Aged Care Providers are encouraged to check and maintain their COVID-19 outbreak management preparedness as we continue to move towards ‘living with COVID’, including in the context of increased movement across borders and higher levels of aged care visitation anticipated over the upcoming holiday period.
The Department of Health hosted a COVID-19 preparedness webinar for the aged care sector to highlight the importance of being prepared to respond to any future COVID-19 cases in aged care, including key reminders on infection prevention and control, and the supports provided by the Commonwealth in the event of an outbreak.
The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, was joined by the following presenters to talk about the importance of outbreak preparedness:
- Mr Michael Lye, Deputy Secretary of the Ageing and Aged Care Group
- Ms Janet Anderson PSM, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner
- Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM – Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
- CEO’s of two leading aged care providers to detail their experiences dealing with outbreaks to date.
The webinar was held on Monday, 13 December 2021, 2.00–3.00pm AEDT.
This webinar is relevant for all levels of aged care workers involved in preparing for and responding to COVID-19 outbreaks. This includes staff at the executive and senior management level (e.g. CEOs, CFOs, quality and assurance managers and residential aged care facility managers) as well as those workers involved in direct care for residents and practical on-the-ground response actions.
Participants also had the opportunity to ask questions of the Minister and the Department.
A recording of the webinar is now available for on-demand viewing.
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