The Sector Development Team is providing a consolidation of COVID-19 related emails.  This summary is to week ending 4 December 2020.


In this edition:

Department of Health
– Protecting Older Australians: COVID 19 Updates

Department of Health and Human Services
– DHHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Just for Laughs
– COVID-normal be like…
From next week, the Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update will become a weekly newsletter and will be released towards the end of the week.
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 27 November 2020 In this edition: If you missed it, it is available: https://www.health.gov.au/news/newsletters/protecting-older-australians-covid-19-update-27-november-2020
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 2 December 2020 In this edition: If you missed it, it is available: https://www.health.gov.au/news/newsletters/protecting-older-australians-covid-19-update-2-december-2020
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 4 December 2020 In this edition:
  • What’s new:
    • Survey on the surge workforce program
    • 2020 Aged Care Workforce Census
    • Updated South Australian guidance
    • Webinar reminder – visitor access and resident movement
  • Resources
    • COVID-19 – Living the new normal poster
    • COVID-19 – Living the new normal video
    • COVID Environmental cleaning and disinfection in the community
    • COVID Environmental cleaning and disinfection for RACFs
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Victoria’s Current Restrictions

Victoria moved to Last Step restrictions from 11:59pm 22 November 2020.
  • As restrictions ease, it’s important that we act to keep ourselves and others safe. These actions below can help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, having a face mask with you and wearing it when required, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.
  • Face masks must be worn indoors (for example, in the supermarket or on public transport). A mask is not required outdoors if you can keep 1.5 metres distance from others. Face masks must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful reason not to wear one or are outside and can keep 1.5 metres distance.
  • Venues and facilities have specific requirements such as operating with a COVIDSafe Plan, density limits (maximum numbers of people allowed in a space), cleaning and record keeping – please respect these.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.
  • Many Victorians are feeling fatigued, isolated or lonely. If you are in need of support for your mental health there are mental health resources you can access on our website.
  • If Victorians are not safe at home, they can seek help and support at an Orange Door or other family violence support service. If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing family violence, call 000 in an emergency or safe steps 24/7 crisis service on 1800 015 188.
  • The Partners in Wellbeing hotline (1300 375 330) is available for referrals from people who identify as LGBTIQ, multicultural, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, veterans and people experiencing homelessness.
More information can be viewed at the department’s website. The site also contains a page of frequently asked questions providing further guidance on the directions.
Victoria/South Australia Border Crossing – 21 November 2020
From 11:59pm on Saturday, 21 November 2020 everyone who arrives in Victoria from South Australia will require a border Victorian Border Crossing Permit. The 70-kilometre cross border permit arrangements between Victoria and South Australia are still in place. You can display your previous permits or your licence with an address within 70 kms.
For Service Providers https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/service-providers-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Information for community services https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-services-all-sector-coronavirus-covid-19 Updated advice: Eye Protection requirements for community service workers
  • Community services workers are no longer required to wear eye protection when providing support to people who do not currently have or are suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Surgical face masks are still required when interacting with clients, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gown and protective eye wear should be used when providing hands-on contact care if there is a risk of splash or exposure to blood or body fluids.
This advice replaces the guidance in PPE for community services providers for prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19), published on 7 November 2020. This guidance is currently being updated and will be available on this page in the coming days.
Information for Aboriginal Communities https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-information-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-communities
Information for people with disability – coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources on coronavirus (COVID-19) for people with disability, their families and carers, including in Easy English and alternative formats. These will be updated in line with the easing of restrictions.

Just for Laughs…

COVID-normal be like…
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Melanie Perks           Wellness and Reablement Consultant           0409 945 301 melaniep@bchc.org.au Kathleen Steenhuis    Project Consultant    0418 309 489 kathleens@bchc.org.au
Shanaya Sheridan Aboriginal Development Officer 0409 388 890 shanayas@bchc.org.au Gabrielle Fraser Diversity Advisor Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 0490 051 171 gabriellef@bchc.org.au
Sonya Irvine Administration 0477 304 402 sonyai@bchc.org.au
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