Today’s edition includes information on the workforce retention bonus grant. The retention bonus is for direct care workers in aged care residential and home care to support the continuity of the direct care workforce.
There is information and resources around self-care for aged care workers. These online resources aim to assist health professionals practice self-care and prevent burnout.
We have also included a range of resources that are available for allied health professionals.
Please note that due to the long weekend, there will be no update on Tuesday 9 June.
As always, many thanks to you and your teams for your continued support to protect older Australians.
Workforce retention bonus grant
On 20 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced funding to support the retention of the aged care workforce during COVID-19, providing a retention bonus for direct care workers in residential and home care to support the continuity of the direct care workforce.
The retention bonus will be paid by employers (aged care providers and agencies who provide aged care staff) to their eligible staff. Employers will apply and be funded to make the payment through a grant round opening in June 2020.
Workers need to be employed at the time of application to be eligible.
Eligible staff, retention bonus payment rates and further information can be found in the fact sheet.
Self care for healthcare professionals during COVID-19
Palliative Care Australia have launched online self-care resources to assist in preventing burnout and building resistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are aimed at health professionals in hospital but can also be beneficial for all workers in aged care.
Planning and practising effective self-care strategies can support workers to flourish and support others, both personally and professionally. It is important for aged care workers to proactively care for themselves, assist others in their care and seek further support if needed.
Resources available for allied health professionals
There are a range of resources that have been developed for use by allied health professionals on the COVID-19 response. These resources are intended to support all allied health professionals including those that support the aged care sector. These include:
- PPE video for allied health workers
- Webinar series for primary care and allied health practitioners
- Distribution of PPE for general practice, community pharmacy and allied health professionals
- Allied Health checklist for receptionists
- Allied health poster – ‘now open for clients’
- Allied health poster – ‘practice now open’.
The resources developed for health professionals are also intended to support allied health professionals and these can be found here:
- First person perspective articles on how to manage an outbreak.