian Government by clicking here.

 

COVID-19 Update from the Department of Health - 30 March 2022

Access the latest COVID-19 information from the Department of Health by clicking here.

 

Webinar for residential aged care providers - Updated CDNA Guidelines

Join a special free webinar from the Department of Health which aims to introduce the latest, significant updates to the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA). Click here for more information.

 

COVID-19 Update from the Department of Health - 21 February 2022

Access the latest COVID-19 information from the Department of Health by clicking here.

 

National Coronavirus Helpline Update - 21 February 2022

The CALD Communities COVID-19 Health Advisory Group has disseminated new information about the National Coronavirus Helpline, to access the most recent communications please click this link.

 

COVID-19 Update from the Department of Health - 14 February 2022

Access the latest COVID-19 information from the Department of Health by clicking here.

 

COVID-19 Update from SA Health - 11 February 2022

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How to use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) - February 2022

PICAC WA (Fortis Consulting) has created a short video that provides accessible and easy-to-follow instructions on how to use Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) properly.

Watch the video below to learn more or go to the Fortis Consulting pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FortisConsulting/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fortis-consulting-p-l/
Video: https://fb.watch/aVyzkDiVrR/

December 20 - Important information for RACF - Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) training for RACF - this week - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) training for RACF – 21-23 December 2021

As we enter the next phase of COVID-19 response in South Australia, SA Health is supporting workplaces to implement rapid antigen testing (RAT) as a screening tool under the supervision of a health practitioner. A third-party provider may be engaged to manage this process.

A representative from each RACF is invited to attend a Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) train-the-trainer online session this week. Three sessions are offered – simply choose a session below and click on the link at the session start time to access.

Three documents are attached. Staff attending the RAT training sessions should be provided with these documents:

  • Operator Handbook (SA Pathology) – which includes information about how to order test kits
  • RAT Training Record – which must be completed and submitted to SA Health when seeking approval to undertaken rapid antigen screening (not applicable if a third-party provider is engaged to manage this process)
  • RAT training competency matrix / questionnaire – which must be completed and submitted to SA Health when seeking approval to undertaken rapid antigen screening (not applicable if a third-party provider is engaged to manage this process)

RACF wishing to undertake rapid antigen screening must seek approval from the Chief Public Health Officer, must adhere to standard operating protocols and checklists, use acceptable Rapid Antigen Test kits and follow reporting requirements as determined by SA Health.

To seek approval to implement RAT, please email: Health.COVIDRapidAntigenTests@sa.gov.au

All workplaces conducting RAT must:

  1. Adhere to standard operating protocols and checklists
  2. Use acceptable Rapid Antigen Test kits
  3. Follow reporting requirements

Further information regarding the process for implementing Rapid antigen testing (RAT) for COVID-19 is available on the SA Health website.

Information for RACF on the implementation of rapid antigen screening onsite at the workplace includes the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) published guidance and checklist for business implementation of rapid antigen testing:

For more information on the TGA guidance contact COVIDtests@tga.gov.au or call  1800 141 144.

If RACF wish to engage a third-party provider who has already developed a procedure, a copy of this needs to be provided to SA Health, along with the name of the RAT kit that is intended to be used. This information can be emailed to  Health.COVIDRapidTests@sa.gov.au

SESSION TIMES:

Session 1
Tuesday 21 December
2pm – 4pm
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Session 2
Wednesday 22 December
12pm – 2pm
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Session 3
Thursday 23 December
9.30am – 11.30am
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Issues to be considered when implementing Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) in a RACF

The success of a COVID-19 rapid antigen testing process requires consultation, education, and well-managed systems. Issues to be considered include:

  • assess the cost-benefit, with a clear understanding of RAT budgets and resourcing
  • decide whether you will manage RAT in-house or use a specialist third party
  • engage with staff, visitors and residents about the RAT strategy
  • decide how you will implement the train-the-trainer RAT testing competencies
  • develop written implementation protocols, including self-administration by staff if appropriate
  • ensure sufficient management and implementation resources to oversee the process
  • determine the location and logistics of the RAT zone
  • provide information and dedicated education, including resources suitable for people from a non-English speaking background
  • review the impact on rosters, workload and testing time for staff before commencing their shifts
  • ensure sufficient ongoing supply and stock
  • ensure appropriate records of testing and test results, including follow-up PCR tests
  • regularly review and evaluate the RAT processes

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 20 - Important information for RACF - COVID-19 Advice for RACF Providers - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

As we transition to living with COVID-19 in our community, it is vital that operators take proactive steps to minimise the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread within residential aged care facilities (RACF). Given that COVID-19 exposure locations are increasing across South Australia, it is important the all RACF familiarise themselves with the below information to guide their own preparedness and response activites:

First 24 hours – managing COVID-19 in a residential aged care facility

  • This fact sheet from the Australian Department of Health describes the steps you should take in the first 24 hours following the identification of a COVID-19 positive case in a RACF. The implementation of these steps is critical to minimising the spread of the virus.

SA Health COVID-19 Outbreak Strategy Documents

Exposure Risk Matrix

The COVID exposures in hospitals and facilities co-located with hospitals – Assessing and managing the risk document outlines the processes for assessing and managing the risk of COVID exposure within an acute setting and details the contact tracing and assessment that will be undertaken by SA Health when notified of a COVID positive case. The same processes will be used for COVID exposures in RACF and operators are encouraged to use these exposure guidance protocols to develop risk mitigation measures and undertake business continuity planning.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Particulate Filter Respirators (PFR)

Training staff in the correct use of PPE minimises the potential of COVID-19 transmission within residential aged care facilities amongst workers and residents. For more information visit the staff protection from infections page.

PFR are the recommended face mask to be worn in the event of COVID-19 exposure and outbreaks. PFR are also appropriate as part of the PPE required for all health care workers involved in aerosol-generating procedures and aerosol generating behaviours when a resident is confirmed or suspected of having a disease that may be transmitted via the droplet or airborne route (including COVID-19). If RACFs use PFR face masks as part of their escalating PPE strategy, it may significantly reduce the likelihood that staff will need to be furloughed in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the RACF, however, the use of PFR is not a mandatory requirement.

For information about PPE, see the Infection Control and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) advice webpage and the following additional factsheets and information:

Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19

RACF wishing to undertake rapid antigen screening must seek approval from the Chief Public Health Officer, must adhere to standard operating protocols and checklists, use acceptable Rapid Antigen Test kits and follow reporting requirements as determined by SA Health. Further information regarding the process for implementing Rapid antigen testing (RAT) for COVID-19 is available on the SA Health website.

All RACF are strongly encouraged to seek approval to implement RAT as a screening tool in the facility. To be approved, please email: Health.COVIDRapidAntigenTests@sa.gov.au with your request.

COVID-19 Testing for Aged Care Workers

Aged care workers can now access the dedicated Clinpath Aged Care Health Worker COVID-19 Testing drive through testing centre. Located behind the Pulteney St Collection Centre, with entry and exit via Wakefield St, this site eliminates the need for you to wait in large COVID-19 drive through lines. This service is a booked appointment service, and the drive through operates from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm Saturday, and 8am to 1pm Sunday. See attached flyer for all the details.

Please remind all staff to identify themselves as an aged care worker when they are seeking testing at a COVID-19 Testing Centre. This will assist SA Health to prioritise notifications and respond promptly if there is a positive case identified in an aged care worker.

Thank you for the part you have played to date in supporting the SA Health response to COVID-19. Everyone has a part to play in the coming days and weeks and your efforts for the South Australian community are greatly appreciated.

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

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 17 - Sector staff get COVID-19 booster now - COVID-19 Update - Department of Human Services

Dear sector colleague,

As the holidays loom I know we are all working hard to keep the people we support safe and ensure continuity of services. This means having fully vaccinated staff AND, if eligible, a COVID-19 booster.

Why a booster?

DHS has been working with SA Health to change the Arrivals – Associated Direction which restricts people who have returned to SA from Victoria, NSW or the ACT from entering a high risk setting for seven days. This current Associated Direction would have severely hampered the sector’s ability to schedule sufficient staff.

As such we anticipate there will shortly be a provision to enable staff to return to a high risk workplace if they are double vaccinated against COVID-19 AND have received a COVID-19 booster shot if eligible.

I would encourage all of you to inform your staff to book here to receive their booster NOW. Current guidelines for a COVID-19 booster are five months since your last vaccination.

Following on from my COVID-19 Update on Wednesday 15 December, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight important issues regarding COVID-19 and our sector.

We have already had reports of COVID-19 in some of our care homes, while some staff have become close contacts and have had to isolate. It is important we all continue to review and update our business continuity and risk management plans so we can provide continuity of service in these tough times. 

Resources are available for the disability sector to assist with this planning, such as the COVID-19 Toolkit website that has been developed by National Disability Services (NDS). The Toolkit provides essential information for disability service providers, including a comprehensive guide to business continuity planning.

Who do I contact regarding a positive COVID-19 case or close contact?

DHS’s COVID Response Team is currently receiving a number of calls and enquiries from providers regarding a range of issues, from close contacts to positive cases.

Disability providers are encouraged to contact the Team when dealing with a positive case of COVID in a client or employee, if they have not been contacted by SA Health within 4-5 hours of receiving notification of the positive test result.

Resources and contacts for other COVID-19 information is detailed below:

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 17 - Being Prepared – ensure you have sufficient supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on hand over the Christmas/New Year period - Department of Health

A reminder to aged care providers to ensure you have at least 7 days of PPE stock on hand and sufficient stock to manage any potential COVID-19 outbreaks over the Christmas/New Year period when access to additional supplies may be limited.

PPE is a vital component of effective outbreak management and ensuring you have both the right types and amount of stock on-hand, as well as a place to safely store it and access it quickly as needed is crucial.

At this time of year, standard commercial supply can be impacted, with freight and logistics delays and supplier end-of-year shutdowns potentially leading to longer delivery timeframes.

As such, providers should prepare early to ensure an appropriate stock is on hand, continuing to source PPE via their usual commercial arrangements over this period, noting that an immediate delivery may not be possible.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 15 - The Supporting Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 (SACWIC) grant has been extended to 30 June 2022 - Department of Health

On 3 December 2021, the Australian Government announced extended support for Aged Care providers impacted by COVID-19. This included an extension of the SACWIC grant (GO4215) to 30 June 2022.

This extension is now in place and eligible providers can submit applications up to the new closing date of 2:00pm (AEST) on 30 June 2022.

The SACWIC grant opportunity enables approved providers to seek reimbursement for additional out of pocket expenses associated with implementing single site arrangements.

Eligible workforce costs under SACWIC are those that support eligible workers:

  • who normally work at multiple residential aged care facilities, but will be working solely at the facility that is applying
  • who can’t attend work because they have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, require testing or need to self-isolate or quarantine
  • to do training in the event there is a skills gap where existing workers can’t work due to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have to self-isolate or quarantine.

Eligible providers are encouraged to consider the out of pocket costs they have incurred from implementing these arrangements and apply for reimbursement where appropriate.

The Grant Opportunity Guidelines, online application form and regularly updated responses to frequently asked questions can be accessed on GrantConnect (Grant Opportunity – GO4215).

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 403: Wednesday 15 December 2021

COVID-19 border update

All international travellers are now required to quarantine as directed for a period of 7 days after arrival into SA. International arrivals must also:

  • COVID-19 test within 72 hours before departure
  • COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in SA
  • COVID-19 test on days 6 and 13
  • Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA
  • No entry to high risk settings for 14 days after arrival
  • No entry to COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after arrival.

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

SA exposure locations

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

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

Forensic Science SA COVID-19 Vaccination Direction

The Emergency Management (Forensic Science SA Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 1.08pm 15 December 2021. From 20 December 2021, Forensic Science SA employees who engage in work or perform duties in a Forensic Science SA facility must:

  • Have received at least one dose of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccination
  • Have received or has evidence of a booking to receive a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the timeframes outlined by Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) guidelines
  • Provide the Director of Forensic Science SA or delegate proof of their vaccination status upon request after 20 December 2021.

The above also refers to all people who attend the Forensic Science SA facility incidentally, such as delivery drivers or suppliers.

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

COVID-19 case update

There have been 25 new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are five children under the age of 18, 11 men aged between 24 and 57, 9 women aged between 20 and 89. Of these, three acquired their infection interstate, one acquired their infection overseas, thirteen acquired their infections in South Australia and are known contacts of a positive case, three acquired their infections in South Australia with the source of their infection currently under investigation, and five cases acquired their infections in Australia with source investigations ongoing.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 25 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 92 active COVID-19 cases
  • 1,057 confirmed cases in total
  • 91.4% received first dose (12+)
  • 84.9% received second dose (12+)
  • 17,296 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 15 - Being prepared – Preparing outbreak resources - Department of Health

  • All services need to have resources available to respond quickly to manage a case of COVID-19 or an outbreak. These resources should be easy to access by all staff and have sufficient volume to cover staff, clients and visitors.
  • Tips to prepare resources:
    • in the event of an outbreak, you will need to quickly separate or ‘cohort’ residents and staff in your service. To do this you will need signs and other markers to clearly identify each zone
    • you will need wrist bands for residents
    • you will need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and be able to set up places to put on and take off PPE as well as places to store the additional PPE stocks. Check your supply of equipment and signs. You should also have a plan to manage contaminated clinical waste
    • plan how you will organise residents in different scenarios and how staff will access those areas, considering the layout of your facility and the implications for staff and equipment
    • identify how you will need to adjust care delivery and services in the event of an outbreak. You will need separate equipment for each zone
    • you will receive lots of telephone calls as entry to the service will be controlled. Make sure you can provide additional phone numbers and staff to cope with the volume
    • catering and laundry services will also be impacted. Think about what disposable equipment you made need such as disposable crockery
    • you will need line lists for your staff.
  • Report the outbreak to the Department of Health by emailing agedcareCOVIDcases@health.gov.au within an hour.

Home Care and CHSP Providers

Preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 outbreak is not just limited to providers in residential aged care settings. Providers of in-home based services (such as those delivered through Home Care Packages or under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme) also need to prepare and respond to changing circumstances in order to effectively manage COVID-19 risks to their care recipients and staff. A range of useful guidance to support in-home providers to do this is available on the department’s website.

Other helpful resources

  • advice from the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission in the Flow chart for managing COVID-19
  • the CDNA guidelines for the prevention, control and public health management of COVID-19 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities provides information on the supplies need to manage an outbreak.

 

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 14 - CHSP workforce vaccination data now available online - Department of Health

Workforce vaccination data reported by all Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers via the My Aged Care portal is now available on the department’s website.

The public reporting lists each CHSP provider and reports on the percentage of workers ‘partially vaccinated’ (first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine) and ‘fully vaccinated’ (two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine).

Workforce vaccination data reported by home care and residential aged care are already available on the health.gov.au website.

Suppression techniques have been applied to the data which will be banded into ranges (e.g. 90-100% of workers are partially vaccinated).  The range used is determined by the number of workers at each outlet:

  • providers with less than 5 staff are listed as having “confidentiality applied” and no data is reported
  • 5-10 staff have a 50% banding (i.e. 0-49.9% and 50-100%)
  • 11-15 staff have 33% banding
  • 16-20 staff have 20% banding
  • more than 20 staff have 10% banding.

The data is presented as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet, and will be updated weekly to reflect data reported by providers via My Aged Care (in accordance with the mandatory weekly reporting cycle).

Currently, 96% per cent of home care and 93% per cent of CHSP workers are reported as having received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 88% per cent of home care and 87% of CHSP workers are reported as now being double vaccinated.

It is critical to ensure your workforce reporting is 100 per cent by the deadline for double dose vaccination as specified in your respective state or territory public health directions.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 402: Tuesday 14 December 2021

SA exposure locations

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Tradie Walk-In Wednesday

SA Health is making it easier for tradies to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Selected SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics will open early on Wednesday 15 December and offer free iced coffee for those who receive their vaccination on the day.

Participating clinics are:

Angle Vale Shopping Centre 7.00am to 4.00pm
Elizabeth (Playford) 7.30am to 4.00pm
Gawler 7.30am to 3.00pm
Mt Barker 7.30am to 3.30pm
Murray Bridge 7.00am to 6.00pm
Noarlunga 7.00am to 4.00pm
Wayville 8.00am to 4.00pm

Walk-ins are welcome at all clinics – no appointment is required. Please note supplies of iced coffee are limited.

Find more information at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

COVID-19 case update

There have been 12 new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are four women and four men between the ages of 20 and 60, and four children under the age of 12. Of these cases, one acquired their infection interstate, five acquired their infection locally and are known contacts of a positive case, and six acquired their infection in Australia and investigations into the source of their infection is still ongoing.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 12 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 70 active COVID-19 cases
  • 1,031 confirmed cases in total
  • 91.2% received first dose (12+)
  • 84.5% received second dose (12+)
  • 14,833 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 14 - Apply for grant funding to support worker vaccination - Department of Health

Home care providers can apply for grant funding in 2021-22 through the Home Care Packages Program COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant (Grant).

The Grant provides additional financial support for Home Care Package (HCP) providers to increase COVID-19 vaccination of the in-home and community aged care workforce and to report on the workforce vaccination status through the My Aged Care Portal.

Providers will be able to use the Grant to cover costs incurred between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

The Grant opened on Friday 5 November 2021 and will be open until 28 January 2022. Providers who apply before 2pm AEDT 18 November 2021 will receive an offer in December 2021 with first payments made on execution of the grant. All approved providers with HCP recipients are eligible to apply.

Grants will be offered at a provider level (not for each service outlet) with capped funding based on the number of HCP recipients in your care at 5 November 2021.

For the grant opportunity guidelines and frequently asked questions, see the Grant Opportunity (GO5126) on GrantConnect.

Under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Round (GO3877), $48.8 million is available in 2021-22 which includes $13.8 million for vaccination reporting support and incentives for workforce COVID-19 vaccination.

CHSP providers can apply for funding via GrantsConnect and applications close on 30 June 2022.

CHSP providers can access emergency funds for costs associated with putting in place systems or process for reporting on workforce vaccination, and for initiatives to support and facilitate workforce vaccination.

 

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 14 - #ProudToProtect: Home and CHSP worker vaccination webinar - Department of Health

A special webinar sharing important information about the workforce vaccination requirements covered in the AHPPC National Framework and how these are presented through the state and territory public health orders took place on Thursday 9 December 2021.

The webinar is available for on demand viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwmSdPmvpAE

Panellists discussed how workers can receive priority access to a COVID-19 vaccine and how they can provide evidence of their vaccination status to providers. They also provided information on the HC and CHSP grants available to assist providers to support workforce vaccination.

Attendees took the opportunity to ask a variety of questions on workforce vaccination and reporting requirements as well as the grant funding available.

 

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 14 - Resources to support workforce vaccination and how you report on it - Department of Health

Providers are reminded of the many resources available on the Department’s website to support workforce vaccination and reporting:

Supporting workers to be vaccinated:

Supporting providers to accurately report workforce vaccination data:

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 14 - Webinar on My Aged Care and mandatory reporting now available online - Department of Health

A recording of the recent webinar on workforce vaccination requirements, including a guided virtual tour of reporting via My Aged Care is now available online. It includes information about what to include in the reporting tool, where, when and how.

The webinar features speakers Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick from LASA; Cathy Haffner and Ben Hooper from the Department and Danielle Winzenried from ACSA.

The information presented will benefit CEOs, service managers, staff responsible for My Aged Care reporting and residential aged care providers.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 14 - ATAGI recommends COVID-19 booster five months after second dose - Department of Health

ATAGI recommends COVID-19 booster five months after second dose

The Australian Government has accepted the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s (ATAGI) recommendation to shorten the interval between a second dose COVID-19 vaccination and booster dose from six to five months.

Given the likelihood of ongoing transmission of both Omicron and Delta variants, ATAGI recommends anyone aged 18 and older receive their COVID-19 booster vaccination five months after their second dose vaccination.

ATAGI notes that timely receipt of a booster dose is particularly important for people with increased exposure risk (e.g. occupational risk or outbreak areas) or who have risk factors for severe disease. This applies to people who receive and who deliver aged care services in home and community settings.

You can read ATAGI’s statement on the Omicron variant and timing of COVID-19 booster vaccination.

You can read the media release issued by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, on COVID-19 boosters to be available from five months.

Either Comirnaty (Pfizer) or Spikevax (Moderna) are recommended for use as a booster vaccine, and are considered equally acceptable, regardless of which vaccine you received for your primary course.

All in-home and community aged care providers are strongly encouraged to ensure their workforce and care recipients are aware of the change in eligibility for booster doses to five months, and to promote awareness of how people can access a booster dose at GPs, pharmacies and state and territory vaccination clinics.

Booster dose appointments can be made via the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 401: Monday 13 December 2021

SA exposure locations

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

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

COVID-19 rapid antigen testing 

While the use of COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at home is currently prohibited in South Australia, healthcare settings as detailed in the Emergency Management (Prohibition of Certain Point of Care Tests No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 are now able to undertake rapid antigen testing. A person who receives a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as possible and quarantine as directed until receiving a negative test result.

For more information on RAT visit the SA Health website or for information regarding the Direction visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Passenger Transport COVID-19 Vaccination Direction

The Emergency Management (Passenger Transport Vaccination No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 2.30pm 10 December 2021. Passenger Transport Workers will now be required to have at least one dose of a TGA approved vaccination by 3 January 2022, previously this was required by 20 December 2021. At this time they must also have received or have evidence of a booking to receive a second dose. This does not include Passenger Transport Workers who work at or from airports as they must already be vaccinated.

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

COVID-19 case update

There have been 13 new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are two children, five men aged between 20 and 70, six women aged between 18 and 60. Of these cases, two acquired their infection overseas, five acquired their infection interstate, four acquired their infection locally and are known contacts of a positive case and two acquired their infection
locally and the source of their infection is yet to be identified.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 13 new cases today
  • 3 people in hospital
  • 65 active COVID-19 cases
  • 1,020 confirmed cases in total
  • 91.1% received first dose (12+)
  • 84.2% received second dose (12+)
  • 15,142 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 13 - COVID-19 Booster doses offering further protection to residents and workers - Department of Health

The Commonwealth’s COVID-19 booster vaccination program in residential aged care is well underway. To date, over 900 clinics have delivered Pfizer booster doses to residents and workers at residential aged care facilities across Australia.

Yesterday the Australian Government accepted ATAGI’s recommendation that the time frame for booster doses be brought forward from six months to five months.

Based on the new advice, we are now working with vaccine providers and residential aged care facilities to bring forward where possible those booster clinics currently scheduled for early 2022.

Given the likelihood of ongoing transmission of both Omicron and Delta variants, ATAGI recommends COVID-19 booster vaccination for anyone aged 18 and older who completed their primary course of COVID-19 vaccination five or more months ago.

Timely receipt of a booster dose is particularly important for people with increased exposure risk – including residents and workers in residential aged care facilities –  or who have risk factors for severe disease.

You can read ATAGI’s statement on the Omicron variant and timing of COVID-19 booster vaccination.

While two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine offers very good protection, a booster dose will further strengthen a person’s immune response and help reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

As communities transition to opening up, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in residential aged care settings and the broader community requires optimum protection of our most vulnerable citizens.

People who live and work in residential aged care are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose as soon as they are eligible – at least five months after receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine is also approved for use as a booster dose. This means everyone aged 18 and over can access a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as their booster dose, regardless of the vaccine you received for your first and second doses.

All residential aged care facilities are being offered an in-reach booster clinic to be delivered by a Commonwealth vaccine provider, including some aged care providers approved to deliver vaccine services. Each facility will be supported by their Primary Health Network as the main point of contact for the booster roll out.

Residential aged care facilities can choose to have a visiting GP, pharmacist or Commonwealth vaccine clinic to conduct an on-site booster clinic.

We expect that many facilities will have both a Commonwealth or aged care provider booster clinic, as well as some primary care visits by GPs or pharmacists. This is because not all residents in any one facility will all be eligible for their booster dose at the same time.

The booster clinics will offer a booster dose to all residents and workers who received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least five months ago from the date of the clinic.

Additionally, any residents or workers requiring a first or second dose, or who have been medically assessed as being severely immunocompromised and requiring a third dose, can access a vaccination at the booster clinics. A booster dose is not recommended for severely immunocompromised people who receive a third dose.

What residents and their families need to know

Your residential aged care facility is responsible for supporting you to get your COVID-19 booster dose and for making the necessary preparations to ensure a safe, smooth and efficient booster clinic.

It is very important that your facility staff are providing you with information to make an informed decision about getting a booster dose. Your facility should be engaging with you now – to ensure you have the time you require to understand and consent to a booster dose.

As has been demonstrated throughout 2021, vaccination saves lives. Booster doses are part of the protection available for you against COVID-19.

A factsheet is available for residents and their families, providing information about the booster program and why you are being prioritised through a dedicated booster clinic at your facility.

Your facility will advise you of when a COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic is scheduled. It is voluntary for you to receive the booster however it is strongly recommended.

Your facility staff will discuss with you, and your substitute decision maker, whether you consent to receive the booster dose and they can assist you to complete the consent form or record your verbal consent. This needs to occur prior to the date of the booster clinic.

If you are eligible for your booster dose ahead of your facility’s booster clinic, you can ask your facility to organise for a visiting GP or pharmacist to give you your booster now. You do not need to wait for your facility’s scheduled booster clinic to get your booster dose if you are already eligible – that is, it is five months since you received your second dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine.

If the booster clinic will be held at your facility less than five months since you received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, your facility will ensure you have access to a booster dose when you become eligible. This can be from a visiting GP.

Residents who are yet to receive a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can also consent to receive a vaccination at the booster clinic.

Each facility will only be receiving one booster clinic, timed for when at least 80 per cent of residents are eligible for their booster dose. Every resident who is eligible to receive a booster dose is strongly recommended to do so.

What workers need to know

All residential aged care workers who received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least five months ago can get their booster dose at your facility’s on-site booster clinic.

You are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose when eligible. A booster dose will boost your immune system and help to reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

A booster dose will also help to reduce the risk of breakthrough infection. This is when a fully vaccinated person gets COVID-19 and is at risk of transmitting the virus to others. Breakthrough infections in residential aged care settings place residents at great risk.

A factsheet for workers is available to explain the COVID-19 booster program in residential aged care and how you can receive your booster dose.

If you received your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine less than five months ago, you will be able to get your booster when you become eligible through other channels such as GPs, pharmacies and vaccination clinics.

Workers who still require a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can receive a Pfizer vaccination at the booster clinic.

Your facility will notify you when the COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic is scheduled and ensure you complete a consent form prior to the day of the clinic.

If you are due for a booster vaccine and not able to get vaccinated on the day, you can book a booster appointment using the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder. You can also call the dedicated COVID-19 Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4) for any questions about vaccination and for assistance on how to book an appointment.

What residential aged care providers need to know

All residential aged care providers have received letters from the Department of Health and the Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to ensure providers and facility staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in supporting the rollout of the COVID-19 booster program.

The roles and responsibilities of residential aged care providers and services is detailed on the department’s website. In summary, residential aged care providers and services are responsible for:

  • preparing your service, residents, families and workers for the booster clinics – all residents and their families, and your workers should have now received information from you on the booster program including the fact sheets referred to above.
  • managing the consent processes for residents and substitute decision maker, and
  • preparing residents for the clinic including assessing their clinical suitability for a vaccine on the day, post clinic monitoring and adverse event reporting.
  • An information kit has been produced to further support residential aged care facilities as they prepare for their COVID-19 Booster clinics. The information kit includes resources, links and information on:
    • Video to share with residents and workers
    • Scheduling of booster clinics by Commonwealth vaccine providers
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • How to prepare for a booster clinic
    • What providers need to know about the consent process
    • How to support residents, their families and substitute decision makers
    • How to support workers
    • Record keeping and reporting COVID-19 vaccinations and exemptions

Content to share on their website, social channels and internal communications.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 10 - Being prepared: Updating your outbreak management plan - Department of Health

This month, we are encouraging all aged care providers and residential care facilities to make sure their outbreak management plans are up to date to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak as we all continue to live with COVID-19.

As a result of high vaccination rates across the country, state borders are opening and more people are travelling to visit their loved ones.

Vaccination levels are increasing every day, but vaccinated people can still transmit COVID-19.

Living with COVID-19, including increased movement of people, brings an increased risk that your aged care service will be impacted by a positive COVID-19 case.

We want all providers and facilities to:

  • talk to their staff about how to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak which impacts their service: residential or home care
  • Check your readiness against the Outbreak Checklist
  • test your outbreak management plan and make sure all staff know their role
  • make sure all home care consumers and staff are aware of the emergency plans for each consumer
  • refresh Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) skills and practices
  • make sure you have enough resources to manage an outbreak, including options to source additional staff
  • familiarise themselves with the public health response and orders for their jurisdiction
  • report the outbreak to the Department of Health by emailing agedcareCOVIDcases@health.gov.au within an hour
  • engage with residents and workers to discuss the upcoming booster clinics. While two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine offers very good protection, encouraging a booster dose will help to achieve the best vaccination coverage for residents and workers.

Helpful resources:

Find out more by attending our webinar on Monday 13 December 2021. More information, including dial in details, can be found on the department’s website.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 13 - COVID-19 Being prepared – Planning with your staff for an outbreak - Department of Health

  • All people working in aged care need to understand their role in responding to any COVID-19 outbreak quickly.
  • Steps you can take to make sure your staff are prepared include:
    • Make sure all staff know who will lead a response to an outbreak on each shift
    • Remind team leaders or shift supervisors about how to activate the outbreak management plan.
    • Make sure your leadership team is contactable after hours and on public holidays – consider an on-call roster.
  • Review your resident and workforce vaccination status.
  • Review your workforce management plan so you have options for sourcing surge workforce if you need it:
    • Remember you may need to replace all types of staff: personal care workers, and cooking and cleaning staff to administration and management staff
    • Make sure you have a plan on how to orientate surge workforce and who will supervise these staff.
  • In-Home Care providers should have emergency plans in place for all clients. Staff should be aware of these plans and be able to implement if regular care staff or care recipients are infected by COVID-19. In-home care providers must continue to deliver aged care services even if the care recipient is in quarantine or isolation.
  • Report the outbreak to the Department of Health by emailing agedcareCOVIDcases@health.gov.au within an hour.
  • Helpful resources:
    • Advice from the ACQSC on lessons learned from previous outbreaks
    • Frequently asked questions about workforce in a COVID-19 outbreak
    • A guide to the first 24 hours in managing a COVID-19 outbreak in a residential aged care facility.

Find out more by attending our webinar today, Monday 13 December 2021 at 2pm.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 13 - Rapid antigen testing program – end of year arrangements (24 December 2021 to 3 January 2022) - Department of Health

Since August 2021, the Australian Government, through the Department of Health (the department) has funded the supply of rapid antigen test (RAT) kits and training to eligible residential aged care facilities across Australia, to protect older Australians as we open Australia through the National Plan. So far, over 650 residential aged care facilities have benefited from the program.

From 24 December to 3 January, the department and the logistics provider will be minimally staffed. In this time there will be no regular deliveries of rapid antigen test kits to residential aged care facilities. This means the RAT.Operations@health.gov.au mailbox and the online request form will not be monitored during this period. Exception to this arrangement applies for facilities requiring emergency rapid antigen kits due to an outbreak only and this will be processed through your assigned outbreak case manager.

Facilities that are still eligible under the program criteria, and anticipate running low of rapid antigen test kit supplies over this period, should plan ahead by submitting requests for supply before Wednesday 15 December 2021. This will allow for processing of requests and delivery to eligible facilities.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 10 - Keeping COVID safe during the festive season - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

Keeping COVID safe during the festive season

A new fact sheet has been developed that outlines some reminders for residential aged care operators when holding events and activities over the festive holiday season so that everyone can have a good time and stay COVID safe.

Functions can be held on site for residents, families and volunteers noting these should align with the facility’s Infection Control Plan approved by SA Health.

The Keeping COVID safe during the festive season fact sheet is available on the SA Health website.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 400: Friday 10 December 2021

Arrivals Direction

The Emergency Management (Arrivals – Associated Direction No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 5.15pm 10 December 2021. Key changes include:

  • The removal of special provisions relating to cross border arrivals from Nhill
  • The removal of the requirement for a person who is a Level 3 arrival to test and quarantine until negative test result.  The requirement for quarantining is only applicable until the test is now taken.

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

Upcoming mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics
Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. For a full list of upcoming clinics visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

COVID-19 case update

There have been eight new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are three men aged between 20 and 90, four women aged between 20 and 60, and a child. Of these cases, one case acquired their infection overseas and has been in quarantine since their arrival and four cases acquired their infection interstate. Two of today’s interstate cases are suspected to be the Omicron variant.

Two cases acquired their infection locally and are close contacts linked to the Norwood cluster, and a further case acquired their infection locally, however the source of their infection is yet to be identified.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 8 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 53 active COVID-19 cases
  • 991 confirmed cases in total
  • 90.9% received first dose (12+)
  • 83.5% received second dose (12+)
  • 10,851 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 399: Thursday 9 December 2021

SA exposure locations

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

For those students, staff and families affected by the locations and events relating to Our Lady Queen of Peace School, SA Health will be contacting the school community by SMS tonight with more information.

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

COVID-19 case update

There have been seven new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are two men in their 20s and 50s, three women including two in their 20s and one in their 30s, a teenager and a child.

Of these cases, two cases acquired their infection locally and are close contacts linked to the Norwood cluster, one case acquired their infection overseas and has been in quarantine since their arrival and four cases acquired their infection interstate.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 7 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 51 active COVID-19 cases
  • 983 confirmed cases in total
  • 90.7% received first dose (12+)
  • 83.1% received second dose (12+)
  • 12,878 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 9 - Important information for RACF - pdated Emergency Management (RACF No 44) COVID-19 Direction - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

Updated RACF Emergency Management Direction No 44

Effective 12.49pm on 8 December 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 43) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 44) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. Click here to view a copy of the new Direction.

The only change relates to exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

The RACF Direction was amended to remove the exemption “currently taking part in a COVID-19 vaccination trial and receipt of a TGA approved vaccine would impact the validity of the trial” as an exemption for not being vaccinated.

The relevant fact sheets are currently being updated and will be available on the SA Health website shortly.

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

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 398: Wednesday 8 December 2021

New COVID-19 Directions

A number of Emergency Management COVID-19 Directions have been updated including:

  • Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 44) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (in effect 12.49pm 8 December)
  • Emergency Management (Education and Early Childhood Settings Vaccination No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (in effect 12.49pm 8 December)
  • Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (in effect 12.52pm 8 December)
  • Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (12.53pm 8 December)
  • Emergency Management (Passenger Transport Vaccination No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (in effect 12.54pm 8 December).

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

COVID-19 case update
There have been three new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are two women in their 30s and 50s and a man in his 60s. Of these cases, one case acquired their infection locally and is a close contact linked to the Norwood cluster and one case acquired their infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. A third case acquired their infection interstate and has been classified as historical; this case will not be counted towards our active numbers.

Two previously reported cases have now been removed from our numbers as they have returned interstate.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 46 active COVID-19 cases
  • 976 confirmed cases in total
  • 90.6% received first dose (12+)
  • 82.7% received second dose (12+)
  • 15,732 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 397: Tuesday 7 December 2021

Visiting public hospitals

With the South Australian border open, it is important we do everything we can to protect our vulnerable hospital and care facility patients and our staff from the spread of COVID-19. From today new visitor guidelines have started to be implemented across all public hospital and health care services.

All visitors must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry, unless they have an approved medical exemption or they are aged 12 years and under. All visitors must also wear a mask when they visit and must not attend if they are unwell or have been unwell in the past 72 hours.

Unvaccinated visitors will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test 48 hours after their visit. They will also be required to wear personal protective equipment, such as a mask and eye wear. A gown and gloves may be required in settings with vulnerable patients.

Check with individual hospitals or health services for local visitor information before attending.

COVID-19 case update
There have been four new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are two men aged in their 40s and two women aged in their teens and 20s. Of these two cases, two were acquired interstate and two acquired their infection locally and are close contacts linked to the Norwood cluster.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 2 people in hospital
  • 49 active COVID-19 cases
  • 975 confirmed cases in total
  • 90.4% received first dose (12+)
  • 82.4% received second dose (12+)
  • 13,663 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 7 - National Webinar on Aged Care COVID-19 Preparedness - 13 December 2021 - Department of Health

National Webinar on Aged Care COVID-19 Preparedness

Monday, 13 December 2021 – 2.00 to 3.00pm AEDT

11.00am – 12.00am WA  |  12.30pm – 1.30pm NT
1.30pm – 2.30pm SA  |  1:00pm – 2.00pm QLD

Aged Care Providers are encouraged to check and maintain their COVID-19 outbreak management preparedness as we continue to move towards ‘living with COVID’, including in the context of increased movement across borders and higher levels of aged care visitation anticipated over the upcoming holiday period.

The department is hosting a COVID-19 preparedness webinar for the aged care sector to highlight the importance of being prepared to respond to any future COVID-19 cases in aged care, including key reminders on infection prevention and control, and the supports provided by the Commonwealth in the event of an outbreak.

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, will be joined by the following presenters to talk about the importance of outbreak preparedness:

  • Mr Michael Lye, Deputy Secretary of the Ageing and Aged Care Group
  • Ms Janet Anderson PSM, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner
  • Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM – Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
  • CEO’s of two leading aged care providers to detail their experiences dealing with outbreaks to date.

The webinar will be held on Monday, 13 December 2021, 2.00‑3.00pm AEDT.

This webinar is FREE and registration is not required. The webinar will be recorded and available on the department’s website for on demand viewing.

This webinar is relevant for all levels of aged care workers involved in preparing for and responding to COVID-19 outbreaks. This includes staff at the executive and senior management level (e.g. CEOs, CFOs, quality and assurance managers and residential aged care facility managers) as well as those workers involved in direct care for residents and practical on-the-ground response actions.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Minister and the department.

The details to join the webinar are provided below:

Join by personal device or computer:
https://healthevents-au.webex.com/healthevents-au/j.php?MTID=mda3acc5ea582736102fbbbdfb8093ffd
Event number: 2653 133 6294
Event password: BZkSHygF383 (29574943 from phones)

Join by phone
+61-2-9338-2221 Australia Toll
Access code: 265 313 36294

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 6 - Important information for RACF - COVID 19 Acute Care and Regional Response Strategies - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

As part of our preparation to manage the next phase of the COVID-19 response, I am pleased to share SA Health has released the COVID-19 Acute Care Response Strategy and COVID-19 Regional Response Strategy.

SA Health’s Acute Care Response Strategy sits alongside the Primary Care Response Strategy (released on 16 November 2021), and outlines pathways for adults, children and adolescents and pregnant women and neonates, including preparation, decanting, patient flow and response phasing. The Regional Response Strategy spans across the Acute Care and Primary Care Response Strategies supports an integrated approach to managing COVID-19 in regional, rural and remote areas inclusive of primary care, community health services, in-home care and incorporates the care response for the Aboriginal population.

Both Strategies describe how the health system will scale and phase the delivery of health care to meet the real time situation, as COVID-19 cases emerge, across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

Residential Aged Care Facilities will continue to play a pivotal role in the protection and monitoring of residents as the number of COVID-19 positive cases increase within the community.

As described in the COVID-19 Strategy for Residential Aged Care Facilities, decisions about whether COVID-19 positive residents will be cared for in-place or transferred to hospital will be made by SA Health, in consultation with the residential aged care facility, on a case by case basis.

The Acute Care Response and Regional Response Strategies will continue to be adapted every fortnight, as the situation unfolds. I thank you for supporting our continued efforts to protect the South Australian community and encourage you to familiarise yourself with the patient care pathways. Interim guidance is also now available on the Test, Trace, Isolate and Quarantine section of SA Health website regarding Assessing and managing the risk: COVID exposures in hospitals and facilities co-located with hospitals.

Everyone has a part to play in the coming weeks and months and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

For more information, visit the SA Health website.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 396: Monday 6 December 2021

SA exposure locations

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

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

COVID-19 advice for people in the Onkaparinga LGA

A case who was previously classified as unlinked and spent time in the Port Noarlunga region has been identified as a false positive. There is no risk to the public and this case has been removed from our numbers.

Arrivals Direction

The Emergency Management (Arrivals – Associated Direction No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 2.53pm 4 December 2021.

New South Wales, ACT and Victoria are now deemed to be Moderate Risk LGAs. All arrivals from these locations are now subject to the following requirements:

  • Pre-arrival negative test result within 72 hours before arrival
  • Must submit to a COVID-19 test on arrival and quarantine until negative test results
  • Submit to a COVID-19 test on day 6 after arrival
  • May not enter a high risk setting for 7 days after arrival
  • Must check for symptoms once each day for 14 days after arrival

Please note these provisions now apply to all Moderate Risk LGAs.

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

COVID-19 case update
There have been four new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are two men aged in their 20s and 60s and two women aged in their 30s and 50s.

There were eleven cases reported over the weekend. The cases are five males, one teenager and the others aged in their 20s, 30s and 50s, and five females in their 20s, 30s, 50s and 60s, and one child.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 45 active COVID-19 cases
  • 971 confirmed cases in total
  • 922 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 90.3% received first dose (12+)
  • 82.1% received second dose (12+)
  • 15,354 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 6 - Important information for RACF - UPDATED COVID SAfe Check-In app & Vaccination Status of Visitors - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

As you are aware, in accordance with the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 43) (COVID-19) Direction 2021, from 6 December 2021 a person must not enter a Residential Aged Care Facility unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is in addition to other COVID-19 protocols in place at your site.

The South Australian government wants to ensure it is as easy as possible for individuals to display their vaccination status when checking-in to venues using the COVID SAfe Check-In (QR Code) system. This is particularly important for venues where disclosure of vaccination status is a requirement for site visitors, either under law or as part of a public health policy decision – including Residential Aged Care sites.

From 6 December 2021, when visitors check in at your site using the COVID SAfe Check-In app, their vaccination status will be displayed. The check-in screen (example below) will display their name and provide confirmation that they hold a valid certificate (provided they have linked their COVID-19 digital certificate into the mySA Gov app).  This will streamline the process for visitors and ensure staff onsite are able to easily verify the vaccination status of visitors. For visitors who don’t have a smart phone or don’t have their COVID-19 digital certificate linked to the mySA Gov app, RACF can accept hard copy evidence of their vaccination status.

If you would like any further information about this change, please contact Philippa Moore (Philippa.Moore2@sa.gov.au) Senior Project Officer at the Department for the Premier and Cabinet, who will be able to assist with any queries.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 395: Friday 3 December 2021

SA exposure locations

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

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

COVID-19 advice for people in the Onkaparinga LGA

One case has been classified as unlinked due to a yet unknown source of infection. This case spent time in the Port Noarlunga region. People in the Onkaparinga LGA, including Port Noarlunga and Reynella, who have any symptoms of COVID-19, are strongly encouraged to seek testing with any symptoms whatsoever, and isolate until they receive a negative test result. SA Health is working to increase capacity in testing sites in this area.

Anyone from this area who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 should roll-up and get vaccinated to protect themselves and the community.

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

Arrivals Direction

The Emergency Management (Arrivals – Associated Direction No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 5.46pm 2 December 2021. Changes include updates to the requirements for high risk travellers, international travellers, cross border community members, Essential Travellers and arrivals from Nhill and NSW.

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

Upcoming mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics
Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. For a full list of upcoming clinics visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

COVID-19 case update
There have been four new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are three men between the ages of 20 and 70 years old and one woman in her 30s. Two cases are interstate travellers and one case, who attended the event linked to the Norwood cluster, is under investigation to determine if they caught their infection interstate or in South Australia.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 31 active COVID-19 cases
  • 957 confirmed cases in total
  • 922 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 89.9% received first dose (12+)
  • 81.3% received second dose (12+)
  • 10,216 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 3 - Important information for RACF - COVID-19 Strategy for Residential Aged Care Facilities & supplementary fact sheets - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

Office for Ageing Well has been leading the South Australian COVID-19 response across aged care services, with a particular focus on the response required to minimise the risk of exposure and spread within residential aged care facilities (RACF). As we transition to living with COVID-19 in the community, it is vital that we have plans and processes in place to ensure our health services are well prepared to manage and care for COVID-19 positive patients.

The COVID-19 Strategy for Residential Aged Care Facilities (attached) has been updated to include situation-specific decision making regarding the location of care of aged care residents who test positive to COVID-19, as well as other changes reflective of the current COVID-19 situation in South Australia. Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Strategy will be continue to be updated as and when required.

To support the Strategy, two supplementary fact sheets have been developed to provide detailed information to RACF about the support that they can expect to receive from SA Health in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak:

A range of other resources are also being developed to provide additional support to aged care providers as the state transitions to the next phase of its COVID-19 response, including:

In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in RACF, the Joint Protocol: Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in South Australia Residential Aged Care Facilities formalises the coordination of government support to an aged care provider in managing the outbreak. The protocol outlines the governance structures, escalation procedures and expectations around information sharing, coordination activities and timeframes. The protocol, which was co-signed by the State and Commonwealth Governments in early 2021, will be refreshed over the coming period to ensure it continues to reflect the current requirements.

Office for Ageing Well will continue to work collaboratively with the aged care sector to lead the response required to minimise the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 within RACF. This includes mandatory vaccination of all visitors to RACF and decisions regarding state-wide policy on visitor access to RACF to achieve the balance of protecting vulnerable older people from risk of COVID-19 transmission, whilst ensuring the broader rights and wellbeing of residents, families and staff.

Thank you for the part you have played to date in supporting the SA Health response to COVID-19 and in the planning for the reopening of the state borders. Everyone has a part to play in the coming days and weeks and your efforts for the South Australian community are greatly appreciated.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare. The attached documents will be available on this website shortly.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 3 - New COVID-19 variant of concern: Omicron - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

New COVID-19 variant of concern: Omicron

In the last week, a new COVID-19 variant of concern was discovered called ‘Omicron’. A small number of cases have been found in Australia already. SA Heath is watching closely to see how it affects people.

When the COVID-19 Delta variant was first discovered, scientists needed time to learn more about how it spread and how it would affect people. We expect to know more about Omicron in a couple weeks.

What we do know is COVID-19 is a very serious disease. While we wait for scientists to learn more, the best thing we can do is protect ourselves, our families and communities by continuing COVID safe behaviours.

New SA COVID-19 exposure locations

There are new COVID-19 exposure locations in metro and regional South Australia.

Information is changing quickly so please keep checking the SA Health website to see if you have been to an exposure location.

Please continue to follow the health advice and play your part in stopping the spread.

Vaccination for people who have a fear of needles or prefer smaller crowds

The Enfield and Fullarton COVID-19 vaccination clinics specialise in vaccinating people who have a fear of needles, as well as those who don’t like to be around large crowds.

You can attend these clinics to speak to a nurse if you have any questions or concerns about getting vaccinated. You don’t have to get vaccinated on the day.

Anyone 12 years and older can book an appointment at:

Fullarton: bit.ly/3wwjqBt

Enfield: bit.ly/3D12YuJ

If you can’t attend one of these clinics or are feeling anxious, don’t worry. Just let the friendly staff at any of our vaccination clinics know when you arrive.

You can also try some of our helpful tips before and during your appointment:

  • Eat something sweet beforehand.
  • Avoid looking at the injection site.
  • Practice deep breathing techniques.
  • Try distracting yourself.
  • Take a buddy with you.
  • Let your vaccination professional know.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 394: Thursday 2 December 2021

SA exposure locations

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

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

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits

The use of over-the-counter COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits is currently prohibited in South Australia. These tests are much more likely to miss cases of COVID-19 than oral and nasal swab PCR testing, particularly when there are low levels of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of RAT in South Australia will be introduced when there is spread of COVID-19 in the community. At all times, people with symptoms, even if mild, need to get a PCR test at a pathology site, not use a RAT.

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

COVID-19 case update
There have been eighteen new cases of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s cases are eight males between the ages of 30 and 60 years old and ten females in their fifties. 16 cases acquired their infection locally, while two cases acquired their infection interstate.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 18 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 27 active COVID-19 cases
  • 953 confirmed cases in total
  • 922 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 89.7% received first dose (12+)
  • 80.9% received second dose (12+)
  • 8,687 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 1 - Booster doses - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are recommended to maintain immunity and protect you against COVID-19.

All people aged 18 and over who have had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago are eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose. Earlier booster vaccination may be available at 5 months (or 2 months for people who are severely immunocompromised). Please discuss this timing with your doctor.

From today, SA Health vaccination clinics are providing booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

You can now receive your booster dose at:

  • SA Health vaccination clinics
  • Participating GPs
  • Participating pharmacies
  • Participating Respiratory Clinics

To book, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

Pooraka drive-through vaccination clinic

South Australia’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now open at Pooraka. Anyone aged 12 years or over can receive their first or second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the comfort of their car.

SA Produce Market

Burma Road, Pooraka

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm

Available to anyone aged 12 and over

Book your appointment today. Drive-ins without an appointment are also accepted.

For a list of all mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

Building vaccine confidence: training for community leaders

Do you need more information to confidently answer questions about COVID-19 from your community? Would you like help to deliver positive messages about the COVID-19 vaccines?

Wellbeing SA is running online sessions for community members to help to have conversations with individuals and communities who are unsure about receiving the vaccine.

The training is free, held online, and available to all community members. Register for the training sessions during December using the links below.

Training for community leaders

Tuesday, 7 December

Monday, 13 December

REGISTER NOW

For more information, please contact Wellbeing SA by emailing WellbeingSA.PPHHealthPromotionBranch@sa.gov.au

Proof of vaccination – mySA GOV app

The mySA GOV app has been updated to make it easier for you to show proof of vaccination.The app now allows you to check-in to locations and show your proof of vaccination at the same time.

To use the new feature, update your mySA GOV app to the latest version. Next time you check-in, tick the box on the home screen to ‘Always show my vaccination status on check in’.

Watch the video on the Government of South Australia website to learn how to add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the mySA GOV app.

COVID-19 testing prior to elective surgery

From today, elective surgery patients should receive a COVID-19 test 72 hours before attending an SA Health site. For paediatric elective surgery patients (children) the test should be completed 48 hours before.

A COVID-19 test prior to elective surgery will ensure you are minimising the COVID-19 risk to yourself and to the staff who take care of you. To find a testing site near you, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

Restriction checker for interstate travel

If you are planning to travel interstate over the summer holiday period, please review the different restrictions in place in states and territories across Australia.

The restrictions may be different to those in South Australia, including entry conditions.

You can find information on restrictions for each state and territory at www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

December 1 - Important information for RACF - Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) fit testing - fact sheets - Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Last month, RACF Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Leads were invited to attend an online PFR ‘Fit Check’ education session, delivered by the SA Health COVID Operations Infection Control Service (ICS). The presentation from that session is attached for your information.

PFR are the recommended face mask to be worn in the event of COVID-19 exposure and outbreaks. PFR are also appropriate as part of the PPE required for all health care workers involved in aerosol-generating procedures and aerosol generating behaviours when a resident is confirmed or suspected of having a disease that may be transmitted via the droplet or airborne route (including COVID-19). If RACFs use PFR face masks as part of their escalating PPE strategy, it may significantly reduce the likelihood that staff will need to be furloughed in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the RACF, however, the use of PFR is not a mandatory requirement.

Some resources have been developed by SA Health to provide RACF with information about Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) fit testing and checking. Please see the attached fact sheets:

These documents will be available on the SA Health website soon.

RACFs can source stock of PPE from their usual supplier or through SA Health (at a cost) by emailing HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au.

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

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 392: Tuesday 30 November 2021

COVID-19 testing prior to elective surgery

From December 1, patients who present to our sites for elective surgery should receive a COVID-19 test in the preceding 72 hours prior to attending and 48 hours prior for paediatric elective surgery patients.

There is a significant increase in risk of illness or death for patients undergoing elective surgery who are COVID-positive. Surgery is also associated with aerosol generating procedures which can put our healthcare workers at an increased risk of catching the disease themselves.

Making sure patients are COVID-negative prior to elective surgery will ensure they are minimising the risks to themselves and to the staff taking care of them.

COVID-19 drive-through vaccination clinic

South Australia’s first drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now open at Pooraka. The clinic is located at SA Produce Market, Burma Road, Pooraka and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available to anyone aged 12 and above. Bookings are recommended but not essential. People can book their appointment online.

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

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 932 confirmed cases in total
  • 921 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 89.3% received first dose (12+)
  • 80.1% received second dose (12+)
  • 8,093 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 29 - COVID-19 exposure locations in South Australia - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

New COVID-19 exposure locations have been added since last week.

Remember to regularly check the SA Health website for an up-to-date list of locations where positive cases of COVID-19 have been in South Australia. You can find the locations here: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

If you were at one of the locations at the same date and time, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and you must follow the relevant health advice found on our website.

You may not always receive a call, SMS or email from SA Health to let you know if you have been at one of the locations, but you still must follow the health advice even if you have not been contacted.

Update for entry into South Australia

From 29 November, several entry conditions for South Australia have changed.

With the emergence of the Omicron Variant all internationals travellers and people arriving from High Risk locations from within Australia arriving into South Australia, or International travellers transiting through another port directly to South Australia, must now undertake 14 days quarantine.

Vaccinated persons who travel to South Australia from low risk and moderate risk areas must now provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result received in 72 hours prior to arrival in SA.

The requirements for close contacts of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 7 days, and cross-border communities, have also changed.

A summary of the changes is available from the SA Police Facebook page. Further information on the entry conditions for arrivals into South Australia are available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/travel.

THANK YOU! 80% of South Australians fully vaccinated

Well done, South Australia! More than 80% of people aged 16+ have now received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you for doing what you can to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe.

Going forward, SA Health will start reporting the vaccine uptake for people aged 12 years and older.

If you or members of your community haven’t yet been vaccinated, walk in to one of SA Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics or book an appointment at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

Vaccination requirement for returning SA residents

Returning South Australian residents who have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can enter SA before 14 December 2021 by applying for an exemption through EntryCheck SA.

Applicants must upload evidence of a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and booking confirmation for a second dose. Any entry conditions will be advised in the exemption approval email.

After 14 December 2021, returning South Australian residents will need to have had a two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter SA.

For more information, visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/travel/entrycheck-sa.

Testing for COVID-19

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible. Find your nearest testing site at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting. Online bookings are available at some sites to save you time.

Testing sites at Victoria Park Pakapakanthi and Ridgehaven are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

COVID-19 vaccinations in pharmacies

Around 300 community pharmacies in South Australia currently offer COVID-19 vaccinations.

At a community pharmacy, you can receive your first, second or booster doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines are offered (according to availability).

Visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine to book your vaccination appointment at a pharmacy near you, or to find a vaccination clinic in your area.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 391: Monday 29 November 2021

COVID-19 border update

Due to increasing concern around the new and potentially highly contagious Omicron Variant of Concern of COVID-19, SA has reviewed its international border restrictions. All international travellers arriving in SA, including travellers transiting through another Australian state, must now undertake 14 days quarantine. This includes all people who have arrived in South Australia since 23 November 2021. If someone is currently in quarantine, they will be contacted to discuss their individual circumstances.

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

SA exposure locations

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

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

COVID-19 case update
There has been one new case of COVID-19 reported today. Today’s case is a woman in her 20s who acquired her infection interstate and was vaccinated.

There were three cases reported over the weekend. The cases are a man in his 40s, a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 50s, with all three
cases acquiring their infection interstate.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 7 active COVID-19 cases
  • 932 confirmed cases in total
  • 921 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 88.5% received first dose (12+)
  • 79.1% received second dose (12+)
  • 7,354 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 29 - Hospital Discharge and Provision of Commonwealth Home Support to COVID Patients - Department of Health

The Department of Health is aware there is high demand for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) services and that some providers have limited capacity to take on new referrals, which can impact timely hospital discharge for some clients. Where possible, the department is seeking your assistance to provide timely community-based aged care supports to clients who are being discharged from hospital.

Where providers incur additional costs in supporting increased hospital discharges, they can apply for funding under the CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Round (GO3877) on the GrantConnect website.

CHSP providers are also reminded that when a client is either suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, these clients should only be recommended for hospital admission where there is a genuine need for higher level clinical or medical supports. Where admission does not occur, CHSP providers are expected to continue service delivery and have appropriate COVID-19 procedures in place to protect their staff and clients.

CHSP providers must continue to follow state and territory restrictions and guidelines to ensure the safe delivery of essential aged care services and protect their employees, volunteers and clients.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 29 - FREE 1-2-1 Sessions with an Emergency/Crisis Management Practitioner - Department of Health

A reminder that FREE 1-2-1 sessions with an emergency/crisis management practitioner are now available throughout December 2021, under the Aged Care Emergency and Crisis Management Training Program.

This is a valuable opportunity for you to work with an experienced emergency/crisis management professional to receive tailored guidance specific to your organisation’s unique circumstances.

The sessions will leverage First5/RiskLogic’s significant crisis management expertise to help better prepare your organisation to maintain delivery of safe and quality care in challenging situations. They will build on the foundational theory presented in the online training, as well as the Resilience Policy and Framework content covered in the group mentoring webinars to date.

The number of sessions are limited. First5/RiskLogic will be inviting those who have completed over 50 per cent of the online training modules to register for the 1-2-1 mentoring on a first-come, first‑serve basis.

For those yet to register for or complete the FREE online modules – it’s not too late!

You can still visit the RiskLogic website to find further information and sign-up, with this training continuing to be available until 23 December 2021.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 29 - SA Health - updated flowchart for COVID Management in RACFs - Department of Health

A key component of the SA Health COVID-19 Strategy for Residential Aged Care Facilities has been updated, the COVID-19 Guideline for Management in Residential Aged Care Facilities flowchart is now available as a stand-alone document.

The COVID-19 Strategy for Residential Aged Care Facilities is a guide for individual Residential Aged Care Facilities in the prevention, preparation, management and recovery stages of responding to COVID-19 situations in South Australia. This document is currently being updated, and the new version and additional fact sheets will be available shortly.

Further information about COVID-19 in Aged Care settings is available on the SA Health website.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 29 - SA Health - Webinars: My Aged Care Reporting and Home Care and CHSP Vaccination - Department of Health

Vaccination is one of our most important defences against COVID-19 to protect senior Australians living at home and in the community, and the critical workforce who care for them.

The aged care sector is at the forefront of protection and is publicly demonstrating this commitment through reporting of workforce COVID-19 vaccination.

Over the coming weeks, the Staff Vaccination Support Service (SVSS) will be running two FREE webinars to support providers with worker vaccinations and the reporting of them.

The SVSS project is led by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA).

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 29 - My Aged Care Reporting - Virtual Tour of Vaccination Reporting - Department of Health

Friday 3 December 2021, 12-1pm AEDT – Register Now

My Aged Care captures information on overall staff, the number of workers who have received a single or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the number of workers with authorised exemptions under public health directions.

Home and CHSP is a complex environment of providers, sub-contractors and brokered services. Ensuring this reporting is accurate and a reflection of the effort of both providers and workers is essential to offer confidence to all.

In this webinar attendees will be given an overview of workforce vaccination requirements and a virtual guided tour of My Aged Care as the repository of data. It will include information about what to include, where, when and how.

Who should attend?
CEOs, service managers for home, staff responsible for My Aged Care reporting for Home Care, CHSP and residential aged care providers.

Speakers

  • Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick, SVSS Project Manager, LASA
  • Cathy Haffner, Director, Aged Care COVID-19 Vaccine Branch
  • Ben Cooper, My Aged Care
  • Danielle Winzenried Policy & Member Support Officer, State Manager (WA) ACSA.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 29 - #ProudToProtect - Home Care and CHSP Worker Vaccination - Department of Health

Thursday 9 December 2021, 12-1pm AEDT – Register Now

In this webinar attendees will be given an overview of workforce vaccination requirements in the National Framework from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and how these are presented through the state and territory public health orders and how workers are prioritised for access to vaccine and can evidence their vaccination status to the provider.

There are a number of grants available to support providers and an overview of these Home Care and CHSP grant opportunities to assist providers to support workforce vaccination will be given. This will include details of what funding is available for and how to apply.

Who should attend?
CEOs, service managers, HR and finance managers.

Speakers

  • Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick, SVSS Project Manager, LASA
  • Lisa Peterson, Assistant Secretary, Aged Care COVID-19 Vaccine Branch, Department of Health
  • Russell Herald, Assistant Secretary, Home Support Operations, Department of Health.

 

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 25 - COVID-19 exposure locations in South Australia - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

There are now locations where positive cases of COVID-19 have been in South Australia. You can find them on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing

If you were at one of the locations at the same date and time, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and you must follow the relevant health advice found on the SA Health website.

You may not always receive a call, SMS or email from SA Health to let you know if you have been at one of the locations, but you still must follow the health advice even if you have not been contacted.

PLEASE NOTE:

More locations may be added, so please check

 the SA Health website regularly.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible. Find your nearest testing site at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

Don’t wait: book your COVID-19 vaccine today

The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe way to protect you, your family, and your friends from getting sick. Anyone aged 12 and over in South Australia can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

COVID-19 Information Session for Multicultural Communities

If you could not attend a COVID-19 information session on Monday, 22 November, a recording of the session and a copy of the presentation slides are available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmulticultural.

You can find more COVID-19 information on the SA Health website and on Facebook or Twitter.

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 25 - COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers - Department of Health

In this special edition for In-home and community aged care providers:

  • Online NOW: SA webinars on mandatory vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers
  • How workers can get vaccinated
  • Booster vaccinations

Online NOW: SA webinars on mandatory vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers

The webinars held last week on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers in South Australia are now available online:

Panellists from the Commonwealth and respective State Government Health Departments, together with Union representatives, discussed the states’ public health directions on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers and how it applies to them.

Panellists also discussed COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, how aged care workers can access a priority COVID-19 vaccination, and the Home Care Package and Commonwealth Home Support Programme grants opportunities to assist providers to support their workers to get vaccinated.

Each recording lasts about 1 hour and includes approximately 30 minutes of Q&A on a range of issues relating to the scope of the public health order and workforce vaccination.

Webinars have also taken place in the ACT, NSW, NT, QLD and VIC and can be viewed on the department’s website.

How workers can get vaccinated

Workers who are not yet vaccinated can find their closest vaccination clinic using the COVID-19 vaccine clinic finder for a priority appointment.

Staff do not require a Medicare card to be vaccinated and all COVID-19 vaccinations are free.

Workers can also call the Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4). The dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline can answer any questions about vaccination and assist with how to book a vaccination appointment.

A letter template which provides proof of employment as evidence of priority eligibility for vaccination is available on the Department of Health website. It is for all aged care workers – including subcontractors, volunteers and students on placement.

Booster vaccinations

The expert Australian Immunisation Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended COVID-19 booster vaccinations for all people aged 18 and over that received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine six or more months ago.

As in-home and community workers and care recipients could access a vaccination from 22 March this year, some will now be eligible for the booster. When eligible, people can get a booster dose at:

  • a participating GP or pharmacy – you can find a local clinic via the Vaccine Clinic Finder on health.gov.au or call the Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4)
  • a State Government COVID-19 vaccination clinic, or
  • a Commonwealth vaccination clinic.

 

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 11 - Important information for RACF - Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) ‘Fit Check’ Education for RACFs from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues

Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) ‘Fit Check’ Education for RACF: 17-18-19 November 2021

RACF Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Leads are invited to attend an online PFR ‘Fit Check’ education session, delivered by the COVID Operations Infection Control Service (ICS), Department for Health and Wellbeing.

Registration is limited to one representative per site; it’s expected that each IPC Lead will then roll-out the training on a train-the-trainer basis to other RACF staff. It’s highly recommended that all RACFs participate in this specialised PPE training session.

The PFR (i.e. P2/N95 respirator or equivalent) ‘fit check’ education aims to:

  1. Develop skills in how to correctly:
  • put on a PFR
  • perform a ‘fit check’
  • take off a PFR
  1. Develop skills using a “train-the-trainer” model where trained IPC Leads will be able to provide ‘fit check’ sessions within their facilities.

Please note, this education is an interim measure only. Staff who are trained to perform a ‘fit check’ must be followed up with ‘fit testing’ as soon as possible, and preferably within the next 6-8 weeks. Each RACF will need to develop an action plan to achieve this.

How to register

Click here to register.

Four sessions per day will be delivered virtually over three days (sessions are identical) to ensure all RACF have an opportunity to participate in the education. Please choose one session from the below dates and times:

Wednesday 17 November 2021
Thursday 18 November 2021
Friday 19 November 2021

Session 1: 10:00am – 11:00am
Session 2: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Session 3: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Session 4: 5:00pm– 6:00pm

Bookings will close COB, 16 November.

Participants will need access to a computer with video and sound (MS Teams will be used for the virtual sessions).

Participants will need to have a suitable stock of different PFR types, including Detmold and cup style. RACFs will need to obtain an their own supply to support the train-the-trainer program, as well as maintaining a standing supply for future use when required. RACFs can source stock from their usual supplier or through SA Health (at a cost) by emailing HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au.

After you have registered for a session, you will receive an email with link to MS Teams where the virtual session will be held.

More information

Particulate Filter Respirator (PFR) are the recommended face mask to be worn in the event of COVID-19 exposure and outbreaks. PFR are also appropriate as part of the PPE required for all health care workers involved in aerosol-generating procedures and aerosol generating behaviours when a resident is confirmed or suspected of having a disease that may be transmitted via the droplet or airborne route (including COVID-19). If RACFs use PFR face masks as part of your escalating PPE strategy, it will significantly reduce the likelihood that staff will need to be furloughed in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in your facility.

The national Infection Control Expert Group recommends that healthcare workers who wear P2/N95 respirators should complete fit testing before first use, and perform a fit check (ensuring an effective seal) each time they are used. In situations where fit testing has not yet been carried out, and a P2/N95 respirator is recommended for use, a fit-checked P2/N95 respirator is preferred to a surgical mask.

For any queries, or for late booking enquiries, please contact Office for Ageing Well at officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au or 8204 2420.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 11 - COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers - Department of Health

In this special edition for In-home and community aged care providers:

  • AHPPC recommends national mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers
  • Workforce vaccination rates to be reported publicly
  • New reporting requirements on workforce vaccination exemptions via My Aged Care
  • Home Care Packages COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant
  • CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Grant
  • How your workforce can get priority COVID-19 vaccination
  • Providing evidence of vaccination
  • I’m protected, so you’re protected – video to share with your workforce
  • COVID-19 vaccine booster doses now available

AHPPC recommends national mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has recommended mandating COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers nationally. As with the mandate for residential aged care workers, only very limited exemptions are recommended.

You can read the AHPPC’s statement on mandatory vaccination of in home and community aged care workers.

The AHPPC recommends a national framework for the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for in-home and community care be established under state and territory public health orders.

The AHPPC also recommends the first dose of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine by 30 November 2021 and a second dose by 31 December 2021.

The recommended scope for the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements includes:

  • All Commonwealth funded aged care service providers delivering in-home and community aged care services including:
    • Home Care Packages
    • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
    • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program home care services
    • Short-Term Restorative Care
    • Transition Care Program
    • Multi-Purposes Services
  • All full-time, part-time and casual staff employed or engaged by the Commonwealth funded service provider, including sub-contractors and volunteers (proposed definition below).
  • Workers and volunteers in all roles delivered by the Commonwealth funded aged care service provider, including those that provide care and services in and around clients’ homes, in the community and organisational administration.

AHPPC also recognises that some jurisdictions may introduce, or have introduced, requirements that come into effect earlier or go beyond arrangements outlined in its statement. The implementation of these requirements may also differ between jurisdictions depending on their public health legislation.

Victoria, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia have already mandated COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers.

If your state or territory mandates COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers, they may be required to provide proof of their vaccination status.

Please refer to your state and territory public health directions for guidance.

The department has hosted webinars for jurisdictions as public health directions have been issued. You can watch the NSW, NT, Victorian and ACT webinars for in home and community aged care workers on the department’s website. The SA webinar is being held next week and information will be provided shortly.

Workforce vaccination rates to be reported publicly

From Wednesday 17 November 2021, workforce vaccination data reported by all in-home aged care providers via My Aged Care will be publicly available on the Department of Health’s website.

The public reporting will list each in-home aged care provider and report on the percentage of workers partially vaccinated (first dose) and fully vaccinated (two doses). Public reporting on residential aged care workforce vaccination data is already available on the health.gov.au website.

Data suppression techniques will be applied, and the data will be banded into ranges (eg 90-100% of workers are partially vaccinated) with the range being determined by the number of workers at each outlet:

  • Providers with less than 5 staff are listed as having “confidentially applied” and no data is reported
  • 5-10 staff have a 50% banding (ie 0-49.9% and 50-100%)
  • 11-15 staff have 33% banding
  • 16-20 staff have 20% banding
  • More than 20 staff have 10% banding.

The data will be presented as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. It will be updated weekly to reflect data reported by providers via My Aged Care, in accordance with the mandatory weekly reporting cycle.

Workforce vaccination data for Commonwealth Home Support Programme providers will not be publicly reported at this time due to the later commencement date of mandatory reporting for those providers, but may be considered in the future.

All in-home and community aged care providers are strongly encouraged to ensure their workforce vaccination data is current and accurately reported weekly via the My Aged Care provider portal on:

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

Providers that do not meet their reporting requirements may face regulatory action by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

See the Quick Reference Guide on how to view and update your COVID-19 vaccination data.

For more information, such as who to include in your reporting and how to report across multiple outlets and services, please visit the department’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting page.

New reporting requirements on workforce vaccination exemptions via My Aged Care

From 16 November 2021, in-home and community aged care providers are strongly encouraged to report workforce vaccination exemption data via the My Aged Care portal, where public health orders are in place mandating vaccination for this workforce.

While exemption reporting will initially be voluntary, it will become a mandatory requirement in the coming weeks.

Exemption categories to report against via My Aged Care are:

  • a permanent medical exemption authorised by a medical practitioner
  • a temporary medical exemption authorised by a medical practitioner
  • where applicable, an authorised temporary exemption from your state/territory public health authority, due to the inability to access a COVID-19 vaccine
  • where applicable, an authorised temporary exemption due to a critical workforce shortage, to maintain the provision of quality of care or to protect the health and safety of residents, or
  • an authorised exemption related to another category in the relevant state or territory public health order.

Each state or territory public health orders will provide direction on the evidence required to be provided by workers to their employer as proof their authorised exemption to a COVID-19 vaccine. Refer to your state or territory department of health website for more information.

Providers will need to report on exemptions in line with the public health order in their jurisdiction.

From 16 November 2021, in-home and community aged care providers will also be able to report on workers’ booster doses.

There will be other minor changes to the wording for the current data points to take account of the additional reporting. For example “all required doses” will become “second doses”.

More detailed guidance on the My Aged Care changes will be issued shortly.

Home Care Packages COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant

The Australian Government has announced a total of $20 million in 2021-22 for the Home Care Packages Program COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant (Grant).

The Grant will provide additional financial support for Home Care Package (HCP) providers to increase COVID-19 vaccination of the in-home and community aged care workforce and to report on the workforce vaccination status through the My Aged Care Portal.

Providers will be able to use the Grant to cover costs incurred between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

The Grant opened on Friday 5 November 2021 and will be open until 28 January 2022. Providers who apply before 2pm AEDT 18 November 2021 will receive an offer in December 2021 with first payments made on execution of the grant. All approved providers with HCP recipients are eligible to apply.

Grants will be offered at a provider level (not for each service outlet) with capped funding based on the number of HCP recipients in your care at 5 November 2021.

For the grant opportunity guidelines and frequently asked questions, see the Grant Opportunity (GO5126) on GrantConnect.

CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Grant

Under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Round (GO3877), $48.8 million is available in 2021-22 which includes $13.8 million for vaccination reporting support and incentives for workforce COVID-19 vaccination.

CHSP providers can apply for funding via GrantConnect and applications close on 30 June 2022.

CHSP providers can access emergency funds for costs associated with putting in place systems or process for reporting on workforce vaccination, and for initiatives to support and facilitate workforce vaccination.

How your workforce can get priority COVID-19 vaccination

A fact sheet to support in-home and community aged care workers is now available in 20 languages. The fact sheet provides information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and information on how to book a vaccination appointment. Please share the relevant fact sheets with your workers.

An information kit is also available for providers to support their workers to get vaccinated.

Workers can access the vaccine of their choice (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca)
through:

  • Primary care – including GP clinics, pharmacies, Commonwealth Vaccination Clinics (GP respiratory clinic), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Services.
    • Workers are prioritised to receive a booking within 7 days of their request for an appointment at all primary care clinics.
  • State and territory vaccination clinics – In-home and community aged care workers can make an appointment to get vaccinated at a state or territory vaccination clinic.

Workers can also:

  • call the dedicated COVID-19 Helpline on 1800 020 080 (select option 4) for any questions about vaccination and for assistance on how to book an appointment.
  • use the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder to book an appointment at a clinic nearby.

Workers can provide the following documents to confirm their eligibility for a priority vaccination:

  • proof of identity (e.g. driver’s licence, passport, birth certificate)
  • proof of employment  
    • letter from your employer confirming you have priority access
    • current work ID card or payslip showing you are currently employed as an aged care worker
  • Medicare card if you have one. You are still eligible for vaccination even if you do not have a Medicare card.

Providing evidence of vaccination

A fact sheet provides information on how workers can prove their COVID-19 vaccination status.

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

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

People can access their Immunisation History Statement:

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

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

I’m protected, so you’re protected – video to share with your workforce

All providers are encouraged to share a new video with workers to encourage them to get vaccinated and explain how to make an appointment.

The video emphasises vaccination against COVID-19 as the best way for workers to protect themselves and the people they care for.

“You can get vaccinated now … with a choice of safe and effective vaccines,” read subtitles laid over images of workers, care recipients and health professionals.

“Because when you protect yourself … you also protect the people you care for.”

Please find the Supporting in home and community aged care worker COVID-19 vaccination video on YouTube to share though your communications channels.

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses now available

Booster vaccinations are now available for in-home and community aged care recipients and workers who received their second COVID-19 vaccination at least six months ago.

People who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated and very well protected against serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

A booster dose will boost a person’s immune response and provide an additional layer to further reduce the risk of breakthrough infection (when a fully vaccinated person gets COVID-19 and is at risk of transmitting the virus to others).

Getting a free booster dose is not mandatory but it is recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.

As with first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, in-home and community aged care recipients and workers can access a booster in priority appointments with primary care clinics, state and territory vaccination clinics and dedicated hubs.

Booster appointments can be booked through the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 9 - Important information for RACF - Updated Emergency Management (RACF No 42) COVID-19 Direction from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Dear colleagues,

Updated RACF Emergency Management Direction No 42

Effective 4.01pm on 8 November 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 41) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 42) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. Click here to view a copy of the new Direction.

Visitors

Under the RACF Emergency Management Direction, from 6 December 2021, a person is not permitted to enter or remain on the premises of a RACF unless they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (A person is vaccinated against COVID-19 if they have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the TGA or all dosages of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with dosage schedule recommended by ATAGI for that vaccine).

Exemptions to this requirement are limited to the below circumstances:

  • the person is aged 12 years and 2 months or less.
  • the person has a medical certificate or letter from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person:
    • has a medical exemption from receiving a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • has a medical exemption on either a permanent or temporary basis from receiving the preferred vaccine as recommended by ATAGI for the person’s age; or
    • has an appointment to be assessed by a medical specialist or has commenced an assessment with a medical specialist to determine whether they have a medical exemption from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • is currently taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial and receipt of a TGA approved vaccine would impact the validity of the trial.

The certificate or letter must specify the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies and the exemption must be endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate (which must be provided to the operator of the RACF).

  • Further information will be provided on the SA Health website regarding the process for visitor exemptions.

Residential aged care workers

Under the Direction, from 17 September 2021, residential aged care workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine and has received or has have evidence of a booking to receive, or have received, a second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the ATAGI for that COVID-19 vaccine. Some exemptions apply. However, from 6 December 2021, exemptions to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for RACF workers are limited to the below circumstances:

  • The RACF must be provided with a medical certificate or letter from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person:
    • has a medical exemption from receiving a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • has a medical exemption on either a permanent or temporary basis from receiving the preferred vaccine as recommended by ATAGI for the person’s age; or
    • has an appointment to be assessed by a medical specialist or has commenced an assessment with a medical specialist to determine whether they have a medical exemption from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with the guidelines published from time to time by ATAGI; or
    • is currently taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial and receipt of a TGA approved vaccine would impact the validity of the trial.

The certificate or letter must specify the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies, and the exemption must be endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate (which must be provided to the operator of the RACF).

  • Requests for exemptions for RACF workers must be made by the RACF or the person’s employer in writing to the Department for Health and Wellbeing via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au. Exemptions will be endorsed at the discretion of the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate on a case-by-case basis.

 Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination) COVID-19 Direction

From 30 November 2021, in-home and community aged care and disability support workers must have received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination and received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by ATAGI for that COVID-19 vaccine. In-home and community aged care and disability support workers must provide the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request. Click here for more information.

The updated fact sheets will be available online shortly.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare (Please note, information on this webpage will be updated shortly).

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 381: Wednesday 10 November 2021

Queensland exposure locations 

A number of COVID-19 exposure locations have been identified in Queensland. Anyone who visited any of the Queensland exposure locations, should quarantine immediately, get a COVID-19 test and complete the online form to notify SA Health that they were at this location.

Find more information and complete the form at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

COVID-19 vaccine pregnancy video

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick and Professor Helen Marshall explain why COVID-19 vaccination is important while pregnant, breastfeeding and planning pregnancy. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, while breastfeeding and when planning a pregnancy, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccineandpregnancy.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Latest vaccination data not available at time of release
  • 5,145 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 380: Tuesday 9 November 2021

Border restriction update 

From 4.16pm 9 November 2021, a new Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction came into effect. Changes include updates to commercial transport and freight workers entering South Australia from Northern Territory who have not received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination.

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

COVID-19 Direction update

Changes have been made to the Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction, Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction as well as a new In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination Direction.

Healthcare workers who give person to person allied and scientific professional care in chiropractic therapy and osteopathy require a COVID-19 vaccination. By 6 December 2021 they must have:

  • Received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination,
  • Received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for that COVID-19 vaccine,
  • Provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request.

From 6 December 2021 a person must also not enter a Residential Aged Care Facility unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must have received all doses of an approved or recognised vaccine.

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

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Latest vaccination data not available at time of release
  • 4,139 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 9 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are available to people aged 18+ years at least six months after their second dose.

Booster doses provide further protection from the effects of COVID-19, and will be free for everyone.

Booster doses will be available from:

People who are severely immunocompromised can receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine 2 to 6 months after receiving a second dose. Read more about eligibility conditions and speak to your GP.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic – 2021 Multicultural Festival

On Sunday 14 November, SA Health will hold a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm in Victoria Square, near the entrance to the 2021 Multicultural Festival.

Trained medical professionals will be available to answer questions and help community members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a safe and comfortable environment.

No appointment is needed! Look for the blue SA Health signs on the day.

Please share our recent Facebook post with your community.

Community Vaccination Days

This Saturday 13 November, a number of schools will be open from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm for community members to receive their vaccination. The schools are:

  • Trinity College Gawler, Evanston South
  • Kadina Memorial School
  • Port Augusta Secondary School
  • Renmark High School

Schools will be open again on Saturday 4 December to deliver second doses.

For a list of all mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination for youth

All children aged 12 and over can get the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available at:

  • SA Health vaccination clinics
  • Selected GPs
  • Selected Respiratory Clinics
  • Selected metropolitan and regional schools

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available at:

  • Selected pharmacies

For children being vaccinated at school, parents/caregivers will need to sign a consent card and return it to the school but do not need to attend. Outside school, parents/caregivers of children aged 12-15 years need to provide consent for vaccination and attend the appointment.

You can find more information at:

Source: Multicultural Affairs


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 8 - Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 379: Monday 8 November 2021

COVIDKIDS

A new dedicated virtual service for children and young people with COVID-19 was announced today. COVIDKIDS engages experienced paediatric nurses, doctors and other supporting staff from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to assess children with COVID-19 without them and their families needing to leave home. Families whose children are referred to COVIDKIDS will receive regular check-ups, support and advice while at home and children will be able to access onsite care at the hospital, should they require it.

For more information visit www.wch.sa.gov.au/covidkids.

Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated.

People can have their first or second dose at a mobile clinic. If someone has an existing appointment and attends a mobile clinic, please cancel it so other people can book.

Metropolitan Adelaide

Adelaide – Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga – southern side

  • Sunday 14 November, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Christies Downs Community House – Corner Flaxmill and Morton Rd

  • Friday 12 November, 9.30 am to 3.00 pm

Evanston South – Trinity College Gawler, Alexander Ave

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Green Fields – BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Hindu Temple, 54-64 George St

  • Saturday 13 November, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm (16+ years)

Old Noarlunga Institute Hall – 2 Market Crescent

  • Wednesday 10 November, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Port Adelaide Plaza Shopping Centre

  • Thursday 11 November, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm

Woodville – Foodbank, 697 Port Rd

  • Tuesday 9 November, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

Woodville – Bunnings, Corner Cheltenham Pde and Port Rd

  • Tuesday 9 November to Saturday 13 November, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Regional SA

Booborowie Oval Complex, North Terrace

  • Friday 12 November, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm

Burra – Regional Council of Goyder Office, 1 Market St

  • Thursday 11 November, 11.30 am – 2.30 pm

Coonalpyn Health Centre – 52 Peake Terrace

  • Tuesday 9 November, 12.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Cummins Institute – Railway Tce

  • Tuesday 9 November, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Gladstone Health Centre – 20 Fifth St

  • Tuesday 9 November, 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Hallett – Hallett Main Street, Alfred Street

  • Friday 12 November, 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Kadina Memorial School, 5 Doswell Terrace

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Meningie Community Health Centre – 2 South Terrace

  • Wednesday 10 November, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Peterborough Hospital – 23 Hurlstone St

  • Wednesday 10 November, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Port Augusta – Flinders View Community Oval

  • Wednesday 10 November, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Port Augusta Secondary School, 3 Stirling Rd

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Renmark High School, Thurk St

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Tumby Bay – Soldiers Memorial Hall, 23 West Terrace

  • Wednesday 10 November, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Thursday 11 November, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Victor Harbor – Moorundi Clinic, 15 Victoria Street

  • Friday 12 November, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Whyalla Norrie – Westlands Shopping Centre

  • Thursday 11 November, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Whyalla – Foreshore (adjacent the jetty), Buttlingarra Way

  • Saturday 13 November, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

For a list of clinics visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,297,946 total vaccine doses administered
  • 83.8% received first dose (16+)
  • 70.6% received second dose (16+)
  • 3,353 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 8 - Residential aged care admissions during COVID-19 - Department of Health

The safety and well-being of aged care residents and staff remains a priority, as the Australian Government continues to work with states and territories and the aged care sector to transition to living with COVID‑19.

To assist with the COVID-19 emergency, the Government is encouraging residential aged care providers who have capacity to admit people being discharged from hospital where possible.

The Government is working with states and territories to ensure their public hospital systems are equipped to deal with any increase in hospitalisations as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in coming months.

As part of this it will be important that older Australians in hospital who will need ongoing residential care when they are discharged, are able to access care in a timely manner.

While admission practices are a matter for individual providers, we would strongly encourage you to consider people with higher dementia support needs and those with lower means.

If you do admit people with higher dementia needs, Dementia Support Australia (DSA) are able to offer support planning, clinical advice and information to service providers. More information is available at www.dementia.com.au.

Further, there is also financial support available to providers for residents who cannot pay for some or all of their accommodation costs or are facing financial hardship. Additional information is available on the accommodation supplement and on financial hardship.

There have also been a number of funding announcements and new initiatives to support aged care providers during COVID-19. Further details on these measures can be found on the department’s website.

All aged care homes must follow the New Resident Entrance Protocol on COVID‑19 vaccination to protect new and existing residents. Providers should work with hospitals to ensure that:

  • new entrants to residential aged care are offered a minimum first dose of a COVID‑19 vaccine prior to being discharged
  • a resident’s COVID-19 vaccination status is included in the clinical transfer notes provided on discharge from hospital.

Providers are also reminded that their security of tenure obligations apply to existing residents returning from hospital.

Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 5 - Booster Vaccinations - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 378: Friday 5 November 2021

Border restriction update 

From 7.45pm 5 November 2021, travellers who enter South Australia from Northern Territory will be subject to restrictions. Information on testing and quarantine requirements is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDinterstate.

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

COVID-19 booster vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are recommended to maintain immunity against the virus.  All people aged 18+ years who have had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster dose.

Where can people get their booster dose?

  • Anyone can receive their booster dose at participating GPs, pharmacies, and Respiratory Clinics (online bookings open 8 November).
  • SA Health staff from phase 1a can get their booster dose at SA Health vaccination clinics.
  • From Wednesday 1 December, anyone due will be able to get their booster dose at SA Health vaccination clinics.

SA Health vaccination clinics will continue to focus on delivering first and second dose vaccines to the community.

Who does the phase 1a cohort include?

  • medi-hotel and quarantine pathway workers
  • frontline at-risk health care workers (including GP respiratory clinic staff and COVID-19 testing and processing facility staff)
  • ambulance staff and paramedics
  • ICU and emergency department staff (including students and volunteers)

People who are severely immunocompromised aged 12 and over can receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from their GP. For more information about eligible conditions, visit the SA Health website.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,261,973 total vaccine doses administered
  • 83.1% received first dose (16+)
  • 69.2% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,735 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 377: Thursday 4 November 2021

COVID-19 school children Q&A video

Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, answers questions from school children about the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccineyouth

 

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,245,362 total vaccine doses administered
  • 82.8% received first dose (16+)
  • 68.6% received second dose (16+)
  • 3,718 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 5 - Webinar: The loss and grief of residents and home care recipients in aged care following COVID-19 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update - Dept. of Health

Webinar: The loss and grief of residents and home care recipients in aged care following COVID-19

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) is presenting a free webinar on loss and grief in aged care following COVID‑19.

The webinar will be held on:
Tuesday 16 November 2021 from 2pm – 3:15pm AEDT
Register to attend (free)

Grief can be experienced in different ways: the loss of a loved one, missing friends and events, or changes in a routine.

This webinar is designed for:

  • senior Australians and those that care for them
  • anyone working in the aged care sector
  • those interested in providing bereavement support within the aged care sector.

The most recent ACGB webinar, Supporting the loss and grief of families and relatives of those in aged care as a result of COVID-19, which was held on 30 September 2021, is now available to view online.

Engaging in these webinars may help you to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards. Standard 7 requires an organisation to have and use a skilled and qualified workforce.

The webinar is funded by the Department under the COVID‑19 Grief and Trauma measure for aged care.

For more information contact the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB).

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 376: Wednesday 3 November 2021

Retail Worker COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In Weekend

Retail Worker Walk-In Weekend is this Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November, with more walk-in appointments available without a booking, making it easier and more convenient to get vaccinated. Retail workers and their families can walk in without an appointment to receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Adelaide (Myer Centre)

    • Sat and Sun 9.30am – 3.30pm

Elizabeth (Playford Civic Centre)

    • Sat and Sun 8.30am – 2pm

Munno Para Shopping City

    • Sat and Sun 9am – 3pm

Noarlunga Centre

    • Sat 8.45am – 3pm
    • Sun 8.45am – 3pm

Wayville (Adelaide Showground)

    • Sat and Sun 8am – 3pm

Retail workers are essential to keep our state running during the pandemic and are at risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. It is essential for all retail workers to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and our community.

For more information or to find other mobile and pop-up clinics in your area, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

Kilkenny COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The Kilkenny COVID-19 vaccination clinic is open for appointments and walk-in appointments for people aged 12 years and over.

The site is located at 10-14 Regency Road and the opening hours are:

Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 12pm – 7pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

For more information and to book, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 914 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,228,817 total vaccine doses administered
  • 82.4% received first dose (16+)
  • 67.9% received second dose (16+)
  • 4,139 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 1 - National webinar on COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout in residential aged care - Department of Health

Wednesday 3 November / 1.30pm – 2.30pm AEDT

A special live webinar hosted by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck will be held on Wednesday 3 November 2021 from 1.30pm – 2.30pm AEDT.

The Australian Government ‘s national in-reach clinic program for booster doses to residential aged care facilities will roll out from Monday 8 November 2021.

Boosters are now available for people who completed their primary course (two doses) of a COVID-19 vaccination more than six months ago, including residents and workers in residential aged care.

People who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated. This means they are very well protected against serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

A booster dose will boost a person’s immune response and provide an additional layer of protection to further reduce the risk of breakthrough infection (when a fully vaccinated person gets COVID-19 and is at risk of transmitting the virus to others).

This webinar is for:

  • residential aged care providers
  • residential aged care facility managers and IPC leads
  • residents, their families and representatives
  • residential aged care workers.

We encourage you to organise screening of the live webinar in communal areas in your facility for residents and workers.

This webinar will address the national roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine booster program in residential aged care including:

  • What you need to know about COVID-19 booster vaccinations
  • How the in-reach booster clinics will be delivered
  • Roles and responsibilities of vaccine providers and facilities
  • How to prepare for your in-reach clinic, including consent
  • What to do if it’s been less than six months since your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • How to support and engage with residents and workers.

Minister Colbeck will be joined by the following Commonwealth Department of Health representatives:

  • Mr Michael Lye, Deputy Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care Group
  • Adj. Professor Alison McMillan, Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
  • Ms Teena Blewitt, Deputy Coordinator General, National COVID Vaccine Taskforce
  • Mr James Hart, First Assistant Secretary, Disability and Aged Care Rollout, National COVID Vaccine Taskforce
  • Ms Lisa Peterson, Assistant Secretary, COVID-19 Vaccine Aged Care
  • Mr Craig Gear, Chief Executive Officer, Older Persons Advocacy Network.

A Q&A session will be included in the live webinar.

Participants can submit questions to VacTaskForceAgedCare_Comms@Health.gov.au any time before the webinar.  Please note “National Webinar” in the subject heading of your email.

This webinar is FREE and registration is not required.

The webinar will be recorded and available on the department’s website for on demand viewing.

The details to join the webinar are provided below:

Join by personal device or computer:

https://healthevents-au.webex.com/healthevents-au/j.php?MTID=mcf0fc877de38ec6e7a0d6c7bfbafa9cd

Event number: 2654 555 0559

Event password: 9876 (9876 from phones)

Join by phone

+61-2-9338-2221 Australia Toll

Access code: 265 455 50559

Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

November 1 - Mobile and Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 374: Monday 1 November 2021

Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Mobile and pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics across SA this week:

Metropolitan Adelaide

Adelaide – Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga (Adjacent Reconciliation Plaza)

  • Tuesday 2 November, 10am – 6pm

Christies Beach Sports and Social Club

  • Friday 5 November, 3pm – 8pm

Gepps Cross – Roma Mitchell Secondary College

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Ingle Farm Shopping Centre

  • Wednesday 3 November, 11am – 6pm

Marion Bunnings

  • Saturday 6 November, 8am – 4pm

Prospect Bunnings, Churchill Road

  • Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 November, 8am – 5pm

St Clair Recreation Centre, Woodville Road

  • Wednesday 3 November, 9.30am – 3pm

Tea Tree Plaza (Near Woolworths entrance parking area)

  • Thursday 4 November, 12pm – 7pm

 

Regional SA

Hawker Memorial Hospital

  • Tuesday 2 November, 3pm – 5.30pm

Leigh Creek Health Service

  • Tuesday 2 November, 8.30am – 12pm

Mount Gambier – Tenison Woods College

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Mount Gambier – Grant High School

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Port Lincoln High School

  • Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm

Port Wakefield – Soldiers Memorial Hall

  • Thursday 4 November, 9.30am – 3pm

Tailem Bend Hospital (old day centre building)

  • Saturday 6 November, 10am – 2pm

Whyalla – Westlands Shopping Centre

  • Thursday 4 November, 9am – 5pm

Munno Para COVID-19 vaccination clinic

From tomorrow, the Munno Para COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open for appointments and walk-in appointments at Munno Para Shopping City (near Harvey Norman). The site is open 9am to 3pm, 7 days a week and is available for people aged 16 years and over.

For more information and to book, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 1 active COVID-19 case
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 913 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 2,198,585 total vaccine doses administered
  • 81.8% received first dose (16+)
  • 66.6% received second dose (16+)
  • 2,737 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATE 375: Tuesday 2 November 2021

COVID-Ready modelling

SA Health, with the assistance of SAHMRI, commissioned mathematical modelling specific to South Australia to inform decision making about COVID-19 as population vaccination rates reach 80%. Undertaken by highly expert, independent academics from the University of Adelaide, this modelling has informed South Australia’s COVID-Ready Plan and outlines three scenarios as we open our borders on 23 November.

Modelling work will be ongoing after the borders open as the accuracy of the data will improve over time when COVID-19 cases and any onward transmission of infection from these cases are added to the model. This will inform next steps to further ease public health and social measures when safe to do so.

For more information or to view the modelling visit the SA Health website.

Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station

The new Elizabeth South drive-through COVID-19 testing station is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, 7 days a week. The testing station is located at 185 Philip Highway (enter via Walsh Street).

Bookings are available here.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 people in hospital
  • 1 active COVID-19 case
  • 918 confirmed cases in total
  • 913 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Latest vaccination data not available at time of release
  • 4,296 tests yesterday
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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

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

Where to Find More Information

Coronavirus Health Information

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

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

 

Coronavirus Health Information Line

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

1800 020 080

 

SA COVID-19 Information Line

1800 253 787

 

“Coronavirus Australia” government app & WhatsApp channel

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

 

Healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Online Symptom Checker

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccine aged care stakeholder kit – This stakeholder kit contains information about the COVID-19 vaccine national roll out program for aged care residents, workers and their families.

COVID-19 vaccine information in your language – Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language.

National webinar on COVID-19 booster vaccinations in residential aged care – A recording of the live webinar on the COVID-19 booster vaccination rollout in residential aged care, held on 3 November 2021, is now available on the Department’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Kits in Community Languages

The information packs include communication resources that provide key COVID-19 vaccines information, such as recent updates to the COVID-19 rollout, information about booster doses, information on pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines, videos featuring community members explaining the importance of getting vaccinated and videos featuring doctors answering questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

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

Translated Resources

SA  Health – 6  Simple Steps – 26 languages

SA Health – Ramadan During COVID-19 – 8 Languages

SA Health – COVID-19 symptoms – Get tested poster – 16 languages

SA Health – Multicultural and translated resources – COVID-19

Department of Health – COVID-19 vaccines multicultural audiences stakeholder pack

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

3 COVID-19 Questions – Translated into community languages for South Australia – Multicultural Aged Care

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

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

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

Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 – The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ (Code) is now available in 20 different languages on the COTA Australia website

Department of Home Affairs – 63 different languages, including the following resources

    • Stay COVID Free Do The 3
    • Testing for COVID-19
    • What you need to know about Coronavirus
    • Help for finances and mental health
    • Protecting you from Coronavirus
    • Easing of Restrictions
    • Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia
    • COVIDSafe app – New tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19
    • It’s OK to have home care

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

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

Department of Health and Human Services – Government of Victoria

Mental health support

Head to Health

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

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

Beyond Blue

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

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

MindSpot Wellbeing Plus Course

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

Online Training and Webinars

COVID-19 Infection Control Training – Department of Health

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

The modules include:

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

 

Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers – SA Health

This course is for all employees or contractors who provide personal or nursing care to South Australian aged care homes.

This course meets the infection control training requirements identified by SA Health.

This course may also be relevant to carers working within the disability sector.

 

COVID-19 Free Online Course by Altura Learning

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

 

Webinar on COVID-19 aged care preparation for home environments

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

 

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

OPAN COVID-19 Special Edition Webinars

 

Centre for Dementia Learning

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

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

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

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

Free legal help for community groups and social enterprises

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

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

Resources and FAQ for Not-for-profits

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.