Key points from the presentation

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Understand the differences in approach and protocols between the states and territories

For Aged Care providers operating facilities in more than one state or territory, it's important you understand how the differences in approach and public health directives impact your facility. Consider the following:

  • What is the status of the public health directives in the states and territories that you operate in?

  • Is it mandatory that employees and others entering your facility have the influenza vaccine? Are there exemptions?

  • Who is responsible for providing PPE for your aged care workers who are providing care?

Preparation and response

While many facilities had plans in place to respond to a crisis, there is a practical step between preparing for a crisis and responding to a crisis which is readiness.

  • Are your staff and management not only prepared but ready?

  • Has the impact on your supply chain been considered?

  • Have you conducted a practical positive COVID case simulation to test your protocols and contact tracing processes?

Practical steps

There are a number of steps you can take to keep your staff and residents safe. You should review and consider risk prevention and mitigation protocols including:

  • Health screening processes and questionnaires for staff and visitors

  • Internal and external communication protocols

  • Facilitating a debrief with staff on-site after a crisis, so the team can review their plan and response and adjust it for the next wave.

Culture

Finally, reinforce and model good behaviour; if you're unwell, it's ok to stay at home, it's the right thing to do.

Stay tuned for our next webinar in the series which is focused on Disability Care. 

This is commentary published by Colin Biggers & Paisley for general information purposes only. This should not be relied on as specific advice. You should seek your own legal and other advice for any question, or for any specific situation or proposal, before making any final decision. The content also is subject to change. A person listed may not be admitted as a lawyer in all States and Territories. © Colin Biggers & Paisley, Australia 2020.

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