The VACRC will cease operations as of 30 September 2022.
Please note: Some information referring to current definitions of outbreaks and exposures may be out of date after the 30 September cessation date.
The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care provides general advice on managing a COVID-19 outbreak in residential aged care.
This includes definitions of what an outbreak is, how to report one, and how to manage it.
VACRC outbreak support
The VACRC’s outbreak support team can help Victorian residential aged care facilities (RACFs) until 30 September 2022 by giving them:
up-to-date information in the context of changing guidance
coordination support to help facilities and their local Public Health Unit
direct support and advice during outbreaks
extra support if facilities need more guidance.
Outbreak management team meetings
The outbreak support team attends outbreak management team meetings with RACFs, facilitated by their local Public Health Unit.
These meetings help new or at-risk RACFs to:
benefit from the VACRC’s experience and guidance until 30 September 2022
link up with the right stakeholders.
The outbreak support team provides clear, timely guidance for Victorian RACFs using Victorian COVID-19 guidelines.
email and phone calls with RACFs
escalating support requests to the Public Health Unit
connecting the RACF with Commonwealth guidance on PPE
checking staffing and testing needs.
See our collated list of resources relating to COVID-19 and Victorian RACFs.