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South Australian Department of Health

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Latest News

13 May 2022:  Updated Interim guidance for COVID-19 outbreak management in RACF
SA Health Office for Ageing Well have released the updated guidance for RACFs. On Saturday 30 April 2022 the South Australian government provided an update to the close contact requirements in South Australia advising that anyone who Is identified as a close contact, are no longer required to quarantine for 7 days. However, to protect the community, in particular people at risk or with health vulnerabilities, it is important you follow the close contact guidelines which can be viewed on SA Health’s website.

10 March 2022: Isolation Requirements For Testing Positive to COVID-19
Changes to the isolation requirements for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 will come into effect from 12.01am Saturday 12 March. Until then, people currently in isolation should continue to abide by the current 10 day isolation requirements, unless advised by an authorised SA Health officer. From 12.01am 12 March, under the new isolation requirements, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days. More information is available on the SA Health website.

3 March 2022: Dedicated Vaccination Hubs for care workers. An updated list of dedicated vaccination hubs has been provided for the aged care workforce, as at 3 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.

24 February 2022: COVID-19 Fact Sheet – Residential Aged Care Facilities FAQ
SA Health has released a new COVID-19 fact sheet for residential aged care facilities (RACFs), containing FAQs relating to: screening and testing; reporting; close contacts, isolation and returning to work; PPE requirements; quarantine and outbreaks; and vaccination and boosters. The FAQs should be read in conjunction the Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities – An interim guidance for COVID-19 outbreak management.

16 February 2022: This new no.47 Emergency Management Direction is effective 12.51pm on 16 February 2022Updated  Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 47) (COVID-19) Direction 2022). Further information from the Office for Ageing Well on the Direction is available here.

29 January 2022: Mandatory booster vaccinations for residential, in-home and community aged care workers
Residential aged care workers in South Australia are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose under the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 45) (COVID-19) Direction 2022. Under the order residential aged care workers must receive a booster dose of an approved vaccine within 4 weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with guidelines set by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

In-home and community aged care workers in South Australia are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose under the Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Support Workers Vaccination No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2022. Under the order residential aged care workers must receive a booster dose of an approved vaccine within 4 weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with guidelines set by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

27 January 2022: Audit report - SA Health's management of personal protective equipment 
The SA Auditor-General has released a report on the effectiveness of SA Health’s planning, governance and distribution arrangements for PPE in ensuring appropriate PPE supplies are readily available where and when needed. This report covers the period January 2021 - October 2021 (we note this period was prior to SA's border restrictions being lifted). Read more

21 January 2022: Interim guidance for the management of COVID-19 outbreaks in RACF
Further to the information provided on 19 January 2022, the Chief Public Health Officer approved the Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities – An interim guidance for COVID-19 outbreak management. The aim of this guidance is to provide clear recommendations to RACF operators to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the health, wellbeing and social experiences of residents and staff and on the functioning of the facility. This advice is anticipated to remain valid for the first quarter of 2022, acknowledging the rapidly evolving nature of a pandemic, and includes information to assist operators to manage COVID-19 outbreaks occurring in the RACF and then transition back to business as usual. In particular, the document now authorises the Chief Executive (or equivalent) of the Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) to grant work permissions during a period of quarantine to provide direct personal or nursing care. These permissions may be granted where the RACF is experiencing critical workforce shortages, to enable the safe operation of the facility and maintain the expected level of care to all residents.