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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

covid-19-vaccination-brandmark.pngThe Federal Government has announced the intention to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine to all Australians, commencing February 2021. 

The Australian COVID-19 vaccination will commence with priority populations including aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers.

Click here to view COVID-19 vaccine information, resources and links for aged care providers and staff 
 

Your COVID-19 Reference Guide: information for ACSA members

Throughout the pandemic, ACSA has been working to ensure you have access to critical information as and when it has become available. We recognise that important information provided from the Department of Health at both a Commonwealth and State level has been dynamic and ever evolving.

ACSA has collated that information into a single resource, a handy reference guide on all the current COVID-19 information. We have also provided a reference for members on COVID-19 funding measures for aged care as at August 2020.

With the rapid changes in information relating to COVID-19, we encourage all members to regularly review this document for new updates to existing information. Download the current version

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

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The Department of Health has released guidelines for residential aged care facilities on what steps to take, and when, following the identification of a COVID-19 positive case. Download now

 

 

Industry Code for visiting aged care homes during COVID-19

The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ has been released by 13 aged care peak bodies and consumer advocacy organisations. The Code creates a nationally consistent approach that ensures residents can receive visitors while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The Code includes the respective rights and responsibilities of providers, residents and visitors. It outlines that homes should allow residents to meet their visitors in ways that minimise the risk of COVID-19’s introduction to, or spread within, a residential care home. Click here to download the Visitor Code
 

Department of Health Updates

The Department of Health continues to produce it's COVID-19 newsletter, Protecting Older Australians. These updates will be sent to those subscribed to the Department's mailing list. If you are not already registered to receive aged care updates from the Department of Health, ACSA strongly recommends you subscribe now.

All Protecting Older Australians updates are also accessible here.
 

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Support

 

Click here to access IPC Lead Reporting support materials 

 

 

 

Latest News

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out

February 2021: The Federal Government has announced the intention to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine to all Australians, commencing February 2021. The Australian COVID-19 vaccination will commence with priority populations including aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine and border workers.

Click here to view COVID-19 vaccine information, resources and links for aged care providers and staff.

Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Aged Care Providers​

19 January 2021: ACSA hosted a webinar regarding the national roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Dr Chris Moy (Board Director from Australian Medical Association) addressed many of the medical questions from ACSA members and Libby Pallot (Principal from Russell Kennedy) addressed some of the complex legal and employment issues associated with whether vaccination is mandated by Government or otherwise. Aged care staff and residents being the first priority for early access. Please find the Q&A from this webinar here, and a video recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

Webinar: Stress-testing your COVID-19 Outbreak Plan

14 December: What are the best practices to stress test a RACF outbreak management plan? In this webinar for all Australian residential aged care providers, ACSA has partnered with the Victorian Aged Care Resonse Centre (VACRC) to bring you discussion from infection prevention and control experts, on methods and approaches to stress testing your COVID-19 outbreak management plan. View the webinar

Webinar: Visitor access and resident movement

7 December: How do RACFs continue to implement a safe environment for visitor access and resident movement? ACSA together with the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (VACRC) provide practical guidance in this webinar. Infection prevention and control experts discuss mitigating risk to facilitate good visitor access, implementing best practice for COVID recovery, and take you through the latest information and shared key learnings on visitor checks, symptomatic testing, PPE use, outdoor areas and declarations. View the webinar

 

For information on COVID-19 current situation and case numbers, click here.
This is updated daily by the Department of Health with the latest case numbers and related information.

 

For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and aged care emergency planning support, please use the following links to navigate through ACSA's resources:
 

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