Operational update – Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (8 September 2020 at 6pm)
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.
Data current at 8 September 2020, 6pm.
- There are currently no facilities categorised as high risk. This is a significant milestone in the stabilisation of aged care facilities in Victoria.
- There were 13 facilities in the Response Centre’s ‘high risk’ category in early August when the Centre first began operating.
- There continues to be less than 100 facilities with outbreaks.
- There are 92 facilities with current outbreaks – this has dropped by 5 in the past week.
- The total number of aged care outbreaks since 1 January 2020 is 168.
- There are currently 850 active cases in aged care in Victoria.
- There have been a cumulative total of 4255 cases in aged care in Victoria.
- 1,874 residents
- 1,865 staff
- 516 close contacts which are neither staff nor residents of the facility
- Total number of deaths associated with aged care outbreaks in Victoria is 534.
- There were 6 aged care related deaths reported today.
- Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have visited a total of 371 aged care facilities to date.
- The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has conducted a total of 150 ‘spot checks’ on aged care facilities.
- Western Health have also provided assistance in prevention measures at 37 aged care facilities.
- 37 personnel from Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) have completed 169 visits to 75 facilities.
- 8 National Aged Care Emergency Response (NACER) teams, totalling 47 personnel are filling a number of roles across the sector, including nursing, personal care, and cleaning.
- 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 23,000 shifts being filled.
- 18,570 shifts filled by Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) staff.
- 2,904 shifts filled by Healthcare Australia staff.
- 1,307 shifts filled by 95 Mable contractors.
- 510 roles filled by Aspen Medical staff including Clinical First Responder deployments.
- 76 shifts filled by 12 HealthX 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
- protecting the health care system.
Victorian Aged Care Response Centre contact
Contact information for the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre.