Important information for our community
No doubt you have been following the updates about coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and on social media. We are keeping up to date with developments on the virus by following the Commonwealth Government’s Chief Medical Officer’s advice.
Guided by this, we are putting measures in place to lessen the spread of the virus. The safety of the people we care for, our VMCH community, family, carers, staff and volunteers is our priority.
At VMCH we already have very strong infection control measures. As an aged care and disability services provider caring for vulnerable people every day, we are experienced in disease control precautions.
We have taken extra measures as a response to COVID-19.
- We are following guidelines set out by the Department of Health and Chief Medical Officer. This is monitored daily and responded to as information comes to hand.
- We have a Critical Incident Team reviewing and implementing tighter infection control measures across VMCH, including reinforcing good hand hygiene practice.
- We are working with all our suppliers to ensure the ongoing availability of essential items such as hand sanitiser and personal protective equipment
We will increase our already stringent precautions by taking the following steps across our organisation:
- All staff, contractors and volunteers who have travelled anywhere overseas recently must inform self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return
- Staff presenting with flu-like symptoms should stay at home and seek medical advice
- Staff working in the community cannot visit the homes of people at risk
- We are limiting large staff meetings or training and visits to multiple sites until further notice
- Any travel interstate for conferences and meetings will cease
- Our aged care residences have implemented restricted visitation until further notice
- Our community-based day respite services will be closed until further notice
- Our op shops will be closed until further notice
- Reducing numbers for our disability respite services
- We will be asking our volunteers over 70 to take a short break from volunteering with us
- We will be closing St Pauls College, Balwyn from Thursday 19 March.
We need your help to keep everyone safe
- If you’re sick in any way, especially if you have flu-like symptoms, please stay home
- Adhere to good hand hygiene by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before entering our services or eating, and after using the toilet
- Please use the hand sanitiser available at entry points to our services
- If you need to cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow
- Tell us if you have travelled overseas or been in contact with anyone at risk of having COVID-19 before visiting us. In a fast-changing environment, this will ensure that we adhere to the latest advice from the Department of Health.
- We recommend you get vaccinated for the flu for the coming flu season.
- Speak to our team if you have concerns about the health of someone in a VMCH service.
- Go to the Department of Health website www.health.vic.gov.au for the latest information.
- Watch this video from Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer regarding top hygiene tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6kyXtChVJ0.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this infection outbreak. We appreciate your support in taking steps to keep our community as safe as possible.