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11 April 2022: COVID-19 Self-isolation advice, boosters and influenza vaccinations
The NSW Government has recently updated COVID-19 self-isolation advice for people who test positive to COVID-19 and their household contacts. Find out more about this updated advice

4 April 2022: COVID Booster Doses for Aged Care Workers in NSW
The current Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2022 (the Order) states at Part 2, section 6 for RACFs, that:
Unvaccinated workers are not to enter residential aged care facilities. That is, a relevant worker for a residential aged care facility must not enter or remain on the premises of the facility unless the worker is appropriately vaccinated.

And at Part 2, section 9, the Order states that for In-home and community care:
An in-home and community aged care worker must not do work as an in-home and community aged care worker unless the worker is appropriately vaccinated.

In the absence of a booster or a valid medical contraindication certificate, a worker is unable to work in a residential aged care setting or when providing flexible care, home care or a Commonwealth-funded aged care service outside of a residential setting. The Department of Health has some flyer available to support members in getting the “get boosted” message out to the workforce.

 

10 March 2022: Dedicated Vaccination Hubs for care workers
The Department of Health has provided an updated list of dedicated vaccination hubs for the aged care workforce, as at 10 March. It is important that workers and providers understand that these hubs are time limited. If these hubs offer a more convenient option for getting booster vaccinations, please ensure you book appointments without delay.

7 March 2022: Updated outbreak management documents for Residential Aged Care Providers
The following NSW Health COVID-19 outbreak management documents have been updated:

  • NSW-Commonwealth protocol to support joint management of a COVID-19 outbreak in a residential aged care facility in NSW; and

  • Immediate public health actions recommended following a residential aged care facility COVID-19 outbreak or exposure.

In summary, the Joint Protocol has been updated to reflect the national definitions of an outbreak and exposure as per the CDNA National Guidelines. The Public Health Actions document has been developed to guide facilities on key actions to take following a COVID-19 exposure or outbreak. It aligns with the CDNA National Guidelines of a ‘least restrictive’ approach and also provides guidance to assist residents and their families in making decisions around isolation in residential aged care facilities following an exposure or outbreak.  Download now

3 March 2022: COVID-19 Vaccine booster mandatory for NSW aged care workers
All staff, health practitioners and students entering a residential aged care facility, and all in-home and community aged care workers (including home care package and Commonwealth Home Support Programme workers) must have 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine unless the person has received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and it is not after the later of the following: 12 April 2022 or six weeks from the due date of the persons third dose (due date is 13 weeks after the persons second dose). Read more

3 March 2022: RAT Frequency for Home Care Providers
The screening advice for Home Care Providers has been updated on the NSW Health website. You must continue to consider the advice of the Chief Health Officer and your obligations with regard to the Quality Standards and WHS. The key update is regarding the frequency of RAT for staff: 

  • Staff who have not yet had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should have regular RAT testing (for example twice per week for a full time staff member). Staff who have had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine do not need to have regular RAT testing.


ACSA advocated heavily on this matter, and believe this is a positive and helpful outcome for those of you operating in Home Care.

2 March 2022: Support for flood-affected aged care providers 
A wide range of local and state government disaster support arrangements have been activated in response to the current flooding across Qld and NSW. These provide both immediate logistical/operational based support, as well assistance to help with the longer term impacts such as repairs and recovery.  Further information on emergency leave is available in a factsheet for residents and a factsheet for providers.

18 February 2022: Updated advice for residential aged care and home care providers
The screening advice for residential aged care and home care providers has been updated for 18 February 2022.

7 February 2022: Positive rapid antigen test results
NSW Health has updated its advice for residential aged care providers, to remind providers of the requirement to register positive rapid antigen test results using the Service NSW portal. Providers should assist a resident in this process where they are unable to independently complete the information in the portal. View the latest advice

25 January 2022: NSW COVID-19 case reporting to SafeWork
SafeWork NSW has updated its Statement of Regulatory intent to clarify WHS Notification requirements in relation to COVID-19. Any hospitalisation or any fatality where the worker contracted COVID-19, or is likely to have contracted COVID-19 at the workplace must be reported. Other worker exposure or cases are no longer required to be notified. Read more 

19 January 2022: Booster doses to be brought forward
Millions more people in NSW are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination after NSW Health brought forward the interval between doses by a month. State-run vaccination clinics will begin offering COVID-19 booster vaccinations three months after people have received their second dose from Friday January 21. Read more

14 January 2022: Updated COVID-19 guidance for NSW Aged Care Providers - Webinar
View the recording of this Department of Health webinar, held on 14 January 2022. The webinar is for NSW residential aged care facilities to highlight important changes to guidance on managing current COVID-19 outbreaks. View here

12 January 2022: Updates to NSW Health advice for residential aged care facilities
NSW Health has provided updated advice for residential aged care facilities, which you can view here.
Additional information for visits and outings in RACFs has also been updated and you can view it here.