About the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre
The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre brought together Australian and Victorian Government agencies to manage the response to COVID-19 in residential aged care facilities.
About the Response Centre
The Response Centre was established to tackle the challenge of COVID-19 in Victorian residential aged care facilities through a coordinated effort.
Staff from Australian and Victorian Government agencies have worked together to manage the response to COVID-19 and develop guidance for preventing further outbreaks.
Victorian outbreak commencing Saturday 29 May 2021
Due to the current situation in Victoria, the Response Centre has expanded to:
- support the residential aged care facilities (RACFs) with an outbreak
- ensure RACFs near Tier 1 exposure locations have:
- infection prevention and control measures in place
- expedited asymptomatic testing for staff
- COVID-19 vaccines available to residents and staff who were not previously able to receive a vaccine
- provide assistance to RACFs where required.
Improving the outbreak response
The Prevention – Outbreak Plan Improvement (POPI) program aims to improve skills and knowledge, and prepare residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to effectively manage a COVID-19 outbreak.
The program is being rolled out through the Response Centre to several metropolitan and regional RACFs. The Outbreak Management Plan – Good Practice Guide forms the basis of this activity.
What the Response Centre has done
The Response Centre has:
- established and maintained a collaborative response to COVID-19 outbreaks in Victorian aged care facilities
- coordinated a rapid response to COVID-19 outbreaks in Victorian aged care facilities
- worked with the approved aged care providers to prevent further outbreaks
- improved communication with family members of people living in Victorian aged care facilities where there are have cases of COVID-19
- worked with Victorian aged care providers to manage and allocate staff in aged care facilities.
Who has been involved
The Response Centre has been led by an executive team, including clinical and operational leads, supported by staff from:
- the Department of Health Victoria
- Emergency Management Australian (EMA)
- Emergency Management Victoria (EMV)
- the Australian Government Department of Health
- Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
- Australian Defence Force
- Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT)
- Specialists from the health system such as geriatricians, infectious disease, aged care nurse consultants, workforce specialists
- Commissioner for Senior Victorians.
They have worked with stakeholder and peak bodies, including:
- the Older Persons Advocacy Network
- the Council of the Ageing
- Seniors Australia
- Dementia Australia
- Aged and Community Services Australia
- Leading Age Services Australia
- the Aged Care Guild
- the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
- the Australian Medical Association.
Read the Response Centre's latest media releases and transcripts.