In this session we will focus on key updates and advice on COVID-19 as providers continue to manage and recover from outbreaks, particularly in the lead up to the festive season.
Please register to attend.
This session will include a moderated Q&A session with the panel, and we encourage you to submit questions in advance through the registration link.
Top 3 Questions from our Webinar on 2 December
Question 1 - Will you be providing written festive guidance advice?
Yes, we will be putting out some guidance through our newsletter and on our website.
The Ministers recently wrote to the sector on COVID safe behaviours and preparedness. The COVID-safe basics are what is most important:
- do regular rapid antigen tests (RAT) to screen for infection
- wear a mask if indoors to help slow infection
- wash your hands frequently
- stay up to date with vaccinations
- stay home if unwell or COVID-19 positive.
They also reminded all older Australians to plan ahead for COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments and for aged care providers to have early discussions about advanced consent with residents, families and primary care teams to ensure the rapid access to the medication.
Please remain vigilant and maintain COVID-19 safe behaviours.
Question 2 - What is best practice for home care?
To continue to protect yourself and those most at risk from severe COVID-19 illness, workers that provide close personal care to older Australians in a residential aged care setting or in-home services, should:
- wear a mask when providing close care
- stay home if you have respiratory symptoms to reduce the risk of infecting others
- if you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home, report your test to your state or territory so you can access support and care, avoid attending high-risk places like aged and disability care facilities or hospitals, and wear a mask if you have to go out
- do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) test prior to shifts.
Question 3 - Has the Department issued the 3-day supply of PPE to residential aged care homes?
Yes, the 3-day deployment of PPE started in November and is ongoing. Aged care providers had the option to not accept this delivery of PPE by letting DHL know when you were contacted and they will not proceed with the delivery, or you can also let us know via the Citizen Space online form. If you have not been contacted by DHL, please email AgedcarePPE@health.gov.au.