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Please note: Some information referring to current definitions of outbreaks and exposures may be out of date after the 30 September cessation date.
VACRC prevention preparedness
The VACRC Prevention Team will support the aged care sector prepare for and reduce risk of future outbreaks of communicable respiratory disease until 30 September 2022.
The Prevention team provides:
information and education on infection control and prevention knowledge and skills
communication and engagement with key stakeholders
The Prevention team delivers:
an easy-to-use outbreak plan good practice framework and outbreak plan guidance.
links RACFs with IPC and RACF support in Victorian Department of Health, PHUs and the Commonwealth
Waste Management – Clinical Waste (Victoria)
Victoria has seen significant changes in waste generation associated with the pandemic.
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Monitoring safety and quality of aged care services
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission monitors safety and quality in aged care services. A review audit is an onsite assessment of the quality of care and services provided to aged care residents by an accredited server. Audits are undertaken with or without notice to the service provider.
The Commission undertakes a review audit when:
- it considers that the approved provider may not be meeting the Quality Standards in relation to the service; or
- the Commissioner becomes aware of a change in circumstances for the approved provider.
Reporting exposures and outbreaks
Access to RATs
The Australian Government is providing Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits to all residential aged care facilities.
Your allocated weekly RATs will be delivered without you needing to place a request.
To get your kits, we assume you will test:
staff – daily
residents – twice a week