Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helping to stop the spread

Read about what you can do to help keep your workplace safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes practising good hygiene, getting the flu vaccine, training, and correctly wearing personal protective equipment.

Flu vaccinations

We strongly encourage health care workers to get the flu vaccine every year. The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, but if anyone becomes ill with both influenza and COVID-19, it can be very serious.

Aged care workers and all people entering aged care facilities must have had a flu vaccine, except in Victoria. 

Staff may experience fever as a side effect of the flu vaccination. As fever is also a symptom of COVID-19, if you have a fever, get tested as a precaution.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Wear appropriate PPE (gown, mask, protective eyewear and gloves) if you:

  • will be exposed to body fluids or very contaminated surfaces
  • are caring for someone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.

Remove your PPE before leaving the room or the person’s home. Wash or sanitise your hands straight after removing PPE.

For more about using PPE:

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s COVID-19 page includes an overview of their compliance approach during the pandemic.

Resources

Publications and fact sheets

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and health care managers

A collection of resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and health care managers, about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Webinars

Online training

A 30-minute online module – COVID-19 infection control training – is available for care workers across all health care settings. It includes training specific to aged care.

Other training modules include:

  • personal safety
  • families and visitors – residential care
  • families and visitors – in-home care
  • COVID-19 and aged care
  • outbreak management procedures
  • personal protective equipment
  • laundry
  • if you suspect a person has COVID-19.

These modules take 5 to 10 minutes each. You will receive an acknowledgement of completion certificate for each module.

This training is hosted on an external site, provided by our COVID-19 training partner Aspen Medical.

Register now

Staying informed

To stay up to date on aged care and COVID-19:

You can also read our COVID-19 advice for:

Australian Government WhatsApp channel for COVID-19

Join our COVID-19 WhatsApp channel to learn the latest on Australia's response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're already a WhatsApp user you can send a message to the channel to connect. If you don't have WhatsApp, download the app to join the channel.

Coronavirus Australia app

Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.

Last updated: 
18 January 2021

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