Operational update – Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (26 September 2020 at 5pm)
A media release from the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre giving an update on how it is working to protect senior Australians from COVID-19.
The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre continues to provide the robust response effort required to protect our most vulnerable senior Australians living in aged care from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It’s been almost a month since the number of aged care facilities in Category 1 fell to zero. There were 13 facilities in the Response Centre’s ‘high risk’ category in early August when the Centre first began operating.
- In addition, there were 119 facilities on the Response Centre’s ‘Category 2’ list of facilities at risk, this has now reduced to 2.
- The work of the Response Centre has also seen the number of facilities with outbreaks continue to fall.
- There were 129 facilities with active outbreaks at the peak of the emergency. There are now 56 with outbreaks.
- The total number of aged care outbreaks since 1 January 2020 is 173.
- There are currently 231 active cases in aged care in Victoria, less than a sixth of the peak of 2075 in August.
- There have been a cumulative total of 4596 cases in aged care in Victoria.
- 1962 residents
- 2020 staff
- 614 close contacts which are neither staff nor residents of the facility
- Total number of deaths associated with aged care outbreaks in Victoria is 620.
- There were 1 aged care related deaths reported today.
- The Response Centre’s robust infection prevention and control efforts continue to expand across metropolitan and regional facilities:
- Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have visited a total of 589 aged care facilities to date.
- The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has conducted a total of 212 ‘spot checks’ on aged care facilities.
- Western Health have also provided assistance in prevention measures at 37 aged care facilities.
- 40 personnel from Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) have completed 174 visits to 80 facilities.
- 2 National Aged Care Emergency Response (NACER) teams, totalling 11 personnel are currently filling a number of roles across the sector, including nursing, personal care, and cleaning.
- 6 interstate clinical and support personnel in one team are currently deployed from Western Australia.
- 101 Residential Aged Care Assistants and Safety Observers have been deployed by the Response Centre to 24 facilities.
- Regular Zoom meetings are being conducted with staff at aged care facilities to assist with return to work arrangements.
- The Response Centre has supported 8 aged care facilities in direct communications with families and primary contacts of residents. This has included 956 outbound calls, and 740 inbound calls since 23 July 2020.
- To stabilise and strengthen the Victorian aged care workforce during the pandemic, the Commonwealth have funded a surge workforce to assist aged care facility managers with more than 31,000 shifts being filled.
- 22,339 shifts filled by Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) staff.
- 5768 shifts filled by Healthcare Australia staff.
- 1898 shifts filled by 96 Mable contractors.
- 601 roles filled by Aspen Medical staff including Clinical First Responder deployments.
- 495 shifts filled by 35 HealthX staff.
- 426 shifts filled by 59 Torrens staff.
The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre is a joint arrangement between the federal and state governments, bringing together more than 80 staff from 22 agencies.
Its priorities are focused on:
- Care and safety of residents
- Safety of staff
- Unifying effort across agencies
- Rapid identification and prioritisation of outbreaks
- Rapid response and intervention
- Prevention of outbreaks
- Effective communication and engagement
- Preservation of the health care system
Victorian Aged Care Response Centre contact
Contact information for the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre.